Which country has the most open government in Asia Pacific?

apac 2New Zealand has the most transparent government in Asia Pacific, according to a new report that studied global access to public sector data. The World Wide Web Foundation has ranked countries according to three criteria: the existence of key datasets; whether these datasets are published; and the impact that open data has had on a country. The United Kingdom was top, while New Zealand scored best in the region – and fourth overall.


APJ public cloud services market to grow 14.2% in 2015

apac 2The public cloud services market in the mature Asia Pacific region (Japan included) is on pace to grow 14.2% in 2015 to total US$7.4 billion, up from US$6.5 billion in 2014, according to Gartner. Cloud management and security services, the fastest growth segment of the cloud services market in mature APJ region, is expected to grow 29.9% in 2015 to US$264.5 million, according to Gartner’s latest research report titled “Forecast: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2012-2018, 4Q14 Update.”


China’s ecommerce market was worth $2 trillion in 2014

ChinaAccording to a new report from China’s Ministry of Commerce, the Middle Kingdom’s ecommerce markets racked up RMB 13 trillion (US$2 trillion) in transactions over the course of 2014. That’s growth of 25 percent compared to 2013. Those numbers include online B2B transactions and sales from online retailers as well as the sales on ecommerce platforms like JD and Tmall.


China’s e-commerce transactions hit US$2 trillion in 2014: government

ChinaBEIJING — China’s e-commerce boomed in 2014 with transactions reaching around 13 trillion yuan (US$2.09 trillion), the government said Wednesday, as Beijing looks online for new drivers of growth. The commerce ministry did not define transactions, beyond saying that the term included both business-to-business and retail transactions. Spokesman Shen Danyang said in a statement that they grew 25.0 percent year-on-year in 2014.


The latest numbers on web, mobile, and social media in India (INFOGRAPHIC)

IndiaSocial marketing agency, We Are Social, released a whopping 376 page report on the latest digital numbers around the world. We will focus on the major milestones from second largest nation in the world in terms of population: India. A deeper look into the web traffic in the country reveals, 72 percent of all online activity in India is done on mobile, up by 9 percent rise from last year. Laptops and desktops account for 27 percent of the activity, a drop of 19 percent.


iPhone hits record sales market share in South Korea, grows to 51% in Japan

KoreaApple’s iPhone is on a roll in a number of important Asian markets, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research (hat-tip to the Wall Street Journal for spotting this). The iPhone hit a record high sales market share in South Korea, accounting for 33 percent of monthly sales in the country in November. The stronger shipments of the iPhone in South Korea seem to have coincided with a big slip for Samsung:


Asian markets to see 10% growth in 2015: analyst

Asian stocks and foreign exchange markets are expected to achieve a growth of 10 percent this year and surpass 2014 levels, according to analysis by Amundi Asset Management (東方匯理資產管理) Director Leon Goldfield. Goldfield believes that among industries riding growth, South Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese electronics firms will outperform all other sectors.


India public cloud service mkt to top $800-mn in 2015: Gartner

NEW DELHI: Public cloud services market in India is expected to grow about 33 per cent to touch $ 838 million by the end of this year, driven by strong growth in cloud infrastructure and security solutions, research firm Gartner said today.  The public cloud services market stood at about $ 632 million in 2014.  High rates of spending on cloud services in India is expected to continue through 2018 and the market is poised to reach $ 1.9 billion by the same time, Gartner said in a statement.


Mobile technology spurring innovation in China

China DailyAsia News Network–Mobile technologies account for about 4 percent of China’s gross domestic product, an industry report said on Friday. The nation is now home to more inventors in mobile technologies than any other countries except the United States and South Korea, according to the Boston Consulting Group, a research firm. The country is also seeing the rise of a vibrant application developer community, with approximately 1 million people working in the high-growth field — more than twice as many as in the United States.


Facebook sharing boosts involvement with news and information: Research, from IN

WASHINGTON: Sharing and discussing news content on social media sites such as Facebook can drive greater involvement with news and information, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found.  People who share news on social media sites may connect more with that information – and stay connected longer – than people who casually read the news, researchers found.


