- und daher habe ich mir nach dem Einstieg bei Alibaba, die inzwischem mehr als 20% gut gemacht haben, auch einige Rakutens gekauft.
Look Out Amazon, Here Comes...Rakuten? Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten announced on Tuesday it is acquiring Ebates for $1 billion.
The acquisition, which Rakuten hinted at last week, is part of the Japanese company?s push to grow its base beyond its domestic market and hopefully, become a global player. Having made some $1.2 billion acquisitions to date along these lines, this is Rakuten?s most ambitious move to date.
However, investors are dubious that the company can absorb yet another foreign acquisition, much less one the size of Ebates, despite Rakuten?s strong cash position. Then there is the ever-present Amazon, which dominates the e-commerce market in the U.S. Few believe it will falter in the face of Chinese giant Alibaba, much less a Rakuten-Ebates combo.
Rakuten Goes Forth
Not surprisingly, Rakuten says it is undaunted. For starters, it has assembled a very interesting mix of acquisitions. There is messaging app Viber, which it purchased for $900 million in February, the Canadian ebook offering Kobo, Spanish video service Wuaki.tv, Viki, a digital content platform and Buy.com. Now it has picked up Ebates.
: Viber in Sinhala, Tamil to woo Sri Lanka's masses
Viber has been around for almost a decade now and recently reached over a billion users worldwide, making them one of the top communication apps globally. While being present in every country, the app has managed to customise their services in 10-15 countries, so that the content would better suit local audiences.
This is especially true when it comes to the Asia-Pacific region, where smartphone penetration is at 70% and acts as a potential growth accelerator for Viber. Currently, the region accounts for nearly 25% of their overall global user base.
During a roundtable session held last week (24) with Viber Asia-Pacific Director Anubhav Nayyar, The Sunday Morning Business learnt that Sri Lanka was among the top five markets for Viber in the region. He explained that this was purely because of three factors, namely the overall market size and penetration, encouraging and healthy growth numbers, and the huge potential the market holds.
?For a country with a population of 22 million, I do think the quality of the audience we have in Sri Lanka is extremely good; from what we have seen, everybody has more reasons and occasions to use us. The time spent on the app is important and I think in Sri Lanka, we see that to be higher than the global average.?
Sri Lanka currently houses 14 million registered Viber users, with an activation growth rate of 13-14% over the previous year. This growth is not only attributed to the usage in larger cities like Colombo and Kandy, but also to smaller towns in rural parts of the country.
?We have seen the usage of Viber grow in other regions in the country, and have data to show that usage. We have also spoken with certain organisations and people, which have confirmed that even the smallest parts of the country also use our services,? said Nayyar.
He also attributed this widespread usage to the infrastructure of the internet in the country and the subsidised prices of smartphones, both of which have given people access to the app.
During the roundtable, Nayyar stated that Viber introduced a new local interface to their platform in January which includes both Tamil and Sinhala languages, in order to provide higher accessibility to their users in Sri Lanka. He explained that while the English penetration in the country is much higher than other countries in the Asian region, they believe that localisation is the future for apps and services such as Viber.
While having entered the Sri Lankan market in 2010, when the app was launched globally, Viber had begun investing in localising the app and partnering with other Sri Lankan organisations back in 2015.
Nayyar claimed that they have seen their localised stickers do well in the Sri Lankan market, when it comes to connecting with their user base. Taking the Sri Lankan Sinhalese and Tamil New Year as an example, he stated that they traditionally do something specifically cultural during April for their local users.
He explained that the response they saw was a key factor when they looked at introducing Sinhala and Tamil as languages on the platform. It was also driven by the fact that their user base also included non-English speakers from rural parts of the country.
?We included the languages in January because we felt that this was very important for the country and specifically for our non-English-speaking users.?
Encrypted messaging apps keep your private data safe from spying eyes. Find out which are the most secure in our extensive 2020 analysis.
