A primer on how eSIMs can change the telco game

On July 21, the Singapore-headquartered Circles Life launched its eSIM service that allows users to sign up and activate their mobile plans without the need for a physical SIM card.

Analysis: FMCG ecommerce set to boom in Asia

Covid-19 has been a major catalyst for ecommerce adoption, catapulting digital shopping from a convenience to a necessity for households all over the world. In particular, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) appear to be having a moment as consumer behavior and purchasing habits permanently shift to ordering groceries and daily necessities online.

10 tech investment winners for a post-Covid world

While the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is undeniable, data reported by key companies reveal that there are specific segments of the tech industry that are crushing it right now.

Commentary: Should Masayoshi Son step away from SoftBank Group?

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group is among the high-profile casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic as many of its well-publicized technology bets have begun to unravel. In a recent interview with Forbes, founder Masayoshi Son said that 15 of the 88 portfolio companies in the SoftBank Vision Fund are likely to go bankrupt. But he also believes that another 15 companies should succeed.

Commentary: Should Sea sell Shopee and focus on Garena?

The full year 2019 financial results recently released by New York-listed Sea Ltd highlights the extreme performance disparity between its online gaming unit Garena and ecommerce business Shopee.

Commentary: China’s manufacturing confidence soars. It could be a false rally

Amid the doom and gloom that the Covid-19 outbreak has brought to the global economy, there’s one bright spot: The China Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) is signaling a strong rebound in March for the manufacturing industry.

Commentary: A Grab-Gojek merger makes sense but isn’t the smartest play

Many would agree that merging ride-hailing giants Grab and Gojek would make business sense. But that’s easier said than done and probably not the smartest move for both.

Commentary: SoftBank-backed Oyo risks seeing its valuation slashed – just like WeWork

Oyo Hotels & Homes reported this week that its losses have jumped sixfold in the year ended March 2019, adding to the worrying signs that another company backed by Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group is looking vulnerable – just like WeWork, the US office-sharing firm that ran into financial trouble last year.

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