Frost & Sullivan Uncovers How Healthcare Providers Can Achieve Better and More Cost-Effective Care Using IT Solutions

— The healthcare industry can offer efficient customer care and communication through the use of cloud-based data storage solutions.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Affordable Care Act along with the intense pressure to reduce healthcare costs has affected the state of the healthcare system, leaving an open door of opportunity for the IT Industry. Healthcare reform is driving a shift towards Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), wherein the industry will adopt an outcome-based versus procedure-based focus and reimbursement model.

ACOs are investing in products and technologies to meet the healthcare industry’s needs through various kinds of partnerships. There are substantial opportunities in mHealth, as patients increasingly use mobile apps to access and send information on their health, make appointments, and communicate with their healthcare provider, as well as track their wellness and fitness.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, The Future of IT in the Healthcare Industry in North America, Latin America, and Europe, finds that integrated delivery network (IDN) providers must continue to invest in IT solutions and infrastructure to meet the needs of delivery practices and information utilization.

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“By providing use cases and demonstrating ROI, the IT industry can expand the scaled use of mobile and remote technology solutions as part of care delivery and patient/provider workflows,” said Frost & Sullivan Customer Research Director Tonya Fowler. “IT solutions can have a huge impact on the bottom line by enabling shared information across an organization.”

The traditional paradigm of patient-centric care is gradually giving way to member engagement and empowerment, which in turn, has opened up opportunities for healthcare providers in the untapped health and wellness sector. Many competitors have already begun to lay the ground work with investments in staff, resources, and targeted acquisitions.

Meanwhile, device manufacturers seek to retain clients with cutting-edge customer care technologies that generate timely and effective results. The big data trend is pivotal and numerous IT vendors have responded by developing cloud-based solutions for the healthcare industry.

The amount of big data needed to provide better and more cost-effective care is best handled in the cloud. The capacity, flexibility, and pricing models presented by cloud service providers resonate well with the healthcare industry.

“Furthermore, the adoption of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant cloud solutions for data storage and archiving is expanding. Applications in the cloud that support collaboration as well as anytime, anywhere, and any-device needs are growing quickly,” noted Fowler. “Niche healthcare cloud service providers will emerge as top contenders in the market, followed by cloud computing vendors that design solutions for healthcare.”

The Future of IT in the Healthcare Industry in North America, Latin America, and Europe is part of the Vertical Markets in ICT (http://www.ict.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Big Data Study 2014, Healthcare IT Trends in Brazil, Top 10 ICT Trends for Africa in 2015, 2014 Latin America Cloud Computing Market, and Profiling the Back Office Workforce Optimization Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Increased Amount of Data from Multiple Devices Boosts Mobile Advertising in Latin America, Finds Frost & Sullivan

– Value chain participants in mobile advertising need to guard against ‘over targeting’

SAO PAULO, March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The proliferation of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices has created a catch-22 situation for mobile advertisers. While on the one hand, the customer pool has expanded vastly, the diversity of platforms and operating systems challenges advertisers to attract a true audience. Ineffective technologies for cross-device digital advertising can result in brands overspending and still not achieving the desired results.

Multiple devices: iPhone and iPad

Multiple devices: iPhone and iPad

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The application-to-peer (A2P) SMS advertising segment is expected to earn revenues of $19.8 billion in 2014, and reach $95.4 billion in 2019, according to the new study from Frost & Sullivan, Brazilian Mobile Advertising Services Market (https://www.frost.com/q293417824).

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Although user attributes such as cookies and user IDs are available to advertisers, it may be counterproductive to use the data for ad targeting in mobile devices. Therefore, advertisers prefer to use non-personally identifiable information (NPII). Many companies offer opt-in and opt-out options for receiving ads through an SMS so that they do not infringe on user privacy.

The opt-in feature has given a huge thrust to the Brazilian SMS ecosystem. However, even though SMS represents 9.2 percent of mobile carrier revenue in Brazil, it will eventually make way for IM applications such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

“Owing to the rising popularity of mobile social media, mobile enterprise value-added-services such as A2P and SMS are being increasingly improved to enhance revenue and customer experience,” said Frost & Sullivan ICT Industry Analyst Maiara Paula Munhoz.

