SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 21 — Phablets have been big in Asia for some time — their sales already outstrip those of notebooks and tablets in the region. However it appears that sometimes phablets just aren’t big enough. Because now, consumers are reaching for tablets with voice-calling capabilities instead. And this interest is not a blip, according to research and analytics firm IDC, it’s a growing trend. Its latest Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report, details from which were published yesterday, shows that demand for the devices has grown over 60 per cent year-on-year.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Asia-Pacific B2C E-Commerce Market 2014″ report to their offering. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region on the global B2C E-Commerce market. Between 2013 and 2018 it is forecasted to grow by over 20% annually and surpass North America to become the number one region worldwide in terms of B2C E-Commerce sales. The large population base coupled with increasing Internet connectivity and disposable incomes set the stage for this rapid growth.
Software maker Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) unveiled a new ultra affordable Nokia ( NOK ) mobile phone, Nokia 130, intended for the entry-level market. The Nokia 130 will be priced at $25 and will be available in the third quarter in different markets, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines and Vietnam. The latest move will help Microsoft broaden its footprint in the fast-growing entry-level mobile phone market. It will help the software maker target first-time smartphone buyers globally.
Google has joined Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean telcos in a project to build a new subsea cable between Japan and the United States West Coast. The A$325 million FASTER project involves a six fibre-pair cable which will enter service in the second quarter of 2016. Initial design capacity for FASTER is 100 wavelengths at 100 gigabits per second each – with six fibre-pairs, the cable will have a total capacity of 60 terabits per second. That capacity makes FASTER the largest design-capacity cable across the Pacific.
Cloud computing is the future of business in Asia, and companies around the region are beginning to jump on board the train, although infrastructural and regulatory challenges remain, according to the Economist Corporate Network’s recent report. Given the immense cost-saving, convenience and efficiency benefits brought about by cloud-based services, Asian firms have been eager to invest in internet technology for their business. Almost a fifth of Asian-based enterprises are actively converting most of their IT capabilities into cloud, “on-demand” or other utility models, indicative of a technologically forward-looking culture, according to the study.
CALIFORNIA, USA: A new market research report on Home Automation, shows that the United States represents the largest market worldwide, followed by Europe. Asia-Pacific ranks as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 29.5 per cent over the analysis period. Growing employment opportunities, steady economic development, easy availability of housing finance, strong residential construction activity, increasing urbanization, rising standards of living, and increase in consumer spending for lifestyle products, represent key factors driving growth in the region.
Research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets, Inc. released a new report entitled “Smart Cities Market – Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 – 2019)” which defines and categorizes smart cities into various sub-segments of technologies, solutions, services and regions with in-depth analysis and forecasting of revenues.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Southeast Asia Fiber Optic Test Equipment Market” report to their offering. This research discusses the fiber optic test equipment market in Southeast Asia. The market is currently at a growth stage. Government directives to increase national broadband applications are among of the main drivers of this market. The research provides a forecast and analysis of the key fiber optic product segments, end-user verticals, countries, and applications that will be driving the growth of the market.
Google today announced that it has launched two new Compute Engine zones: one in the U.S. (us-central1-f) and one in Asia (asia-east1-c). Google says this will make it easier for developers to run systems like MongoDB and others that use a quorum-based architecture for high availability by working across multiple data centers. The new zone will run servers based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, while the two other U.S. zones Google already offers will use older Sandy Bridge-based machines.
TOKYO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Asia Pacific Pte LTD., subsidiary of Allied Architects, Inc. which offers social media marketing support business, is recognized as an official API Partners of Facebook advertising (*1) by Facebook, Inc. (Head Office: United States, California, CEO: Mark Zuckerberg) and developed the crowdsourcing service “ReFUEL4″ which is specialized for Facebook advertising creation. Signed a partner agreement with sPMD (*2) certified company, Nanigans, Inc. and will start the service to the countries of the world.
An increasing amount of attention has been focused on the Asia Pacific data center market in recent years, thanks to strong economic growth in China and India, two of the most populous nations on the planet. Usually overlooked is a smaller grouping of countries within this region known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Formed to promote economic cooperation and regional stability, ASEAN consists of ten countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Singapore: The Indian government should look at public-private partnership (PPP) to make its Rs.10,000 crore start-up fund a success, says Amit Anand, founding partner of Singapore-based Jungle Ventures, an entrepreneur-backed venture firm focused on funding start-ups in the Asia-Pacific region. In an interview, Anand said India is among the top five start-up ecosystems in the world and despite limitations such as a lack of sufficient funding, the country is on track to produce several $1 billion companies, riding trends such as cloud computing and mobility.
As the region’s cloud market surges towards the US$8.6 billion mark, Microsoft Asia Pacific intends to replicate similar growth in its cloud reseller market. With 23,000 registered partners in the Microsoft Partner Network and over 60,000 resellers, the tech giant is positioning itself for further growth in its cloud partner community. Rising from 2,000 cloud resellers to 14,000 over the past two years, the Microsoft Asia Pacific cloud division business is accelerating at 4.2 times the market growth – with APAC VP Alvaro Celis acknowledging the need to expand.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will be providing technical and financial assistance to help countries in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) implement their initiatives, announced Joe Powell, Deputy Director, OGP Support Unit. “The ADB’s support will focus on exploring opportunities to provide technical and financial assistance to help countries meet OGP eligibility criteria and to develop and implement OGP action plans,” he wrote this week in an OGP blog announcing the partnership.
SAP SE has reported significant second-quarter growth in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region. In addition, the enterprise application software company has expanded its cloud business in addition to its core solutions in a bid to strengthen its position as a cloud company. SAP APJ’s strong performance in Q2 was driven by 48 percent year-over-year growth in cloud subscriptions and support revenue and robust on-premise business.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced it will produce the 2015 International CES Asia scheduled to run May 25-27 in Shanghai, China. This inaugural event will take place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) and will draw global businesses to showcase the latest products and technologies entering the Asian marketplace. CEA is co-organizing the event with Intex Shanghai Co., Ltd., a prominent producer of international tradeshows in China.
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.
Identity management company, Centrify, has recruited channel specialist, Niall King, in a bid to expand its footprint in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. King’s appointment as senior director APAC sales will see the company place a stronger focus on North Asia. Centrify’s stronger push into Asia Pacific follows its May announcement that it had raised $42 million in funding from strategic investors including Samsung Ventures, Fortinet Inc. and Docomo Capital.
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.
According to Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), Australia, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand are the 4 top countries ranked as ‘Cloud Ready Leaders’ by developing fresh approaches towards next generation and cloud computing services. “The countries’ cloud readiness are assessed against 10 criteria, namely privacy; international connectivity; data sovereignty; broadband quality; government regulatory environment and usage; power grid and green policy; intellectual property protection; business sophistication; data centre risk; and freedom of information.” Asia Cloud Computing Association.