Converge Digest — Ericsson and SK Telecom have signed agreed to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology. The idea behind slicing is to use logical instead of physical resources to provide networks on an as-a-service basis. The instantiation of the network slicing will use the Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core solution.
Telecom Asia — KT and Nokia Networks have launched the first IoT lab in South Korea after entering a collaboration earlier this year. The laboratory will conduct interworking and verification testing of emerging IoT technologies over Nokia Networks’ LTE infrastructure. It will provide IoT-related technical support and knowledge to small and medium-sized Korean companies seeking to enter global markets.
Business Wire — PARIS & NEW DELHI: Orange Business Services today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Tata Communications to expand its network footprint in India. The Network-to-Network Interconnect (NNI) agreement is part of a strategic partnership between the two companies and will increase Orange domestic coverage ten-fold to over 120 cities to meet customer demand.
Times of India — BENGALURU/MUMBAI: Foxconn plans to partner with the Adani Group to set up at least four electronics manufacturing facilities in India, sources told TOI. Top executives of Foxconn, the Taiwanese company best known for making Apple devices, are said to have visited Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat earlier this month to look at possible locations for the facilities.
eWeek — Data center services provider Equinix will soon be doing a lot of business in the Far East, and its new partner, Alibaba’s Aliyun, will be doing the same in the U.S.The company signed an agreement earlier this month with Aliyun, the Alibaba Group Holding Limited’s cloud computing division, to provide direct access to Aliyun’s cloud platform via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in both Hong Kong and in Northern California.
Digi Times — Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), China’s top foundry chipmaker, has announced plans to form a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm, and nano-electronics research institute Imec. The JV company, dubbed SMIC Advanced Technology Research & Development (Shanghai), will focus on R&D to build advanced CMOS technologies and establish China’s home-grown 14nm and beyond process technologies.
NEW DELHI: Japan-based telecom and Internet major SoftBank Corp and Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group are in talks to form a joint venture for electronics manufacturing in India, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make-in-India’ push helps the country to become an attractive alternative to China as a manufacturing base. Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and maker of the iconic iPhones, will lead the new joint venture while SoftBank will support the former for the same, Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank told ET.
State-run telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is planning a joint venture with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (Singtel) to work on information and technology (IT) applications for the city state’s market. Indra Utoyo, Telkom innovation and strategic portfolio director, said his company, through its subsidiary PT Sigma Cipta Caraka (telkomsigma), would form a joint venture with SingTel’s subsidiary National Computer Systems Pte. Ltd. (NCS) to operate as an application provider.
Foxconn Electronics will team up with Japan-based Softbank to form a joint venture for manufacturing robot products, according to Japan-based Nikkei Asian Review. Foxconn and Softbank have been cooperating on the production of robots since June 2014, and Foxconn has rolled out a bunch of ‘Pepper’ robots developed by Softbank’s subsidiary, Aldebaran, said the report.
NEW DELHI: Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group is scouting for the best deals in the Indian startup market — with help from two of India’s top entrepreneurs Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal — joining a growing list of global corporations looking for a share of the action in one of the world’s most dynamic startup hubs. Over a dozen Indian startups met Wen-Hsin (Vincent) Tong, chairman and director of investments at FIH Mobile Limited, an investment arm of Foxconn, at the New Delhi office of Snapdeal last weekend, according to two people with direct knowledge of the initiative.
Vodafone and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to say that they are going to work on fixed and mobile connectivity bonding technology for new products, amongst other enterprise-friendly things. Those things also include working on better in-building coverage solutions, the development of new machine-to-machine module designs, and developing solutions regarding Safe City, Internet of Things, and cloud data centres.
Singaporean government-linked corporations are notable for their investments and dealings abroad, as well as their portfolio management methods, which are held up as models for state-owned enterprises. State-owned Temasek Holdings, for instance is often noted has been the subject of an NUS-CIMA study. Meanwhile, GIC has been the subject of much research often focused on sovereign wealth funds. Singtel has joined a network of partnerships led by Intel and Alibaba Group, while GIC is sourcing for more investment opportunities in West Bengal. In the energy sector, the Singapore-listed Ezra Group has secured contracts worth $115 million.
Intel announced five new Internet of Things (IoT) pilot projects and developments with its Taiwanese partners Wednesday, showing momentum for IoT adoption for what it describes as a “transformation of business and better life experience.” The world’s largest chip maker hosted an IoT-themed press conference at the ongoing Computex Taipei trade show to announce the results and future expansion plans to make IoT — the concept of connecting household devices to the internet — a reality in Asia and elsewhere in the world.
Stressing the need for Indian language content on the Internet, Google’s India MD, Rajan Anandan has today announced the Indian Language Internet Alliance. Anandan also said that Google aims to get 500 million internet users in India by 2017. In an effort to promote local language content on the internet, Google also announced its Hindi Voice Search. It also launched the website hindiWeb.com, which shall offer curated content in Hindi.
Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502), a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), a data, cloud and international communications leader within the NTT (NYSE: NTT) Group, announced on February 27 a multifaceted alliance under which Toshiba’s data-center and cloud-computing services will be provided to global customers by NTT Com’s Enterprise Cloud, a self-manageable, full-layer virtual private cloud, and data centers. Services will be provided in North America and Asia from April, and then expanded to Europe thereafter.
Asian telecom operators Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), HKT (Hong Kong), KDDI (Japan), and SK Planet (South Korea) are jointly announcing the formation of the Asia NFC Alliance, with the support of the GSMA, today at MWC 2014. The Alliance aims to extend existing NFC services beyond national borders to further accelerate the adoption of convenient and compatible NFC services worldwide.