Latin American brands are turning to mobile advertising not only because it reaches consumers on the go but also because it fulfils different requirements for different verticals.

National- or regional-level companies have a huge advantage over smaller companies in terms of resources for capturing, managing, analyzing and acting on Big Data. However, mobile advertising can help level the playing field, as even the smallest company can fill up as much space on a smartphone screen as a large company.

“To illustrate the potential of mobile advertising in Brazil, five out of ten countries most involved with social networks are Latin American,” noted Munhoz. “Furthermore, Brazil is one of the top three countries with the most Facebook users in the world. This represents a huge market opportunity for companies investing in mobile social network advertising in the country.”

Brazilian Mobile Advertising Services Market is part of the Mobile & Wireless Communications (http://www.wireless.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Integrated Mobile Resource Management Platforms; The Global Need for Mobile Support and Protection Services; New Roles for Voice and Unified Messaging in Enterprise Communications; and The Impact of OTT Providers on the Telecommunications Sector. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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SK Telecom Targets Global IoT Market with Lifeware

BARCELONA, Spain, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) has unveiled a variety of consumer-centric smart devices, or ‘Lifeware*’, at the Mobile World Congress 2015 with the aim to create opportunities in the global market for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Lifeware is a newly-coined word that combines “life” and “hardware/software”, and refers to smart devices that add value to people’s lives.

At its booth located in Hall 3 (3J30), SK Telecom is introducing diverse Lifeware developed to enhance customers’ well-being, health and safety, including Smart Band, Smart Hearing Aid, Smart Beam HD, Linkage, Solar Skin and T Kids Phone JooN.

Smart Band

Smart Band is a chic-looking wearable watch that comes with a range of innovative functionalities. Set on a sleek and slim bracelet strap to satisfy young and stylish customers, Smart Band not only notifies users of incoming calls, SMS-MMS, emails and SNS updates, but also enhances their health by recommending different levels of physical exercise depending on the user’s condition. It also provides fun features like daily horoscopes, selfie remote control and anniversary reminder. Armed with sophisticated design, differentiated features and affordable price, Smart Band is expected to make a strong impression in the market.

Smart Band, a chic looking yet highly functional wearable device designed for the fashion conscious, not only notifies the user of incoming calls, SMS, MMS, emails and SNS updates, but also promotes the user's health through activity tracking and motivation-enhancing features.

Smart Band, a chic looking yet highly functional wearable device designed for the fashion conscious, not only notifies the user of incoming calls, SMS, MMS, emails and SNS updates, but also promotes the user’s health through activity tracking and motivation-enhancing features.

Smart Hearing Aid

Smart Hearing Aid, a Bluetooth earset with a hearing aid feature, has also made its first appearance at Barcelona. While wirelessly connected to users’ smartphones, Smart Hearing Aid provides basic earset features such as hands-free voice calling and CD-quality music play. Then, it sets itself apart from other Bluetooth earphones by offering a four-channel hearing aid feature for people with hearing loss via a smartphone app that supports specialized hearing aid fitting. Developed in response to the rapidly growing aged population and noise pollution, Smart Hearing Aid will enable customers to use hearing aids more conveniently at a reasonable cost. Smart Hearing Aid has been also recognized for its design excellence, receiving the 2015 iF Design Award.

Smart Beam HD

Smart Beam HD is a pico projector built with laser technology to realize three times better image quality than its former version. It projects a high definition image and brightness of over 50 lumens while guaranteeing safety for eyes, and even has a focus-free feature. Moreover, applied with wireless technologies like Miracast and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), the laser projector can be wirelessly connected to the user’s smartphone. Introduced for the first time at CES 2015, Smart Beam HD has drawn great interest from companies around the globe, which has led to a number of sales contracts and technology cooperation.

Meanwhile, Smart Beam, the former version of Smart Beam HD launched in February 2013, has successfully established itself as the representative Lifeware of SK Telecom. To date, a total of over 160,000 units have been sold in 13 countries around the world.

