IT News —- Transport for NSW will hand NEC $134 million over the next five years to take over its end user computing functions, iTnews can reveal. Last November the agency confirmed it had officially signed IBM as the data centre partner for its massive next-generation infrastructure services (NGIS) overhaul in a $99 million deal due to last five years.
MIS-ASIA — With bottles of bubbly and a purification ceremony, a Google-backed undersea cable was given a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, a critical step in building the highest capacity data link in the Pacific ever created. The 9,000-kilometer FASTER cable will have a peak capacity of 60 terabytes per second (Tbps) when it enters operation next year, joining Japan with Oregon on the West Coast of the U.S.
China Tech News — Alibaba Group announced that the company and Taiwan-based Foxconn have made strategic investments of JPY14.5 billion, which is about CNY732 million, into SoftBank Robotics Holdings Corporation. Under the agreement signed by the three parties, Alibaba and Foxconn will hold a 20% stake in SBRH, respectively; while SoftBank will own the remaining 60%.
Want China Times — Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp said it will not refuse financial help from Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer Hon Hai even though the two companies failed to reach partnership agreement three years ago, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. In March 2012, Sharp was said to have rejected Hon Hai in its bid to acquire a 9.9% stake in Sharp for 66.9 billion yen (US$559 million) which would’ve allowed Hon Hai to have a say in the Sharp’s management.
Deal Street Asia — Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corp, the ICT solutions and international communications business announced that Enterprise Mail, a reasonably priced cloud service for mail and optional functions, is available in Indonesia and Thailand. NTT Com launched its popular Enterprise Mail service in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in July 2014. Built on a platform based in Singapore, it provides stable, low-latency mail services to companies operating in the fast-growing APAC region.
Japan’s NTT Communications has sealed the deal on its purchase of European data centre services provider e-shelter, acquiring an 86.7 percent stake in the German company. The purchase boosts NTT Com’s data centre floor space in Europe to 92,000 square metres across nine cities, up from just shy of 20,000 square metres in four cities. Penny Jones, senior analyst at 451 Research, told TechWeekEurope that the acquisition shows demand has been strong in Germany for NTT Com.
Ageing and limited infrastructure combined with tightened budgets continue to challenge businesses. As such, many have moved on to virtualisation, consolidation, automation and Cloud Computing. Employers are benefitting from the increased efficiency and productivity, from the mobility they now enjoy with BYOD. Everyone’s talking about the Cloud and it’s obvious why. The depreciating Malaysian ringgit, the new fiscal deficit target, sliding oil prices and expectations of US interest rate hike all point to a critical need for increased cost efficiency.
NEW DELHI: Japan-based telecom and Internet major SoftBank Corp and Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group are in talks to form a joint venture for electronics manufacturing in India, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make-in-India’ push helps the country to become an attractive alternative to China as a manufacturing base. Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and maker of the iconic iPhones, will lead the new joint venture while SoftBank will support the former for the same, Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank told ET.
Taiwan-based InnoDisk, which develops and manufactures industrial-class storage products, has disclosed the company is partnering with NAND flash chip vendor Toshiba and Super Micro Computer (Supermicro), a specialist in application-optimized servers, workstations, blades, storage and GPU systems, to provide SSD solutions for data centers and cloud computing. A joint venture between the companies, named AccelStor, has been formed to provide SSD solutions targeted at customers in the financial sector and telecom carriers, according to InnoDisk.
Chinese search engine company Baidu announced that they will acquire a controlling stake in popIn, a native advertising company in Japan. According to the terms of the transaction, popIn’s existing management team will be able to independently operate its businesses within the enterprise architecture of Baidu. On the completion of the acquisition, Baidu’s advertising platform will adopt popIn’s READ technology and content recommendation technology to improve its accuracy of advertising.
Foxconn Electronics will team up with Japan-based Softbank to form a joint venture for manufacturing robot products, according to Japan-based Nikkei Asian Review. Foxconn and Softbank have been cooperating on the production of robots since June 2014, and Foxconn has rolled out a bunch of ‘Pepper’ robots developed by Softbank’s subsidiary, Aldebaran, said the report.
GOOGLE Inc’s recent update to Android Wear to 5.1.1, which began rolling out to all smartwatches in late May, brought about a number of new features that have given the platform a bit of a boost. One of those new features is support for more than one Android Wear smartwatch, which means that you could own two (or more) Android Wear devices and both can be synchronised with your smartphone at the same time. This may seem like overkill, but since watches are also a fashion accessory, it’s not inconceivable that consumers may actually have two or more Android Wear smartwatches to use on different occasions.
Box Inc. (“Box”) and NTT Communications Corporation (“NTT Com”), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, recently announced a plan to jointly launch “Box over VPN powered by NTT Communications” (Box over VPN), a service combining NTT Com’s enterprise network and Box’s cloud collaboration and content management, which will be distributed by NTT Com beginning within this year. NTT Com will act as Japan’s sole provider and Asia’s first distributor of Box over VPN, enabling its use on Arcstar Universal One, NTT Com’s NFV-enabled, private network service available in 196 countries/regions.
Japanese messaging app Line is bolstering its dominance in Japan with a paid on-demand music streaming service featuring an initial catalog of over 1.5 million songs. Line Music is an app and a Tokyo subsidiary that began streaming music in Japan by domestic and foreign artists on Thursday. The catalog covers music from about 30 labels and publishers, including Sony Music Entertainment Japan, in genres including classical, dance music and J-pop, or Japanese pop. Line plans to expand the catalog to 5 million songs this year, and aims for over 30 million in 2016.
NTT Communications announced today that it has been positioned as a Leader in International Data Corporation’s (IDC) first ever “IDC ITMarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2015 Vendor Assessment” report. The IDC ITMarketScape represents a vendor assessment including both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that define success in today’s managed security services market. IDC evaluated 16 organizations that offer managed security services (MSS) in Asia/Pacific by conducting in-depth interviews with MSS providers and more than 20 interviews with providers’ customers.
Smartphones launched by the top-three Japan-based telecom operators for summer 2015 are almost identical in hardware specifications, but the carriers have been trying to differentiate their products with special features, according to Digitimes Research. The three carriers, NTT DoCoMo, Softbank and KDDI au, all are selling smartphones from Sony Mobile Communications and Samsung Electronics, blurring the brand recognition.
NEC Corporation has developed Software-Defined Networking (SDN) compatible switches that enable network configurations equivalent to several thousand server racks, aimed at the large data centers operated by telecom carriers and service providers. The new switches are available in two varieties. The PF5340-48XP-6Q is a Top of Rack (ToR) switch with a 48-port 10GbE interface for consolidating servers. The PF5340-32QP is an aggregation switch that consolidates multiple racks with 32 40GbE ports.
LINE, the operator of Japan’s most popular mobile-messaging service owned by Korean portal giant Naver, said it has 12 million monthly active users of its news service, LINE News. The number of the news service users increased by 4.9 million during the past month. It started the service at the end of April. Its concept of the news service is to “let users know the current issues in three minutes,” and allow the users to catch up on the latest news without reading the entire text.