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Qihoo 360 Showcases First International Products at Mobile Asia Expo 2013

SHANGHAI, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — At Mobile Asia Expo 2013, Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd., a leading Internet security company in China, showcased its 360 Internet Security 2013 and 360 Mobile Security, the Company’s first line of security products targeting international users. These new International products, which were featured along with a re-designed English language homepage: www.360safe.com, represent the Company’s initial efforts to expand beyond the Chinese market. Qihoo 360 is China’s leading Internet security Company, with 95% market penetration rate and approximately 450 million users as of March 31, 2013, according to iResearch.

360 Mobile Security is a top of the line mobile security app designed to protect Android devices against the latest viruses, malware threats, system vulnerabilities and privacy breaches. A user-friendly, intuitive interface and robust security features have earned 360 Mobile Security a 4.7/5 rating on Google Play since its June 11, 2013 launch.

360 Internet Security 2013 is a comprehensive PC antivirus software solution, which provides real-time protection, online fraud/phishing protection, privacy protection and a variety of other core technical features. It was released on June 11, 2013.

“Today, Qihoo 360 has over 90% penetration of the Chinese Internet security market and roughly 70% of the smartphone security market in China. With the release of 360 Internet Security 2013 and 360 Mobile Security, we hope to push Qihoo 360’s cutting edge security products, technology, and user-orientated service concepts to a global audience by providing international users a more professional security solution coupled with a better user experience,” said Li Tao, Qihoo 360’s VP of Global Business Development.

Both 360 Internet Security 2013 and 360 Mobile Security are available for download for free on Qihoo 360’s website www.360safe.com, with 360 Mobile Security also available on the Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.security.

About Qihoo 360

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (NYSE: QIHU) is a leading Internet company in China. The Company is also the number one provider of Internet and mobile security products in China as measured by its user base, according to iResearch. Qihoo 360 also provides users with secure access points to the Internet via its market leading web browsers and application stores. The Company has built one of the largest open Internet platforms in China and monetizes its massive user base primarily through online advertising and through Internet value-added services on its open platform.

For additional information, visit www.360safe.com or call +86 10 5878 1574

Digicel Statement RE. Myanmar Telecommunications Licence

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Digicel consortiumis disappointed to have been notified that it has not been successful in securing one of the two nationwide telecommunications licences on offer in Myanmar.

Digicel remains committed to exploring commercial opportunities in Myanmar and will be evaluating these on an ongoing basis.

Mr. Denis O’Brien, Chairman and founder of Digicel Group, speaking on behalf of the consortium — YSH Finance Limited (a joint venture between First Myanmar Investment Co., Ltd and Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. ‘FMI/Yoma’), Quantum Strategic Partners Ltd. and Digicel Group Limited, thanked the Union Government of Myanmar for the opportunity to be involved in the bidding process.

He also congratulated the successful applicants and wished them well as they prepare to enter the Myanmar market.

About Digicel

Digicel Group Limited is a leading global telecommunications provider with operations in 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 12 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$4.5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

Digicel runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams and individuals including the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt and Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel also sponsors the West Indies cricket team.

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.

About YSH Finance Limited

YSH Finance Ltd. is part of the enlarged SPA Myanmar Group, one of the leading business groups in Myanmar, with companies active in key business sectors, including financial services, real estate development, automotive distribution, agriculture, manufacturing, services, retail and travel and tourism.

YSH Finance Ltd. is owned by First Myanmar Investment Co., Ltd. and Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd., two public companies within the enlarged SPA Myanmar Group.

In 1992, Mr. Pun set up First Myanmar Investment Co., Ltd. (FMI), a public company in Myanmar with over 4,500 shareholders, all of whom are Myanmar nationals. Employing approximately 5,000 people within the group, FMI is active in a broad range of activities in Myanmar.

In 2006, Mr. Pun successfully acquired Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. that was listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange, which is today the only internationally publicly listed company in the world offering investors direct exposure to Myanmar.

About Quantum

Quantum Strategic Partners Limited is a multi-strategy fund that invests in capital intensive start-ups, buyouts, growth equity and other transactions. Soros Fund Management LLC (SFM) is the principal investment advisor to Quantum Strategic Partners. SFM serves as advisor to a number of Soros family private investment funds which have a multi-billion dollar aggregate asset value.

