KDDI and Rakuten have announced an agreement to utilize each other’s assets in telecommunication, payment and logistics to improve customer experience and further strengthen their competitiveness in these fields. The deal will allow Rakuten to use KDDI’s network to enter the mobile market, while KDDI can make use of Rakuten’s payment and logistics infrastructure.
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Director, Media and Advertising
Jack Kent leads IHS Markit’s Media and Advertising research, heading up a team of analysts covering Games, Cinema, TV Channels & Programming, Home Entertainment and Advertising research. Jack joined the company in 2008 and launched its coverage of the emerging mobile apps market and consumer platforms and ecosystems.
Jack has led consultancy projects on subjects ranging from the market for children’s mobile entertainment, to the potential of the applications business for media companies in the Middle East. Jack’s research and analysis includes studies of emerging technologies like blockchain, AR, VR, digital assistants and AI, media companies’ mobile strategies, and how major technology companies’ platform strategies are disrupting the TMT business.
Jack has a background in media intelligence and market research, having previously worked the marketing and media intelligence division of UK publisher Emap where he led its research for a number of publications covering the UK advertising market.
A regular speaker at industry conferences, Jack is widely quoted in coverage of mobile media by trade publications and leading news organizations including the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Guardian, Reuters, Sky and CNBC.
Jack holds a degree in English Language and Literature from King’s College London and has previously worked for GfK NOP market research group.
Jun Wen Woo
As part of Omdia’s consumer team, Jun Wen Woo covers pay-TV and online video markets in the Asia Pacific region. Her main research interests are subscription pay TV and online video (SVoD). Jun Wen provides analysis of the key developments in the media landscape in Asia Pacific through extensive research and consultancy work as well as published commentaries and reports.
She joined Omdia (formerly IHS Markit) in 2014. Prior to this role, she was involved in mobile content and services research, covering over-the-top messaging and communications apps and ways in which mobile content providers can best monetize mobile media. Jun Wen holds a master’s degree in applied statistics and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Malaya.
Research Manager, Service Providers and Platforms
As part of Omdia's research operation team, Sivalingam Muniandi leads the projects from the service provider, consumer, and enterprise market sectors, with a specific interest in telecom operator multi-play strategies, subscriber and revenue trends, new service rollouts, regulatory developments, telco merger and acquisition activity, and pay TV.
Prior to joining Omdia, formerly IHS Markit, Siva worked as a senior research analyst, covering telecoms and pay TV in Asia Pacific. He also worked at Maxis Berhad, Malaysia as a business analyst on the regional sales team. During his time there, Siva was responsible for data mining, KPI and sales performance reporting, market research, competitor insights, trade management, vendor management, and compliance control.
Siva holds a Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons.) in multimedia systems from Wawasan Open University, Malaysia. He is currently pursuing the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration and is based in Penang, Malaysia.
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