LeTV entry to smartphone market in the spotlight

ChinaWant China Times — Chinese internet video site Leshi TV (LeTV), one of the newer entrants to China’s smartphone sector, has purchased an 18% stake in domestic phone maker Coolpad through a Hong Kong subsidiary. The shares reportedly cost LeTV 2.19 billion yuan (US$353 million), making it the second-largest shareholder in Coolpad, reports Sina’s tech new portal.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150701000090

Report: Aliyun Suffers 12-Hour Data Center Outage in Hong Kong

Hong KongDatacenter Knowledge — Aliyun, the cloud services arm of Chinese web giantAlibaba, saw its Hong Kong data center go down for about 12 hours earlier this week, Caixin Online reported. Details about the cause of the outage are unavailable, and an Alibaba spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. The company has offered two conflicting explanations about the outage, according to the report.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/06/25/report-aliyun-suffers-12-hour-data-center-outage-in-hong-kong/

Orange Business Services Expands IaaS Offerings in Asia Pacific

Hong KongThe Whir — Orange Business Services has expanded its Asia Pacific presence, launching its public cloud offering called Flexible Computing Advanced in the region through data center nodes in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. The next-generation service is aimed at companies who have data centers and network requirements across several countries, the company said. Flexible Computing Advanced allows enterprises to build a Virtual Data Center with scalable resources.

http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/orange-business-services-expands-iaas-offerings-in-asia-pacific

Orange Flexible Computing Advanced Allows Enterprises to Build Their Own Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure in Asia Pacific

Hong KongHONG KONG & PARIS – Orange Business Services today announced the expansion and availability in Asia Pacific of their next-generation Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud offering called Flexible Computing Advanced. The service is targeted at large multinational companies who have multiple data center and network requirements across many countries. By standardizing and consolidating customer cloud infrastructure onto a globally consistent and reliable virtual private cloud, Flexible Computing Advanced enables customers to achieve greater savings on total cost of ownership.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150624005143/en/Orange-Flexible-Computing-Advanced-Enterprises-Build-Hybrid#.VYpeEFWqpBc

Rating Action: Moody’s withdraws Pacnet’s Ba3 rating

Hong KongMoody’s has withdrawn the rating for its own business reasons. Please refer to the Moody’s Investors Service’s Policy for Withdrawal of Credit Ratings, available on its website, http://www.moodys.com. Pacnet, incorporated in Bermuda in 2006, wholly owns and operates the EAC-C2C network, Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable infrastructure of 36,800km, as well as the EAC Pacific network, which spans 9,620km from Japan to the US.

https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-withdraws-Pacnets-Ba3-rating–PR_328253

NexGen Networks Works with iAdvantage to Build a Hong Kong Point of Presence in their World-class Hong Kong data center

Hong KongNexGen Networks Works with iAdvantage to Build a Hong Kong Point of Presence in their World-class Hong Kong data center to help NexGen maintain top tier service as it expands its global reach NexGen Networks, a leading global provider of ultra high-speed fiber-optic services with a distinctive customer service approach, has teamed with iAdvantage, a leading data center solution provider in Hong Kong, to build its Hong Kong point of presence (POP) in the 30-story, 350,000 sq. ft. MEGA-iAdvantage facility—one of the largest Tier 3+ Internet Service Center buildings in the world.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/06/prweb12796711.htm

Cloud computing firm Aliyun’s Founder Plus scheme offers support, funding for Hong Kong start-ups

Hong KongAliyun, the largest cloud computing services provider in mainland China, is looking to burnish its credentials in Hong Kong through an initiative that supports the business expansion of local start-ups. A subsidiary of e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group, Aliyun has formed partnerships with Hong Kong public utility Towngas as well as telecommunications and information technology giant PCCW to help provide local start-ups with a range of cloud computing services.

http://www.scmp.com/tech/start-ups/article/1822669/cloud-computing-firm-aliyuns-founder-plus-scheme-offers-support

Sierra Wireless Expands R&D and Business Operations in Hong Kong Science Park

Hong KongHONG KONG – Canada-based Sierra Wireless, a world leader in the internet of things (IoT) and maker of cellular wireless solutions for M2M, has expanded its R&D facilities and business operations in the Hong Kong Science Park to support its fast-growing products and solutions business. Sierra Wireless has been a key partner company of the Information and Communications Technology Cluster of Hong Kong Science Park for ten years. The latest expansion is a major step forward which attests to the close relationship between the two corporations.

http://prnw.cbe.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/sierra-wireless-expands-rd-and-business-operations-in-hong-kong-science-park.html