DYXnet Group’s Strong Growth Drives New Office Expansion

The Relocation and Enhancement of its NOC and CSC enable the visualization of its MPLS VPN service

HONG KONG, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — DYXnet Group, the leading Greater China ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Service Provider, today announced that it doubled the office spaces in Guangzhou and Shanghai to accommodate its strong growth in both revenue and office staff to pave the way for its future growth. The relocation and enhancement of its Network Operation Centre (NOC) and Customer Service Centre (CSC) in terms of facilities and standard in the new Guangzhou office enable DYXnet to visualize its MPLS VPN service for its customers.

DYXnet Network Operation Centre
DYXnet Network Operation Centre

DYXnet Customer Service Centre
DYXnet Customer Service Centre

The expansion comes as a result of the significant growth in both revenue and office staff. The revenue grew from 20% in 2010 up to 40% in 2012 while we predict the office staff will increase exponentially to 800 by 2015 from the current number of 500. In addition, the relocation and expansion of NOC and CSC signify the enhancement of its facilities and standard to a new level. The theatre design in NOC, a deployment of multiple large screens in the public area as well as the assignment of dual screen for each NOC staff enable the team to visualize the network performance at real time easily, thus improving the efficiency for troubleshooting and outage or Internet attack response. Apart from this, the self-developed provisioning tool together with the implementation of stringent cross-checking and verification procedure on network configuration significantly mitigate human errors.

For CSC, the deployment of multiple large screens in the public area, the assignment of dual screen for each customer representative together with the enhancement of the ticketing system allow the team to respond timely to customers’ requests, thus optimizing the customer handling capability of our CSC.

Mr. Lap Man, Founder & CEO of DYXnet Group, stated, “I am glad to see the expansion in our Guangzhou and Shanghai offices, signifying our rapid growth in both revenue and office staff. We also plan to expand our existing Beijing office with doubling up its existing size by the end of 2013. Riding on the relocation and upgrades on both facilities and standard of our NOC and CSC, we are capable of building up the real cross-region video conference (VC) demonstration site in all our major offices covering Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Taipei as part of visualizing the effect of VC running on our MPLS VPN service. Moving forward, as Mainland China continues to be one of the most crucial markets for the Group, we will keep allocating more resources to the region.”

In order to upgrade the security level, the Group adopts the two-factor authentication of fingerprint and access card in NOC to ensure only authorized personnel can enter the restricted area. Besides, the adoption of high definition real time network monitoring device in both NOC and CSC facilitates closer monitoring of the operations and security of customers’ data around-the-clock.

About DYXnet

Established in 1999, DYXnet is a leading ICT service provider offering global networking (including MPLS VPN service portfolios), internet access, data centre, unified communication, network security and contact centre outsourcing solutions with provisioning capability in many cities in Greater China and the wider Asia Pacific region. The Group provides innovative, professional and reliable services to help corporations in the Greater China region to enhance their productivity and profitability by taking advantage of top-quality IP networking services and solutions.

DYXnet serves 700 cities in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam, including more than 7,600 MPLS VPN clients’ sites, and hosts more than 7,800 clients’ servers. It was the first batch ICT service providers in Greater China to obtain local ISO 27001:2005, ISO 20000-1:2011 and ISO 9001:2008 international certifications for information security, international IT service management as well as quality control respectively. These qualifications demonstrate DYXnet’s commitment to offering premium information and communication technology with outstanding customer service.

For more information about DYXnet, please visit the official website at http://www.dyxnet.com or call +852-2187-7688.

DYXnet
Olivia Or
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Email: olivia.or

U.S. Cellular(R) Expands Relationship with NQ Mobile(TM), Offering Award-winning Mobile Security and Privacy Android Apps to its 5.2 million Customers

BEIJING and DALLAS, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — NQ Mobile, (NYSE: NQ) a leading global provider of mobile Internet services, has reached agreement with U.S. Cellular to offer NQ Mobile’s award-winning NQ Mobile Security™ and NQ Mobile Vault™ products to its 5.2 million customers. The apps will be marketed under the names U.S. Cellular Mobile Data Security powered by NQ Mobile™ and U.S. Cellular Privacy Protector powered by NQ Mobile™, respectively.

