451 Research: Datacenter Colocation Market Annualized Revenue Projected to Reach $36bn Worldwide by End of 2017

APAC451 Research projects the global colocation market annualized revenue to reach $36.1bn by 2017 in its latest quarterly Datacenter KnowledgeBase (DCKB) release. The DCKB database covers 3,796 individual datacenters operated by 1,094 datacenter companies serving North America (NA); Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Latin America (LATAM). 451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company with a focus on technology innovation and market disruption.


TSMC controls over half of global foundry market: Gartner

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp (TSMC) remained the world’s largest semiconductor foundry by taking more than half of the global market in 2014, according to tech research firm Gartner. The revenues of the worldwide semiconductor foundry market grew 16.1% in 2014 to US$46.9 billion, Gartner said in a report published on Monday. Among the top players, TSMC’s market share improved to 53.7% last year from 49.8% in 2013, and its sales increased by US$5 billion to US$25.18 billion due to the success of its advanced process 28 nanometer (nm) and 20nm technologies, Gartner said.


Frost & Sullivan GIL2015: Malaysia’s Social Networking Users to Almost Double to 25.6 million in 2020

MalaysiaKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan is forecasting Malaysia’s social networking users to nearly double to 25.6 million in 2020. According to Mr. Barry Lim, Director, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific, the country is expected to have 125 million connected devices in 2025 with more than 58 million mobile subscribers.


Dell India’s retail presence to rise 100% in 2015

IndiaMUMBAI: Computer hardware major Dell plans to double the number of its stores in India to 800 this year and increase the proportion of its enterprise sales through channel partners, buoyed by its growing sales and market share in the country.  Dell India’s sales of servers and storage have been rising in the last two years, according to consultancy IDC India, even as rivals IBM and Hewlett-Packard have pulled back from the market. IBM has sold part of its server business to Lenovo while Hewlett-Packard has announced that it was splitting into two companies.


Asia Pacific becomes frontline for IoT with US$583 billion market opportunity by 2020, says IDC

APACThe Asia Pacific Internet of Things (IoT) industry will continue its strong growth, with the number of units, or “things,” connected to increase from 3.1 billion to 8.6 billion by 2020. Over this same period, the total Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) market size will increase from US$250 billion to US$583 billion, according to IDC. “The Internet of Things industry has matured considerably over the past year, with a number of large government initiatives across APeJ, and China in particular, driving demand,” said Charles Reed Anderson, VP at IDC Asia Pacific.


Cloud Computing Still Mystery To Asia’s SMEs

APACAcross the Asia Pacific region small- and mid-size enterprises spent $2 billion on cloud computing services last year, an impressive growth rate of 42 percent. Despite the rapid expansion of cloud technology, there is still a lot of room to grow. SMEs make up the vast majority of business across Asia, representing more than 90 percent of all businesses. The Asian Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) reviewed 14 developed and emerging nations in the Asia Pacific region and found that, together, these nations contribute $10.9 trillion to their national economies and generate 49 percent of the region’s total GDP.


Gartner: Tech spend in Australia to grow to $78.7bn

AustraliaAustralia is bucking global trends, as Gartner projects global IT spending to shrink to US$3.66 trillion in 2015, a drop of 1.3 per cent. Spending on technology products and services in Australia is forecast to grow to $78.7 billion in 2015 (from $75.6 billion), an increase of 4.2 per cent on last year. Gartner attributed the shrinking worldwide IT spend to the rising US dollar, but claimed it isn’t a crash -even though it looks like one.


E-commerce market to touch $16 billion in India this year

IndiaBENGALURU: E-commerce has emerged as India’s new sun-rise industry and is set to cross business worth $16 billion by the end of 2015, a joint study by ASSOCHAM-Deloitte said. The ‘Future of e-commerce: Uncovering Innovation’ study reveals that the digital commerce market in India has grown steadily from $4.4 billion in 2010 to $13.6 billion in 2014 and likely to touch $16 billion by the end of 2015 on the back of growing internet population and increased online shoppers.


Global 2014 semiconductor revenues rise 7.9%, says Gartner, from TW

TaiwanWorldwide semiconductor revenues totaled US$340.3 billion in 2014, a 7.9% increase from 2013 revenues of US$315.4 billion, according to final results by Gartner. The top-25 semiconductor vendors’ combined revenues increased 11.7%, which was more than the overall industry’s growth. The world’s top-25 semiconductor vendors accounted for 72.4%of total market revenues, up from 69.9% in 2013, said Gartner.


SEMI reports 2014 semiconductor materials sales of US$44.3 billion, from Taiwan

TaiwanThe global semiconductor materials market increased 3% in 2014 compared to 2013, while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 10%, according to SEMI. Revenues of US$44.3 billion mark the first increase in the semiconductor materials market since 2011. Total wafer fabrication materials and packaging materials were US$24 billion and US$20.4 billion, respectively, said SEMI. Comparable revenues for these segments in 2013 were US$22.7 billion for wafer fabrication materials and US$20.4 billion for packaging materials.


