Chinese handset makers extend battlefield to foreign markets

ChinaHuawei unveiled its new Honor 4C handset in Beijing on April 28, the first day of the three-day Global Mobile Internet Conference, as the Chinese company eyes the market for smartphones priced below 1,000 yuan (US$160), reports Shanghai’s China Business News. Zhao Ming, president of Huawei’s Honor brand, said Honor has set its sight on the global market and will focus on products and services that meet the needs of users.

Cloud spending in public sector estimated greater than $107 billion in 2017

APACWorldwide spending on public IT cloud services is expected to exceed $107 billion in two years’ time. This estimation is based off the public cloud cumulative annual growth rate of 23.5 per cent – five times that of the IT industry. The results are found in the report, ‘Innovation in the Cloud’, a 20-page report with detailed analysis of government spend and their outlook on cloud usage.

Building Smart Cities: Need for co-creation and collaboration underlined in IoT Asia conference

APAC“Cities are horizontal but IoT connects the unconnected,” said Gordon Falconer, Director Smart Cities, Schneider Electric, at the IoT Asia event held recently in Singapore. He was talking about silos that divide the traditional cities’ governments. In a Smart City, all arms of the government have the ability to talk to each other and share data for more efficiency and better decision-making. Giving an overarching view of IoT and smart cities, the Internet of Things Council’s founder, Rob van Kranenburg, said that data is the new gold and cities (governments) need to build a (data) roof over the cities and harness all the data to improve the quality of life of their citizens.

Facebook has a big problem. It can’t get Asians to pay for stuff. Yet

APACFacebook’s newest earnings report for the first quarter of 2015 reveals plenty of good news in terms of its growing user base in Asia, but the picture is not so pretty if you scroll down to the part about Facebook making money from its users. The big picture is that Facebook is losing the battle to get its users across Asia to pay for things online. While Facebook’s revenue from Asia is growing, the vast majority of that is from advertising.

Video streaming startup iFlix gets US$30M funding ahead of Southeast Asia launch

PhilippinesAccess to a whole new range of streaming movie and TV content is one step closer to viewers in Southeast Asia, as internet media startup iFlix has successfully completed a US$30 million funding round. iFlix’s parent company Catcha Group and telco Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company led the round. The funds will be used towards the continued rollout of the service throughout Southeast Asian territories, as well as acquiring the rights to more content and producing original content.

Facebook grows to 270M daily active users in Asia, up 25% from same time last year

APACFacebook’s newest earnings report, for Q1 2015, comes at a time when Mark Zuckerberg’s company is able to boast some ginormous milestone numbers. Indeed, that’s what Zuckerberg did on his Facebook this morning. In Asia, the headline number is that Facebook has now grown to 471 million monthly active users (MAUs) in Q1 2015, up from 390 million MAUs the same period the year earlier. That’s out of a global total of 1.44 billion MAUs in the newest figures.

Data protection Q&A with experts from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Japan

APACPrivacy experts from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Japan offer valuable insight into data protection matters, addressing Privacy Impact Assessment, consent and disclosure, cross-border data flow, privacy governance, data breach management, Big Data and cloud computing.The Asia-Pacific region is stepping up its legal and enforcement regimes for data protection: The past five years have seen Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan ratifying their respective data privacy laws, while Thailand is currently drafting legislation and Japan is discussing reforms to its data privacy provisions.

Telstra to push out Pacnet SDN worldwide

AustraliaTelco giant Telstra has moved quicklyto make the most of its $US697m acquisition of Asian telecommunications provider Pacnet, announcing global availability of what it describes as Asia’s first Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform. The telco said the move will enable high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN (Points of Presence) worldwide. Darrin Webb, chief operating officer, Global Enterprise & Services at Telstra, said the new global PEN Platform leverages Telstra and Pacnet’s combined high-quality infrastructure assets for global connectivity options.

How Asia uses Bitcoin in one color-coded map

APACBitcoin is a global phenomenon, but not everyone around the world uses it in the same way. Here in Asia, the way a person from the Philippines uses bitcoin is probably very different from how it’s used in Thailand, and both are very different from the typical user in Taiwan. Despite bitcoin being hailed as “borderless,” these use cases tend to vary by country due to factors like government policy, economics, and culture. To help visualize these trends, we reached out to half a dozen Bitcoin thought leaders from some of the region’s most prominent bitcoin businesses.

Telstra pushes PEN: first globally connected on-demand networking platform

AustraliaTelstra has wasted no lime leveraging Pacnet’s assets and has today announced ‘Asia’s first Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Platform will now be available to customers globally, enabling high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN Points of Presence worldwide.’ The PEN Platform is built on Telstra’s global network, which the company boasts is one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced with terabytes of capacity, and says it has been designed to adapt to customer demands.

