Dimension Data helps HK beverage company migrate to a UC platform

Hong KongDimension Data has been selected by a leading beverage manufacturer in Hong Kong to migrate its traditional PABX systems to a unified communications (UC) platform, said the global ICT solutions and services provider in a statement. The UC platform will enhance employee mobility and their communication productivity by an expected 30%, Dimension Data said.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/industries/dimension-data-helps-hk-beverage-company-migrate-to-a-uc-platform/

Hong Kong spending US$387m on smart ID cards

Hong KongHong Kong plans to spend HK$3 billion (US$387 million) to upgrade citizen ID cards, according to the Legislative Council Panel on Security. The storage capacity on the chip will be increased so that a higher resolution photo can be stored on it. The government can then use facial recognition to read and verify the image on the chip.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6046-hong-kong-spending-us387m-on-smart-id-cards

Hong Kong launches domain monitoring service to protect online brands

Hong KongHong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) has launched .hk WATCH, the first .hk domain name monitoring service for brand owners around the world. With this new service, HKIRC will protect brand owners from possible abuse of their brands. Cyber security incidents have continued to increase in recent years. According to the latest Global State of Information Security Survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the number of security incidents detected climbed to 42.8 million this year, an increase of 48 percent from 2013.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/hong-kong-launches-domain-monitoring-service-protect-online-brands-2117333006

Verizon Extends Its 100G Network in Asia-Pacific

NEW YORK – Verizon has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology on the Verizon global network. This deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometers) to the company’s extensive 100G network. These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s U.S. network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network.

http://www.businesscomputingworld.co.uk/news/pressrelease/verizon-extends-its-100g-network-in-asia-pacific/

Lenovo forms cloud research centre in Hong Kong’s Cyberport

Lenovo, the world’s largest supplier of personal computers, has tapped Cyberport in Hong Kong to serve as its research and development base for new “cloud computing” products and services. The computer giant’s cloud research operation represents the latest high-profile tenant landed by the Hong Kong government-backed technology complex, which opened in 2002 with Microsoft among its anchor tenants.

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1688091/lenovo-forms-cloud-research-centre-hong-kongs-cyberport

Grand Ming Tops Out 15-Story Data Center Tower in Hong Kong

Grand Ming Group has finished construction of a 15-story data center tower in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong. This is the second high rise the Hong Kong construction company has converted into a data center. The Asia Pacific region has some of the world’s fastest growing data center markets, and Hong Kong is one of them. Lots of companies that use data center services are located in places like Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, but these business centers also serve as data center hubs that serve customers in other parts of the region.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/01/14/grand-ming-tops-out-15-story-hong-kong-data-center-tower/

Which are the best government websites in the world?

How do you build a good government website? What are the tools and techniques that officials can use to quickly, cheaply create a good platform? FutureGov has spoken to the officials behind the best government websites in the world to find out more. In this new eBook, FutureGov has listed the best 8 e-government websites in the world. Find out if yours is listed.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5980-which-are-the-best-government-websites-in-the-world

Pacnet to boost Telstra’s presence in Asia

Telstra’s purchase of Pacnet will raise the value of its Asian operations to $2.4 billion,  says Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The value of Telstra’s operations in Asia took a hit after it sold Hong Kong-based mobile provider CSL in December 2013. But BoAML research analyst Sameer Chopra told clients that Telstra’s purchase of Pacnet for $US697 million ($858 million) in the dying days of 2014 was a boon that could help raise revenues and profits.

http://www.smh.com.au/business/pacnet-to-boost-telstras-presence-in-asia-20150107-12jlg6.html

Telstra hopes to make inroads in Asia with Pacnet purchase

SIMON SANTOW; It’s been burned before, but Telstra is going back to try and make money in Asia. Australia’s biggest telco has just spent $858 million buying the Singapore and Hong Kong-based Pacnet. Telstra’s hoping Pacnet’s underwater telecommunications cables and data centres around the region, especially in China, will help grow its business customer base in Asia. The company’s chief financial officer Andrew Penn spoke with our business reporter Michael Janda.

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s4154129.htm

Telstra to buy Pacnet for $857m

Telstra will spend US$697 million (A$857 million) to acquire cable operator and telecommunications provider Pacnet and gain access to Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network. Australia’s largest telco last week confirmed it was in discussions with the Asian company over potential acquisition, which would include Pacnet’s 46,500km of submarine cable between the US and Asia. The purchase is subject to certain completion adjustments as well as regulatory and Pacnet financier approvals, and is expected to close mid next year.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399064,telstra-to-buy-pacnet-for-697m.aspx

Akamai increases content availability in Hong Kong

Akamai has enabled media and entertainment company KKBOX to increase content availability in Hong Kong and Asia. Akamai’s media delivery solutions and web performance solutions has enabled media content to be broadly accessed and distributed on demand. The deployment has increased download speed by 425 percent ensuring high-quality online viewing, faster loading and video broadcast for viewers in Southeast Asian countries.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/internet/akamai-increases-content-availability-in-hong-kong/