By Bill Mann June 11, 2020
The lack of real privacy and security on the big-name services has resulted in the development of newer messaging apps and services. These aim to provide secure communications that are actually secure. As of now (April 2020), there are dozens of messaging apps available that claim to be secure. In this article, we?ve surveyed the field and come up with what we consider to be the 5 best secure messaging apps of 2020.
After looking at the mass of secure messaging apps available, we came up with five top performers that you may want to consider for your own use.
While not very well known in the West, Viber is one of the most popular messaging apps (secure or otherwise) in the world. According to 99firms.com, Viber has more than 1 billion (1,000,000,000) users worldwide. Interestingly, most of those users are located in the former Soviet Union, with relatively few users in places like the United States or European Union.
Viber?s basic features are similar to the other apps we?ve listed here. You can send voice and text messages, photos, videos, to individual users or groups of any size. It also offers voice and video chats, all with end-to-end encryption, and all available on mobile devices and the major desktop operating systems.
Another feature that we particularly like is the way Viber color-codes chats. The coding system is simple and logical: Green means this particular chat is encrypted, and the contact you are connected to is trusted. Grey means that the chat is encrypted, but you haven?t marked the contact as trusted. Red means there is a problem authenticating the contact.
The company has also upped its game when it comes to their End-to-End (E2E) encryption. It used to be that only 1-on-1 communications were protected by E2E encryption. But that all changed with the release of Viber 6.0. Now group chats are also E2E protected, eliminating one of the major complaints people had in the past.
Unfortunately, as you can see in the ?Viber Cons? this app still comes up short on some of the privacy features we think are important. On the other hand, with its huge user base, and strong presence in places like Russia and Ukraine, it could still be the ideal app for communicating with your that part of the world.
?Altiostar is excited to partner with DISH and execute on their vision to build the first cloud-native, O-RAN 5G network in the U.S.,? said Ashraf Dahod, CEO of Altiostar Networks. ?As a U.S. company, we are proud to contribute our leading open vRAN technology innovation to DISH, and work with the fast growing O-RAN ecosystem to accelerate 5G leadership in the U.S.?
Altiostar?s Open vRAN technology has already been deployed and proven at a large scale for Rakuten Mobile, the Japanese mobile operator that launched commercial service earlier this year.
About DISH: DISH Network Corporation is a connectivity company. Since 1980, it has served as a disruptive force, driving innovation and value on behalf of consumers. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides television entertainment and award-winning technology to millions of customers with its satellite DISH TV and streaming Sling TV services. Through its strategic spectrum portfolio and other assets, DISH is poised to enter the wireless market as a facilities-based provider of wireless services with a nationwide consumer offering and development of the first standalone 5G broadband network in the U.S. DISH?s OnTech Smart Services brand offers in-home installation of connected home devices and entertainment solutions. DISH Media serves as the company?s advertising sales group delivering targeted advertising solutions. DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is a Fortune 250 company.
About Altiostar: Altiostar provides a 4G and 5G open virtualized RAN software solution that supports open interfaces and disaggregates the hardware from the software to build a multi-vendor web-scale network. This solution supports indoor and outdoor massive MIMO, as well as macro and small cells, enabling interference management, carrier aggregation and dual connectivity to improve the efficiency of the network. It also enhances the Quality of Experience for the end user, while providing broadband speeds. Operators can add intelligence, quickly adapt the software for different services and automate operations to rapidly scale the network and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The Altiostar open vRAN solution has been deployed globally, including the world?s first cloud-native mobile network with Rakuten Mobile in Japan.
Germany's United Internet goes down Rakuten route with plan to build 5G network based on open RAN
ANNE MORRIS, Contributing Editor, Light Reading 6/22/2020
Ralph Dommermuth, the CEO of United Internet, signaled that its subsidiary 1&1 Drillisch intends to build a high-performance 5G network based on open radio access network (RAN) technology. 1&1 Drillisch is aiming to become Germany's fourth mobile network operator after acquiring 5G-enabling spectrum in 2019. Speaking during the second "Mobilfunkgipfel" (mobile summit) organized by the German government, Dommermuth outlined an ambitious goal: to follow the example of Rakuten Mobile in Japan and build a fully virtualized 5G network in Germany.
