Mobile ads reached more online consumers in Philippines in 2017, says Nielsen

Mobile ads reached more online consumers in Philippines in 2017, says Nielsen

Mobile advertising dominated digital ad campaigns in the Philippines, while at the same time, “on target” mobile ad performance outpaced digital ads served via desktop and total digital last year, according to a report by media research firm Nielsen. The Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings Benchmarks report, which assessed more than 3,000 digital campaigns since its […]

Grab joins hands with Red Cross to support those in need across Southeast Asia

Grab joins hands with Red Cross to support those in need across Southeast Asia

Grab and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today announced a partnership to raise additional funds for supporting vulnerable communities, including those affected by disasters. The collaboration between the world’s largest humanitarian network and Southeast Asia’s leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform will enable Grab users to convert their […]

Uber partners with Canon for new campaign in Southeast Asia

Uber partners with Canon for new campaign in Southeast Asia

Uber and Canon have teamed up to launch a new campaign celebrating the hidden gems of some of Southeast Asia’s most populous cities. The #HiddenCities campaign documents the most off-the-grid places in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City. The locations were found from analysing Uber drop-off points in each city and […]

Malaysia’s capital to adopt Alibaba’s smart city solution

Malaysia’s capital to adopt Alibaba’s smart city solution

Malaysia will be the first country outside China to adopt Alibaba Cloud’s City Brain solution, according to the e-commerce giant. Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm has teamed up with Malaysian government agencies, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), to introduce its cloud solution to improve the traffic in the country’s capital city […]

Google invests in Indonesia’s ride-hailing leader Go-Jek

Google invests in Indonesia’s ride-hailing leader Go-Jek

Google has confirmed its investment in Go-Jek, the hail-railing service that rivals Uber and Grab in Indonesia. TechCrunch reported the investment earlier this month, which was made alongside China’s Meituan-Dianping and Singaporean sovereign fund Temasek. The trio were part of a final tranche of a $1.2 billion round that Go-Jek began negotiating on last April, […]

Uber rival Grab acquires Indian startup to bulk up its mobile payment platform

Uber rival Grab acquires Indian startup to bulk up its mobile payment platform

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab today said it has acquired Bengaluru-based payments startup iKaaz to strengthen its payments platform. Grab, which competes with the likes of US-based Uber, said the “rich functionality of iKaaz mobile payments platform and its experienced leadership team will accelerate feature development and partner integration of GrabPay (its payments platform)”. It, […]

Hyundai is investing in Grab, one of Uber’s biggest rival in Southeast Asia

Hyundai is investing in Grab, one of Uber’s biggest rival in Southeast Asia

Hyundai Motor has invested in Singapore-based ride-hailing firm Grab, on of Uber’s biggest ride-hailing rival in Southeast Asia, as the South Korean automaker looks to expand beyond its traditional business of producing and selling vehicles. Grab did not disclose the value of Hyundai’s investment. Hyundai joined other investors, including Didi Chuxing, SoftBank and Toyota Tsusho (Toyota’s […]

Southeast Asia’s Internet economy on track to hit $200bn by 2020, according to Google and Temasek

Southeast Asia’s Internet economy on track to hit $200bn by 2020, according to Google and Temasek

Southeast Asia’s Internet economy is set to hit $50bn in 2017, outpacing earlier growth expectations by 35% and well on track to realising a $200bn internet economy by 2025, according to a report released by Google and Temasek Holdings, the Singapore government’s investment vehicle, called the ‘e-Conomy Southeast Asia Spotlight 2017’. The report found that […]