SingTel buys sticky photo aggregator Pixable for $26.5M

SingTel is buying social photo aggregator Pixable for $26.5 million. The New York City startup had more than 4 million downloads of its app, which used smart algorithms to help surface the most relevant pictures for users.

Asia Pacific Will Have 120 Million LTE Connections in 2015

There will be nearly 120 million LTE connections in the Asia Pacific region, driven by four major markets: China, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia. The race begins with the December 2010 launch of Xi, a new LTE service from Japanese mobile giant, NTT DoCoMo.

LTE Advances Across Asia

The Asia-Pacific region is getting ever-closer to faster mobile broadband, with network operators in Japan, Singapore, Australia and Indonesia readying their Long Term Evolution networks. Today NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile operator, affirmed its plans to deploy LTE in 2010; it also said it would shut off its 2G network in March 2011 since most subscribers now have 3G phones. NTT DoCoMo had previously said it would keep the 2G network running until December 2012. Speaking at the GSM Association’s Mobile Asia Congress 2009, Ryuji Yamada, president and CEO of NTT DoCoMo, said LTE data cards will be ready in 2010 and handsets will be ready in 2011. Read More about LTE Advances Across Asia

SingTel Buys Growth

Let’s pretend for a moment that you operate a wireless phone company for a relatively small country that’s packed with mobile phones. Sure, you’ll focus on increasing data revenue, but if you’re smart, you’ll buy into growing operators in other countries, too. That’s how SingTel, the carrier whose home market has about 4.6 million people (and 5.6 million mobile phones), does it. The company added 182,000 new customers in Singapore in the second quarter of this year, lifting its total base there to 2.75 million subscribers. Meanwhile, in countries including India, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh, SingTel saw its customers grow by 42 percent, to a total of 70.76 million subscribers.