CenturyLink picks up 2015 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Strategy Award

APACEnterprise Innovation — The debate over whether cloud computing has a place in an organization’s IT strategy has long passed. These days, the questions that remains is how fast the organization will transition to a cloud strategy and whether in some cases the approach will be public or private, or a combination of the two. For many organizations the logical approach is a middle ground that takes into consideration a combination of operational, budget, skills and priorities.


Online video competition poised to turn up Asia subscription economy

APACZDNet — Subscription may be a dirty word for content proponents who believe the industry should be free of walled gardens, but this business model is touted to offer valuable insights and a way to build better customer relations. Asia’s online video space, in particular is set to heat up with Netflix expanding its presence into the region including Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan where its services will launch in early-2016. It launched in Australia and New Zealand this March.

AliCloud adds second Hong Kong data centre for APAC demand

Hong KongDatacenter News — Alibaba Group’s cloud computing division AliCloud, has expanded its Hong Kong operations, establishing a second data centre. The new Tier 3 data centre was established ‘to address the increasing demand for cloud computing resources’, including enterprise-class availability and disaster recovery, in Asia Pacific, AliCloud says. The facility has multiple redundancies and points of failure, 99.99% availability and connections to cities in Southeast Asia leveraging the border gateway protocol to provide high-speed, low-latency services.


Emerson Network Power identifies five data center trends for 2016

APACNetworks Asia — Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, today released five data center trends to watch for in 2016. “Data center technologies are emerging and evolving at an astounding pace. Our customers in Asia are investing in upgrading their legacy infrastructure while driving innovation to deliver more value added services,” said Anand Sanghi, president, Emerson Network Power in Asia.


UC Browser Becomes World’s No. 2 Mobile Browser, Grabs Market Share of over 17%

ChinaPRNewswire — BEIJING: UC Browser, the flagship mobile browser of UCWeb, an Alibaba Group company, has touched a new milestone of becoming the world’s second most popular mobile browser with 17.42% market share, according to StatCounter – an independent web traffic analytics service. This recent achievement coincided with the browser’s consistent rise in its overseas markets, as it clocked in more than half of mobile browsing market share (54.42%, per StatCounter) in October 2015 in India and attained a share of 49.05% (per StatCounter) in October 2015 inIndonesia, the second and third populous country in Asia.


Korea, China and Japan’s telco operators partner on 5G

APACMetering — South Korean telecoms operator KT announced that its chairman Hwang Chang-kyu met the CEOs of China’s state-owned telecommunication company China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s operator, to discuss ways in which the three operators could promote their cooperation in the 5G sector, reports The Korea Herald. The Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (SCFA) meeting took place in Shizuoka, Japan, and was attended by CEOs and executives of the telecoms companies.


Adb, World Bank, Australia Support High-Speed Internet For Samoa

AustraliaNews Hour — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $25 million grant for a submarine cable project which will support the development of a fiber-optic cable system linking Samoa to Fiji’s international submarine cable network, giving Samoa fast and affordable Internet access. Cofinance is being provided by the World Bank and the Government of Australia.


Telkom’s Mega Submarine Cable Project SEA Has Landed in Dumai

IndonesiaJakarta Globe — Telkom Group as one member of the consortium submarine cable Southeast Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) carry out the deployment of submarine cables at the Station of Landing Cable at Puak Dumai Beach on Thursday, 19 November, 2015, witnessed by Director of Network and IT Telin, Tulus Sudarsono, and EVP Telkom Regional I, Teuku Muda Nanta.


Countries Propose “Asian Open Data Alliance” to Welcome the Era of Data Economy

APACBusiness Wire — Governments around the world can all agree that Open Data increases government transparency and public participation, and serves as the foundation for innovative services when combined with the private sector’s creativity, which further creates economic value. The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), Ministry of Economic Affairs held the “2015 Asia Pacific Open Data Summit” on the 14th, inviting representatives from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia to Taiwan to exchange experiences in developing Open Data.


Competition will be compelling force for convergence in industrial sector

APACSE Asia Mag — The Internet of Things (IoT) is a sub-sector of the higher-level concept of the Internet of Everything (IoE), which connects people, processes, data and things, with the aim of bringing maximum value to the global economy. Technologies that have made IoE a reality include short-range communications, embedded intelligence, cloud computing, next-generation networks, sensor technology, Big Data, and data analytics. The popularity of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Asia-Pacific is largely attributable to the informed manufacturing, which leads to a transparent and streamlined manufacturing process.


