Telecom Asia — A world where machines do all the work – Considering the pace of technological innovations today, this vision is close to being a reality. Analyst firm IDC projects that the number of IoT installed bases in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) will include 8.8 billion devices by 2020.
Datacenter Dynamics — When we spoke to Joe Kava, vice president of data centers at Google in Singapore in 2014, he told us Asia’s Internet users had grown by the equivalent of the entire population of Canada in Q3 of that year. That works out to about 35 million new Internet users in three months, of which a good chunk is doubtlessly made up of users from South East Asia.
Enterprise Innovation — Hybrid IT is fast becoming the new normal across organizations in Asia-Pacific. With the increasing utilization of data centers and cloud services across the Asia Pacific region, companies have gradually updated or upgraded their existing IT systems, giving rise to the Hybrid IT environment. Frost & Sullivan believes that enterprises have to remain dynamic to ensure their long-term sustainability. The analyst believes that within enterprise IT, the only constant is change.
China Post — TAIPE: Manufacturing, financial service and medicine related solutions will make up more than half of Internet of Things (IoT) applications in 2018, according to accounting firm Ernst & Young Taiwan’s forecast. The statement was made at an IoT-themed forum held by EY and technology association Monte Jade Taiwan yesterday. It was attended by Vice Premier Chang San-cheng (張善政) and Minister of Science and Technology Shyu Jyuo-min (徐爵民).
Digital News Asia — The Internet of Things (IoT) is now a reality. Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be 26 billion connected ‘things,’ while IDC believes that this push to connect every ‘thing’ will likely be spearheaded by Asia Pacific. Countries in South-East Asia have reacted to the emergence of IoT in different ways, with governments spearheading initiatives in some countries, and businesses taking the lead in others – and in some markets, the private and public sectors working together.
Digital News Asia — DEPLOYING Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the capital city of Thailand could reduce travel times, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and road accidents, driving social and economic benefits of up to US$1 billion per year, according to the GSM Association (GSMA). Citing its new research report, Building Digital Societies in Asia: Making Transportation Smarter, the association said that ITS can also potentially result in long-term positive changes in commuter habits and encourage citizens to use safe and environmentally friendly ways of commuting.
Vietnam Net — The use of smartphones in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow rapidly, on par with the rest of the world, with page-view volume on mobile websites and apps also comparable with the global average. India, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, countries which Opera refers to as the ‘P4’ (Power 4) sub-region, have witnessed a dramatic increase of 545% in the use of smartphones since 2013, making it one of the sub-regions with the fastest growth rates in the world.
Tech In Asia — Base on the latest survey by MasterCard in 14 Asia Pacific countries in 2015, the proportion of people shopping online in the past 3 months has increased from 68.4 percent to 80.2 percent, achieving the second highest growth rate (11.8 percent) in the Asia Pacific.Aviation, consumer electronics products, and tourism are the top three areas where Vietnamese consumers spend the most money when they shop online.
Digi Times — According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research, total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful, much of the Windows installed base are likely to use their current computer hardware for at least a while longer.
Digi Times — Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 2,068 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$2.310 billion in January-July 2015, increasing 4.50% and decreasing 6.44% on year, according to MOEA statistics released on August 20.
Some 35 percent of Asia-Pacific organizations do not have the necessary data to determine when it is more cost-effective to deploy their application in the cloud or within their own datacentres. According to survey findings released Thursday by F5 Networks, 45 percent of businesses in the region operated up to 200 applications, while 8 percent deployed more than 3,000 applications. The study polled 3,200 IT decision makers across Asia-Pacific to analyse their existing and future use of application services.
PRNewswire — PUNE, India: Worldwide Smartphone Market Forecast, 2015-2019 research report says while China is expected to occupy a lion’s share of global smartphone market at over 30% in 2015, its share however is predicted to fall below 30% in 2016 and thereafter. Complete report on worldwide smartphone market spread across 16 pages and covering 10 companies while providing data for 2012-2019 is now available.
Digi Times — IDC predicts worldwide mobile payments will account for US$1 trillion in value in 2017, up 124% from the less than US$500 billion expected in 2015. Asia Pacific markets will contribute to this growth greatly as mobile commerce transactions with remote payments take off across the region. Driven by a high number of initiatives and diverse mobile commerce maturity level, Asia Pacific is expected to lead the world in mobile payment developments.
Digi Times — With the proportion of 4G devices in China’s smartphone shipments having already surpassed 90% in first-half 2015, application processor (AP) suppliers have taken different strategies for their carrier aggregation (CA) solutions for the 4G network, according to Digitimes Research.
India Times — NEW DELHI: Listening music online is the third most preferred activity of urban Internet users in the country, followed by e-mails and social media, says a study conducted by market research firm JuxtSmartMandate. As many as 97.4 million people in urban India listen to music online which is close to 63 per cent of the 168 million total urban Internet users in the country and around 75 per cent of this traffic comes from mobile phones, it said.
Digital News Asia — THE Philippines is the most active country on social media, according to the latest State of the Mobile Web report by Opera Software. Mobile Internet users in the Philippines tend to visit social-networking sites more than any other, the company said in a statement. In total, 86% of the page views from Opera Mini mobile browser users in the Philippines are to social-network sites – the highest percentage among Opera Mini’s top-50 user countries, worldwide.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: After a sluggish first quarter, smartphone shipment in India grew 44% to 26.5 million units in the June quarter as vendors took to online retail to push sales, research firm IDC said. Also, the market is expected to continue to grow in double-digits over the next few years as people switch to smartphones and gradually upgrade to 4G-enabled phones.
Computer Weekly — Cyber criminals don’t stand still, and neither do the people who protect organisations against them. We caught up with six analysts and security experts to ask them about the current risk factors in Australia and New Zealand. We asked each person four questions – and got more than 8,000 words of transcript in response. What follows here is a representative selection of their answers to those questions. It makes for interesting and sobering reading.
Business Spectator — In the last 12-18 months, Software Defined Networks (SDN) technology has been much touted as a data centre saviour – one that can transform the network, unlock critical intelligence, and help deliver the new services and powerful analytics needed to run on-demand applications for today’s businesses and consumers. IDC has even gone so far as to predict that the SDN market in Asia Pacific will surpass the $1 billion mark by 2018.
MIS Asia — IDC Government Insights recently piloted its Smart City Evolution Index for Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ). This index aims to help establish the fundamental causes of the birth, evolution, and survival of key cities in the region. Smart City initiatives are geared towards driving socioeconomic growth and long-term sustainability of cities. The research firm notes that cities across Asia have the potential to leverage on available disruptive technologies and learn from other Smart City initiatives across the region.