Service Market for Data Center Will Grow at 15.08% CAGR from 2014 to 2019 Say a New Research Report

DALLAS, Jan. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The global services market for data center is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 15.08% from 2014 to 2019. Although the mature markets (such as the U.S. and the U.K.) hold larger shares in the services market for data center, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 18.73% during the forecast period. The growth of the data center asset management market is driven by factors such as soaring demand and requirement of improved and efficient data center operability, and energy efficiency solutions.


Online gaming in APAC to breach $30B in 4 years

The online gaming revenue in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is expected reach $30.39 billion in 2018 at a CAGR of 18.53%, according to IDC. This growth comes despite a slowdown in Southeast Asian markets in 2013 as service providers prepared to include mobile games into their business strategies and game portfolios. Online gaming revenue in APEJ was $12.96 billion in 2013 with growth of 14.27% over $11.34 billion in 2012. IDC said that the number of online gaming users will rise to 335.88 million in 2018, from 240.74 million in 2013.


Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments in 4Q14 over 46 million units

There were an estimated 46.059 million notebooks shipped globally during the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing by 3.1% on quarter and remaining unchanged on year, according to Digitimes Research. Hewlett-Packard (HP) was the largest vendor accounting for 23.0% of the shipments, followed by Lenovo with 22.4%, Dell with 11.4%, Asustek Computer with 10.0%, Acer with 8.7%, Apple with 8.4%, Toshiba with 5.6%, Samsung Electronics with 2.2% and Fujitsu with 1.3%, Digitimes Research indicated.


Mature Asia Pacific public cloud services to climb to $7.4bn in 2015, Gartner claims

Gartner has been gazing at its crystal ball again – and this time the analyst house claims that public cloud services in the mature Asia Pacific (APAC) market will reach $7.4 billion ($4.86bn) this year, and hit $11.5bn (£7.56bn) by 2018. The analysts assess the ‘mature’ APAC as comprising Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. Cloud management, storage, and software as a service (SaaS) will be among the strongest growers in the interim period, as more enterprise and government users jump onto cloud services.


Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, says MediaTek

Worldwide tablet shipments have risen at a slower pace and will grow at only a single-digit rate in 2015, according to MediaTek. About 70 million iPads were shipped in 2014, while shipments of Windows tablets reached around 15 million units. Including shipments of Android tablets, estimated at 170-175 million units, the overall shipments of tablets worldwide came to 255-260 million units in 2014, MediaTek said.


Mobile phone shipments in China fell 22% in 2014: report

The number of phones shipped in China fell 21.9 percent in 2014 from the previous year, according to the Chinese Academy of Information and Communication (CAICT). 452 million mobile phones – including both feature phones and smartphones – were shipped to domestic retailers last year, compared to 579 million in 2013. Note that this study only measures new shipments, so China’s mobile subscriber base is still growing on the whole, but now at a slower clip.


APAC online games revenue to hit US$30bil in 2018: IDC

THE online games market continues to experience healthy growth in 2014 across the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC estimates that online games revenue in APeJ will reach US$30.39 billion in 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.53%, the market research and analyst firm said in a statement.


Penetration rate of Full HD handset panels in China during 2015 expected to surpass 30%

As more China vendors are releasing Full HD handsets at CNY1,000 (US$164), the penetration rate of Full HD handset panels in China during 2015 is expected to surpass 30%. Smartphones sized 5.5-inch will be the main size shipped in 2015 for Full HD panels as local vendors and telecom providers offer promotions and various subsidies for Full HD handset products.


Technology disruptions at work in ASEAN, from SG

Dramatic changes are reinventing work and workforces across Southeast Asia, presenting both challenges and opportunities to organisations in the region.  ASEAN stakeholders need to act fast if they are to rise to the demands of this radical transformation. In its recent study, The Future-Ready Organisation: Re-inventing Work in ASEAN, Accenture has identified two powerful forces accelerating the pace of change in the region: the unique characteristics of ASEAN that are amplifying global trends and the impact of technology across the region.


Trade Volume Exceeds $18 Billion in 2014, from Cambodia

Cambodia’s total trade volume reached $18.1 billion last year, a 13.8 percent increase over $15.9 billion the year before, with the country’s trade deficit widening by more than half a billion dollars, according to the Commerce Ministry and state media. A Commerce Ministry report released on December 30 says Cambodia exported $7.69 billion worth of goods in 2014, up from the $6.9 billion state news service Agence Kampuchea Presse reported the country exported in the previous year.