Superloop acquires broadcast media network for AU$3m

AustraliaAsia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has announced the acquisition of Cinenet Systems for AU$3 million, with the broadcast media network to provide Superloop with an avenue to enter both the media industry and the US market. The AU$3 million acquisition will consist of AU$1.5 million in cash and AU$1.5 million in Superloop scrip.

HKICC 2015 to uncover the benefits of digital economy for Hong Kong

Hong KongThe digital economy is permeating rapidly worldwide due to the widespread adoption of digital technologies — such as mobile, cloud, social media and big data — to improve efficiency and enable innovation. To help organisations further benefit from those digital tools, the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) is hosting its annual Hong Kong International Computer Conference (HKICC 2015) with the theme of #digital_economy — Powered by Innovation. The event will be held from 24 to 25 November 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


IoT seen to continue transformative potential in 2016 and beyond

APACThe Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to continue its transformative potential across industries in the foreseeable future.  This momentum is expected to continue in 2016, with services expected to lead spending in the IoT space.  Frost & Sullivan estimates the IoT market to be valued at US$24.2 billion in 2015 and will reach US$79.3 billion in 2020 with a CAGR of 26.8% from 2015 to 2020, with services accounting for nearly three quarters of the market in 2020.


Demand for IT talent remains strong in Asia

APACNetworks Asia — The growth of IT and digital as well as a steady stream of replacement-based positions continued to drive hiring, particularly for business-critical functions such as legal and compliance and accounting and finance, according to the Robert Walters Asia Job Index Q3 2015. Despite a slowdown in growth, Asia is still one of the key growth drivers of the global economy and businesses will continue to expand to tap into the opportunities in the region.


Internet Of Things India Or China? The Next IoT Superpower

APACWT Vox — If you follow the tech news, you must have noticed that the “internet of things India vs. China scene” is buzzing with news and changes. For example, last month, India’s Prime Minister Modi inaugurated an international marketing campaign branded “Make in India“. The idea behind is to attract investment and make the country a hub for tech manufacturing.


Emerging markets drive worldwide smartphone sales to 15.5% growth in 3Q15, says Gartner

APACDigi Times — Continued demand for affordable smartphones in emerging markets drove worldwide sales of smartphones in the third quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 353 million units, a 15.5% growth over the same period in 2014. “The availability of affordable smartphones in emerging markets saw consumers upgrade their feature phones to smartphones more quickly because of the small price gap,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner.


One of the fastest growing segments in Asia-Pacific, IoT spending will hit US$24.2 billion this year and US$79 billion by 2020

APACZDNet — Very little data currently captured by sensors today are tapped to support analytics, but the Internet of Things (IoT) market will continue to see growth over the next five years, fuelled by demand for new services. One of the fastest growing segments in the region’s IT industry, the Asia-Pacific IoT market was estimated to be worth US$24.2 billion this year, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.8 percent to US$79.3 billion in 2020.


Ericsson Mobility Report shows subscriber and data traffic growth

APACRCR Wireless — India and China are often thought of as the fastest-growing mobile markets, but the latest Ericsson Mobility Report shows the rest of the Asia-Pacific region growing faster than these two giants combined. Excluding China and India, the Asia-Pacific region added 26 million new mobile subscriptions in the third quarter, while India added 13 million and China added 7 million.


Ooredoo Group and Alcatel-Lucent Sign Five-year Frame Supply Agreement for Ultra-broadband IP Transport Networks

APACPRNewswire — DOHA, Qatar: Ooredoo Group has signed a frame supply agreement with Alcatel-Lucent, extending and reinforcing the existing long-term collaboration between both companies. The agreement covers the technology evolution and latest innovations relating to ultra-broadband IP and transport networks. This contract will extend for five years and will benefit operations across the Ooredoo footprint inMiddle East, Africa and Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia.


Verizon Enterprise doubles cloud presence in APAC

APACTelecom Asia — Verizon Enterprise Solutions is doubling the size of its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region by adding six locations and two new cloud providers, HP and Verizon Cloud, to the company’s Secure Cloud Interconnect service. In-region, Verizon now offers connections at 12 locations from five cloud providers. Previously the company offered access to Amazon (Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) and Google (Hong Kong, Singapore) and Microsoft (Hong Kong) at six locations.