Inquirer Net — The Cloud has won. In Asia, for instance, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and South Korea were tagged as the leaders in cloud readiness by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), based on its 2014 Cloud Readiness Index. These countries, according to the ACCA report, retained or even extended their lead by fostering innovation and fresh approaches toward next generation technology and cloud computing services.
Life Hacker — As the Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, May-Ann Lim works with a number of the largest cloud service providers in the region, dealing with all sorts of different issues. The association’s mission is to be the voice of the technology community and accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the APAC region. As an independent body, the ACCA’s membership includes major companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and EMC.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The government today reiterated its commitment to provide non-discriminatory access to internet for all in the country and stick to the ‘fundamental principles’ of net neutrality. “Government is committed to the fundamental principles and concept of net neutrality and strives for non- discriminatory access to internet for all citizens of the country,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written statement to the Rajya Sabha.
Korea Times — KT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu met with leaders of the global telecom industry and sought cooperation over the next-generation network and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2015. Hwang attended the board meeting of the Global System for Mobile Telecommunication Association (GSMA) in the host city, Tuesday, and stressed the importance of collaboration between telecom operators and network equipment makers.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Zero-rating platforms, which offer free browsing to consumers on select websites that have paid for it, have to be open to mobile subscribers of all telecom companies, a member of the government-appointed committee on net neutrality has said. V Umashankar, a key member of the six-member panel, has also said that Bharti Airtel’s ‘Zero’ plan “completely violates” the principles of net neutrality.
New Indian Express — SHANGHAI: Mobile World Congress (MWC), an annual event organised by Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) in Barcelona, is turning to India and China which has lately seen explosive growth in the mobile telephony sector. GSMA is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardising, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system.
Times of India — SHANGHAI: The mobile industry in Asia Pacific contributes more than $1 trillion per year to the region’s economy, fuelled by rising mobile broadband and smartphone penetration, a new report by GSMA said. GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardizing, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system.
China Tech News — The Global Internet Governance Alliance held its first general council meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group, was selected as a co-chairman of the alliance council. Ma is reportedly the only Asian representative to be co-chairman of the alliance council.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom industry wants the regulator to take steps to revise the mergers and acquisitions policy to facilitate consolidation in an intensely competitive sector and help cut costs, improve services and reduce debt.
Business Wire India — The GSMA today announced the details of new programmes and exhibition features at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which will be held 15-17 July at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The GSMA also announced further exhibitors, sponsors and partners for the Shanghai event. “With just two weeks until Mobile World Congress Shanghai, we’re gearing up for our largest and most ambitious Asia event ever,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Ministry of Communications and IT (DeitY)) and the Ministry of Urban Development are working together to grow the Internet of Things (IoT) industry in India. According to Business Insider, there have been several companies leading the market by building the necessary capacity and capability to meet the growing demand for intelligent devices.
NEW DELHI: The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and cyber security firm Symantec, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for ‘Building cyber security skills,’ Nasscom said in a statement. The MoU was signed between R. Chandrashekhar, president, Nasscom and Michael Brown, president and CEO, Symantec. The development is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call at Nasscom’s silver jubilee in March 2015 to focus on global cyber security challenges.
The government will subject Australia’s communications regulator ACMA to a review of its future viability to determine whether it is “fit for purpose” in a “rapidly changing” sector. Communications Minister Malcom Turnbull today said his department would consult with industry, stakeholders and relevant parties over the remainder of the year and present a report on ACMA’s future before the end of 2015. Turnbull said the review was in response to “rapid change” in the communications sector which had prompted a need to determine whether the ACMA is able to keep up.
HONG KONG, CHINA – The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), an organisation dedicated to best practices in professional publishing, presented 97 awards for outstanding journalism at its annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence gala dinner at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight. Over 270 senior media executives, editors, journalists and industry affiliates from across the Asia Pacific region attended the event. Tara Joseph from Reuters was the master of ceremony while Jimmy Lai, founder of Next Media Group, was the evening’s guest of honor.
PORTLAND, Ore., May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors – Samson David of Infosys, Edward Goldman of Intel, and Wanjing Li, of China Unicom Group. The Alliance also introduced nine new member companies, bringing its general membership to an all-time high as the organization approaches its fifth anniversary.
Mark Zuckerberg’s bid to connect the unconnected via Internet.org is already facing its first major roadblock – not from cellcos, but from internet companies and activist groups who claim Internet.org’s business model violates net neutrality principles and creates a walled garden of content for poor people rather than the “real” internet. The latest flashpoint is India, where Internet.org has partnered with Reliance and Bharti Airtel to offer free internet access to specific apps for free, with the data usage subsidized by apps developers.
Facebook, in collaboration with local partner Telenor, announced today that Internet.org is available for users in Pakistan. The initiative is part of a campaign to make the internet accessible and affordable to the two-thirds of the world that remain offline. Mobile users from Pakistan will now have free access to an array of services, including health, education, finance, news, and jobs. Some of the sites included in the initiative are ESPN Cricinfo, BBC,Accuweather, OLX, and UNICEF Facts for Life.
DELHI| BENGALURU: Google has put on hold plans to provide free data to end users in India by zero rating certain apps, due to recent public backlash against a similar initiative by Facebook and Airtel, two people familiar with the development said. The internet giant, which was in early discussions with telecom operators and applications developers to launch a zero rating platform, has now decided to take a wait and watch approach, they said. “Google has shelved the idea of any kind of zero-rating tie-up because they are very scared of the backlash which came up against (Facebook’s) Internet.org in India,” said one of them.
NEW DELHI: Airtel’s Zero Rating platform and the Facebook-Reliance Communications combine’s internet.org plan have been found to be against the spirit of net neutrality by a preliminary inquiry conducted by the telecom ministry. The findings assume significance as they come at a time when a high-level committee of the ministry is finalizing a regulatory set-up for various issues related to net neutrality. Also, the committee will define how telecom operators are to deal with numerous internet websites, or over-the-top (OTT) players, who ride on their network.
NEW DELHI: Facebook’s billionaire co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is pulling all stops to swing opinion in India in favour of Internet.org, even as he explores alternatives to subsidize access to certain internet services including Facebook. Zuckerberg in recent weeks initiated dialogues with key people in India’s startup and technology world to convince them of the virtue of Internet.org, a partnership stitched by the social networking giant that allows certain services including Facebook to be provided free of data charge to users.