It's worth noting here that Rakuten plans to package its new mobile strategy into a product that it will sell to other companies worldwide. It remains to be seen whether 1&1 Drillisch would be interested in benefiting directly from Rakuten's experience, building its network based on the Rakuten Communications Platform. After Rakuten and now Dish, 1&1 Drillisch is only the third mobile operator worldwide ? and currently the sole European operator ? that seems to have plans to use open RAN on a nationwide scale in a developed market.
India?s Bharti Airtel announced it?s deployed Altiostar?s open virtual RAN software across its 4G network in multiple major cities in India.
The announcement comes one day after the mobile operator picked Nokia for a widescale multi-year contract to enhance 4G capacity, including the deployment of about 300,000 radio units by 2022. In terms of its work with Altiostar, Bharti Airtel is the first operator in India to deploy vRAN-based 4G network solutions, which it said is a key aspect of its network strategy. The software is 5G-ready and Altiostar said it could seamlessly transition to 5G using the same network architecture. The deployment includes both macro sites and small cells in India, according to Shabbir Bagasrawala, Altiostar's head of Product Go-To-Market.
: Rakuten Advertising CEO Nick Stamos shares his
thoughts on the industry's response to COVID-19 and shares some of the company's recent developments
The last few weeks has seen the performance marketing industry shift and adapt in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. What are your thoughts on the industry?s response during this period? NS: The performance ecosystem has done an excellent job of arming clients and publishers with critical consumer insights, strategy and support they need to succeed through this period. Affiliate marketing is uniquely positioned to help brands through these challenging times. As true partners to brands and publishers, we offer diverse traffic and pay-for-performance models, meaning we can reduce the risk for brands and help keep customer engagement high. By doing this, we also aid publishers by helping to create fruitful partnerships.
We?ve seen some notable shifts across our network that we?re constantly working to communicate to clients and provide recommendations on how they can tailor their strategies to meet the environment. For example, the pandemic is impacting markets at different levels of severity and at different times. By better understanding these ebbs and flows, we can gauge audiences? receptivity for marketing in a way that reflects people?s emotions. While it may still not be the right time to sell hard, it is important to refine market strategies that drive engagement and build brand love. Ultimately, brands that are customer-first in their marketing strategies will come out of this crisis best. By offering valuable experiences, brands can drive future loyalty.
Rakuten partners with merchants who pay them a commission for referring customers. When you buy through a retailer listed on the site, Rakuten shares some of the revenue they receive in the form of cashback or Membership Rewards points.
: Software can make 5G networks more resilient
How elegant software can make 5G networks more resilient June 12, 2020
As a pioneer of cloud-native mobile networks, Rakuten Mobile has firsthand experience ensuring that its innovative software-driven architecture will be at least as reliable as its predecessors. ?As you get to learn and discover the benefits and advantage of cloud, you also get to discover the elegance of software and how, done right, software resiliency, software reliability can enable a network to achieve very high levels of availability,? said Tareq Amin, CTO of Rakuten Mobile, during a presentation in the online event.
Rakuten?s new network in Japan employs a microservices architecture that could theoretically support ?an infinite number? of user plane and control plane functions, Amin added. By completely separating the user plane from the control plane, Rakuten?s 4G packet core has the flexibility to direct traffic to different data centers in different locations, as required. That means the network?s data centers can seamlessly support each other, handing over tasks to smoothly manage spikes and surges in traffic.
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?We began a search and quickly concluded that we needed a larger company with multiple fulfillment centers that we could grow into, rather than choose a company with one single, centrally located, fulfillment center.? - Craig David, CEO
What was needed to get up and running with RSL?
