NTT Communications Corporation has partnered with the Philippines’ largest telecommunication company, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to provide Enterprise Cloud. Enterprise Cloud, which enables enterprises to virtually access their individualised customer portal to configure virtual data centres, is offered via multiple servers in multiple international locations, including Japan, US, UK, Germany, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. PLDT will provide globally standardised IaaS services combining Enterprise Cloud and its own network services for Philippine-based enterprises.
BANGALORE: Vishal Sikka will put innovation at the centre of Infosys’ strategy, invest aggressively in startups and pursue ‘capability enhancing and energy-infusing’ acquisitions to take the one-time flagbearer of India’s software services industry back to its status of a sector bellwether in the next two years. In his first exclusive interview on the eve of taking over as the first non-founder CEO of the company, the former SAP board member said the company will find a balance between innovating for the future and ensuring that existing business is not compromised.
Instagram has launched an app designed after Snapchat. The online mobile photo and video sharing and social networking service released an app called Bolt on Tuesday. It’s Instagram’s first venture into speedy and ephemeral one-to-one video and photo-messaging. The company launched Bolt on Android and iOS in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. Technology website TechCrunch said Instagram is testing the app in these English-speaking and Instagram-fluent countries before rolling it out in the United States.
BANGALORE: As hardware prices continue to drop in India, the world’s fastest growing smartphone market, software sales is set to play an increasingly important part for smart device vendors who are striking distribution deals with app makers, content and value-added service providers. Until now, device makers were looking to make money on the hardware they sell. However, with margins not keeping pace with growing volumes, vendors are seeing opportunities to prop up the bottom line with software and content distribution deals.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Security vendor revenue (hardware, software and services) in India will grow from $882 million in 2013 to $953 million in 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. Security spending will continue to grow in 2015 when revenue is projected to reach $1.06 billion. Security services (that includes consulting, implementation, support and managed security services) revenue accounted for more than 55 percent of this total revenue in 2013 and this trend will continue into the foreseeable future.
A report by Epinion on the number of Facebook users in Vietnam includes results of a survey that the agency conducted last month based on online interviews with over 1,000 Vietnamese people aged over 18. The report indicates 97% of respondents have Facebook accounts to contact their friends and relatives, share experiences and market products and services. Tran Lien Phuong, research director at Epinion Vietnam, said social media in Vietnam is growing fast, with Facebook seeing the number of subscribers doubling each year.
This is the fourth generation of Intel CPU which is used for desktops, laptops and mobile phones, said CT Lau, Director of Intel Products Vietnam’s assembly and test factory. Intel expects that by the end of this year, 80 percent of its CPU for desktops provided for the world market will be made in Vietnam. Intel began production in Vietnam in June 2010 with chipsets for laptops and mobile devices. It later launched Atom SoC (System on a Chip) in late 2013.
Just over two weeks ago, cab-booking app EasyTaxi started taking orders within the WeChat messaging app. How’s that working out so far? Joon Chan, EasyTaxi’s regional manager and director for Southeast Asia, tells Tech in Asia that 5,000 rides have so far been taken by people who booked in WeChat. Joon describes the WeChat tie-up as a “fantastic partnership.” It’s only available in Singapore at the moment ahead of rolling out across EasyTaxi’s other markets in Asia. To use it, a WeChat user must first search for the EasyTaxi ‘official account’ in the messaging app (called ‘EasyTaxiSGP’).
When Japanese messaging app Line reveals its quarterly revenues, we know what to expect – growth, growth, growth. The quarter ending in June 2014 is no exception, as today the company revealed revenues for the app hit JPY 18.2 billion (about US$177 million), up 25 percent from the previous quarter and 146 percent year-on-year. As usual, the company hasn’t provided details regarding profits or losses, so there’s no telling how the growth may or may not compensate for the ad dollars the company is throwing in markets all over the world.
Social networking sites in China that are modeled on Facebook are having a hard time holding on to users, with customers like Beijing resident Shi Yunfeng, drifting away to newer services. “The user activity has been declining,” the 29-year-old said of Renren, a social networking site launched in 2005 and once known as the Facebook of China. Renren has grown stale among Shi’s friends, who generally only use it to keep in touch with old classmates. “My friends don’t really use Renren very much anymore,” he said. “Now and then I’ll look at Renren, but it’s never for anything really important.”
