Satellite R&D in China to take off soon

China.gifIn Beijing’s newly released comprehensive industrial development program titled “Made In China 2025,” work will be accelerated in the promotion of space infrastructure construction, and the development of new types of satellites and an air-and-space broadband internet systems so that the country can develop the ability to provide constant and stable services in terms of satellite remote sensing, telecommunications and navigation.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150524000032

Government to discuss national optical fibre network project with states, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: The Centre will discuss with the states on May 29 the national optical fibre network project as it seeks their greater participation in the ambitious plan that aims to provide broadband connectivity to all panchayats. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has called “a meeting of IT ministers and secretaries of all the states on May 29 to discuss the national optical fibre network (NOFN) project”, a source in the Department of Telecom said. Prasad had earlier said that the government expects more participation of the states in the project as it was important in the success of Digital India initiative.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Government-to-discuss-national-optical-fibre-network-project-with-states/articleshow/47404057.cms

Exclusive Interview: Singapore’s Smart Nation Minister

Singapore“Independent Singapore has always had to think in strategic terms, because we were always facing existential challenges,” says Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Smart Nation Minister. A small city state surrounded by vast – and once hostile – neighbours, Singapore always had to strive to survive. It has done so by riding a wave of globalisation; constantly seeking out new opportunities to differentiate itself.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6488-exclusive-interview-singapores-smart-nation-minister

What will Jakarta’s new Open Data Lab actually do?

IndonesiaIn Indonesia, the lab held workshops with the Banda Aceh city government and civil society groups to release and use data on education. The labs team first consulted civil society organisations on the kind of data they need. They were then joined by journalists in another session to learn where and how to get open data, and how to translate the data into useful information for citizens.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6150-what-will-jakartas-new-open-data-lab-actually-do

Communications moves data centre offsite in $18m deal

AustraliaThe Department of Communications has awarded a five-year contract with ASG worth $18 million to migrate the agency’s services out of its existing on-site data centre. The deal includes the intial migration of the department’s hosted environment, and infrastructure-as-a-service functions. Communications previously owned its on-premise infrastructure assets, according to a statement, with some functions such as disaster recovery hosted offsite.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/404262,department-of-communications-outsourced-to-asg-for-18-million.aspx

Exclusive: Inside Singapore’s preparations to become a Smart Nation

SingaporeSteve Leonard sips an espresso, but there’s enough excitement without caffeine. The Executive Deputy Chairman of Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is setting out the country’s vision for the future of public services. “You can put a chip under your skin that says: ‘Here’s what my body is doing today’,” like a car engine giving feedback to the dashboard. “We can do that, so imagine the implications for how we provide healthcare for the future.”

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6130-exclusive-inside-singapores-preparations-to-become-a-smart-nation

Modi gains 12 million Facebook followers in first year as PM

IndiaKOLKATA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gained as many as 12 million followers on Facebook in his first year in office, according to data released by the world’s biggest social networking website. With a total of 28 million followers on Facebook, Modi maintains his position as the second most-followed world leader, behind US president Barack Obama, who has 43 million followers. Modi is way ahead of third-placed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish president, who has 7 million followers. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian president, has 4.5 million and Mexican President Pena Nieto has 4.2 million followers.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/social/Modi-gains-12-million-Facebook-followers-in-first-year-as-PM/articleshow/47368454.cms

SBI ties up with Amazon India

IndiaNEW DELHI: The State Bank of India (SBI) and Amazon.in have signed a pact to identify areas of cooperation to build a digital India which meets the aspirations of the next generation of customers and small businesses. SBI and Amazon.in will develop trusted and frictionless payments and commerce solutions for customers and small businesses, capitalizing on the exponential growth in internet penetration to drive the adoption of e-commerce and m-commerce in India, a statement said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/SBI-ties-up-with-Amazon-India/articleshow/47367590.cms

Philippines picks Cauayan as its first smart city

PhilippinesCauayan is the first of 144 cities in the Philippines to become a “smarter city”, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo announced. A smart city should have ICT infrastructure to connect systems, and share and analyse data, resulting in “faster, real-time responses to present situations”, Montejo said. Cauayan’s initiatives include an e-government system, a computerised police clearance process and a city ID system.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6529-philippines-picks-cauayan-as-its-first-smart-city

Three telcos to levy 5% tax on top-up

MyanmarThe tax, while currently on the books, has not been enforced due to a sector-wide exemption, said MCIT director U Than Tun Aung. “The commercial tax has been implemented last year but because at that time the telecoms sector has been tremendously improving … the Union Government as well as the Parliament decided to give benefits to the population first, so they gave the industry a one-year exemption for the commercial tax,” he said at the Nay Pyi Taw press event yesterday. That exemption will close soon as an amendment to the Commercial Tax Law came into force on April 1, said an MCIT press release.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/14554-three-telcos-to-levy-5-tax-on-top-up.html