Asian submarine network operator hit by major system hack

Hong KongUndersea cable company Pacnet, recently acquired by Australian telecommunications giant Telstra, confirmed today that it has been the victim of a cyberattack targeting its email and administration systems and potentially exposing sensitive data of thousands of business and government customers. Telstra said that an unauthorised third party had been able to gain access to the Pacnet business management systems through a malicious software installed via a vulnerability on an SQL server.

http://thestack.com/asian-submarine-network-operator-major-hack-200515

Equinix Announces Further Expansion of its Footprint in Hong Kong

Hong KongREDWOOD CITY – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced its plans to further expand its footprint inHong Kong. It will invest over $40 million to build the third phase of its second International Business Exchange ™ (IBX®) data center (HK2). It will also build the ninth phase of its first data center (HK1). The new facilities will meet strong demand from cloud and content and digital media (CDM) companies for data center and interconnection services inHong Kong.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3336913

Telstra reveals large-scale security breach at Pacnet

Hong KongTelstra has revealed a security breach on its Pacnet network allowed unknown third parties full access into the subsidiary’s corporate systems.  The telco today said the breach had occured before Telstra took ownership of the company following its December takeover announcement. Telstra said it was told about the breach when it finalised the A$857 million purchase of Pacnet on April 16.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/404217,telstra-reveals-large-scale-security-breach-at-pacnet.aspx

Hutchison Whampoa To Sell 33% UK Telecom Assets For GBP3.1 Billion

Hong KongHong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa Limited, which just finished its acquisition of UK carrier O2 and integrated its UK telecom assets, announced that the company has entered into agreements with multiple investors who will acquire stakes totaling 33% in the combined businesses of Three and O2 UK for a total consideration of GBP3.1 billion. According to a report published by Hutchison Whampoa, the investors are Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC of Singapore, Limpart Holdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, CDPQ of Quebec, Canada and BTG Pactual of Brazil.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/05/14/21684-hutchison-whampoa-to-sell-33-uk-telecom-assets-for-gbp3-1-billion

HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices & Supplies Fair Opens Next Week

Hong KongHONG KONG, May 12, 2015 – (ACN Newswire) – A record of around 250 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions are expected to attend the sixth HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair, running from 18-20 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), the fair features an inaugural Canadian Pavilion and Taiwan Pavilion, along with 10 sector-specific zones.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3333040

Open dataset of the week: Hong Kong accessibility guide

Hong KongThis week FutureGov looks at Hong Kong’s open dataset on accessible facilities. The dataset has the names of shopping malls, food courts, museums, theatres, churches and more which can be accessed by people with movement, visual or hearing impairments. Each listing has details on which parts of the building have accessible facilities. You can see whether the ticketing counter at a museum is accessible to wheelchair users, or whether a carpark has lots reserved for disabled drivers. It also gives the address and contact number of these venues.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6512-open-dataset-of-the-week-hong-kong-accessibility-guide

Letv Cloud Announces the Worldwide Video-as-a-Service Model in London

China.gifHONG KONG, May 06, 2015 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) — Letv Cloud Computing Co. Ltd., known as the No.1 video cloud computing brand and a neutral service provider, announced the launch of the worldwide VaaS (Video-as-a-Service) model in TV Connect event in London. In this Letv Cloud’s first global debut, it shows an upgraded and globalized version of VaaS model since it was invented in China in 2014. TV Connect, the world-leading event in the fields of OTT and IPTV, was held in London during April 28-30, 2015. Over 500 telecom operators, 200 exhibitors and about 8,500 professionals joined the event.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/letv-cloud-announces-the-worldwide-video-as-a-service-model-in-london-2015-05-06

Cloud computing is top priority among majority of Asia Pacific companies, from HK

Hong KongA new study released by F5 Networks has found increasing focus and efforts on cloud computing in the Asia Pacific region, with 58.6% of organization decision-makers identifying it as their number one priority in the next 12 months. In Hong Kong, 95% of enterprises are either already using cloud services or currently in the planning or implementing stage. A large number of companies adopting cloud services at 47.4% are looking to complement their existing IT set-up, while 24.9% are looking to enhance and 20.7% to augment their existing IT environment.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/cloud-computing-top-priority-among-majority-asia-pacific-companies-858439255

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.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/latest/telstra-to-push-out-pacnet-sdn-worldwide/story-e6frg90f-1227316814965

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.

http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67769-telstra-pushes-pen-first-globally-connected-on-demand-networking-platform

Telstra to kill off Pacnet brand

AustraliaTelstra will discontinue the Pacnet brand after today announcing the completion of its $857 million takeover of the cable operator and telecommunications provider. Two days before Christmas last year Telstra revealed its intention to acquire the company and therefore gain access to Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network. It today announced the deal had been completed after meeting the majority of conditions, regulatory and financier approvals.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402802,telstra-to-kill-off-pacnet-brand.aspx

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.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/verizon-beefs-cloud-apac-516661805