GfK, one of the world’s largest research company, revealed in a report last week, adding that the top three growth markets for smartphones according to sales volume in the first quarter were Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, which recorded 68%, 59% and 45% increased sales, respectively. Indonesia is also the largest market, with consumers purchasing over 7.3 million units or two-fifth of the region’s smartphones.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA & BANGALORE, INDIA: Wipro Ltd., today announced that it has won a transformational IT applications and infrastructure engagement from 7-Eleven, a leading convenience store chain, in Australia. The engagement is aimed at paving the way for an organisation-wide retail process re-engineering at 7-Eleven to enable it to launch new merchandise categories, improve the efficiency of existing merchandise categories, initiate real-time targeted promotions, and easily on-board new processes during mergers and acquisitions.
China’s Ministry of Information and Information Technology (MIIT) intends to lay down new regulations governing Apple’s iMessage, according to Techweb. The measures include tools to monitor and prevent spam messages, which the ministry says are prevalent on the iOS default messaging app. The report says iMessage’s vulnerabilities to spam have cost users “millions” of RMB. Up to this point, TechWeb notes iMessage has been in a “vacuum” area void of regulation.
SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) on Monday (June 16) announced a regulatory framework for the use of TV White Space (TVWS) spectrum, which would free up additional bandwidth for better Internet connectivity and open up business opportunities. In a statement, the IDA said the regulations will free up approximately 180 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum when they kick in from November 2014. TVWS, also known as Super Wi-Fi, refers to unused or underutilised radio spectrum in the TV broadcast bands that could be used for alternative wireless broadband communications.
SINGAPORE: A private sector initiative to boost local uptake of digital currencies such as Bitcoins has resulted in the formation of the Association of Crypto-Currency Enterprises and Start-ups, SIngapore (ACCESS). In a statement released on Monday (June 16), ACCESS said it is a fully registered society with the Registry of Societies under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) representing various businesses within Singapore’s Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency ecosystem. These businesses include exchanges, merchant transaction services, vending machines, and miners, it stated.
South Korea and the EU have joined forces to promote and develop the world’s next generation of mobile internet network. Under a pact announced on Monday, the European Commission and South Korea will work towards a common definition of so-called 5G networks, in a bid to help set a rollout timetable and global standard by the end of 2015.
ST Teleport, one of Asia’s leading full-service satellite, fibre and IP communications solutions provider, and Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, are combining their expertise to respond to high user demand for connectivity solutions for data and video services in Asia. The two companies have completed the installation of a new gateway at ST Teleport’s Earth Station complex in Singapore that connects to the EUTELSAT 70B Ku-band satellite, one of the most flexible satellites serving Asian markets and connecting to Europe and Africa.
SAP has inked a deal in Korea that will see local IT consulting firm, LG CNS, drive deployments of the German software vendor’s cloud platform HANA in the Asian market. Both companies said they are targeting to tap in-memory computing capabilities to offer processes that require batch processing in real-time, reported The Korea Times on Monday. The new partnership will see SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Center (HEC) set up in LG’s cloud data center located in Busan. The IT consulting vendor is the services subsidiary of LG Group.
NEW DELHI: This new phone from Lava is the latest entry-level smartphone with Android 4.4. Lava has attempted to stand apart from the crowd with a sleeker design and 8MP camera. Straight out of the box, the Iris X1 impresses for such a low-cost phone. The sleek phone in white has rounded edges and a silver plastic surround – the design is very similar to the Apple iPhone 4/4S.
Executives from China Telecom and China Mobile confirmed that the three largest Chinese telecom operators will establish a joint venture without sharing base stations. Rumors previously spread on the Internet that China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom would jointly invest to establish a national base station company. After the founding of the company, it would be responsible for the new construction of base stations, towers, and pipelines of the three telecom operators. In the future, it would include the operators’ existing base stations, towers, and pipelines.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s top three telecom operators’ launch of their own fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) networks is expected to depress the three’s bottom lines, starting from June, Yuanta Investment Consulting said Saturday. Chunghwa Telecom Co., the largest telecom services provider in Taiwan, was the first to launch the 4G network on May 29, followed by rival Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. on June 3 and Taiwan Mobile Co. on the following day.
Tasmanian police are investigating how vandals managed to cut Telstra cables in three locations in one suburb on Wednesday night, causing significant disruption to the local network. The vandalism is the latest in a series of attacks on Telstra property in the state, with two of the areas targeted on Wednesday having been hit three times in as many months.