For Ruckus, Extending WiFi’s Reach in Asia

Privately-owned Ruckus Wireless Inc. has some challenging competition in the design and style, manufacturing and advertising of wireless technologies systems. The 6-year-old California-primarily based organization has to fight for consumers with the likes of Cisco Systems Inc. and other hardware suppliers. Under Ruckus’ Hong Kong-born President and Chief Executive Officer Selina Lo, the organization has signed up organizations including Hong Kong telecom service provider PCCW Ltd. , Singapore Telecommunications and Deutsche Telekom AG of Germany.

http://www.macroinsider.com/business/for-ruckus-extending-wifis-reach-in-asia-h359.html

Telstra eyes undersea cable company Pacnet

Telstra has confirmed it is in talks to buy the company that owns the world’s largest private submarine cable network, Pacnet. If successful, Telstra would take control of some 46,000 kms of undersea cable stretching between Asia and the United States. Telstra company secretary Damien Coleman confirmed the discussions in a statement on Wednesday, but said there was “no certainty” a transaction will take place.

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/cloud/telstra-eyes-undersea-cable-company-pacnet-20141217-129jvr.html

Telstra eyes up Pacnet for acquisition

Telstra is in discussions with cable operator and telecommunications provider Pacnet over potential acquisition, the telco confirmed today. Australia’s largest telecommunications company today informed the Australian Stock Exchange it was in negotiations with Pacnet to potentially acquire the company, but said there was no certainty a transaction would eventuate.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398909,telstra-eyes-up-pacnet-for-acquisition.aspx

HK firms lost US$2.2 billion from data loss and downtime: EMC

More than half (57 percent) of the enterprises in Hong Kong experienced data loss and downtime in the last twelve months, causing a total loss of US$2.2 billion. These were the findings from EMC Corporation’s ‘Global Data Protection Index’. The study surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries, of which 125 respondents were from Hong Kong.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/security/hk-firms-lost-us22-billion-from-data-loss-and-downtime-emc/

FinTech Innovation Lab Asia Pacific concludes with Investor Day in HK

The FinTech Innovation Lab Asia Pacific today (4 December 2014) hosted an Investor Day at Cyberport, Hong Kong, which saw eight start-ups presenting their business case to 100 venture capitalists and bankers. The eight start-ups were finalists chosen from a pool of about 100 applicants from 20 countries that participated in a 12-week accelerator programme, according to Accenture, the sponsor of the programme.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/fintech-innovation-lab-asia-pacific-concludes-with-investor-day-in-hk/

Hong Kong to launch new innovation ministry, expand sensor use

The Hong Kong Government intends to create a new innovation ministry to improve e-government and the use of technology in public services, Daniel Lai, Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO), has said. “Hong Kong is in the process of setting up a new ministry looking after innovation and technology. We are into the last hurdle, which is the finance committee, and hopefully it will be passed by our honorable politicians very soon,” he told the FutureGov Forum in Hong Kong this week.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5854-hong-kong-to-launch-new-innovation-ministry-expand-sensor-use

LeaseWeb Accelerates Expansion in Asia With New Hong Kong Data Center

LeaseWeb, a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting brand, has opened a new data center in Hong Kong as part of a drive to accelerate its global footprint.  Operated by LeaseWeb Asia Pacific, the new Hong Kong data center follows the opening of a Singapore data center in July this year. Customers moving to LeaseWeb Asia Pacific’s Hong Kong data center will have access to a comprehensive portfolio of infrastructure solutions that includes bare metal servers, cloud services and the ability to mix and match hybrid environments for enterprises’ most demanding applications and workloads.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3250513

AIA takes lead to help start-ups build ‘wearable tech’ businesses in Hong Kong

AIA Group, the largest insurer in Hong Kong, and business incubator Nest teamed up last month to launch an ambitious accelerator programme dedicated to entrepreneurs and start-ups focused on health-care-related wearable technology. “This is a first for Asia. We are saying it’s harder to get into this programme than getting into Harvard, but those who get in will have a support system like no other in the region,” Simon Squibb, the founder and chief executive of Nest, said.

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1652713/aia-takes-lead-help-start-ups-build-wearable-tech-businesses-hong

Open Data Center Alliance Announces Partnership with Asia Cloud Computing Association

HONG KONG, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced its partnership with the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). ODCA Board Member Xinhua Zong, General Manager, IT & E-Commerce Business Unit, China Unicom, made the announcement at Cloud World Forum Asia where he also welcomed four China-based companies as new members of the Alliance.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/open-data-center-alliance-announces-partnership-with-asia-cloud-computing-association-welcomes-new-china-based-members-at-cloud-world-forum-asia-300000636.html