Pacnet Selects BTI Systems as Vendor of Choice for 100GE Metro Data Center Connectivity

OTTAWA and BOSTON, October 15, 2014 – BTI Systems, an award-winning provider of cloud and metro networking software and systems to content, colocation and service providers around the world, today announced that Pacnet, a leading provider of integrated technology solutions in the Asia-Pacific region, is deploying the BTI 7800 Series Intelligent Cloud Connect platforms to interconnect Pacnet’s business-driven data centers in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

PCCW reaches out for growth in the ‘cloud’

If it were up to George Fok Yiu-cheung, the managing director at PCCW Solutions, Hong Kong would take to the “cloud” and expand the local economy beyond its traditional financial services, retail and property markets. “I believe there is a future for information technology services here in Hong Kong, one that will provide us with vibrant economic growth. The city needs to evolve and diversify the services it provides,” Fok told the South China Morning Post.

Pacnet Receives Frost & Sullivan 2014 Asia Pacific Data Communications Product Line Differentiation Award

HONG KONG, CHINA–(Marketwired – Oct 12, 2014) – Pacnet, a leading provider of integrated technology solutions in the Asia-Pacific region, received the prestigious Frost & Sullivan 2014 Asia Pacific Data Communications Product Line Differentiation Award. The accolade is a testament to Pacnet’s success in creating a differentiated value proposition for its data communications services in the region.

Anonymous threatens China, Hong Kong authorities with website blackout

BEIJING: Anonymous, the nebulous online activist group that uses hacking to further causes it supports, has threatened a major blackout of Chinese and Hong Kong government websites, and to leak tens of thousands of government email address details.  The group, under the banner of ‘Operation Hong Kong’ or ‘#OpHongKong’ and ‘#OpHK’ on Twitter, said on Friday it will launch a mass effort against Chinese government servers to bring down their websites via Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Saturday.

Hong Kong protesters go for FireChat to stay in touch

HONG KONG, Oct 6 — Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators finding it difficult to communicate over congested mobile-phone networks are downloading the application FireChat about 100,000 times a day in an effort to stay connected. Open Garden Inc’s FireChat, which gained popularity during protests this year in Iraq and Taiwan, allows users to send messages using Bluetooth or peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, which is optimal for places where cellular networks are congested.

Schneider Electric supports Hong Kong Intelligent Building talent

Schneider Electric is sponsoring Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s new Intelligent Building Laboratory (IB Lab) in the Department of Building Service Engineering, recently opened in the new green building Block Z, announced the energy management specialist. The new IB Lab, featuring Schneider Electric integrated building management systems, will facilitate effective teaching and learning of smart grid and building management systems, helping groom local professionals to address the need for talent in the building energy management sector.

WeChat is censoring photos from Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests

As Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests continue to gather momentum and attention, Hong Kong’s denizens are sharing photos of the moment on social media. But apparently , photos of the protests posted to WeChat by Hong Kong-based users are being censored, and are not visible for WeChat users in mainland China.  For example, Hong Kong-based blogger Cam MacMurchy shared the screenshots below with Tech in Asia. On the left is an image from Hong Kong he posted to WeChat on September 30th.

Code4HK: A visual guide to Hong Kong’s online hub for the Umbrella Revolution

Many observers of the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong have noted how the protests remain extremely well-organized  despite lacking centralized leadership. Supplies are well-distributed, rest areas are abundant, and protestors have even coordinated recycling initiatives. The movement’s efficient logistics are in no small part due to its leaders’ use of internet-enabled technology. But protestors are going beyond Facebook groups, WhatsApp conversations, and Twitter feeds in their efforts.

Hong Kong’s #OccupyCentral protests generate over 1.3 million tweets

Protests in Hong Kong intensified on Sunday as young people flooded the streets to demand democracy reform, free from the shackles of mainland China. According to Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), those protests have so far generated over 1.3 million tweets  from participants, eyewitnesses, and supporters from around the globe. As seen in the interactive chart  created by Twitter’s number-crunchers (embedded below), things reached a peak around 11:30 PM local time on Sunday as Hong Kong police responded with tear gas to the peaceful crowd of tens of thousands of protestors at several points across the city. That peaked at a flow of 735 tweets per minute related to the Hong Kong protests.

