March 30, 2017, Beijing, China – In 2016, a total of 559.7 million mobile phones were shipped in China, up 8 percent from the previous year, according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). With 54 percent of Chinese consumers planning to buy a smartphone this year, mobile network operators and resellers are looking to improve the operational capabilities and efficiencies of mobile trade-in and buyback programs, while also ensuring that data is permanently erased before used devices are resold.
Information distribution service provider Aucnet Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-Ku, Tokyo, President & CEO Kiyotaka Fujisaki, hereinafter “Aucnet”) issued a joint press release today at Beijing’s Shangri-La’s China World Hotel to announce their strategic alliance with Shenzen Stock Exchange-listed major smartphone handset distributor, Shenzen Aisidi Company (Headquarters: Shenzen, China, Chairman Huang Wenhui, hereinafter “aisidi”) and London AIM Stock Exchange-listed global leader in mobile device diagnostics and secure data erasure products Blancco Technology Group (Headquarters: Georgia, USA, CEO Patrick Clawson, hereinafter “BTG”) in opening a used smartphone trade-in distribution business for the domestic Chinese market.
Serving a Growing Need for Efficiency and Security in Second-Hand Smartphone Market
- A total of 559.7 million mobile phones shipped in China in 2016 (*1), while 29.2 million smartphones are shipped annually in Japan (*2).
- *1 Source: CAICT
- *2 Source: IDC Japan
- Compared to other countries, data privacy is not as well known or understood in China. This requires businesses to increase their investments in education and training, technologies and processes to properly manage and protect data across its lifecycle.
- Meanwhile, mobile apps and mobile commerce are growing at staggering rates in China, fueled by digitally savvy consumers with one or more smartphones.
- Although second-hand goods, including phones, haven’t always been considered desirable in China, attitudes are now changing. As a result, there is an increase in trust and acceptance of used smartphones, as long as the used devices are in good condition, perform well and do not put the data privacy of previous owners at risk.
Through this strategic alliance, the three companies will open the consumer-oriented brand “CooDoo” with the intention of leveraging the individual strengths of each company to offer a safe and trustworthy used handset distribution service during the trade-in process.
|Aisidi||As a strategic partner with China’s three leading carriers (China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom), AISIDI has a sales distribution network of over 20,000 stores throughout China. The company enjoys consumer brand awareness as a comprehensive service company in the field of digital product sales and communications.|
|Blancco Technology Group||As the de facto standard in data erasure and mobile device diagnostics, the company works with some of the world’s leading enterprises, mobile network operators, device manufacturers and government agencies. It maintains the highest number of certifications and approvals from government agencies, legal authorities and independent testing laboratories.|
|Aucnet||Aucnet has over 10 years of experience and knowhow in the B2B auction distribution of used digital products, with a global network of high-quality buyers.
Additionally, electronics have always produced waste in the environment. In fact, the amount of global e-waste — discarded electrical and electronic equipment — reached 41.8 million tonnes in 2014, according to a United Nations University report. This is exacerbated by the quantity and speed with which used devices have been discarded in recent years. Therefore, the three companies (Aucnet, AISIDI and Blancco Technology Group) are committed to tackling this problem of global electronic waste through their alliance.
As one of the first companies in the B2B used smartphone market, Aucnet has used a process of thorough inspection and data erasure to provide safe and reliable used devices since 2005. In particular, the market for used smartphones has seen significant growth in recent years. Starting with Japan and China, Aucnet’s goal is to expand into the broader APAC market.
About Aucnet Inc.
Since 1984, Aucnet has been supporting business-to-business transactions by providing information with a focus on the auction business. Based primarily on the three elements of “reliability of information,” “expertise in operations,” and “unique systems,” our activities have been aimed at allowing customers to settle transactions with peace of mind without seeing the actual items. We will continue to support new methods of distribution in a variety of fields with our new ideas, and by adding value to information.
Founded in June 1998,AISIDI was listed on China’s Shenzen Securities Exchange on May 28, 2010. Their main business involves selling mobile handset as a strategic partner to the three major Chinese carriers, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom.
With 26 branches throughout China and a sales network of agencies with over 20,000 retail outlets in the 31 provinces, they sold over 24 million smartphones in 2015. Not content to stop at handset sales, since their founding they have opened business in the fields of mobile handset products, digital products, information services, mobile internet, and finance. With their current expansion into smart devices, internet, mobile product sales, and financial services their goal is to become “China’s most highly-valued domestic comprehensive channel service company.” In the 20 years since its foundation, AISIDI has grown to become China’s largest distributor of mobile handsets, and has been selected as one of the Fortune 500 Chinese Companies, the top 500 Chinese private enterprises, the top 500 Chinese companies, and the top 100 private service providers in China.
About Blancco Technology Group
Blancco Technology Group (AIM: BLTG) is the de facto standard in data erasure and mobile device diagnostics. The Blancco Data Eraser solutions provide thousands of organizations with an absolute line of defense against costly security breaches, as well as verification of regulatory compliance through a 100% tamper-proof audit trail. Our data erasure solutions have been tested, certified, approved and recommended by 18 governing bodies around the world. No other security firm can boast this level of compliance with the most rigorous requirements set by government agencies, legal authorities and independent testing laboratories.
The Blancco Mobile Diagnostics solutions enable mobile network operators, retailers and insurers to easily, quickly and accurately identify and resolve performance issues on their customers’ mobile devices. As a result, mobile service providers can spend less time dealing with technical issues and, in turn, reduce the quantity of NTF returns, save on operational costs and increase customer satisfaction.
For more information, visit our website at www.blancco.com.
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