Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus sales in the first 3 days were 10-15% weaker than iPhone 6 series in Japan, say reports

JapanDigi Times — Apple’s iPhone products have strong demand in Japan and accounted for 60% of the country’s smartphone sales in 2014; however, despite iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ strong sales of 13 million units worldwide in the first three days after release, sales in Japan in the first three days were 10-15% less than those of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to a report from research firm BCN.

Japan market: HTC unveils 2 SIM-free smartphones

JapanDigi TImes — HTC on October 1 unveiled two SIM-free smartphones, Desire Eye and Desire 626, for launch in the Japan market at retail prices of JPY50,000 (US$416) and JPY29,800 in mid-October, according to the company. In May 2015, regulations which required handsets be bundled with SIM cards ended.

SoftBank bets big on fintech with $1B for student loan refinancing startup

JapanTech In Asia — Japanese telco SoftBank just made a big bet on the booming financial tech (fintech) industry. SoftBank yesterday announced a US$1 billion round of funding for San Francisco-based SoFi, an online service that allows America’s debt-laden students to refinance their federal or private student loans.

Telecoms price war: How low is too low for tariffs?, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Continued downward pressure could put the speed of future investments in jeopardy, he told The Myanmar Times in an interview on September 15 during Myanmar Connect, held by Capacity Conferences in Nay Pyi Taw. “If [prices are pushed] farther down there will be question marks around the quality of service for consumers going forward and how much we will continue to invest in the market,” Mr Meza said.

Toshiba may lay off TV and PC unit workers

JapanTimes of India — Toshiba Corp may lay off staff in its underperforming home appliances, TV and PC businesses and seek a partner for its nuclear operations to overhaul the company after a $1.3 billion accounting scandal, its chief executive said. “The latest accounting problems might have been driven by the fact that some of our businesses have lost earnings power. We must urgently take action in these businesses,” chief executive Masashi Muromachi told a roundtable of reporters.

NTT Group Announces Expansion of Partnership with SAP for SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud

JapanBusiness Wire — TOKYO: NTT Group today announced that it has entered into a premium partnership with SAP to provide infrastructure services for SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is a private, secure cloud fully managed by SAP and supported by global partners, and is offered for companies that run mission-critical applications in the cloud.

Panasonic aims $2 billion revenue from smartphone by 2018

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Panasonic is targeting almost $2 billion (Rs 13,200 crore) in revenue from smartphones by 2018 as it makes a comeback in the business globally, with India as the key sales driver. The Japanese electronics maker’s optimism stems from the initial success it tasted in the country and the recent decision to make India its base for expanding business in south Asia and India, Middle East and Africa, Panasonic India MD Manish Sharma said.

Fujitsu launches MetaArc digital business platform

JapanTelecom Paper — Fujitsu announced its Fujitsu Digital Business Platform MetaArc, which incorporates cloud, mobile, big data, and IoT technologies. Fujitsu offers an initial lineup of six new MetaArc products and services, led by Fujitsu Cloud Service K5. MetaArc integrates the systems of engagement (SoE) that enable customers’ digital transformations, such as business process innovations and the creation of new businesses, and systems of record (SoR), which are existing information systems, including mission critical systems, on a single platform.–1105034

Equinix (EQIX) Helps to Build FASTER Marine Internet Cable

APACNASDAQ — Data center company, Equinix Inc. has scaled a new level of technological success in the field of subsea communications by backing the development of a high-speed underwater cable network between the U.S. and Asia.  The company will help to build the fiber-optic cable system, FASTER, on the Trans-Pacific route connecting the U.S. and Japan. As is evident from the name of the project, the latest subsea cable system can support channel rates of 60Tb/s.

NTT Communications scales Japan-U.S. network capacity beyond 1 Terabit

JapanFierce Telecom — NTT Communications continues to scale the speed of its global network, announcing that the capacity on its Japan to United States route surpassed 1 Tbps this month. The service provider claims this marks the first time a Japan-U.S. network reached that speed. By having this new capacity on hand, NTT said it will be able to support the forecast demand for capacity that it expects to see double over the next two years due to the growing number of Internet users on mobile smartphones and tablets and the growing adoption of broadband.

