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Since the launch of Mobile Vikings we are very focussed in turning this new exciting Mobile Operator into a success. This is why we concentrate all of our communication on http://mobilevikings.com/news/.

City Live remains dedicated to it’s core CSP technology platform and is happy to be able to show of their capabilities in Mobile Vikings.

See you on www.mobilevikings.com !

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Today, our colleagues from MobileWeb organised their Web Goes Mobile seminar for the third time. Lot’s of IT, media and communications people learned how they should handle the mobile web in their business.

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At this kind of seminar the word used to be “going to”. The mobile web is going to change your business, yes, sometimes in the future, it will. Not for this edtion. Both speakers and audience where discussing real business, real projects and measurable results.

MOBILE WEB 2.0, when will the bomb explode?

Marc Vanlerberghe (Google) Peter Vandermeersch (De Standaard) Paul Golding Nanno Palte (InSites Consulting)
Marc Vanlerberghe
Google Inc.
Peter Vandermeersch
De Standaard
Paul Golding
Mobile 2.0 Expert
Nanno Palte
InSites Consulting

The speakers where top notch, the discussions where interesting and the host and sponsors provided everyone with a warm welcome. Most importantly, this event convinced me that the feeling I’m having since a few months is reality: The mobile web market in Belgium is now really taking off.

PS: to know more about the content of the presentations, read up on the live twittering by Clo Willaerts and myself

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City Live featured on Techncrunch

It is fun to be cool. A few weeks ago I pitched at the Techcrunch Belgian meetup. Having told the story about Gloweme already a dozen times, I decided it was now time to unveil our MVNO plans.

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Mike Butcher was quite enthusiastic about it, although he got a few details wrong (gloweme.com is not the home of our new MVNO, the name is still a well kept secret). But we’re more then happy with the article he wrote on Techcrunch.

Anyway, if you want to learn more, monitor this blog. ON Decmber 6th  we’ll publish the website.

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There was a time that only large companies made the effort to set up their own website. It took the internet about 5 years before the local merchants jumped on the bandwagon. The mobile industry again proves to be faster.
Today Unizo, the official Belgian interest group of self-employed people and small or medium-sized enterprises, published an article about Mobile Marketing in their magazine “ZOMagazine”.

Mobile Marketing article

Mobile Marketing article

The article discusses how local merchants can use mobile marketing to their benefit. Our colleagues from Mobileweb are cited for their market lead in SMS solutions. The article also explains that you can go further than SMS and opt for an MMS or mobile internet solution. Unizo did their homework well. They even analysed the Belgian situation and concluded that due to the lack of subsidized handsets there is still less mobile internet penetration than in our neighbouring countries.

A nice view on technology from an organisation whose main goal is to represent plumbers, butchers and shopkeepers!

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In these uncertain times, economists have to find another past time than gambling on the stock exchange. On Tuesday, about 80 economists gathered for the “Ekonomika Alumni” event. City Live made sure they could interact with each other, you guessed it right: on their mobile.

typing away on the mobile phone

typing away on the mobile phone

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Today, we received a visit from the organisation Stedenlink.Not only did they bring a sound vision about internet services from a municipal point of view to the table, they also brought us a nice gift.

swiss army knive

swiss army knive

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A customer asked us to check how many people in his target audience have mobile internet available on their phones. With the rock festival “Pukkelpop” taking place at 500 meters from our offices, this was an invitation for a nice field test.

We decided to distribute a Pukkelpop widget application amongst the 152.000 visitors of the festival. To keep the test small-scale, we only distributed 500 flyers. The flyers invited people to send an SMS to receive information on the playing schedule of the 212 groups and artists playing.

pukkelpop flyer

pukkelpop flyer

The results of our little action were the following:

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