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Competition in the TMT space never gets easier. The rapidly changing market conditions continue to bring many surprises this week – both in China & Southeast Asia.
Right after Xiaomi’s dismal IPO stock subscription performance, Tencent Music Entertainment Group is now set to head for a listing in the U.S, adding further steam to the IPO wave. The urgency to list in the second half of 2018 could be due to the necessary funding for licensing and royalty fees, in addition to its push to be a platform for original music, like Spotify.
Chinese Edtech firm Hujiang is also on target to be the first Chinese Edtech firm to list on the Hong Kong bourse.
IPOs aside, the e-commerce fight in China has been heating up among the two giants, Alibaba and JD.com.
JD.com is hot on its pursuit to cut down delivery time to one-day via an unmanned logistics network.
Alibaba, on the other hand, in addition to cutting delivery time, also started looking into the ‘more profitable’ private label goods.
The race on the advancement of technologies is definitely not confined in the e-commerce sphere. Baidu, for instance, commits a substantial amount of its revenue on AI technology.
A similar battle is going on in the bike-sharing scene in China.
Not too long ago, the duopoly in the bike-sharing market was thought to be over. Mobike got acquired, with worrying speculations as to what would be left of archrival Ofo, but now a dark horse has emerged, furthering the intense competition in the bike-sharing space.
In the Southeast Asia region, it is just as exciting.
Since Uber’s exit, there were many speculations about whether this new-found monopoly would affect consumers. After all, some locals by now have succumbed to the alluring convenient ‘joy ride’ that ride-hailing players have offered in place of the traditional public transport and will worry for their pockets with potential fare hikes.
Singapore’s anti-monopoly agency has ruled on Thursday that Grab’s purchase of Uber’s Southeast Asian business has resulted in a reduction of competition and even threatened Grab to call for the deal to ‘’unwind’’, much to the delight of close archrival Go-Jek.
That might not be the only worry for Grab. In the mobile payment space, Razer Pay started its debut in Malaysia this week, keeping the competition up in Grab’s home ground.
While Uber has Uber Health, Singapore’s newly funded startup now allows a patient to skip one’s visit to the clinic. If you are down with the flu, you can just ‘see’ a doctor via video call.
Startups from other parts of the APAC region are also exploring their ways into the booming SEA market.
For example, the Tencent-backed Airwallex, a cross-border payment firm, recently closed an $80 m Series B funding round in its bid to expand in the region.
So why the interest?
The huge Indonesia and Malaysia markets are opportunities for tech giants to find new opportunities and grow their business.
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