Times of India — TOKYO: Japanese electronics giant Panasonic on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Beijing this month, cutting 1,300 jobs due to weak global demand for basic mobile phones and digital cameras. Employees were informed in late July of the planned closure of the 15-year-old factory, a company spokeswoman said. The plant produces batteries for simple mobile phones and digital cameras which have been overtaken by more sophisticated smartphones.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Amazon.com plans to launch its video streaming service in Japan for members of its Prime paid service as it gears up for Netflix’s planned entry into the country in September. Amazon’s Prime members get unlimited access to videos under its Prime Instant Video service.
Info World — NTT Communications will provide its enterprise customers with direct private connectivity to Microsoft’s and Amazon Web Services’ public clouds through a new service, Multi-Cloud Connect. The more dependent enterprises become on public clouds, the more dependent they become on a network connection that doesn’t falter. Inconsistent Internet performance has become an impediment to widespread cloud adoption, according to NTT.
Network Aasia — Integration of cloud, data center and network assets riding onsoftware-defined networks and virtualization technology will be the biggest trend to happen in the next few years. Networking vendors and service providers, such as NTT Com Asia, have recognized that the NFV and SDN trend is imminent and have begun incorporating these new technologies as complementary capabilities to their existing platforms, thus driving more innovations.
Transaction Network Services (TNS) has established a new connection into the co-location service of JPX, Japan’s main bourse. Under the agreement, TNS is offering high speed, reliable, cost-effective connectivity services to the JPX Co-location Service via its secure link into the arrownet-Global Service. arrownet-Global is an ultra-low latency end-to-end network service enabling market participants to connect directly from overseas markets into JPX’s co-location facility under a single contract.
Datacenter Dynamics — Asian cloud services company KVH Co Ltd (KVH) has changed its company name to Colt Technologies Services Co Ltd (Colt) with immediate effect. The move is not an unexpected one, ever since Colt Group S.A. acquired KVH late last year as part of its strategy to enter the APAC ICT services market, in a deal worth ¥18.6 billion (€130m, $150m).
Digi Times — TOKYO: Japanese electronics maker Sharp has entered negotiations with Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co for a tie-up over Sharp’s struggling display business, the Asahi newspaper reported on Saturday. Investors and analysts have urged Sharp to overhaul its liquid crystal display (LCD) and consumer electronics divisions. Chief executive Kozo Takahashi initially resisted but last month said he was open to major restructuring, including some kind of strategic deal for its LCD business.
Digi Times — Apple’s reported 12.9-inch iPad will feature displays from Sharp while Foxconn Group subsidiary General Interface Solution (GIS) will be mainly responsible for touch modules, lamination and LCM assembly, according to industry sources. The device will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth. Sharp will provide Open Cell LCD displays while GIS will provide GF touch panels.
Control Engineering — Fujitsu announced the development of the FUJITSU Network 1FINITY platform, a new global category of network equipment spanning access, packet optical, and wireless technologies. It will be available in North America beginning in December, followed by a phased worldwide rollout.
Data Center Dynamics — NextGen Networks, a global provider of high-speed fiber-optic services, announced that it has deployed new Points of Presence (PoPs) in data centers run by Equinix in Tokyo (TY3) and Frankfurt (FR2). This expansion adds coverage of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region for NexGen. As a longtime Equinix customer, the company has used Platform Equinix to scale its business to provide an ultra-low latency route between Europe and Asia to meet the needs of global enterprises.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Online marketplace Snapdeal has raised $500 million (about Rs 3,269 crore) in a fresh round of funding from a clutch of investors led by Alibaba Group, Foxconn and SoftBank. Existing investors Temasek, BlackRock, Myriad and Premji Invest also participated in the latest funding round, Snapdeal said in a statement. The company had raised more than $1 billion, from investors including Softbank ($627 million) and iconic business leader Ratan Tata (personal investment).
Benzinga — REDWOOD CITY and OSAKA: Equinix, Inc., a global interconnection and data center company, today announced the immediate availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect in Equinix’s Osaka International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center (OS1). With AWS Direct Connect, companies across Asia can connect their privately owned and managed infrastructure directly to AWS, establishing a private connection to the AWS Cloud that reduces costs, increases throughput, and delivers more consistent application performance.
WSJ — In late April, Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese electronic-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., made a personal pitch to Tadashi Yanai, the head of Asia’s largest apparel maker. Fast Retailing Co. had recently started selling its popular Uniqlo line of clothing on Alibaba’s biggest rival site, JD.com, and sales were brisk. If Uniqlo increased its loyalty to Alibaba’s platform, Mr. Ma and his team told Mr. Yanai, Alibaba would drive more traffic and sales to Uniqlo’s shop there, according to people familiar with the discussions.
IT News — NEC will take over the job of manning the helpdesk for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s international communications network, stealing the tech support deal off incumbent Fujitsu in a $36.6 million contract win. The support deal was the first major procurement put to market under DFAT’s $216 million international communications network (ICN) program in August last year.
Tech In Asia — Japan’s consumer electronics giants are struggling. Today’s Sony, for example, bears little resemblance to the industry leader it was in the eighties and nineties. Since February 2014, it’s spun off its television, audio, and video divisions – and sold its PC segment outright. Increased foreign competition is just one reason for the sector’s rapid decline. Japan’s tech titans have also been accused of moving too slow – with red tape, bureaucracy, and an emphasis on seniority over ability hampering innovation.
NEW DELHI: Japanese consumer goods manufacturer Sansui has decided to go online-only in a big way in India and will sell its air-conditioners and certain models of televisions and refrigerators exclusively through Flipkart. “Last month we saw a 25% decline in sales in offline stores and three-digit growth in sales through Flipkart. So we have decided to sell all air-conditioners and some models of refrigerators and televisions only online,” said Amitabh Tiwari, chief operating officer (COO) of Sansui.
Forbes — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), once known as a storage leader, is now making big strides into smart cities, Internet of Things, and analytics. Branded as social innovation solutions, HDS is integrating Big Data analytics and IoT with its domain expertise. The company is ambitiously seeking to partner with various government agencies in Asia Pacific to drive the agenda of smart cities.
The Nagoya, Japan-based CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), whose objective is to promote the widespread use of the Ethernet-based industrial open network CC-Link IE, has announced that Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) will join the CLPA as a new board member. The two organizations will collaborate on promoting solutions based on CC-Link IE. Cisco’s participation in the CLPA will also include driving technology in the greater Asia Pacific for industrial environments such as manufacturing.
Nation Multimedia — NEC Corporation has developed five new solutions for strengthening its business relating to the Internet of Things (IoT) and says it will release them gradually. In addition, NEC will increase the number of core personnel engaging in the building of IoT-related systems from the current level of around 100 to nearly 500 by 2020.
Telecom Asia — Major telecom and ICT companies including PT Telkom Indonesia, PT Indosat and XL Axiata have all registered to take part in a bid for a $246.7 million fiber project in Indonesia. All told 27 companies have signed up to take part in the bid for the Palapa Ring II cable project, which will involve rolling out 8,395km of subsea cable in the nation, Deal Street Asia reported.