Linkage

Linkage is a portable Wi-Fi speaker capable of providing features and quality that are incomparable to the existing Bluetooth speakers. Scheduled to be launched in March 2015, Linkage is expected to rapidly gain popularity in the market as it offers powerful features in a compact body: It plays Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) music files and can be connected with up to 9 more units to offer surround sound feature.

SolarSkin

SolarSkin is a solar-powered smartphone charging case that can be uses in almost all environments as it uses light to generate electric current to charge a smartphone battery. SK Telecom plans to introduce SolarSkin for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 first and will expand the product for other smartphone models.

T Kids Phone JooN

T Kids Phone JooN is a standalone, wearable 3G phone for children that can be worn as a wristwatch or necklace. Managed through a mobile app named JooNBox installed on parent’s smartphone, T Kids Phone JooN offers diverse features including voice calling, SOS notification, real-time location tracking and Safe Zone settings. With the increasing social interest in children’s safety and parents’ concerns on their children having their first phone at a younger age, T Kids Phone JooN is receiving great response not only in the Korean market but also in the overseas markets including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the U.S. Furthermore, SK Telecom plans to expand its lineup of Lifeware targeted at enhancing people’s safety and security by launching a follow-up model of T Kids Phone within the first half of this year.

“SK Telecom has taken its appcessaries to the next level with Lifeware, consumer-centric devices that add value to people’s lives,” said Park Chul-soon, Senior Vice President and Head of Convergence Business at SK Telecom. “We expect to create new opportunities in the global IoT market while participating in MWC 2015 and will continue to develop innovative Lifeware that further enhance convenience, health and safety of our customers.”

About SK Telecom

SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670), established in 1984, is Korea’s largest telecommunications company with more than 28 million mobile subscribers, accounting for over 50% of the market. The company reached KRW 17.164 trillion in revenue in 2014. As the world’s first company to commercialize CDMA, CDMA 2000 1x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks, SK Telecom launched the nation’s first LTE service in July 2011. SK Telecom also became the world’s first mobile carrier to commercialize 150Mbps LTE-Advanced in June 2013 and 225Mbps LTE-Advanced in June 2014 through Carrier Aggregation(CA). In line with its efforts to swiftly move towards the next-generation mobile network system, or 5G, it successfully commercialized 300Mbps tri-band LTE-A CA. As of December 2014, the company has over 16.7 million LTE and LTE-Advanced subscribers. Based on its strength in network operations business, SK Telecom is seeking new growth engines in areas of platform, Big Data and convergence business. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com or email to press@sktelecom.com.

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KT and Ubitus Join Hands to Accelerate Cloud Gaming Service on IPTVs in Korea

TAIPEI and SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Ubitus Inc., the worldwide cloud gaming leader, and KT Corporation, the largest telecommunication service provider in South Korean, are excited to announce their partnership in cloud gaming service today.

KT Corporation has launched its gaming service “Wizgame” on IPTV Set-top-box and plans to strengthen the service by extending game line up in this year. With the collaboration with Ubitus, more blockbuster game titles from leading game companies worldwide will be expected to land on KT’s “Wizgame” going forward. Users will be able to download the updated app in KT’s Appstore from April.

Moreover, KT’s HTML5 Set-top-box devices (three to five models) will be upgraded to support cloud gaming by April, which would enable 60%~70% of existing KT IPTV 5 million subscribers to access cloud gaming service. Ubitus is also aimed to support as many set-top-box devices as possible to expand the device coverage. By the end of this year, 80%~90% subscribers would be able to enjoy cloud gaming service.

Powered by Ubitus’ GameCloud ® solution, KT’s set-top boxes can deliver instant console gaming experiences on demand without the need for users to equip with expensive high-end computers or game consoles as prerequisites. Users will be amazed by the incredible console-level gaming experience, similar to that of PS4 or Xbox, streaming down via their home broadband connections from the cloud.

“Ubitus is thrilled to collaborate with KT and bring ‘Wizgame’ cloud gaming service to the next level in Korea market. We are devoted to enhance customers’ satisfaction by bringing more attractive services and contents to users,” said Wesley Kuo, CEO of Ubitus.