The new agreement follows a successful retail distribution program for the NQ Family Guardian™ parental control suite, which has been marketed under the name U.S. Cellular Family Protector powered by NQ Mobile™ since May 2013.

“U.S. Cellular has proven to be a leader in providing consumers with much-needed education on and solutions for protecting their mobile devices,” said Chris Stier, Managing Director, Americas, NQ Mobile. “We are happy to be a fundamental part of their pro-active efforts to raise awareness of mobile safety issues, from family protection to safeguarding against malware, ensuring data security and privacy.”

U.S. Cellular Mobile Data Security powered by NQ Mobile™ provides consumers with comprehensive data protection, detecting and deleting viruses, malicious URLs, and other threats. The application is powered by NQ Mobile’s proprietary mobile security engine that was the first to discover approximately 90 percent of all known Android mobile malware in 2011 and identified more than 65,000 new malware threats in 2012. U.S. Cellular customers who use these data security services will join NQ Mobile’s base of consumers, which is the largest in the industry in terms of registered user accounts. The app is also the most feature-rich mobile security app on the market today.

U.S. Cellular Privacy Protector powered by NQ Mobile™ is a robust tool that offers customers invaluable assurance that the private information saved on their devices remains secure from unauthorized access. Since its 2012 launch, NQ Mobile’s privacy app has been a top app on Google Play, with millions of downloads and an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The app gives consumers a password- protected and encrypted place in which to safeguard data including photos, videos and even Facebook messages on their smartphones.

About NQ Mobile

NQ Mobile Inc. (NYSE: NQ) is a leading global provider of mobile Internet services. NQ Mobile is a mobile security pioneer with proven competency to acquire, engage, and monetize customers globally. NQ Mobile’s portfolio includes mobile security and mobile games & advertising for the consumer market and consulting, mobile platforms and mobility services for the enterprise market. As of March 31, 2013, NQ Mobile maintains a large, global user base of 327 million registered user accounts and 111 million monthly active user accounts through its consumer mobile security business, 77 million registered user accounts and 14 million monthly active user accounts through its mobile games & advertising business and over 1,250 enterprise customers. NQ Mobile maintains dual headquarters in Dallas, Texas, USA and Beijing, China. For more information on NQ Mobile, please visit http://www.nq.com.

About U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 58 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent will have access by the end of 2013. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

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GSMA: 1.5 Billion New Mobile Connections In Asia By 2017 Will Power Growth And Drive Impact Of The Connected Life

– New PwC-GSMA Research Underscores the Effect that the Growth of Connected Devices in Asia Will Have on Key Industry Sectors

SHANGHAI, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The GSMA today announced that more than 1.5 billion[1] new mobile connections will be added in Asia by 2017, fuelling the growth of the so-called ‘Connected Life’ by intelligently connecting people to everything around them via new and innovative mobile-connected products and services. A new report[2] developed by PwC and the GSMA and released at Mobile Asia Expo 2013 reveals the transformative impact that connected devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will have on the automotive, education, health and smart cities sectors in Asia over the next five years.

“The pervasive nature of connected devices is already transforming the way that people in the region live their lives,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Over the next five years, Asia will experience an accelerated growth in connected cars, buildings, medical monitors and a whole range of connected consumer electronics and household appliances. However, continued collaboration between mobile operators and key players in vertical sectors is vital in further driving the disruptive and pioneering mobile services that will improve the lives of people in the region.”

By 2017, according to the new PwC-GSMA research, the growth of the Connected Life in Asia has the power to:

Add up to US $22 Billion in Economic Productivity in China by Reducing Traffic Congestion

The introduction of mobile-enabled vehicle telematics could significantly reduce traffic by reporting critical data such as location, driving speed and direction. Reducing congestion is a key challenge. For instance, Beijing experienced a traffic jam in 2012 that spanned over 100 kilometres and lasted more than 10 days and the average urban commute in the biggest Chinese cities is already around 80 minutes per day. Time saved by reducing traffic through mobile services will help Chinese commuters reclaim nearly two hours of their time every week and add as much as US $22 billion of economic productivity.