HK protests’ ‘Umbrella Revolution’ tag escapes China’s censors — so far

BEIJING: China’s censors, who have barred most online discussion of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, have so far not blocked searches for the movement’s “Umbrella Revolution” nickname, although it may not survive much longer.  Chinese Internet users were still able to post under the hashtag “Umbrella Revolution” in Chinese and English on Sina Weibo, China’s popular Twitter-like microblogging service, on Monday and Tuesday.

Mobile messaging app FireChat flares up in Hong Kong amid Occupy Central protests

Surprisingly, as activists prepared to gather, a mobile app that that first caught the attention of the media last spring resurfaced among participants. FireChat, available for iOS and Android, is a mass chatroom app that lets communicate with one another over wi-fi and cellular networks, along with Bluetooth and Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The latter two features means that users can, in theory, chat “off-the-grid.” In anticipation of poor cellular network connectivity (and perhaps a deliberate network shutdown), student activist leader Joshua Wong posted a message urging people to download FireChat.

Users In China Are Reporting That Instagram Has Been Blocked, Likely In Response To The Hong Kong Protests

We’re seeing reports from users on Twitter that Instagram has been blocked in mainland China. It’s likely due to the protests happening in Hong Kong. Citizens in Hong Kong are protesting the government in Beijing to allow them to practice “full democracy.” If Instagram is blocked in China as the Twitter reports indicate, it’s likely to keep images of the protest, which include police firing tear gas at demonstrators, from spreading.

Aussie e-commerce merchant expands into Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia

Australian e-commerce merchant, eWAY, has expanded its global business into Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The launch adds three more countries to eWAY’s growing global operations and now supports businesses operating across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Since launching, the company has processed more than 110 million transactions worth $15 billion for more than16,000 active businesses both large and small.

China busts mass iPhone 6 smuggling

China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release here, with officials on Sunday reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones in Shanghai. Hundreds more were seized during three separate busts Thursday through Saturday in Hong Kong, including from men with a speedboat who were loading contraband onto a wooden sampan-style boat in a mangrove, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

How To Cut Costs When Your It Storage Demand Grows, from HK

Public sector organisations are generating and collecting more data today. The increase use of rich-media and large data sets makes it even more pressing to find efficient storage solutions. The City University of Hong Kong recently invested US$1 million to upgrade its enterprise storage infrastructure. Dr Andy Chun, CIO, told FutureGov how the project improved his team’s productivity, saved operating costs and reduced the university’s carbon footprint.

Aisidi Will Promote Xiaomi Smartphones In India

Aisidi (HK) Limited has signed a three-party agreement with Xiaomi Singapore and Flipkart India Private Limited to sell Chinese Xiaomi smartphones in India. According to the agreement, the three parties will reportedly work together to promote the sale of Xiaomi smartphones in India as well as the development of other emerging smartphone markets. The contents of this agreement include but are not limited to the sale of Xiaomi smartphones in India, supply chain logistics services, funding platform services, and a sales target of USD200 million for 2014.

Hong Kong And Singapore Agree To Automated Immigration Swap

Citizens of Hong Kong and Singapore will be able to use automated immigration clearance services when visiting each others’ cities. Starting on Monday, all passport holders older than 11 with no adverse record can enrol. The move will “provide greater convenience for holders of the Singapore passport and HKSAR passport. It will also enhance trade, business and tourism links,” an official statement said.

Hong Kong Apple Store met with protest over supply chain violations on iPhone 6 launch day

Apple has implemented improved reservation procedures and policies for employees dealing with the iPhone 6 launch today at retail stores, but the launch at the company’s Hong Kong store hasn’t gone quite as smooth as elsewhere. The store was hit by protesters from the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) and also required police to help disperse customers that had waited in line without reservations.

Hong Kong Mobile App Opens Government Map Data To Public

The Hong Kong government has pulled together 120 types of data from various government departments into a single digital map that the public can access on their mobile devices. Residents and visitors can now search for information on local landmarks, streets, and public facilities including public toilets, post officers, libraries, car parks and government offices. Users can view their current location on the map and find facilities and buildings within 1 kilometre of where they are.

How Openstack May Offer Asia An Edge In The Cloud

The OpenStack cloud platform is gaining momentum around the world, according to Mirantis, a pure-play OpenStack vendor. In an announcement earlier this month, Mirantis says it has become the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry, with a customer list that includes the likes of AT&T and Orange. Also identified as customers were Pacnet, headquartered in Hong Kong, and China’s Huawei.