About Ubitus Inc.

Ubitus Inc. has the world’s leading game virtualization technology and cloud-streaming platform. It strives to provide a more pervasive gaming user experience using top-notch technology, allowing players to play the best games at any time and any place as long as they are connected to the internet. The services are compatible across devices, platforms, and networks. It doesn’t matter if the player is using a smart phone, tablet, PC, or smart TV.

As one of the leaders in cloud gaming technology and game streaming services, Ubitus has entered into long-term partnerships with top-notch international game developers, becoming the agent for many classic gaming masterpieces. It has penetrated the Japanese, Korean, US, Hong Kong, and mainland Chinese market. It has liaised with leading telecom service providers, online service providers, and game makers everywhere to provide services to local gamers.

The company was established in 2007, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. It currently has 140 employees, and has offices in the US, Japan, South Korea, and Mainland China. Since it was established, it has been generating record-breaking achievements in the global cloud gaming market and received widespread industry recognition in the respective countries and regions.

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KT Corporation is a South Korean integrated wired/wireless telecommunication service provider. KT focuses on information and communications business, and it has the largest portion of the South Korean local telephone and high-speed Internet market. Originally founded in 1981 as a public corporation, KT actively led Korea’s transition to the information era and played a key role in promoting the growth of Korea into a globally recognized IT superpower.

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Globe Telecom Launches Philippines’ First-ever Virtual Video Store on Mobile

Over 40 million prepaid customers get access to over 200,000 videos on their mobile phones for as low as US$0.02 each

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Globe Telecom, one of the leading telecommunications networks in the Philippines, is bringing its over 40 million prepaid customers a richer mobile data experience on the back of increasing affordability and availability of smartphones with the launch of the country’s first-ever one-stop shop virtual video store.

Globe recently launched Piso Mall, a mobile video store which enables Globe prepaid and TM customers to watch videos on their mobile phones from a selection of over 200,000 videos, with each video available for as low as P1 or US$0.02.

With Piso Mall, customers can enjoy their favorite TV shows, movie trailers and clips, music videos and video tutorials at a pocket-friendly price, anytime, anywhere via their mobile phones. Videos can be chosen from over 12 channels including Hollywood and News, Music, Kids, For Men, Lifestyle, Sports, Extreme, Technology, Cooking and Web Series.

There is no maintaining prepaid load balance required to access Piso Mall and no additional data charges are applied when browsing through videos.

“Strengthening our content play, Globe is bringing mobile entertainment to prepaid customers with the country’s first-ever virtual video store Piso Mall, giving them access to hundreds of thousands of videos of various genres and categories. For as low as one peso (US$0.02), prepaid and TM customers can use their smartphones and its features fully, going beyond the usual calls and texts. With Piso Mall, we are changing the prepaid landscape once again by providing our customers easy, affordable and hassle-free access to video content, enabling them to live their digital lifestyle,” says Issa Cabreira, Senior Vice President, Globe Consumer Mobile Marketing.

Globe is a trailblazer in the Philippine mobile prepaid market as it pioneered GoSAKTO, a service that allowed prepaid customers to create and customize their own prepaid promos based on their budget, needs, and lifestyle. The telecom company also bundled its core call and text promos with the world’s top messaging apps such as Viber, FB Messenger, KakaoTalk, WeChat, WhatsApp, and Line, enabling customers to connect with their contacts from around the world. Proving its global impact, GoSAKTO was adjudged Best Network-based Solution for Serving Customers Award in the 19th Annual Global Mobile Awards by the GSMA in Barcelona, Spain for delivering innovative pricing features to the prepaid market that have previously been confined to the postpaid market — giving many more customers the ability to personalize their services and tailor them to their needs.

During the third quarter of the year, Globe Telecom’s prepaid business remained in full swing after its customer base breached the 40-million mark amidst intense competition and aggressive switching in the prepaid market.

As of end-September 2014, total prepaid base has grown to 40.7 million, up 18% from the 34.5 million customers as of the same period last year. The telco’s digital brand for the youth Globe Prepaid grew its customer base to 18.9 million customers, a 12% increase from last year’s customer base of 17 million, while TM, the company’s value prepaid brand, increased its customer base to 21.8 million, a solid 24% growth from last year’s 17.6 million customers.

