The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and Bank of Thailand (BOT) have jointly launched a new cross-border payment-versus-payment (PvP) link between Hong Kong’s US dollar real time gross settlement (RTGS) system and Thailand’s Thai Baht RTGS system (BAHTNET). This link is the third cross-border PvP link in Asia for HKMA’s RTGS system, said Peter Pang, deputy chief executive of the HKMA. The other two existing links are with Malaysia and Indonesia, he added.
The Asia America Gateway has announced to complete the repair of the Vung Tau – Hong Kong Internet cable at 12pm on Sunday, July 27. Internet connection from Vietnam to the world via the AAG cable, therefore, was fully restored from 12.15pm the same day, after 12 days of interruption and three days earlier than expected. The repair started on July 26 and it was scheduled to complete on July 30. The submerged cable was broken on July 15 off Vung Tau’s coast, causing widespread disruption in supplying telecommunications services throughout the region, including Vietnam.
HONG KONG: Fans dressed as Transformers, Iron Man and Jedi knights were among thousands at the first day of Hong Kong’s comic and games expo Friday, where Xbox and PlayStation went head-to-head with their new consoles. The Ani-Com show at the city’s harbourside convention centre is one of the biggest of its kind in Asia and was packed with teenagers, many of them in coloured wigs and costumes mimicking their favourite Japanese comic book heroes.
3 Hong Kong has exclusively introduced NTT DOCOMO’s popular Japanese Translator app in Hong Kong, the mobile service provider announced recently. 3 Hong Kong is the mobile telecommunications division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited. According to the service provider, ‘this amazing travel aid enables users to communicate with ease in Japanese, even if they do not know the language.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for 21.6 percent of Taiwan’s total foreign trade in the first five months of the year, showing no significant change in their share of Taiwan’s total export value. The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) recently said that the government’s efforts to diversify the country’s export markets are paying dividends given that this number has hovered around the same level since 2010 and increased 1.8 percentage points since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May 2008.
Equinix has started off the second phase of its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre, HK3-II, in Hong Kong, the data centre company announced today. The additional investment of US$23 million provides space for an additional 650 cabinets, which brings the total capacity to 2,700 cabinets. According to Equinix’s media statement, HK3-II has direct fiber connectivity to its other IBX data centres in the city via the Equinix Metro Connect, a service that provides reliable network connectivity, allowing customers in HK3 to easily expand their businesses within the Equinix platform.
Data center service provider Internap has expanded its bare-metal public cloud service to data centers in London and Hong Kong. The service was previously available at the company’s Amsterdam, Singapore, Dallas, New York and Santa Clara, California, locations. Bare-metal cloud servers are essentially dedicated managed servers customers can provision like they provision cloud virtual machines. The offering, also available from Internap rivals like Rackspace and IBM SoftLayer, provides performance of dedicated servers along with elasticity of a public cloud service.
China Unicom held a foundation stone laying ceremony for its Hong Kong data center, in which the company will invest CNY3 billion. The company will invest CNY3 billion to build a communications hub building in Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O. This new building will be used as data center to enhance China Unicom’s network services and it is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. Lu Yimin, general manager of China Unicom, said that this new center will have an international network platform, cloud computing service platform, and Internet data center, which will help improve the company’s communications products development abilities outside of mainland China.
Tencent Cloud will officially launch its Hong Kong data center by the end of this week, marking the start of the Chinese Internet giant’s globalization strategy in the cloud computing sector. Tencent Cloud’s Hong Kong data center will reportedly focus on the Asia Pacific, Europe and American regions, providing comprehensive cloud computing services to those marketplaces. With Hong Kong’s outstanding network hardware environment, Tencent Cloud’s new data center will use an international BGP line, which is currently the fastest network line in the world. It has direct connections to America via a submarine cable, which will ensure the fast connections to Tencent Cloud’s host.
“Due to China Unicom’s extensive network resources at home and abroad, strong cross-border network connectivity and IDC support from mainland China, coupled with the robust ICT infrastructure of Hong Kong and a talented team with valuable operational management experience and a global vision, the global centre will boost China Unicom’s competitiveness on the global stage,” said Mr. Lu Yimin, executive director and president of China Unicom.
China Unicom has set aside HK$3 billion (US$387.03 million) to build its first and largest facility overseas, in Hong Kong, as it looks to expand into global markets. The new site will support six key functions, serving as the operator’s global network operations center with sub-cable landing station, global network solutions and support center, cloud computing service platform, internet data center, Hong Kong service platform, and product innovation and development center.
LUXEMBOURG & HONG KONG: Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that it has established a strategic agreement to provide access to its global C- and Ku-band broadband mobility network to SpeedCast, the leading global satellite communications and maritime service provider. Under the multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide SpeedCast access to Intelsat’s global C-band and Ku-band satellite capacity as well as to its terrestrially managed network, IntelsatOne?.
IBM has successfully started one state of the art data center in the Hong Kong for its SoftLayer cloud computing service providing division. This is part of IBM’s strategy to strengthen its cloud computing business operations across the globe. The acquisition has given IBM a foothold into Asia. The new Hong Kong data center can house as many as 15,000 servers, according to tech site Great Responder.
Mediabistro Inc. (OTCQX:MBIS) announced that more speakers are added to the lineup of the upcoming Inside Bitcoins Conference & Expo in Hong Kong on June 24-25 at the SkyCity Marriott Hotel. Current speakers include Ron Cao, co-founder and managing director at Lightspeed, Jehan Chu, founder of Ethereum HK Meetup Group & co-founder of Rise: Bitcoin, Bobby Lee, CEO & co-founder of BTC China, and Leon Li, CEO of Huobi.com.
GREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by the Big Blue Corporation at the start of this week that it has successfully started one state of the art data center in the Hong Kong for its SoftLayer cloud computing service providing division. The company further explained that this data center is being established in Asia Pacific region to strengthen its cloud computing business operations across the globe and especially in the Asia Pacific region.
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, announced today the appointment of Andrew Wong as country manager for Hong Kong and Taiwan. In his role, Andrew will lead all Sales, Marketing and Partner activities in the two markets.
SoftLayer has announced the opening of a Hong Kong data centre, with Jonathan Wisler, EMEA managing director at SoftLayer, saying the company’s partnership with IBM continues to accelerate. The infrastructure as a service provider opened up in Hong Kong on Monday, with further plans to expand in London later this year – as Salesforce.com did last week – as well as expansion in Europe, South America, Latin America and Asia.
IBM opened up a new SoftLayer data center in Hong Kong over the weekend, a month later than the company expected after a slight delay in approval from the Chinese government. The SoftLayer data center in Hong Kong is the first of 15 data centers IBM will open as part of its $1.2 billion investment to extend its cloud services around the world.
There have been reams of articles written about cloud computing for both government and the private sector. These have focused primarily on the agility of cloud, its economics of scale and security. Gartner predicts that almost half of large enterprises will have deployed some form of cloud by the end of 2017. Many industries in the private sector provide services that are subject to government oversight through regulatory regimes.
Aliyun (AliCloud), the cloud computing division of Alibaba Group, has announced that it will open its first data facility in Hong Kong on May 12. This move marks Aliyun’s initial step in its international expansion plans. The opening of the data center was announced less than a week after Alibaba had listed in the US in one of the biggest initial public offerings (IPOs) in the industry, according to TechCrunch. It would seem that Aliyun is not keen to expand into the US. It is instead aiming to tap into Chinese companies in Southeast Asia and the Greater China region.