It wasn?t quite an out of the box solution for us, but it was extremely painless. We needed to integrate our shopping cart with RSL and although there was no native integration available for our solution, our developer was able to use the RSL API to easily integrate them. Now, whenever an order comes in, it is instantly disseminated to RSL and the order confirmation is recorded in our data base.
What were the primary benefits of working with RSL?
We had a dedicated IT contact who quickly answered our developer?s questions and made the integration go smoothly. We also had a great salesperson who answered all of our questions? and believe me, we had a lot! Can you give us an example of how working with RSL has helped you stay ahead of the competition? After the first year, we began using a second RSL warehouse to reduce delivery times for our west coast customers. This is something only our largest competitors can offer their customers.
What is most important to you when dealing with your customers?
The customer must have a good experience for our business to succeed. And the good experience includes quick access to tracking information as well as short handling times. RSL has been able to do their part well.
: Rakuten ist ein bedeutender Eigner von Altiostar
Altiostar is one of the leading players
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The Leading Market Players Covered in this Report are : Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.,Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.,Nokia Corporation,Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson,ZTE Corporation,Fujitsu Limited,CommScope Inc.,Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Ltd.,Altiostar,Airspan Networks,Ceragon .
Husband and wife create Viber bot for your food delivery needs during quarantine You can now buy fruits, vegetables, snacks, and even desserts through Viber! May 7, 2020
Delivery of all kinds?food, groceries, and other household needs?are what?s keeping most people in their homes during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon. But with the stricter rules on road use and the number of checkpoints placed around the metro, it?s become difficult to book delivery riders.
To help address this issue, husband and wife Stephen and Aimee Lorraine Keh-Lee developed PH Food Delivery Network, a Viber bot.
?PH Food Delivery Network is a bot that connects customers with sellers on Viber. It allows non-tech-savvy business owners to post their products and contact details while, at the same time, allows buyers to quickly find what they need when they need it,? Aimee Lorraine says in her interview with Manila Bulletin Lifestyle.
Users can access it by typing wherecani.shop/fromhome on their smartphone?s browser so they can be redirected to Viber. According to Aimee Lorraine, there are around 100 shops that are available and around 500 users have already joined the network.
Es ist vielleicht wenig überraschend, dass die Pandemie den deutschen Arbeitsgeist nicht gedämpft hat: Auf Rakuten Deutschland sind die Verkäufe von Webcams um mehr als 1000 Prozent gestiegen, und auch die Nachfrage nach Schreibtischen, Bürostühlen und Schreibwaren hat sich vervielfacht. Eine logische Erklärung dafür ist der starke Wandel zur Fernarbeit, da unzählige Unternehmen, wie auch Rakuten Deutschland, bereits seit Mitte März im Homeoffice arbeiten. Mit der richtigen Ausstattung funktioniert das umso besser.
Eine weitere Priorität sind die Kinder, die auch während des bisherigen Höhepunkts der Krise gut unterhalten werden wollten. Auf Rakuten TV rangierte lange Zeit der Disney Film Frozen 2 auf Platz 1 der meistgesehenen Filme. Und auf dem Marktplatz wurden 45 Mal so viele Trampoline und Spielburgen verkauft, ebenso wie die beliebten Spieltürme, die eine Zuwachs an Verkäufen von 2.600 Prozent erlebten.
Und das Fitnessstudios geschlossen blieben, hieß noch lange nicht, dass die Lust auf Sport stagnierte. Rakuten Deutschland verkaufte in den letzten 3 Monaten 750 Prozent mehr Hantel-Bänke, 15 Mal so viele Fitness-Tracker und 65 Mal so viele Tischtennisschläger, während der Verkauf von Vitaminen um 142 Prozent gestiegen ist.