SA govt IT execs cleared of procurement misconduct, from AU

AustraliaIT News —  top ranking South Australian government IT executives have been cleared by the state’s ombudsman of claims they broke probity rules during a 2012 trip to New Zealand with IT supplier Dimension Data. In 2013, a whistleblower complained to SA authorities that the heads of ICT strategic sourcing and government network services took the trip with the vendor whilst in the tendering phase of a multi-million-dollar managed network services deal.

Microsoft names new VP for business solutions in Asia

APACMarketing Interactive — Microsoft has appointed Simon Davies vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions for Asia. Davies will be responsible for the full portfolio of Microsoft Dynamics business applications including Dynamics CRM and ERP solutions. In this role, he will drive the business across sales, business development, marketing, partner strategy and development and go-to-market product strategies in Asia Pacific, including China, India and Japan.

Foxconn seeks funding from Apple to buy Sharp’s LCD unit: Report

JapanDigi Times — TOKYO: Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry offered to buy Sharp Corp’s struggling liquid panel display business and plans to seek funding from Apple Inc, the Nikkei business daily reported. The report did not specify how much Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, was willing to pay for the loss-making operations, but said it would seek funding from Apple, a key Sharp customer.

Tokyo Game Show 2015: Console Needs More 3rd Party Support, Mobile Has Peaked

JapanForbes — One of the signs in gaming before the floor falls out from beneath you is that of wanton excess. This year’s Tokyo Game Show had that in abundance, not from console publishers mind but the mobile gaming contingent. Yet in Japan, many feel the market has peaked so the excess was very telling. Huge mobile gaming booths erupted across Makuhari Messe, to the extent that the external halls had to be used.

IIC approves Fujitsu’s IoT testbed model

JapanTelecom Asia — The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has approved Fujitsu’s proposedInternet of Things (IoT) testbed solution model. Developed through Fujitsu’s field trials and knowhow gained in its own production facilities, the factory operations visibility and intelligence model is intended to support the widespread use of IoT in production facilities.

SKT, Ericsson, Sony to trial wearables over LTE

JapanTelecom Asia — SK Telecom will work with Ericsson and Sony Mobile to trial the use of IoT wearables over LTE networks. The trials will involve testing new device and network innovations for wearables that have consumer lifestyle and wellness applications. The devices will have multiple sensors providing accelerometer, identification, pulse meter and GPS functionality.

This cute robot from Japan helps families keep in touch, controls your smart home

JapanTech In Asia — Shunsuke Aoki is a husband and father of two first and an entrepreneur second. As the CEO of Tokyo-based startup Yukai Engineering, he’s actively realizing a childhood dream – building robots – while bearing in mind his own children’s interactions with technology. Founded in 2007, Yukai has spawned a number of cute robots and other fun gadgets.

​Equinix grows Japanese footprint with Bit-isle AU$397m acquisition

JapanZDNet — Equinix has bought Tokyo-based Bit-isle for AU$397 million as part of plans to strengthen its position in the Japanese market. As part of the acquisition, Equinix will gain five datacentres in Tokyo and one in Osaka that is in close proximity to the existing Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) datacentres in Japan.

Equinix buys Japanese datacentre firm Bit-isle to tap into Asia-Pacific cloud demand

JapanComputer Weekly — Equinix has hit the acquisition trail again, having agreed to buy Tokyo-based datacentre provider Bit-isle for $280m. The deal is expected to close in early 2016, and – if it goes through – would make Equinix Japan’s fourth largest datacentre operator, with 10 facilities in the country. Bit-isle was set up in the year 2000, and specialises in providing outsourced IT services. Since then, it has gone on to open six datacentres in Japan, and claims to have more than 650 customers.

NTT Data acquires iPay88’s Malaysian operations

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — MALAYSIAN online payment systems provider iPay88 Sdn Bhd, arguably one of the leaders in South-East Asia with a presence also in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, has seen its Malaysian operations acquired by Japan’s NTT Data Corp for an undisclosed amount.