Marriage of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will overhaul market order

APACNokia’s announcement of its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent on April 15 sent shockwaves through the world’s telecom-equipment market, a move promising to overhaul the market order. The marriage of the world’s third and fourth largest telecom-equipment firm will create a new entity ranking second place in terms of revenue, behind Huawei but superseding Ericsson. The top three all boast annual revenue in excess of US$30 billion, leaving ZTE, with revenue less than US$10 billion, far behind.

451 Research: Datacenter Colocation Market Annualized Revenue Projected to Reach $36bn Worldwide by End of 2017

APAC451 Research projects the global colocation market annualized revenue to reach $36.1bn by 2017 in its latest quarterly Datacenter KnowledgeBase (DCKB) release. The DCKB database covers 3,796 individual datacenters operated by 1,094 datacenter companies serving North America (NA); Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Latin America (LATAM). 451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company with a focus on technology innovation and market disruption.

Verizon beefs up cloud in APAC

APACVerizon has expanded its cloud offering in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Singapore. The new services are designed to meet the demand for secure, enterprise-grade cloud capabilities as opportunities for multinational companies in the region grow. The enhancements offer customers improvements in memory, storage and network uptime, as well as enhanced flexibility and control.  Verizon Cloud customers can now request a specific amount of computing, memory and storage capacity, in addition to the existing preset virtual machine configurations.

Cloud and security, and the changing Asian approach

APACWHILE regulation around access to and use of data domestically and internationally is being hashed out, the fact remains that adopting cloud computing services offer organisations numerous benefits. Which was why Singapore took a strategic approach in developing its cloud ecosystem, according to Dr Lee Hing Yan, director of the National Cloud Computing Office under the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore.

Asia Pacific becomes frontline for IoT with US$583 billion market opportunity by 2020, says IDC

APACThe Asia Pacific Internet of Things (IoT) industry will continue its strong growth, with the number of units, or “things,” connected to increase from 3.1 billion to 8.6 billion by 2020. Over this same period, the total Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) market size will increase from US$250 billion to US$583 billion, according to IDC. “The Internet of Things industry has matured considerably over the past year, with a number of large government initiatives across APeJ, and China in particular, driving demand,” said Charles Reed Anderson, VP at IDC Asia Pacific.

Cloud association study lifts the veil on Asia’s SMEs

APACIT is a mantra uttered so often that it has become a commonly accepted statement of fact: That Asia will power the new global economy. “It’s become such a buzz topic,” said Lim May-Ann, executive director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, who spoke to Digital News Asia (DNA) in Manila. “If we accept that Asia is going to be the engine of the new economy, and also that 99.95% of companies in the region are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), then it stands to reason that SMEs are going to be the ones powering the new economy.

Cloud Computing Still Mystery To Asia’s SMEs

APACAcross the Asia Pacific region small- and mid-size enterprises spent $2 billion on cloud computing services last year, an impressive growth rate of 42 percent. Despite the rapid expansion of cloud technology, there is still a lot of room to grow. SMEs make up the vast majority of business across Asia, representing more than 90 percent of all businesses. The Asian Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) reviewed 14 developed and emerging nations in the Asia Pacific region and found that, together, these nations contribute $10.9 trillion to their national economies and generate 49 percent of the region’s total GDP.

CenturyLink Cloud makes Asian debut

SingaporeA NEW public cloud platform made its Asian debut with the official launch of CenturyLink Cloud last month, a move which CenturyLink said was aimed at better serving the changing needs of businesses in the Asia Pacific region. The platform – available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and now in this region through one of CenturyLink’s data centres in Singapore – delivers enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security backed by a global network, the company claimed.

Oracle steps up marketing of cloud services in Asia-Pacific

APACIn order to meet growing demand, US IT firm Oracle recently announced a plan to recruit 1,000 sales representatives in the Asia-Pacific region, including over 250 in China, according to the website of the Beijing-based Economic Observer. The plan has come on the heels of the launch of the company’s China growth plan three years ago, calling for branches to be set up in virtually every province, autonomous region and municipality.

Samsung reveals launch dates for Galaxy S6 across Asia

KoreaAt an event today in Singapore, Samsung revealed launch dates for the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones across Asia. The launches happen on eight dates throughout this month – starting with the global debut on April 10 – and cover much of the continent.  We can add to that two other known dates – mainland China on April 10 and Hong Kong on April 20. The new model has been met with with largely favorable reviews but still faces a huge challenge in Asia with the iPhone 6 cornering the high-end market and new brands like Xiaomi undercutting Samsung on price.