Smartphone sales in key South-east Asian markets exceeded US$16.4b in last year: GfK

SMARTPHONE ownership continues to grow in South-east Asia, with total sales in seven key markets hitting a new high of nearly 120 million units in the past 12 months. A GfK press statement released on Tuesday said smartphone sales in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia , the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia reached over US$16.4 billion over the period.  The latest findings for the region reflect a spike in smartphone (including phablet) sales by 44 per cent in volume and 24 per cent in value, compared to the same period a year ago.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/smartphone-sales-in-key-south-east-asian-markets-exceeded-us164b-in-last-year-gfk

Where is Bitcoin headed in the Philippines? Here are some predictions for 2015

Let’s admit it: part of the fun in following the Bitcoin world is not really knowing where it will go. A cryptocurrency has never reached the scale that Bitcoin appears to be getting now, so we have no benchmark with which to predict its progress. This idea holds especially true for how Bitcoin will affect developing countries like the Philippines, where it has been hailed as a solution for expensive remittance fees – but, on the other hand, some dismiss it as a technology too complex for the masses.

https://www.techinasia.com/bitcoin-philippines-predictions-2015/

Chunghwa forecasting delayed profitability for Taiwan’s 4G business

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest mobile operator, aimed to grab a 40 percent market share of 4G broadband service but forecast that it will take much longer to turn profitable compared to the 3G sector. Attending a technology forum yesterday, Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Rick Tsai (蔡力行) spoke positively about 4G’s development in Taiwan. Data usage for 4G is already twice as much as for 3G, Tsai pointed out.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/10/21/419957/Chunghwa-forecasting.htm

Cyber security spend by Indian firms down 17%: PwC

NEW DELHI: Average security spend by Indian firms has come down by 17 per cent to $ 4 million this year even as information security breaches have become more frequent and damaging.  According to consultancy firm PwC, Indian companies spent an average of about $ 4.8 million on security last year.  This is despite the average cost of a security incident for Indian companies spiralling to $ 414 in 2014, from $ 194 in 2013.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/cyber-security-spend-by-indian-firms-down-17-pwc/articleshow/44889756.cms

ZTE Wins 30.77% Share of China Mobile Tender for High-Performance Routers

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, is pleased to be awarded 30.77% of China Mobile Group’s annual tender for high-performance routers, the second-highest allocation among all vendors. As a result of the tender, ZTE’s ZXR10 M6000-S broadband multi-service gateway will be qualified for deployment in China Mobile’s networks for services including 4G LTE, IP MAN networks, internet data centers, and enterprise-class services.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/10/20/zte-wins-3077-share-china-mobile-tender-high-performance-routers#axzz3Ghx69M4G

Line reaches 30 million users in India, up from 10 million a year ago

Messaging app Line now has 30 million registered users in India, according to the Japan-based company that runs the popular service. That’s up from 10 million Indian users this time last year. The app first rolled out in the country, backed by an expensive TV ad campaign, in June 2013. Line has over 600 million registered users around the world, of whom 170 million are monthly active users.

https://www.techinasia.com/line-30-million-users-india/

60 percent unlicensed software installed in India in 2013

BANGALORE, INDIA: Unlicensed software which is quite a common trend has not been much curbed over the years. Starting from individuals to major enterprises, the trend is well profound. Although it imposes security risks and threats, enterprises are quite reluctant to change and take the effort to put a stop to it. Yolynd Lobo, BSA India, director, explains how this usage of unlicensed software can be reduced and also how it imposes threats to the enterprises and gives details on Software Assess Management and how can it keep a check.

http://www.ciol.com/60-percent-software-installed-india-2013-unlicensed/

Taiwan 3Q14 international Internet bandwidth rises to over 1.4Tbps, says TWNIC

Taiwan’s direct Internet connection with 17 countries (including Hong Kong and Macao) reached total bandwidth of 1.422Tbps as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, increasing 0.64% on quarter and 21.87% on year, according to the latest quarterly survey conducted by the government-sponsored Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC).

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141020VL200.html

4G users sometimes get 3G service instead: opposition party lawmaker

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Although many consumers have opted for 4G mobile Internet service, consumers may not always get the faster service they signed up for, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said on Friday. The reason is that the local 4G signal is not always pervasive, and when the signal is not strong enough, phones may switch onto 3G networks. In other words, consumers may be paying more without getting an upgrade in service, Tsai said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/10/19/419791/4G-users.htm

Mega trends in technology, from Singapore

Mark Koh, Senior Industry Analyst, ICT, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific answers five key questions about the mega trends in technology and the issues about data privacy in an interconnected world. What are the mega trends in technology? The big trends are currently in big data, cloud computing, connected devices and software define paradigm. The technologies have a symbiotic relationship and expected to achieve synergies with one another.