Globe Prepaid gross acquisitions for the first nine months of the year grew to 11.6 million or 23% higher than the acquisition level in the same period last year of 9.4 million. Coming from strong gross acquisitions, net incremental subscribers likewise improved by 109% to 1.1 million from 523,797 in the same period last year.

TM, on the other hand, generated a total of 5 million new SIMs in the third quarter of 2014, bringing total gross acquisitions as of the end of September this year to 15.5 million, up 27% against the same period in 2013.

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ViewQwest Announces 2Gbps Fiber Broadband, First in the World Outside of Japan

– ViewQwest offers fastest residential Internet connectivity in Singapore

– Leads Singapore Internet Service Providers to explore possibilities of 2Gbps fiber broadband

– Streamlines existing fiber broadband price plans to provide consumers with simplified options

SINGAPORE, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ViewQwest, Singapore’s premium fiber broadband operator, today announced its capability to offer 2Gbps fiber broadband — the first in the world outside of Japan, and the fastest residential Internet connectivity in Singapore. The 2Gbps fiber broadband will be undergoing limited trials with a select group of customers from now until end-2014, and will be commercially available in early 2015.

“Our customers are always connected and are active users of the Internet, using it for home entertainment like watching movies and TV shows on their TVs and computers. We know they demand the fastest Internet speeds and reliability, and ViewQwest is proud to be the first in Singapore — and in the world outside of Japan — to have the capability to offer 2Gbps fiber broadband. We look to continue leading the way for Singapore’s Internet Service Providers and pushing the boundaries in terms of our speed and content offerings,” said Vignesa Moorthy, CEO, ViewQwest.  

Consumers will be able to try first-hand the possibilities of 2Gbps fiber broadband at SITEX from 27 to 30 November 2014 at the ViewQwest booth (5G20) at the Singapore EXPO.

New fiber broadband price plans

To further cater to consumer preferences, ViewQwest has streamlined its existing packages into two price plans that simplify the options for consumers. Consumers can now choose ViewQwest Fibernet™ broadband bundles that offer faster Internet speeds and incredible home entertainment value at more competitive prices than before.

Bundles continue to include ViewQwest’s Freedom VPN, which opens up a world of home entertainment, allowing consumers access to geo-restricted international streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, PPTV, Viki, BBC iPlayer, ITV and Tonton.

Also included in the bundles are free gifts such as ViewQwest TV, an Android-based media player that connects the TV to the Internet, and add-ons like OneVoice™, a residential fixed line that gives you free unlimited incoming and outgoing local calls.

The new ViewQwest Fibernet™ broadband bundles are:

  • Freedom VPN 600Mbps Bundle — $65 per month
    • Fibernet™ Broadband 600Mbps
    • 3 Months Free Freedom VPN
    • Free ViewQwest TV
    • Free modem/ router rental
    • OneVoice™ residential phone line
  • Freedom VPN 1000Mbps Bundle — $89.95 per month
    • Fibernet™ Broadband 1000Mbps
    • 3 Months Free Freedom VPN
    • Free ViewQwest TV
    • Free modem/ router rental
    • OneVoice™ residential phone line

The new price plans will be available from 12 November 2014.

About ViewQwest

ViewQwest is a Singapore Internet Service Provider (ISP) established in 2001 with a commercial and residential client base. Our core mission is to deliver an unparalleled service to each and every customer, and we have an unwavering commitment to deliver on our promises. As a Facilities Based Operator (FBO), we own cable systems between Singapore and Malaysia, as well as our own undersea cable between Singapore and Indonesia. ViewQwest challenges accepted norms and has a history of innovation over the past decade. We introduced services such as Freedom VPN to allow users to unblock popular streaming websites in select regions, established Points-of-Presence (PoP) in New York and Los Angeles for better connectivity to USA, and was the first Singaporean ISP to employ Latency Based Routing technology.