How Singapore’s ConnectNPay is helping stir up Myanmar’s financial sector

SingaporeSince Myanmar opened up its economy in 2010, after one of the most brutal dictatorships in Asia, capitalism has been on the rise. The country’s abundant natural resources, strategic location between Asia’s powers India and China, and its largely untapped market of 60 million people have caught the interest of foreign investors. Singapore-based startup Leo Tech is one of those trying to navigate Myanmar’s spurting, but still opaque, business environment. Leo Tech launched its umbrella brand for financial tech, ConnectNPay, in 2014, along with the bid of several companies like German group Rocket Internet to jumpstart ecommerce in Myanmar.

https://www.techinasia.com/leo-tech-connectnpay-digital-payments-singapore-myanmar/

Defence laws threaten to shut down Aussie encryption, from AU

AustraliaYou might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act – which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year – there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws. Under these laws, such “supplies of technology” come under a censorship regime involving criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. How could this be?

http://www.itnews.com.au/Feature/404193,defence-laws-threaten-to-shut-down-aussie-encryption.aspx

Samsung’s $930 million fine to be cut in Apple patent case

KoreaNEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple was handed a mixed ruling by a US appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone’s appearance could be protected was thrown out. That means up to 40% of a $930 million verdict which had been won by Apple must be reconsidered.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Samsungs-930-million-fine-to-be-cut-in-Apple-patent-case/articleshow/47338749.cms

Huawei rolls out Smart City solution in Malaysia

MalaysiaSHENZEN-based ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has announced the availability of its Smart City solution in Malaysia. The solution offers end-to-end security with ubiquitous network access, a convergent command centre, video surveillance cloud, and mobile policing, the company said in a statement. It provides comprehensive on-site information with visual command, cross-regional resource sharing, and intelligent analysis functions for 360-degree security protection, it added.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/business/huawei-rolls-out-smart-city-solution-in-malaysia

Modi is a social media wizard, says US study

IndiaWASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is turning out to be a savvy social media superstar whose online postings, banal on the face of it, are reshaping his public image as a technology-capable leader aligned with the aspirations of a new Indian modernity, a US study has said. In a paper titled “Banalities Turned Viral: Narendra Modi and the Political Tweet,” University of Michigan scholar Joyojeet Pal says Modi – whose social media following is next only to Barack Obama’s (but a distant second) among world politicians – has used a pro-technological discourse to reframe his political image and overcome the fusty baggage of the sangh parivar.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Modi-is-a-social-media-wizard-says-US-study/articleshow/47335787.cms

MyGov digital mail to expand to businesses, from AU

AustraliaThe federal government’s new Digital Transformation Office will expand the national myGov digital mail service to businesses from next year. The DTO was established in January to assume responsibility for customer-facing digital service delivery in the federal government. It meant responsibility for customer services technology was moved out of the former Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) within Finance and into the Communications department.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/404101,mygov-digital-mail-to-expand-to-businesses.aspx

Government approves plan to adopt 4G, from VN

VietnamThe Government has approved a telecom development master plan that says preparations to introduce 4G technology will begin this year. However, critics say it should be reconsidered since the existing 3G capacity has yet to be fully utilised and 4G devices could be too expensive in a poor country. Four years ago the Ministry of Information and Communications licensed five operators — FPT Telecom, VNPT, Viettel, CMC, and VTC — to pilot 4G services. The country’s major telecom service providers are ready to launch 4G services.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/130240/government-approves-plan-to-adopt-4g.html

MyGov digital mail to expand to businesses, from AU

AustraliaThe federal government’s new Digital Transformation Office will expand the national myGov digital mail service to businesses from next year. The DTO was established in January to assume responsibility for customer-facing digital service delivery in the federal government. It meant responsibility for customer services technology was moved out of the former Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) within Finance and into the Communications department.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/404101,mygov-digital-mail-to-expand-to-businesses.aspx

Wipro sued in US by former employee over wage issues

IndiaBENGALURU: Wipro said it will defend all pending lawsuits against it after an Indian employee filed a class action complaint against it in a US court, alleging violation of local labour laws. Media reports indicated Wipro employee Suri Payala had recently filed a complaint in Superior Court of the State of California, alleging that Wipro failed to compensate him for over-time and make other wage settlements.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Wipro-sued-in-US-by-former-employee-over-wage-issues/articleshow/47306625.cms

Alibaba sued in US over counterfeit goods

China.gifNEW YORK: A group of luxury goods makers sued Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, contending the Chinese online shopping giant had knowingly made it possible for counterfeiters to sell their products throughout the world. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court by Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other brands owned by Paris-based Kering SA seeking damages and an injunction for alleged violations of trademark and racketeering laws.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Alibaba-sued-in-US-over-counterfeit-goods/articleshow/47306670.cms