Equinix Announces Further Expansion of its Footprint in Hong Kong

Hong KongREDWOOD 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 reveals large-scale security breach at Pacnet

Hong KongTelstra 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.


Hutchison Whampoa To Sell 33% UK Telecom Assets For GBP3.1 Billion

Hong KongHong 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.


HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices & Supplies Fair Opens Next Week

Hong KongHONG 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.


Open dataset of the week: Hong Kong accessibility guide

Hong KongThis 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.


Letv Cloud Announces the Worldwide Video-as-a-Service Model in London

China.gifHONG 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.


Cloud computing is top priority among majority of Asia Pacific companies, from HK

Hong KongA new study released by F5 Networks has found increasing focus and efforts on cloud computing in the Asia Pacific region, with 58.6% of organization decision-makers identifying it as their number one priority in the next 12 months. In Hong Kong, 95% of enterprises are either already using cloud services or currently in the planning or implementing stage. A large number of companies adopting cloud services at 47.4% are looking to complement their existing IT set-up, while 24.9% are looking to enhance and 20.7% to augment their existing IT environment.


Telstra to push out Pacnet SDN worldwide

AustraliaTelco giant Telstra has moved quicklyto make the most of its $US697m acquisition of Asian telecommunications provider Pacnet, announcing global availability of what it describes as Asia’s first Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform. The telco said the move will enable high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN (Points of Presence) worldwide. Darrin Webb, chief operating officer, Global Enterprise & Services at Telstra, said the new global PEN Platform leverages Telstra and Pacnet’s combined high-quality infrastructure assets for global connectivity options.


Telstra pushes PEN: first globally connected on-demand networking platform

AustraliaTelstra has wasted no lime leveraging Pacnet’s assets and has today announced ‘Asia’s first Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Platform will now be available to customers globally, enabling high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN Points of Presence worldwide.’ The PEN Platform is built on Telstra’s global network, which the company boasts is one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced with terabytes of capacity, and says it has been designed to adapt to customer demands.


Telstra to kill off Pacnet brand

AustraliaTelstra will discontinue the Pacnet brand after today announcing the completion of its $857 million takeover of the cable operator and telecommunications provider. Two days before Christmas last year Telstra revealed its intention to acquire the company and therefore gain access to Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network. It today announced the deal had been completed after meeting the majority of conditions, regulatory and financier approvals.


Verizon beefs up cloud in APAC

APACVerizon has expanded its cloud offering in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Singapore. The new services are designed to meet the demand for secure, enterprise-grade cloud capabilities as opportunities for multinational companies in the region grow. The enhancements offer customers improvements in memory, storage and network uptime, as well as enhanced flexibility and control.  Verizon Cloud customers can now request a specific amount of computing, memory and storage capacity, in addition to the existing preset virtual machine configurations.


Google in talks with Hutchison 3G for free international roaming

Hong KongGoogle is reportedly in talks with Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of the international wireless carrier 3, to offer free international roaming for its users in the US wherever there is a 3 network, reports the Beijing News. Hutchison Whampoa has been considering eliminating the long existing international roaming fees for some time while Google said previously that it will establish a global network charging the same fee for phone use and text messages services wherever users are.


Opportunities and challenges in Hong Kong’s data center industry

Hong KongHong Kong’s data center industry has thrived the last few years, thanks to the growing adoption of cloud computing, big data and mobility. What are the challenges ahead for data center service providers? Are there solutions in sight? On March 25, HK Electric organized a half-day industry event titled “HK Electric Data Centre Symposium 2015.” Guest speakers from SUNeVision, PCCW Solutions, NewTech and HGC GlobalCentre spoke about the challenges faced by data center suppliers, and explored possible solutions. About 200 guests attended the event.


Hong Kong’s Bitspark announces new funding round and new security partnership

Hong KongHong Kong-based bitcoin remittance startup Bitspark announced today that it has closed a new funding round and secured a new security partnership to strengthen its offerings. Details of the funding round were not disclosed, but Bitspark says the total sum was “six figures” (USD) and that the round was driven by “prominent financial technology investors and executives.” The company says this latest round will help it expand its service offerings.


Trend Micro partners with Synnex in Hong Kong

Hong KongTrend Micro has entered into a partnership with Synnex Technology International (HK) Limited, a leading provider of integrated IT solutions in Asia, to extend its reach to the consumer market in Hong Kong and Macau, the security software provider announced today. The full line of Trend Micro PC-cillin Maximum Security software will be distributed to retailers through Synnex, the company said in a statement.


9 in 10 Hong Kongers now shop online

Hong KongEighty-four percent of local consumers in Hong kong have made at least one online purchase in the last three months and over a third (38.2 percent) shopped on their smartphones, the latest MasterCard Online Shopping Survey reveals. In the next six months, majority of Hong Kongers (79.8 percent) planned to shop online. The 25- 34-year-olds are the most active online shoppers (91.8 percent), purchasing at least six items, the highest among all age groups.


Facebook appeals to Hong Kong businesses to tap China market

Hong KongFacebook has partnered up with a second advertiser in Hong Kong in an attempt to expand its ad business in China, which has blocked major Western social networking websites, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily. Facebook made the move to attract Chinese companies onto a platform it claims will boost their sales and reputation. Facebook is targeting Chinese game developers and publishers such as Youzu Interactive in particular, according to the Wall Street Journal.


First big data analytics center established at HK university

Hong KongThe Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has established the Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center, the first tertiary institutions to do so in Hong Kong, it said in the city on Thursday. The research to be carried out by the center aims to address important issues spanning six major areas, including healthcare, the environment, social networks, finance, logistics and learning.


LeTV just founded a music company that aims to take on China’s online music industry

ChinaChina’s LeTV is best known for its popular online streaming platform, but in the past year the company has really been branching out. Within that timeframe it has moved into smartphones, film production, and electric cars. Now it’s moving into the music business too, having on Thursday announced the establishment of the LeTV Music Company in Hong Kong. LeTV Music, which will be headed by former LeTV entertainment boss Yin Liang, is aiming for China’s music market by way of vertical integration, since it already has the technology and internet platforms to distribute smoothly to most of the country.


Hong Kong’s open data portal revamped

Hong KongHong Kong has revamped its open data portal, changing its name from Data.One to Data.Gov.HK. The data catalogue is now easier to search with new filters for government departments, data categories and formats. Users can also chart and map data on the web site itself for a preliminary analysis of the datasets before downloading them. The web site features a new look, with large, minimalist icons of data categories on the home page.