Solaiemes attended past week Mobile Asia Expo, hosted in Shanghai. This is the new name and venue for the now traditional Asia-focused GSMA event, taking over from Mobile Asia Congress that we also attended in previous years in Hong Kong and Macao. This year, the event was opened to the "pro-sumers" and as a result, attendance was much higher than in previous editions. Many companies focused on consumer products, a developer area, and a gaming zone attracted many visitors. Solaiemes participated in the Joyn area, inside GSMA Pavillion, together with a number of companies in the Joyn/RCS ecosystem, not only presenting our demos to operators, but also introducing Joyn to a fairly large number of visitors not directly related to the telco market.
The event was a very good opportunity to engage with the rest of the ecosystem, share experiences, strenghten partnerships and get first hand knowledge of the dynamics and trends in the Asia regional markets, very diverse between themselves and quite different from Europe. Just an example: South Korea already offers nationwide LTE coverage, has 14% of the customers using LTE and it is forecasted that 50% customers will use LTE in less than one year.
Already talking with a number of service providers in the region, Solaiemes is looking forward to partnering with operators and vendors exploring monetization strategies for IM services, very popular in many markets in the region. We can say we come back with several new open opportunities in the suitcase. Jose Recio