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Blooming of High-definition Channels and Video on Demand Feeds Latin American Pay TV Growth, Finds Frost & Sullivan

– Widening geographic coverage will propel pay TV providers into the next expansion phase in the region

SAO PAULO, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Latin American pay TV services market is expected to continue its growth trajectory due to the rise in postpaid subscriptions for direct-to-home (DTH) TV. The demand for value-added services such as high-definition (HD) and video on demand (VOD) is further spurring market development. Innovative commercialization models including prepaid plans and multiple-play bundles add to market revenues.

Renato Pasquini, ICT Industry Manager - Latin America, Frost & Sullivan

Renato Pasquini, ICT Industry Manager – Latin America, Frost & Sullivan

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Latin America Pay TV Services Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $20.43 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $30.91 billion in 2019. The number of subscribers in the region will touch 86.1 million by 2019 from 55.9 million in 2013, hitting a household penetration rate of 57.9 percent. The study covers cable TV, DTH, multichannel multipoint distribution service and Internet protocol TV (IPTV).

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“As customers increasingly expect higher video quality and content diversity, Latin American operators are expanding the line-up of HD channels at affordable prices,” said Frost & Sullivan Information and Communication Technologies Industry Manager Renato Pasquini. “While some companies have already packed their portfolios with HD channels, others are speeding up the transition from standard-definition to HD to boost incremental revenues per user.”

Operators are looking to combine voice, data, video and mobile services in bundles to lower service costs for their customers. However, the heavy taxes levied on pay TV services, especially in Brazil, and the low returns on network deployments in remote areas and small cities challenge operators’ ability to offer convergent services.

The next era of pay TV will, therefore, coincide with the introduction of new network architectures that place content close to the user. As a result, VOD is likely to become one of the main modalities for consuming video, enabling a look and feel closer to Internet-delivered services than traditional content delivery. Hence, the over-the-top (OTT) segment, though currently not a threat, may eat into the market share of pay TV services depending on the quality of broadband offerings and attractiveness of content.

“In a bid to combat this, IPTV and a considerable number of cable TV providers will include VOD services on their set-top box by 2019,” noted Pasquini. “The ensuing competition among cable TV, DTH and IPTV operators, especially in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico will improve the availability and quality of services, add value to service offerings, and enhance price points.”

As sophisticated delivery models gain ground, broadening the geographic footprint of pay TV services will take the Latin American market to the next level of competitiveness.

Latin America Pay TV Services Market is part of the Telecom Services (http://www.ipcommunications.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Latin American Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Services Market, Latin American Fixed Broadband Services Markets, Latin American Mobile Enterprise Services Market, and Brazilian Total Telecommunications Services Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Croatian Optima Telecom and SmartLabs Collaborate to Deliver Next Generation Interactive TV Services

— SmartLabs and Optima Telecom are looking forward to a long-term partnership to jointly deliver an ambitious multiscreen interactive TV project.

ZAGREB, Croatia, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SmartLabs announces that, in partnership with the Optima Telecom, Сroatia’s 2nd largest fixed line, Internet and Pay-TV provider, they have upgraded the OptiTV service and deployed a next generation end-to-end SmartLabs Interactive TV Solution.

More than 20 companies took part in the Optima Telecom tender process and after completing an extensive and detailed selection process, an end-to-end solution from SmartLabs was selected. The SmartLabs solution included a service delivery platform (SmartTUBE SDP), video infrastructure (SmartMEDIA), an advanced user interface (SmartTUBE UI) and the SML-482 STBs.

Whilst the SML-482 STB has been selected for new customers, a critical feature of the project was the migration of existing Optima Telecom customers from the legacy interactive TV platform to the new service, built on the SmartLabs solution, without changing their STBs. The new solution has been rapidly implemented and the customer migration process is now underway and legacy STBs, from STB providers Telsey and Albis, are fully supported on the new platform.

Ensuring support for legacy STBs enabled Optima Telecom to substantially reduce the capital expenditure involved in deploying a next generation Interactive TV solution whilst providing its valued existing customers a completely new TV viewing experience with the minimum amount of fuss.

