IT News — M2 Group chief executive Geoff Horth is on the prowl for potential acquisitions in both the telco and energy markets in the wake of TPG’s approved takeover of iiNet. The deal, described as “bittersweet” by iiNet founder Michael Malone, will see Optus, Telstra and TPG/iiNet claim a combined total of around 80 percent of the Australian broadband retail market.
Fierce Telecom — The FCC plans to extend mandatory reporting on service outages to submarine cable systems by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) during its monthly meeting in September. It will consider a draft NPRM that proposes to require submarine cable licensees to report significant outages in appropriate detail through the FCC’s Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), where other wireline and wireless communications providers already report outages.
Global Risk Insights — As Singapore seeks new sources of growth, the micro-nation is positioning itself to become Asia’s start-up hub. By promoting outside-of-the-box thinking, Singapore could see political spillover as the government loosens control over the commanding heights of the 21st century information economy.
NDTV — US-based cloud services and business mobility solution provider VMware on Thursday said that it was looking to capitalise on the $2.3 billion (roughly Rs. 15,214 crores) enterprise mobility market in India which is on the rise due to the growing mobile subscriber base in the country.
Telecom Asia — A world where machines do all the work – Considering the pace of technological innovations today, this vision is close to being a reality. Analyst firm IDC projects that the number of IoT installed bases in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) will include 8.8 billion devices by 2020.
The Stack — Interoute has opened two new trans-pacific network routes connecting Los Angeles and Hong Kong to bolster its position as Europe’s ‘biggest cloud service platform.’ The operator said that the independent routes mark ‘the final step in creating a fully meshed global network,’ lowering latency for customers in North America and Asia.
Times of India — TOKYO: Japanese electronics giant Panasonic on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Beijing this month, cutting 1,300 jobs due to weak global demand for basic mobile phones and digital cameras. Employees were informed in late July of the planned closure of the 15-year-old factory, a company spokeswoman said. The plant produces batteries for simple mobile phones and digital cameras which have been overtaken by more sophisticated smartphones.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Top mobile operators have urged the telecom department (DoT) to speed up harmonization of 1800MHz airwaves, an exercise that will free up an additional 10MHz of contiguous 4G services spectrum in the band in the run-up to the next auction likely in March next year.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Amazon.com plans to launch its video streaming service in Japan for members of its Prime paid service as it gears up for Netflix’s planned entry into the country in September. Amazon’s Prime members get unlimited access to videos under its Prime Instant Video service.
Digi Times — Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has signed a strategic-alliance agreement with Microsoft for cooperation on Cloud Solution Provider and Cloud OS Network, with CHT responsible for providing Microsoft Office 365 cloud computing services on a rental basis for CHT’s enterprise and government subscribers. The available cloud computing services are private cloud and private/public hybrid cloud services covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, CHT said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: When Reliance Retail started selling fruits and vegetables at prices lower than market rates and talked about eliminating middlemen, the then Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh shut the stores, calling it a law and order problem. Eight years later, online grocery stores are looking to gain favour with customers by offering onions at about half the rate that neighbourhood stores are charging.
Digi Times — Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% on year, instead of a previous forecast of an 11.3% growth, to 1.44 billion units in 2015, according to the latest data released by IDC. However, steadily falling ASPs will fuel growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019.
Datacenter Dynamics — When we spoke to Joe Kava, vice president of data centers at Google in Singapore in 2014, he told us Asia’s Internet users had grown by the equivalent of the entire population of Canada in Q3 of that year. That works out to about 35 million new Internet users in three months, of which a good chunk is doubtlessly made up of users from South East Asia.
Forbes — Two years ago China’s Tsinghua Unigroup was nothing more than an obscure state-backed company peddling scanners and herbal medicine drinks. But a reported deal to buy U.S. chipmaker Micron Technologies for $23 billion has brought it into the spotlight. Tsinghua Unigroup, 51% owned by state-run Tsinghua Holdings, is still in talks with Micron, despite the steep national security concerns the deal faces.
Enterprise Innovation — Hybrid IT is fast becoming the new normal across organizations in Asia-Pacific. With the increasing utilization of data centers and cloud services across the Asia Pacific region, companies have gradually updated or upgraded their existing IT systems, giving rise to the Hybrid IT environment. Frost & Sullivan believes that enterprises have to remain dynamic to ensure their long-term sustainability. The analyst believes that within enterprise IT, the only constant is change.
Economic Times — NEW DELHI: Reliance Communications (RCom) Thursday said that it has entered in to partnership with global Internet of Things (IoT) player Jasper to enable enterprises throughout India to launch, manage and monetize next-generation IoT businesses. RCom is Jasper’s sole telecom partner in the South Asia country. The partnership pairs the capabilities of RCom’s 11 data center facilities and its Global Cloud Exchange (Cloud X) platform with Jasper’s global IoT services platform to enable enterprises to capitalize on IoT services, the company said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Country’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel has acquired wireless broadband firm Augere’s India operations, a move that will help the firm to augment its 4G presence in the country. The company did not disclose the deal value. With this acquisition, Bharti Airtel’s 4G services will now be available in over 300 cities and towns.
Digi Times — Taiwan-based companies have an advantage in developing IoT products thanks to their innovative ideas, flexibility and efficient implementation, according to John Wang, founder of Tolink, an IoT solution provider. The IoT will be the star of the IT industry for the next 10 years, bringing significant business opportunities, Wang said.
Times of India — WASHINGTON: Twice on either side of 1900, Jamsetji Tata traveled to the United States, looking for technologies that would put steel in India’s industrial frame. In America, Andrew Carnegie had “been there, done that” with regards to steel and was divesting some of his fortune into philanthropy, endowing $1 million for a technology school that would eventually become Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
Digi Times — Taiwan’s top court has ruled in favor of TSMC in a trade secret case against Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of R&D at TSMC. Liang has been accused of revealing TSMC’s trade secrets and patents related to its advanced process technology to Samsung Electronics. The Supreme Court on August 24 maintained the determination made by the second-instance court, prohibiting Liang from working for Samsung in any form until December 31, 2015.