Asia to lead in consumer deployment of 5G

APACTrade Arabia — Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan will be the leaders in commercialising 5G, edging out their US and European counterparts, according to a new analysis. A part of Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Service programme, the new analysis ’The Global Advent of 5G in Cars’ by Frost & Sullivan, pointed out that with the penetration of long-term evolution (LTE) connections being fairly strong across Asian countries – nearly 63 per cent in South Korea and 44 per cent in Japan – the available infrastructure can easily support 5G.

Telx Supports FASTER Cable System on West Coast of U.S. to Japan

JapanPR Newswire — NEW YORK: Telx®, a leading provider of global interconnectivity, data center solutions and cloud enablement services, today announced support for the FASTER transpacific cable system –  a submarine network that will seamlessly connect the west coast of the U.S. to major Asian cities including Chikura and Shima in Japan.

Panasonic eyes smartphones for revenue growth in India

JapanTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic’s India arm was looking to ramp up revenues via the handset business at a time when growth in different verticals of consumer durables have slowed down, a top company official said. The firm, which just did a business of Rs 700 crores last year from its handset business, is looking to close this year at Rs 2,000 crore.

Asustek, Taiwan ODMs benefit from growing demand for inexpensive smartphones in Japan

JapanDigi Times  — There is increasing demand for inexpensive SIM-free smartphones in the Japan market and consequently ZenFone series models launched by Taiwan-based vendor Asustek Computer have been in booming sale and Japan-based smartphone vendors including Sony Mobile Communications, Sharp, Fujitsu and Kyocera have sought cooperation with Taiwan-based ODMs to develop and produce inexpensive SIM-free Android smartphones specifically for sale in the Japan market, according to Taiwan-based smartphone ODMs.

DoCoMo, Sansan offer business-card management service

JapanTelecom Asia — NTT DoCoMo and Sansan have launched the Sansan Smartphone Plan Storage Pack, an application service for easily digitizing and managing business cards, via Business Plus. Business Plus offers cloud-based services mainly to enable small and mid-sized enterprises to deploy efficient, low-cost ICT business solutions.

As Colocation Market Consolidates, Who Are the Market Leaders?

APACData Center journal — New Q1 data from Synergy Research Group shows the leaders in the worldwide colocation market, with Equinix generating the most colocation revenue and achieving a 9.5% market share. It is followed by Digital Realty, NTT, Verizon, CenturyLink, KDDI, Global Switch and China Telecom.

CDNetworks helps customers reach the untapped Mainland Southeast Asia market with fast, secure websites and mobile access

JapanPRNewswire — SEOUL, South Korea: CDNetworks has announced today that it has expanded its reach in Mainland Southeast Asia with a new global telecommunications business and newly established CDNetworks points of presence (PoPs) in Myanmar in partnership with its parent company KDDI Group (KDDI). CDNetworks’ PoP in Myanmar increases network coverage to 13 locations throughout Mainland South-east Asia.

Global direct investment in China increases 8.3% in 1H15 despite decreases from US and Japan, says ministry

ChinaDigi Times  — Direct investment from Japan in China declined 16.3% on year in the first half of 2015 to $2 billion, according to new statistics from the China Ministry of Commerce. Various Japan- and China-based media reports have said the decline comes as companies are cautious about investment in light of a slowing China economy in addition to rising labor costs.

NTT Com : Cloud vision pays off across the board

JapanTelecom Asia — This is the third year in a row NTT Com has claimed Telecom Asia’s Best Cloud-Based Service prize, but it’s the first time the carrier has triumphed in the Wholesale and Data Center Services categories. That’s a testament to its ability to bring formidable competition to what is already two reasonably crowded sectors, but at the end of the day, as far as NTT Com is concerned, it’s all being driven by the company’s strong and unique cloud vision.

More global operators working on TDD LTE network development

China.gifWant China Times — More and more telecom operators around the world that have deployed Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) networks are considering exploring the global Time Division Duplex (TDD) LTE market on the 3.5 GHz band, reports Shanghai’s China Business News. China Telecom and China Unicom, two of China’s three major telecom operators, have begun carrying out trials on TDD and FDD integration after both of them obtained FDD and TDD-LTE hybrid networking pre-commercial operating licenses earlier this year, allowing them to each carry out initial trials in 16 pilot cities.