The SmartLabs solution now offers Optima Telecom customers access to linear TV channels, VOD, Pay-Per-View services, radio stations, YouTube and Facebook and they can also play user generated content from external devices. All services are accessed using a state of the art, visually appealing and functionally agile user interface. In later phases of the project, new features such as multi screen services will be introduced enabling customers to view content and control their STB using smart phones and tablets.

Mikhail Grachev, SmartLabs CEO, stated, ” We are delighted to collaborate with Optima Telecom to work with them to deliver their far reaching and fascinating plans for the OptiTV service. We believe that this ambitious project will bring out the full potential of our products and allow SmartLabs to demonstrate our capability to implement and support state-of-the-art national interactive TV services.”

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SmartLabs is a leader in the development of service delivery platforms for interactive digital television (IPTV, OTTtv, hybrid IPTV/DVB), advanced client applications and user interfaces, next generation set-top boxes, and other innovative solutions for service providers and corporations.

ACE Life Partners with AEON to Offer Life Insurance Through Telesales Channel

BANGKOK, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ACE Life, the global life insurance division of ACE Group, today announced a partnership with AEON Insurance Service (Thailand) Company Limited to jointly offer a range of life, personal accident and health insurance products to AEON Thana Sinsap (Thailand) PLC’s customers countrywide via telemarketing.  With the opening of ACE Life Telemarketing Call Center at Ted’s House Building, customers can conveniently purchase life insurance on the phone. 

To provide innovative products via this newly launched distribution channel, ACE Life has launched the ‘Two in One Protector’ plan specifically for this new segment of customers.  It provides death coverage from sickness and accident, dismemberment and total permanent disability from accident.  Premiums start from  as low as seven baht per day with medical expense benefit of 15,000 baht per accident.

Kevin Goulding, Regional President of ACE Life in Asia Pacific said, “Thailand is one of the core markets for ACE Life in Asia Pacific and our partnership with AEON signifies a milestone in our company’s strategy to  expand our  distribution channels.  Committed to strive for better service to our customers, we aim to deliver value added financial protection solutions to our Thai customers.”

Sally O’Hara, Country President of ACE Life Assurance Public Company Limited commented, “We are delighted to be partnering with AEON Insurance Service (Thailand) to provide innovative life insurance products to AEON Thana Sinsap (Thailand) PLC’s customer base.  Our partnership leverages ACE Life’s multi-channel business and service model in Thailand and we look forward to building a long and rewarding relationship with AEON.” 

Kevin Goulding, Regional President of ACE Life in Asia Pacific (center) and Sally O'Hara, Country President of ACE Life in Thailand (left) together with Sakarabhop Dhivarakara, Managing Director of AEON Insurance Service (Thailand) Company Limited (right) presided over the grand opening ceremony of the "ACE Life Telemarketing Call Center" at Ted's House Building on August 6, 2014

Kevin Goulding, Regional President of ACE Life in Asia Pacific (center) and Sally O’Hara, Country President of ACE Life in Thailand (left) together with Sakarabhop Dhivarakara, Managing Director of AEON Insurance Service (Thailand) Company Limited (right) presided over the grand opening ceremony of the “ACE Life Telemarketing Call Center” at Ted’s House Building on August 6, 2014

ABOUT ACE LIFE IN THAILAND

ACE Life Assurance Public Company Limited (ACE Life) is part of the ACE Group, one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty insurers. With operations in 54 countries, the ACE Group provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of the ACE Group, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. The ACE Group’s core operating insurance companies are rated AA for financial strength by Standard & Poor’s and A++ by A.M. Best.

Specifically to meet the needs of financial protection and security of its broad range of customers, ACE Life in Thailand (ACE Life Assurance Public Company Limited) offers a comprehensive range of quality life insurance products and services.  The company partners with financial institutions and other companies to tailor individual policies for their clients and employees while ACE Life’s team of over 2,500 agents service and support customers throughout the nation.  

More information can be found at www.acelife.co.th.

ACE Life, ACE Group of Companies and ACE Limited are registered trademarks of ACE Limited.