4G smartphone market in China may drive out smaller players

China.gif4G is predicted to become the mainstream smartphone standard and dominate 70% of sales in China in three years, reports Sina’s tech news portal. The estimated market price for a mid-to-high end 4G smartphone falls between 2,000-3,500 yuan (US$320-$520). Products priced below 1,000 yuan (US$160) have been rising and sales will soon reach the 45% mark for market share, said the report.


IT firms struggle to look for mobile programmers

VietnamTran Anh Tuan, deputy director of the HCM City Human Resource and Labor Information Center, said that HCM City alone would need 16,200 IT workers every year in the upcoming years, including programmers for mobile devices. The WeAreSocial website says that 35 percent of the world’s population now use the internet, 26 percent access Facebook, and 93 percent use mobile phones.


9 in 10 Hong Kongers now shop online

Hong KongEighty-four percent of local consumers in Hong kong have made at least one online purchase in the last three months and over a third (38.2 percent) shopped on their smartphones, the latest MasterCard Online Shopping Survey reveals. In the next six months, majority of Hong Kongers (79.8 percent) planned to shop online. The 25- 34-year-olds are the most active online shoppers (91.8 percent), purchasing at least six items, the highest among all age groups.


Asia-Pacific Cyber Security Market 2015-2019 – Demand for Cloud-based Security Solutions with BAE Systems, Cisco Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon & Symantec Dominating

APACThe analysts forecast the Cyber Security market in the APAC region to grow at a CAGR of 15.15 percent over the period 2014-2019. Demand for cloud-based security solutions is one key trend emerging in this market. End-users prefer cloud-based security solutions because they are cost-effective and can be easily managed. Therefore, both large enterprises and SMEs in the APAC region are increasingly adopting cloud-based cyber security solutions.


Vietnam tops global outsourcing market for first time

VietnamVietnam has capitalised on increasing labour costs in China to take first place in the ranking while India remains the world’s largest business process outsourcing market. Vietnam established its presence in the sector thanks to numerous government reform policies to promote the country as a key outsourcing destination. C&W predicts the service segment will expand rapidly given the average age of the country’s workforce is under 30 and 1-1.5 million people enter the labour market every year.


More Indians now shopping on their mobile: Report

IndiaMUMBAI: Mobile commerce is likely to overtake e-commerce in the next few years, spurred by the continued uptrend in online shopping and increasing use of mobile apps, says an industry report. “It is estimated that the mobile app download would grow six-fold by the end of this year to 9 billion apps,” said a KPMG report, adding the country has been the fastest growing mobile app market in both 2014 and 2013.


Best-paying jobs in Beijing are IT professionals. Average monthly salary: $1,515

ChinaA recent survey by domestic job search site Kanzhun has shed some light on the average salaries of professionals in China’s biggest cities. For each city, the study shows the top three highest-paying industries based on monthly salary. In Beijing, IT and internet professionals take the top spot. That category consists of web developers, software engineers, and everything in between. They make a median RMB 9,420 (US$1,515) per month. By comparison, the median salary for a web developer in America is US$4,473, according to compensation information firmPayScale. In San Francisco specifically, the monthly wage jumps to US$6,393.


Philippines moves up to become 3rd largest smartphone market in Southeast Asia

PhilippinesIn a milestone for smartphone growth in the Philippines, the nation is now the third largest market for smartphones in Southeast Asia. Jerome Dominguez, market analyst at IDC in the Philippines, tells Tech in Asia that the Philippines overtook Vietnam in 2014, which now drops to fourth. Indonesia is first, while Thailand is second. This is thanks to the growing adoption of smartphones by consumers. According to IDC, a total of 26.8 million mobile phones were shipped to the Philippines in 2014. The ratio of smartphones increased to 47 percent in 2014, up from 24 percent in 2013.


Digitimes Research: Samsung to rank as top smartphone vendor in 2015

TaiwanSamsung Electronics will lead the world’s top-10 smartphone vendor rankings in 2015, followed by Apple, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, Microsoft, TCL Communication Technology, Coolpad and Oppo, according to Digitimes Research. Samsung and Apple will ship over 330 million and 230 million smartphones, respectively in 2015, while Lenovo will ramp up its shipments to 84 million units following the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.


Cloud Computing Still A Mystery To Asia’s SMEs

APACAcross the Asia Pacific region small- and mid-size enterprises spent $2 billion on cloud computing services last year, an impressive growth rate of 42 percent. Despite the rapid expansion of cloud technology, there is still a lot of room to grow. SMEs make up the vast majority of business across Asia, representing more than 90 percent of all businesses. The Asian Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) reviewed 14 developed and emerging nations in the Asia Pacific region and found that, together, these nations contribute $10.9 trillion to their national economies and generate 49 percent of the region’s total GDP.