http://theindependent.sg/blog/2014/10/18/mega-trends-in-technology/

Draft ‘Internet-of-Things’ policy sees business worth $15 billion

BANGALORE|NEW DELHI: The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) on Friday laid out a draft policy on Internet-of things in India, envisioning the IoT industry to be worth $15 billion by 2020. “We had a meeting on July 31 in Delhi where we called different stakeholders – academia, industry – and we had a discussion on what is the approach for IoT. We decided why should India lag behind and came up with this document after the workshop,” a DeitY official told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/draft-internet-of-things-policy-sees-business-worth-15-billion/articleshow/44865824.cms

How fast is the internet? Regulator asks citizens for feedback, from Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the country’s telecoms regulator and central government IT agency, launched a pilot for a mobile app yesterday that aims to engage consumers to obtain better insights into consumers’ mobile broadband usage experience.  “We hope consumers will download the MyConnection SG app and volunteer as NIMI testers to help IDA improve their broadband service experience,” explained Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, IDA.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/4976-how-fast-is-the-internet-regulator-asks-citizens-for-feedback

Enterprise S/w mkt to grow by 13%, from India

GOA, INDIA: The enterprise software market in India is projected to reach $4.2 billion in 2014, a 13 per cent increase over 2013 revenue of $3.7 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. The market is projected to total $4.7 billion in 2015. Compounding the demand for enterprise software is the ongoing tendency for greater customer services along with the continued drive for IT cost savings.

http://www.ciol.com/enterprise-sw-mkt-grow-13-pc/

India’s IT spending to grow 10% to $73.3 billion in 2015: Gartner

IT spending in India is expected to reach $73.3 billion in 2015, a 9.4% increase from the 2014 forecast, according to market research firm Gartner.  “India is forecast to be the third largest IT market within the Asia/Pacific region by the end of 2016 and will further progress to become the second largest market for IT by the end of 2018,” said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of Research. “Much of the growth from being the number four market in Asia/ ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/indias-it-spending-to-grow-10-to-73-3-billion-in-2015-gartner/articleshow/44824661.cms

Report: 64% of Chinese Android users choose domestic smartphones

The iPhone may be racking up preorders again, but everyone knows that Android is king in China. And a new report from Baidu contains some good news for Chinese smartphone makers: in the first half of 2014, 64 percent of China’s Android users were using domestic-brand smartphones like Xiaomi, Huawei, and Lenovo.

https://www.techinasia.com/report-64-chinese-android-users-choose-domestic-smartphones/

New report looks into Asia-Pacific cloud analytics market that is expected to reach $4,541.0 million in 2019

The Asia-Pacific Cloud Analytics market report defines and segments the concerned market in Asia-Pacific with analysis and forecast of revenue. This market is estimated to grow from $1,038.9 million in 2014 to $4,541.0 million by 2019, at a CAGR of 34.3% from 2014 to 2019. Key players in the Asia-Pacific Cloud Analytics Market are SAS, SAP, Oracle, IBM, and Salesforce & others. Browse through the TOC of the Asia-Pacific Cloud Analytics market report to get an idea of the in-depth analysis provided. It also provides a glimpse of the segmentations in the market, and is supported by various tables and figures.

http://www.whatech.com/market-research-reports/press-release/it/32122-asia-pacific-cloud-analytics-market-is-expected-to-reach-4-541-0-million-in-2019-new-report-by-micromarket-monitor

NTU researchers make breakthrough with fast-charge batteries

SINGAPORE: Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in two minutes, and have a lifespan of more than 20 years – 10 times more than existing lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will have a “wide-ranging impact” on all industries, especially for electric vehicles, where consumers are put off by long recharge times and limited battery life, said NTU in a media release issued on Monday (Oct 13).

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/ntu-researchers-make/1412342.html

Supply chains conservative about 4G handset development in China during 4Q14

Handset supply chain makers are continuing to see the effects of lagging 4G handset sales in China as vendors clear out reserves of 3G units. Both vendors and retailers in China are still clearing reserves of 3G handsets as sales have been stagnating following decisions by major China-based telecom providers to end handset purchase subsidies.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141013PD205.html

Government IT spending in India forecast to reach US$7.2 billion in 2015, says Gartner

Government IT spending in India will total US$7.2 billion in 2015, a 5% increase over 2014, according to Gartner. Government IT spending is on pace to total US$6.6 billion in 2014. This forecast includes spending by the government sector (government is composed of state and regional government and central government agencies.) on internal IT (including personnel), hardware, software, external IT services and telecommunications.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141013PR202.html

Cisco sinks $18 million into Chinese cloud

Cisco has revealed plans to invest in commercial cloud computing services in China through a joint venture with one of the country’s local electronics manufacturer, TCL. Cisco will invest US$16 (A$18.2) million in the new firm, which has not been named and is still being registered, and hold a 20 percent stake, according to a filing made with the US stock exchange. TCL will pay US$64 (A$72.8) million for an 80 percent share.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396630,cisco-sinks-18-million-into-chinese-cloud.aspx