Thursday, January 19, 2006

Joint Venture in China

It's not a Mobilcast deal, but certainly worth mentioning.

Melodeo has gotten together with ACCESS China to form a joint venture in China. The JV will deploy the first secure mobile network for digital content in China. This is a huge opportunity for us. The 2 largest carriers in China represent 350m users. Each one is accustomed to using their mobile phone as a computer - it's the primary device for communicating, accessing the web, downloading data.

The music labels are also excited about this. As one of the major labels told us recently "we have huge distribution in China. We just don't get paid for it." Because the platform will use our MobilDRM we can limit piracy by ensuring the secure transfer of music over the wireless network and between phones.

As to the JV itself, Melodeo is contributing technology in the form of our client/server platform, MobilDRM, and PowerSearch. ACCESS is also contributing client technology, development resources, and contacts in country. It's a win/win for both.

This is a first for mobile in China. It's great to be part of it.

1 comment:

  1. That's cool. China is going to ge a great market!