Help Power 10 Million Homes in India by Cutting Power Theft

Installing mobile-enabled smart meters in India could save enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes by 2017. India loses 24 per cent of the electricity it generates every year, costing its economy more than US $17 billion, with power theft accounting for around half of these losses. Mobile-enabled smart meters provide the wireless connectivity that allows utilities to detect and record theft.

Save US $10 Billion in Healthcare Costs in Japan through mHealth

By 2017, almost 28 per cent of the Japanese population is expected to be over 65 years old. The adoption of mobile technologies for remote monitoring, disease management, and preventive medicine for the elderly could reduce Japan’s healthcare spend by US $10 billion in 2017, resulting in sufficient savings to cover the medical expenses of one million senior citizens each year.

Reduce Education Costs for Students in South Korea by up to US $12,000 per Student

Technology, and in particular, mobile-enhanced learning in South Korea could complement traditional after-school private classes, saving students up to US $12,000 over their school lives. In 2012, South Korean parents spent around US $17.5 billion, or 1.5 per cent of GDP, on private after-school education. Replacing private English and maths classes with technology/mobile-enhanced learning for two days a week could help South Korean students save enough to cover half the cost of their higher education tuition.

To view the report, please visit: www.gsma.com/connectedliving/the-next-five-years-in-asia.

GSMA Launches Smart Cities Index at Mobile Asia Expo

The GSMA today also announced that it will be engaging with cities around the world on the development of a Smart Cities Index – a set of market, social and economic indicators that will outline the benefits of launching smart city services and quantify their impact on the city’s operations, its economy and its citizens. A smart city makes extensive use of information and communications technologies, including mobile networks, to improve the quality of life of its citizens in a sustainable way. The GSMA is uniquely positioned to collaborate with cities globally and has developed this common set of indicators for measuring economic, infrastructure and social benefits of ‘mobile connected’ smart cities.

To access the GSMA Smart Cities Index, please visit: www.smartcitiesindex.gsma.com.

GSMA Connected City at Mobile Asia Expo

The GSMA Connected City at Mobile Asia Expo will showcase examples of the mobile products and services that will deliver new business opportunities, create value for consumers and ultimately drive economic growth. The demonstrations at the Connected City highlight how mobile is making homes and cars smarter, travel swifter, shopping easier and urban living safer and more environmentally friendly in the largest and most innovative mobile market in the world.

For more information on the GSMA Connected City, please visit: http://gsma.at/10kkHIg.

Notes to editors

[1] Sum of GSMA Intelligence total connections and Machina M2M connection estimates

[2] Connected Life: The Next Five Years in Asia, PwC for the GSMA

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com.

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GSMA Report Reveals Mobile Is Fuelling Dramatic Growth Across Asia Pacific

Faster Release of Spectrum and Light-touch Regulation Are Required to Stimulate Further Investment in the Region

SHANGHAI, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The GSMA today published a comprehensive assessment [1] of the impact of the mobile industry on the Asia Pacific region [2]. The new report, ‘Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific 2013’, confirms the region’s position at the forefront of mobile innovation, with the number of unique mobile subscribers having outpaced the rest of the world over the last decade, reaching 1.5 billion at the end of 2012. In 2017, it is expected that Asia Pacific will reach 1.9 billion unique mobile subscribers, accounting for almost half of the predicted global total of 3.9 billion.

“Mobile is already having a profound impact across all Asia Pacific countries, with spectacular growth in service penetration, driven by investment in infrastructure and continued innovation in devices and services,” said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA. “We are now at the dawn of a far greater growth opportunity and we urge regional Governments and regulators to support mobile operators in meeting that full potential. Making the right decisions around regulatory frameworks and spectrum availability will encourage the mobile industry to continue investing in expanding and upgrading services across the region.”

Mobile Drives Economic Growth
The rapid penetration of mobile services and early roll-out of mobile broadband networks is driving profound economic change in Asia Pacific. As of the end of 2012 [3], the mobile industry had invested US $80 billion in mobile infrastructure, generated US $1 trillion [4] in GDP for Asia Pacific economies and contributed US $100 billion to public funding [5]. With access to vital spectrum resources and regulatory policy focused on driving further investment, for the period through 2020, the mobile industry could contribute an additional US $2.3 trillion to GDP and a further US $200 billion to public funding.