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and Bank of Thailand (BOT) have jointly launched a new cross-border payment-versus-payment (PvP) link between Hong Kong’s US dollar real time gross settlement (RTGS) system and Thailand’s Thai Baht RTGS system (BAHTNET). This link is the third cross-border PvP link in Asia for HKMA’s RTGS system, said Peter Pang, deputy chief executive of the HKMA. The other two existing links are with Malaysia and Indonesia, he added.
A Chinese regulator is conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft over its Windows operating system, in the latest of a growing number of competition probes that have unnerved Western firms in China. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) is also investigating a Microsoft vice president and senior managers, and has made copies of the firm’s financial statements and contracts.
Telecommunications giant Ericsson will manage the ground systems of NBN Co’s upcoming long-term satellite service under a new bundle of work worth over $300 million, added to its 10-year, $1.1 billion contract with the national network builder. Ericsson had already won a contract to build and manage the fixed wireless component of the NBN’s rural and regional deployment in mid-2011.
A total of NT$666.5 billion (US$22.3 billion) was invested by the private sector in the first half of 2014, 51.27 percent of the annual target, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs July 29. “Investment by overseas Taiwan businesses hit NT$55.1 billion, while foreign direct investment stood at US$5.65 billion,” the MOEA said at the Invest-Taiwan summit in Taipei City. The figure brought total investment by overseas Taiwan businesses since the implementation of an MOEA promotion program in November 2012 to NT$199.4 billion, with the figure expected to easily top NT$200 billion in the coming quarter.
TOKYO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Asia Pacific Pte LTD., subsidiary of Allied Architects, Inc. which offers social media marketing support business, is recognized as an official API Partners of Facebook advertising (*1) by Facebook, Inc. (Head Office: United States, California, CEO: Mark Zuckerberg) and developed the crowdsourcing service “ReFUEL4″ which is specialized for Facebook advertising creation. Signed a partner agreement with sPMD (*2) certified company, Nanigans, Inc. and will start the service to the countries of the world.
SINGAPORE: ST Telemedia and China’s GDS Services (GDS) announced on Wednesday (July 30) that they are partnering to expand and develop the latter’s portfolio of data centres. With the partnership, ST Telemedia agreed to invest an approximate 40 per cent stake into the Chinese data centre services provider. The tie-up will aid GDS accelerate the development of new data centres in key locations in China, according to the companies’ joint statement.
Popular indigenous smartphone maker, Micromax, is all set to launch a new affordable handset Canvas L in India soon. As the name implies, Canvas L is a big-screen smartphone. It flaunts a mammoth 5.5-inch qHD (960 x 540p) IPS screen and ships with the Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS out-of-the-box. Under the hood, it houses a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor backed by sumptuous 1GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory and a high-capacity 2,350 mAh battery, which can run the device for up to 8 hours of talk time and close to 210 hours under standby mode.
WeChat receives a fair amount of attention from the English-language press for its grasp on China’s mobile messaging market, its steady forays into ecommerce, and its strategic importance to parent company Tencent. But one of the app’s most overlooked qualities is its role as a hub for online media. News outlets, small businesses, and solo bloggers alike will push posts through their subscription accounts, and the app even features a simple but effective “read it later” feature.
Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has posted gross margin of 27.43% and net profit of NT$5.264 billion (US$176 million) for second-quarter 2014, with both hitting the highest ever on company record. Of second-quarter consolidated revenues, 60% came from power supplies and components, 19% from energy management devices and smart green life products each, and 2% from others.
Huawei Technologies recently made an investment in XMOS, a British fabless semiconductor company and leader in intelligent multicore microcontrollers. This marks the Chinese telecom device maker’s first equity investment in a British technology company. Apart from Huawei, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH of Germany and Xilinx Inc. from the U.S. also participated in the strategic investment round. The three companies invested a total of USD26 million in XMOS. XMOS’ valuation during this round of financing reached over USD100 million; however, XMOS gave no comment on the rumor.