ZTE’s Pre5G technology catches Softbank’s eyes

JapanWant China Times — ZTE Corporation, China’s leading telecom equipment producer, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese telecom giant SoftBank to enhance their research and development based on ZTE’s Pre5G and Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technology, reports, the online version of the Chinese-language Securities Daily.

Korea, China, Japan Mobile Carriers Compete to Lead 5G

KoreaBusiness Korea — The MWC Shanghai, which is emerging as Asia’s largest mobile exhibition, started at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) on July 15. A total of 116 ICT companies and 97 mobile carriers around the world will attend the event, titled “Mobile Unlimited.” In particular, South Korea, China, and Japan are expected to compete to take the initiative this year in next-generation techs like IoT and 5G.

Softbank director: 2017 a “turning point” for 5G

JapanTelecom Asia — In a keynote speech at the ZTE Global Analyst Conference Monday, Hidebumi Kitahara, senior director for Softbank, described 2017 as a “turning point” for 5G. In a media question-and-answer session later, Kitahara emphasized that while Softbank is moving towards 5G, it’s a process and not an exact science. “As for 2017 being a ‘turning point’, it depends on the definition,” he said. “It’s not like we have all the components. But we are doing a step-by-step migration and 2017 is when it will start to turn.”

Rakuten Acquires

JapanBusiness Wire — Rakuten, Inc., a global leader in e-commerce, today announced that it has acquired a 100% stake in fit preference specialist Rakuten expects the innovative tech startup to further strengthen its e-commerce offerings and marketing solutions by providing a greater personalization of the retail experience for shoppers while driving operational insights and efficiencies for retailers. will operate as a stand-alone business within Rakuten, Inc. and continue to support and grow current and future clients.

Sony sets 300b yen share sale price 3% below close

JapanBusiness Times — [TOKYO] Sony Corp said it expects to raise as much as 300 billion yen (S$3.3 billion) after setting a price for new common shares it is selling to raise money for boosting chipmaking capacity. The shares will be offered at 3,420.5 yen apiece to investors, the electronics maker and entertainment producer said Monday in a statement. That’s about 3 per cent less than Monday’s closing price. The company is also offering 120 billion yen in bonds due in 2022 and convertible to shares at 5,008 yen.

AusPost hands end-user computing to Fujitsu

AustraliaIT News — Australia Post will officially outsource its end-user computing functions to Fujitsu after signing a large-scale deal that will see the provider support the IT needs of the organisation’s 36,000-strong workforce. The contract comes as no surprise after the Australia Post board last month approved management’s proposal to offload the work to Fujitsu.,auspost-hands-end-user-computing-to-fujitsu.aspx

Sony Mobile CEO: “We will never ever sell or exit from the current mobile business.”

JapanAndroid Authority — For the better part of the current millennium, Sony has been in a perpetual state of financial turmoil. While some core businesses like gaming are safe and secure, fans need only to look at the VAIO brand to feel a twinge of pain. As far as the mobile market goes, the situation has been far less stable, with reports usually indicating a bleak future.

Why Yamaha story should scare HP, Dell, Cisco, and other hardware companies

JapanTimes of India — NEW DELHI: “Cloud computing is going to change everything whether you like it or not,” Vimal Thomas, vice president of Yamaha of America tells us. “Get in front of it before it starts landing on top of you.” Thomas ought to know. He completed an unprecedented project to move nearly all of the company’s 200 computer servers to Amazon’s cloud, Amazon Web Services, getting rid of his company’s data centers and saving $500,000 a year in the process.

Fujitsu, Google collaborate on managed Chromebook Services delivery

JapanIT Wire — Under the partnership, the Fujitsu Managed Chromebook Service will equip organisations with a flexible, scalable and cost effective solution to employee mobility, comprehensively controlled by Fujitsu’s managed services.  The Managed Chromebook Service is closely aligned with Fujitsu’s Virtual Workplace Solution, which will allow Chromebook users to access their traditional applications and data via virtual desktop technology.

Asustek ranks No.2 in the Japanese tablet market in Q1

JapanWant China Times — Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Asustek has made it to second in the Japanese tablet market in the first quarter, just after market leader Apple, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. IDC said Asustek launched the larger 7-inch and 8-inch MeMO Pad before the end of the lifecycle of its Nexus 7, which was the main driving force on the market and led the company’s shares from 5.9% in the forth quarter last year to 8.7% in the first quarter this year.