Dawn of a New Mobile Ecosystem
The mobile ecosystem in Asia Pacific is undergoing a rapid transformation with traditional telecoms providers expanding their business models and new players quickly emerging to compete for customers with innovative new services. The report highlights a number of key trends:

  • Strong growth of data as voice traffic slows down across the Asia Pacific region, while data usage has grown at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of nearly 142 per cent from 2010 to 2012. 3G and 4G connections will grow 17 per cent every year over the next five years;
  • Greater affordability of mobile services. The average monthly cost of mobile services across the region is falling by five per cent per year, decreasing from US $28.80 in 2005 to $19.70 in 2012;
  • Entry of non-traditional players, including the emergence of entrepreneurial start-ups in areas such as mobile advertising and online video sites; and
  • Increased socio-economic impact through collaborative platforms and mobile-enabled services such as payments, education and information services.

This transformation is creating countless business opportunities in both developed and developing economies and accelerating the availability of mobile-enabled services.

Moving Faster to Reap Benefits
In developed economies, which already boast high subscriber penetration rates, there is a need for cohesive regulation to encourage the growth of connected services such as Smart Cities and mHealth. For developing countries, there is a continuing need for regulation that encourages long-term investment in network roll-out and upgrades to improve access to basic services.

The GSMA is calling for changes that will further enable citizens throughout the region to reap the benefits of mobile. Consistent and fair long-term regulatory frameworks and taxation policies are needed to incentivise, not restrict, investment in mobile and spur regional economic growth and welfare improvement. For example, the Universal Service Obligation Framework (USOF) should be revisited to ensure that goals and levies are aligned to drive the availability of mobile services in areas not yet fully connected by mobile.

The timely availability of spectrum will also be critical in enabling the mobile industry to extend, upgrade and deliver new services. Regional Governments should be led by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standards on the bands and amounts of spectrum made available to mobile operators as they seek to upgrade networks to 3G or 4G services. The drive towards band harmonisation, in line with the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) band plan, is a critical part of this process, as up to 30 per cent of the benefits of the switch from analogue to digital TV broadcasts depend on harmonisation of the 700MHz band across the region.

Bouverot added: “Mobile is already a significant engine for growth and welfare improvement throughout the Asia Pacific region. Now there is a clear opportunity for mobile to further transform lives, create new businesses and drive additional economic growth. If regulators are focused on creating environments that encourage further investment, from both traditional and new mobile players, then this opportunity is well within the reach of all countries with the region, regardless of their level of economic development.”

To access the report please visit: www.gsma.com/mobileeconomyasia

Notes to Editors

[1] The Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2013 is the latest in a series of reports covering the region. The report, prepared by BCG for the GSMA, provides an updated and comprehensive analysis of the mobile communications industry across the Asia Pacific region, with the latest statistics and mobile market developments. It is an important reference point for mobile industry members, policy makers and other interested stakeholders. It covers the state of the industry, including the evolution of competition, innovation in new products, services and technologies and the industry’s contribution to social and economic development across the region.

[2] The Asia Pacific region is defined in this report as Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

[3] Amounts for mobile industry investment in infrastructure, GDP and contribution to public funding that were generated within the year 2012.

[4] In 2012, mobile network operators generated 1.4 per cent of GDP across Asia Pacific, amounting to US $298 billion. The full mobile ecosystem contributed US $351 billion to GDP across Asia Pacific. Mobile technology contributed an additional US $650 billion, or 3 per cent of GDP in 2012, to economic output through improved worker productivity enabled by mobile working. This is a combined total of just over US $1 trillion.

[5] This includes value-added tax (VAT) on mobile services, import duties and other special taxes on handsets, corporate taxes applied to the mobile ecosystem revenues, employee taxes paid by people working in mobile ecosystem. When the revenue paid for spectrum licenses is included, the estimated contribution in 2012 exceeded US $225 billion, across the region.

About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com

Media Contacts:
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