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Vodafone Report Shows Asia Pacific Organisations Lead in Adoption of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Solutions

HONG KONG, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Surging global demand as M2M adoption increases by more than 80% in the past year
  • Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP) powers ahead of US and Europe in M2M take-up
  • Region expected to lead global adoption rates over the next two years
  • More than a fifth of global companies have implemented M2M, expected to be 55% in 2016
  • Consumer electronics is recognised as fastest growing sector, along with automotive

Vodafone published its second annual ‘M2M Adoption Barometer’, a global survey of the machine-to-machine (M2M) market, which finds that companies in Asia Pacific were among the leaders in M2M adoption globally. In 2014, 27% of AMAP based companies on average have adopted M2M solutions  a 15 point increase over 2013. Average adoption rates were 21% in Europe and 17% in the Americas.

M2M, which connects previously isolated machines or devices to the internet to make the ‘Internet of Things’ possible, is now a mainstream solution as 22% of organisations on average globally have adopted M2M, an impressive increase of over 80% on last year; the survey findings suggest.

The survey, carried out by Circle Research, captured the views of more than 600 executives 38% of whom were from the AMAP region — involved in setting M2M strategy in seven key industries across 14 countries, making it one of the leading global surveys of M2M implementation.

The 2013 Vodafone M2M Adoption Barometer report had predicted that the US will be overtaken by the AMAP region as the geography with the widest adoption of M2M. The 2014 survey now predicts that the AMAP region will continue to lead the rest of the world over the next couple of years  with adoption expected to hit 48% on average across companies based in this region in 2015. This year’s report also suggests that by 2016 the gap will be negligible with all regions close to 55% average for adoption.

Globally three sectors have emerged as front runners in M2M with nearly 30% adoption rates: automotive, consumer electronics, and energy and utilities. Vodafone’s report shows that the consumer electronics sector is at the forefront of a shift from the warehouse to the living room. Automotive is the most mature of the sectors where M2M is now seen as an enabler for additional services such as remote maintenance and infotainment. M2M adoption in energy and utilities is also growing rapidly as ‘smart’ home and office services such as intelligent heating and connected security gain popularity.

While more firms are seeing a return on investment from M2M than last year 46% of respondents cited a ‘significant increase’ compared with 36% in 2013  there are still some barriers to adoption, including managing security concerns and the challenges of global deployment.

Director of Machine-to-Machine in Asia Pacific, Vodafone, Niklas Ekarv said: “This year’s report findings leaves no doubt that momentum is accelerating as companies in Asia Pacific begin to realise the commercial potential of the Internet of Things. Machina Research expects M2M connections in Asia to grow at a CAGR of 20% till 2023*. This technology is transforming whole industries across Asia as companies find new ways to operate and engage with their customers. Greater China is expected to dominate Asian M2M revenues as per Machina Research; followed by Japan, India, Korea and Australia. Vodafone has invested in capabilities across Asia Pacific to become the provider of choice for M2M solutions.”

Principal Analyst at Machina Research, Alex Chau, said, “We estimate that the market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow to over 9.4 billion connections by 2023 and is expected to be worth over US$679 billion in revenues a 4x multiplier increase over 2013. Vodafone’s M2M Barometer report indicates just how fast M2M is being adopted. M2M technologies are being used more and more to drive efficiency and add new features, giving companies a competitive edge. It is also starting to facilitate new ways of working, fundamentally changing how organisations do business and how they serve their customers.”

The report is available to download from https://m2m.vodafone.com/barometer2014.

*Source – Machina Research’s M2M Forecast Database

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About Vodafone Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

Vodafone Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connects previously isolated machines or devices to the internet, delivering new functionality and enhanced services without the need for human intervention. Supported by more than 250 dedicated employees, Vodafone’s global M2M platform makes it easy for global businesses to manage centrally M2M deployments across multiple territories, with greater control and at a lower cost than previously possible. In 2014 Vodafone was named global M2M leader by Machina Research, for the third year in a row. For more information, please visit: https://m2m.vodafone.com/home/.  

About Vodafone

Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 27 countries, partners with mobile networks in 48 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 March 2014, Vodafone had 434 million mobile customers and 9 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com

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