NEW DELHI: India is among the top three fastest growing Internet markets in the world, a study by industry body Assocham and ComScore has said. “Among the Bric nations, India has been the fastest growing market adding over 18 million Internet users and growing at an annual rate of 41 per cent,” the study said. The Internet user base in the country is approximately 125 million, the study added.
There were 55.06 million tablets shipped globally in the second quarter of 2014, decreasing 4.5% on quarter but increasing 17.9% on year, according to Digitimes Research. The shipments consisted of 14.1 million iPads, down 10% on quarter, and 18.96 million units launched by vendors other than Apple, down 12.7% on quarter. Additionaly, 22.3 million white-box units were shipped in the second quarter.
The country was ranked 4th in Southeast Asia and 12th among 27 countries in the Asia Pacific region, said the ministry at the E-Government Symposium 2014 held in the central city of Da Nang on Thursday. Meanwhile, the country’s e-government index climbed three positions to 34, thanks to the government’s effort to push the development of the ICT sector in Viet Nam. At present, all 22 ministries and 63 local governments in Viet Nam have official information portals.
The IT industry might be tripping over each other fighting for analytics professionals, but at some Indian enterprises, CIOs say it isn’t quite yet the time to hire separate data analysts–pointing to perhaps a mismatch between what enterprises are looking for and what’s available. In the last two years, the demand data analysts, data scientists, business intelligence professionals, has skyrocketed. In a recent Gartner report, the research agency pointed out that by 2015, big data will produce 4.4 million jobs globally, but only one-third of those jobs will be filled. According to McKinsey, India will need 2 lakh data scientists in the next few years.
China’s rush to the Internet is slowing, with the country adding only 14.4 million new Internet users in the first half of 2014, the lowest half-year growth in eight years. There were 632 million Internet users in China in June, according to the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Although China has long reigned as the country with the world’s largest Internet population, the services are still struggling to take off in the rural areas, where about 450 million people never go online, said the CNNIC in its bi-annual report.
China now has 632 million internet users, according to the latest report from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). These numbers for June 2014 reveal internet penetration in the country is still shy of the halfway mark at 46.9 percent. Mobile internet users continued to surge to 527 million from 460 million six months ago. 83.4 percent of netizens access the web via mobile device, which for the first time ever has surpassed those who access the web via PC at 80.9 percent.
BEIJING: China is now home to 632 million Internet users, a government agency said Monday, although use of social networks has dropped amid a crackdown. The Asian giant’s Internet population — defined as those who have gone online at least once in the past six months — has increased by 14 million since January, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC).
Malaysian professionals value workplace relationships more than any other Asian country, says professional network LinkedIn’s Relationships @Work recent study. Over half (58%) of Malaysian professionals, especially those from Generation Y, believe friendships with colleagues make them happier at work. Three out of five Gen-Yers report that socialising in-person with co-workers makes their working environment better, compared to only two out of five baby boomers.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators” report to their offering. “Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators” report provides a top-level overview and detailed insights into the operating environment for mobile operators. It is an essential tool for companies active across the telecom value chain in Asia-Pacific and for new companies that may be considering entering the market.
Pakistan now has close to 150 million mobile subscribers. A growing number of those are smartphone owners who are pushing forward adoption of web services like ecommerce and social media. Gertjan van Laar, an app developer who published a report this week on smartphone usage in Pakistan, tells Tech in Asia that smartphone adoption has reached between 7 and 10 percent of the population – in contrast to the general mobile penetration rate of 80 percent.
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC recently published its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, stating that the company achieved operating revenue of NTD65.06 billion; its pre-taxes net profit was NTD2.76 billion; operating profit was NTD2.43 billion; post-taxes net profit was NTD2.26 billion; and its net profit per share was NTD2.74. HTC’s performance in the second quarter met its expectations. Prior to this, the company predicted that its operating revenue would be between NTD65 billion and NTD70 billion; its gross margin would be between 21.3% and 22%; and its earnings per share would be between NTD2.21 and NTD3.
According to the latest ‘State of the Internet’ quarterly report by content delivery network, Akamai, Viet Nam continues to lag behind in broadband adoption. It has the second slowest Internet speed in Asia and globally ranks 117th, behind Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. The Akamai report states that the average Internet connection speed in Viet Nam is 2 Mbps while the global average Internet speeds have reached 3.9Mbps, and the highest average peak connection speed was 21.2Mbps.
The total number of TD-LTE subscribers worldwide increased to 12.48 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and will increase to 70.4 million at the end of the year, according to Digitimes Research. Saudi Arabia-based Mobily accounted for 28.2% of the 12.48 million subscribers, followed by Japan-based SoftBank Mobile with 27.5%, China-based China Mobile with 22.4% and Saudi Arabia-based STC with 10.8%, Digitimes Research indicated.
CLOUD computing is the top spending priority in technology for companies in Asia, and businesses are keen on moving backend needs to third-party cloud providers, Gartner found in a recent survey. The global study surveyed 2,339 chief innovation officers (CIOs) from firms that make over US$250 million annually, and found that the cloud was nominated as the top area for new technology spending by CIOs from the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan.
According to Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), Australia, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand are the 4 top countries ranked as ‘Cloud Ready Leaders’ by developing fresh approaches towards next generation and cloud computing services. “The countries’ cloud readiness are assessed against 10 criteria, namely privacy; international connectivity; data sovereignty; broadband quality; government regulatory environment and usage; power grid and green policy; intellectual property protection; business sophistication; data centre risk; and freedom of information.” Asia Cloud Computing Association.
Xiaomi Technology shipped 26.11 million smartphones in the first half of 2014, increasing 271% from a year earlier, an achievement far ahead of Taiwan-based rivals including HTC, Acer and Asustek Computer. Based on its shipment momentum, Xiaomi is likely to achieve its goal of shipping 60 million smartphones in 2014, according to industry sources. Although Asustek is currently enjoying strong sales of its latest ZenFone-series smartphones, the company is unlikely to reach its target of shipping 10 million units in 2014 due to a short supply of key components, the sources noted.
India now has 243.2 million internet users and 106 million active social media users, according to the latest mid-year figures for 2014. The rate of internet penetration among India’s population is now 19 percent. All those numbers are up strongly from the end of 2012, when India had 137 million web users, 60 million active on social media, and an 11 percent web penetration rate.
Xiaomi founder Lei Jun said this morning that the Chinese phone-maker has sold 26.1 million smartphones in the first half of 2014. He pointed out that it’s a leap of 271 percent from its sales last year, according to Xiaomi’s own blog (via The Next Web). Xiaomi sold 18.7 million smartphones in 2013, which was more than double its tally in 2012. The new 26 million figure means that Xiaomi is still on course to hit its target of 60 million phone sales for the whole of 2014.
The cloud technology industry in India is experiencing a significant growth period. A Gartner report suggests that around USD 3.9 billion will be spent on cloud services in India from 2013 through 2017, of which USD 1.7 billion will be spent on SaaS. While SaaS dominates as the largest cloud growth segment, the concurrent high growth rates of supporting IaaS and PaaS technology layers make them important markets to watch. Companies, big and small, understand the importance of adopting cloud technology, but quite often are not armed with the requisite knowledge to make informed decisions.
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