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

Netswitch Joins Equinix’s Cloud Ecosystem in Hong Kong

California—Nov. 21, 2014—Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection and data center company, recently announced the continued growth of its cloud ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, with the number of cloud customers growing over 25 percent year-over-year. In Hong Kong specifically, cloud customers increased 15 percent as local and international cloud service providers (CSPs) are choosing to deploy with Equinix Hong Kong as an entry point into Asia-Pacific. Northern California-based Netswitch Technology Management, Inc. is one of noteworthy Hong Kong partners who joined Equinix’s cloud ecosystem while simultaneously leveraging its newly launched Cloud Exchange, a multi-cloud and multi-network solution.

http://www.sdcexec.com/news/12021599/cloud-customers-increased-15-percent-as-local-and-international-cloud-service-providers-choose-to-deploy-with-equinix-hong-kong

Hong Kong’s foreign maids can now use bitcoin to send cash home without even knowing what bitcoin is

Bitcoin is often hailed as the solution to the world’s remittance problems. It’s accessible to the unbanked, it’s nearly instant, and the fees are minimal compared to banks and other money transfer services. But perhaps the biggest obstacle to bitcoin remittances gaining serious traction is bitcoin itself. The complex, unfamiliar nature of the cryptocurrency keeps would-be users at bay.

https://www.techinasia.com/hong-kongs-foreign-maids-bitcoin-send-cash-home-knowing-bitcoin/

Hong Kong Government looks to personalised mobile apps

Hong Kong’s Government intends to create apps that use smartphone functions to personalise public service delivery, it has been announced. In a public speech, Joey Lam, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer, said that “with the instantaneous and location-sensitive nature of mobile technology, we can provide timely alerts and reminders to citizens.” “We can also interact with them much more intelligently through more precise understanding of the issues they are facing as communicated through GPS or images.”

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5739-hong-kong-government-looks-to-personalised-mobile-apps

Twitter to set up shop in Hong Kong

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter plans to set up shop in Hong Kong early next year, focusing on ad sales instead of the one-to-many messaging service banned in China. The San Francisco-based service that has served as a platform for dissent and free speech wants to tap into booming growth in Greater China by selling ads to businesses such as exporters. US Internet titans Google and Facebook already have similar strategies in place.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/twitter-to-set-up-shop-in/1460462.html

Pacnet opens Tier III Data Centre in Tianjin China

Pacnet has officially opened its new data centre in Tianjin, China (TJCS1) to address growing demand for data centre and managed services in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. This was announced by the provider of integrated technology solutions in the Asia-Pacific region yesterday. The new facility provides Software-defined Networking (SDN) capability to give full network control to its customers to self-provision bandwidth on demand based on their business needs, the company said in a statement

http://mis-asia.com/resource/data-center/pacnet-opens-tier-iii-data-centre-in-tianjin-china/

Open data platform sees 1m daily downloads, and government prioritising mobile apps – Hong Kong Deputy GCIO

Apps, cloud computing and open data are the top success stories from Hong Kong, according to Victor Lam, Deputy GCIO of the city government. Speaking in an interview with FutureGov, he said: “We have encouraged all departments to develop mobile applications for the convenience of the public, and have developed a portal on mobile applications in Hong Kong.” Currently, there are over 50 apps from departments on the government’s app store and the number is growing.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5288-open-data-platform-sees-1m-daily-downloads-and-government-prioritising-mobile-apps—hong-kong-deputy-gcio

Letting IT Go in the Smart City of Hong Kong

More than 500 of the thought leaders and captains of industry leading the global digital revolution in the public and private sectors will be congregating at the Hong Kong International Computer Conference (HKICC) at the end of this month (October 30-31, 2014) to work on the myriad ways information and communications technology (ICT) can not only build the Smart City of the future, but also by extension improve the lives of people across the world.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/letting-it-go-in-the-smart-city-of-hong-kong/

‘Yellow Umbrella’, of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement fame, a hit among gamers

HONG KONG, Oct 25 ― How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong’s protest camps? Unleash the wrath of Chinese deity Guan Yu. That’s just one of the options available to players of a new smartphone game which has swiftly become a hit among gamers and protesters in the southern Chinese city.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/yellow-umbrella-of-hong-kongs-umbrella-movement-fame-a-hit-among-gamers

Instagram has been blocked in China for a month. What will take its place?

China’s internet is littered with companies that thrive in part thanks to the country’s strict censorship. Baidu, Weibo, and Youku are now web giants due to blocks put in place on Google, Twitter, and Youtube. The popular western photo sharing social network Instagram has eluded the Great Firewall until recently, operating freely and successfully in the Middle Kingdom. But the site and app became inaccessible from China starting near the end of September this year, likely due to the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that earned the ire of Beijing officials.

https://www.techinasia.com/instagram-blocked-china-month-place/

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.

http://www.fiercetelecom.com/press-releases/pacnet-selects-bti-systems-vendor-choice-100ge-metro-data-center-connectivi

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.

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1615413/pccw-reaches-out-growth-cloud