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Massengeschäft wird man in den USA auf keine kostendeckende Größe kommen und ohne als Konkurrent aufzutreten wird man vielleicht beim Cash Back-Geschäft, bei Rakuten Superlogistic und bei Rakuten Advertising erfolgreicher - schon allein dieser Effekt könnte die Aufgabe des nicht gerade großen Marktplatzes (knapp 90 Beschäftigte) aufwiegen.
Rakuten cashback business ?is stronger than ever.? Bye Buy, Rakuten Marketplace August 2, 2020 8:46 pm Ina Steiner
Rakuten is closing its marketplace, according to TechCrunch, and will wind down its operations over the next two months. The Japanese marketplace had acquired Buy.com in 2010 for $250 million and later rebranded it.
Rakuten had gone on an international expansion spree in 2008, but failed to fulfill its vision for a global marketplace. In 2016, it closed numerous country sites including the UK (Play.com) and Spanish marketplaces and those in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Rakuten rebranded the marketplaces it acquired rather than sticking with the brand domestic customers were used to, which may have been a challenge, at least in some countries.
Over the years, Rakuten acquired other ecommerce related services, and the Rakuten.com website continues to feature one such business ? its cashback program formerly called Ebates.
A Rakuten spokesperson told TechCrunch it was sunsetting the US Rakuten Marketplace but said the Rakuten cashback referral business ?is stronger than ever.?
Im Weihnachtsgeschäft wird die überwiegende Mehrheit der Deutschen (65%) online einkaufen. Knapp die Hälfte davon (48%) vom Mobilgerät aus. Online- und Mobile-Strategien werden für Händler damit wichtig wie je zuvor.
?In-App Tracking und effiziente Reward-Strategien sind jetzt Pflicht für Unternehmen, wenn sie Wert auf ihren Mobile-Kanal legen?, sagt Stefan Bernauer, Country Manager DACH bei Rakuten Advertising. ?Mit In-App Tracking können Werbetreibende Konversionen in der App verfolgen und ihre Kampagnen für App-Nutzer optimieren. So verstehen Unternehmen besser, wie ihre Kunden mobil einkaufen und können die Consumer Experience einfacher optimieren.?
Über Rakuten Advertising Rakuten Advertising verbindet führende Agenturen, Marken und Publisher mit aktiven und engagierten Verbrauchern auf der ganzen Welt. Mit dem Zugang zu Rakutens vielfältigen Medien und Zielgruppen, kombiniert mit einem preisgekrönten Perfornance-Netzwerk und firmeneigener Verbraucherforschung, schafft Rakuten Advertising die richtigen Voraussetzungen, um neue Kunden zu erreichen und eine langfristige Loyalität aufzubauen. Mit seiner Grundlage aus fortschrittlicher Technologie, Daten und strategischen Dienstleistungen ist Rakuten Advertising in der Lage, eine differenzierte Palette von Marketing- und Werbelösungen anzubieten und gleichzeitig die Branche ständig voranzutreiben. Es ist eine Sparte von Rakuten Inc. (4755: TOKYO), einem der weltweit führenden Internet-Dienstleistungsunternehmen. Der Hauptsitz des Unternehmens befindet sich in San Mateo, Kalifornien, mit Niederlassungen in ganz EMEA, APAC, LATEAM und Nordamerika.
This year, three companies have been shortlisted for "Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service" for their efforts in this area.
The three companies in the running are:
Amdocs ? RevenueONE
Rakuten, Intel and Altiostar Networks
The Leading Lights winners, and the identities of this year's Light Reading Hall of Fame inductees, will be announced online, on August 21, during a special video presentation on http://www.lightreading.com, one month before the start of the Big 5G Event.
This year, seven companies have been shortlisted for "Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy" for the efforts on the development of those technologies.
The seven companies in the running are:
The Leading Lights winners, and the identities of this year's Light Reading Hall of Fame inductees, will be announced online, on August 21, during a special video presentation on www.lightreading.com, one month before the start of the Big 5G Event.