China Tech News — The freshly-minted Hong Kong-based mobile operating system company Acadine Technologies is hoping to make room for itself among the ubiquitous of Android and iOS devices. The company says it received USD100 million in its first round financing from China-based Tsinghua Unigroup International.
Light Reading — SUNNYVALE, Calif.: Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced that Equinix has selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to interconnect its Hong Kong datacenters. The Infinera Cloud Xpress offers Equinix a platform with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.
Before we get overly excited about 5G, bear in mind that this new technology isn’t simply a faster pipe. When it comes to wireless networks, faster isn’t automatically better. The next generation of wireless technology isn’t only about faster technology or more capacity, and that needs to be understood for 5G to take off. 5G must address today’s wireless problems – reliability for multiple devices, energy efficiency, bandwidth standards, and more.
Telecom Asia — Go to almost any telecoms industry conference these days, and you’ll hear about at least two things: the internet of things (IoT) and 5G. And while there is interest in both, operator delegates tend to be more interested in the IoT. As one delegate from an emerging market operator said to me over coffee: “5G is interesting, but it’s too far off – it’s five years away for Japan, and even further than that for my own country. I’d rather hear more about the IoT because that’s happening now, not ten years from now.”
Companies and Markets — France Telecom’s Orange Business Services has announced that it will extend its footprint in the Hong Kong market, offering its corporate customers new cloud services brokerage services and a opening a new local data centres. Orange Business Services already has two other data centres in the region, namely in Singapore and Australia, part of the company’s global network of 20 cloud-ready data hubs.
Want 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.
Datacenter 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.
The 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.
HONG 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.
Moody’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.
NexGen 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.
Aliyun, 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.
HONG 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.
Undersea 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.
REDWOOD 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.
Telstra 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.
Hong 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.
HONG 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.
This 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.
HONG 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.