In Brief: Smartphone Iris Scanning Emerges as a Secure ID Trend 

The release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sparked something positive iris scanning. As one of the safest and most convenient ways to secure a smartphone user's identity, iris scanning is a biometric identification solution that uses mathematical pattern recognition techniques to verify an individual's identity based on video images of their irises. ABI Research forecasts global shipments of smartphones equipped with iris scanners will reach almost 300 million in 2021.

***India's biggest spectrum auction got underway on Saturday, with bids totalling 535.3 billion rupees (€7.2 billion) at the end of the first day. Some expect the process to wrap up sooner rather than later.By comparison, India's last spectrum auction, which took place in March 2015, took 19 days to complete.
In this latest auction, 2,200 MHz of spectrum are up for sale across the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands.
There has been healthy competition between the likes of Vodafone and Idea Cellular for 1800-MHz and 2.3-GHz spectrum, while Tata Teleservices has been fighting hard to renew its Mumbai frequencies, focusing on the 1800 MHz band.
However, the 700 MHz band has yet to receive a single bid, with local news reports blaming the high reserve price.

*** O2 UK's new CEO is keen for his company's forthcoming IPO to be open to individual investors.He said that he is keen to "make sure the shares are available to as many people as are interested," adding that opening up the flotation to individuals "would be well received for the U.K. economy." The final decision rests with Telefonica, not O2 UK, he added.The Spanish incumbent is pursuing an IPO after its plan to sell O2 to 3UK parent CK Hutchison was blocked by the European Commission. The company is keen to raise cash that will pay off some of its hefty net debt.

*** Malaysian MVNO Buzz Me has launched in Thailand, in association with mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) Enabling Asia Tech, which is also its parent company. The CEO Loke Yee Siong said that the Malaysian business is already profitable after three years, adding: ‘The minute you start to think like [the MNOs], you start to lose. I think a lot of MVNOs make the same mistake. The minute you play like the big boys, spend like them, you will lose … We leveraged a lot on digital marketing, social media, and so forth.’ Going forward, the MVNO seeks to expand its reach across south-east Asia, and harbours plans to launch in Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar. Loke commented: ‘We hope to expand to Indonesia by end of this year. We have identified the partner mobile operator. Unlike our Thailand expansion, which involves acquiring an existing MVNO, our Indonesia expansion plan is more about co-branding initiative with existing mobile operator’. The executive expects the company to launch in the Philippines by the first half of next year, and enter Myanmar by end of 2017.

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