China now has 486.5 million 3G subscribers, but only 14 million on new 4G network

China now has close to half a billion 3G subscribers, according to the newest data from the country’s three telcos. Four years and eight months after China first slipped the switch on 3G mobile data, the numbers have gone from zero to 486.5 million. How about 4G? After a very late start last December caused by a preference for pushing the homegrown TD-LTE standard for 4G, China now has a total of 13.97 million 4G subscribers, says Zhang Feng, chief engineer at the State Council Information Office (SCIO).

http://www.techinasia.com/china-3g-and-4g-subscriber-numbers-june-2014/

New Zealand case shows why the CFO is “critical” to next phase of cloud adoption

Chief financial officers “hold the keys” to the next phase of cloud adoption, according to analyst house IDC, because they are among the last ones to move into cloud services. The analysts, who have collected their findings in the latest Asia Pacific cloud survey, say the CFO has an important role to play in terms of moving to a more optimised business model. In other words, it’s to ensure that the CFO sees cloud as a strategic differentiator for companies, as opposed to just being a cost-cutting exercise.

http://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2014/jul/28/new-zealand-case-shows-why-cfo-critical-next-phase-cloud-adoption/

Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers to ship 21.95 million handsets in 3Q14

Taiwan-based ODMs and own-brand makers will ship 21.95 million handsets in the third quarter of 2014, increasing by 4.2% on quarter and by 32.1% on year, and 18.65 million or 85% of the shipments will be smartphones, according to Digitimes Research. Chi Mei Communication Systems will be the top maker, followed by HTC, Compal Electronics, Arima Communications and Asustek Computer, Digitimes Research indicated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140728PD200.html

India’s Mobile Connections to Reach 815 Million This Year

BANGALORE: Mobile connections in India will grow to 815 million in 2014, an 8 percent increase from 755 million connections in 2013, according to Gartner, Inc. The mobile services market in India will remain almost at the same level as 2013 at $19.2 billion in 2014.  “The mobile market in India is going through a rough patch, where voice average revenue per user (ARPU) is falling very fast, and the increase in data ARPU is not able to fully compensate for the decline,“ said Neha Gupta, senior research analyst at Gartner.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Indias-Mobile-Connections-to-Reach-815-Million-This-Year-nid-170055-cid-2.html

India mobile services market to reach $19.2 billion in 2014: Gartner

BANGALORE, INDIA: Mobile connections in India will grow to 815 million in 2014, an 8 percent increase from 755 million connections in 2013, according to Gartner, Inc. The mobile services market in India will remain almost at the same level as 2013 at $19.2 billion in 2014. “The mobile market in India is going through a rough patch, where voice average revenue per user (ARPU) is falling very fast, and the increase in data ARPU is not able to fully compensate for the decline,” said Neha Gupta, senior research analyst at Gartner.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/218167/india-mobile-services-market-reach-usd192-billion-in-2014-gartner

China leads the world in effective CEM

China is leading the world in effective Customer Experience Management (CEM) with 84 percent of the enterprises there having a CEM solution. Following closely behind is the U.S. (73 percent) and India (72 percent). These were some of the findings from a study by business collaboration and communications solutions provider Avaya that surveyed 1,268 businesses, which each had more than 1,500 employees, across 13 countries globally. Besides China, U.S., and India, the survey polled businesses in Singapore, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Germany, Netherlands, and Russia too.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/applications/china-leads-the-world-in-effective-cem/

India Among Top 3 Fastest Growing Internet Markets: Study

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.

http://m.siliconindia.com/news/technology/india-among-top-3-fastest-growing-internet-markets-study-nid-132897-cid-2.html

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments reach 55.06 million units in 2Q14

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD205.html

Vietnam rises in tech rankings

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.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/107925/vietnam-rises-in-tech-rankings.html

Is the need for data analysts in India exaggerated?

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.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/applications/is-the-need-for-data-analysts-in-india-exaggerated/

China’s Internet growth sags to levels not seen in 8 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.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/internet/chinas-internet-growth-sags-to-levels-not-seen-in-8-years/

China’s mobile internet users now outnumber its PC internet users

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.

http://www.techinasia.com/chinas-mobile-internet-users-outnumber-pc-internet-users/

China Internet population reaches 632 million: govt

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).

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/21/China-Internet-population-reaches-632-million-govt/

LinkedIn: Malaysians lead region in wanting BFFs at work

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. 

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/18/Malaysians-lead-the-region-in-wanting-an-office-BFF/

Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators

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.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3123078

A snapshot of smartphone usage in Pakistan in 2014 (INFOGRAPHIC)

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.

http://www.techinasia.com/smartphones-in-pakistan-infographic-2014/

HTC Reports Net Profit Of NTD2.76 Billion In Q2 2014

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.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/07/10/20710-htc-reports-net-profit-of-ntd2-76-billion-in-q2-2014

Viet Nam has second slowest Internet connection in Asia

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.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/106573/viet-nam-has-second-slowest-internet-connection-in-asia.html

Digitimes Research: Global TD-LTE users to reach 70.4 million at end of 2014 – from Taipei

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140704PD205.html

Asian firms more likely to embrace public cloud: survey

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.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/specials/bizit/others/asian-firms-more-likely-embrace-public-cloud-survey-20140707