Undersea stations to turn Sabah into telecom hub

MalaysiaDaily Express — Kota Kinabalu: The building of two undersea cable stations in the city and Tawau is expected to turn Sabah into a telecommunication hub. Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Siringan Gubat said this during question and answer time at the State Assembly sitting here, Thursday. The 1Malaysia Cable System Project (SKR1M) involving the connection of undersea cable from the city to Pahang, which was provided for by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak under Budget 2015, is expected to be completed at the end of the second quarter of 2017, he said.


Hengtong Plans Optic Cable Base In Malaysia

MalaysiaThe Malaysian Reserve — Hengtong Group Co Ltd (Hengtong), China’s largest industrial optic cable producer by volume, plans to set up an industrial base in Malaysia by 2018, according to the company’s top official. Hengtong Group deputy president Forest Wang said the move would allow the company to tap into the growing market in Malaysia as well as the rest of Asean.


VMware vows to aid Malaysia’s digital transformation

MalaysiaCloud Infrastructure and business mobility provider VMware has announced two business and ICT skill transformation initiatives to help Malaysian industry during its vForum Malaysia 2015 event held recently in Kuala Lumpur.  VMware Malaysia and Brunei managing director Laurence Si said that the company, as part of its commitment to Malaysia, has:


Digi trains its 4G LTE guns on Maxis

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — TWO of Malaysia’s ‘Big Three’ mobile operators have taken their gloves off, and the stakes are bragging rights – or customer experience, if you prefer – over Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) superiority. Digi.Com Bhd fired the first salvo about a month ago when it declared that with its 50% population coverage, it had the “widest 4G LTE network” in the country.


Spam SMS on the rise in Malaysia, CFM steps in

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — THERE has been a “notable increase” in the number of complaints over unsolicited or spam SMSes in Malaysia year-on-year, leading the Communications and Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM) to saying that it will stepping up efforts in this area. “As of September 2015, a total of 630 complaints were lodged with CFM, compared with 511 complaints in 2014 and 513 complaints in 2013,” said its chairman Ishak Ma’amunor Rashid.


IoT services, digitisation expected to drive Malaysian companies in 2016, says Gartner

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Analyst firm Gartner expects that emerging trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital transformation will help Malaysian companies become more effective and relevant in 2016 and beyond. Gartner’s research vice president Jim Tully said 6.4 billion connected “things” will be in Use in 2016 globally, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016, 5.5 million new things will get connected every day.


Malaysian telcos need to invest in IoT: Frost

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — THE information and communication technologies (ICT) landscape in Malaysia is nearing maturity and revenue growth from core sectors is slowing down, however the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) is giving rise to opportunities in the form of new business services, according to Frost & Sullivan.


Smart farms ‘to bring US$320 million to Malaysia by 2020’

MalaysiaMalaysia plans to generate RM1.4 billion (US$320 million) in 2020 by using sensors and data in farms, according to an official leading the national Internet of Things initiative. IoT could help farmers increase their income, providing them with higher returns and more information on agricultural stocks, said Ahmad Helmi Abdul Halim, Senior Director of Corporate Market Strategy at MIMOS.


Digi begins VoLTE tests on its 4G LTE network, from Malaysisa

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — DIGI Telecommunications Sdn Bhd said it has started field tests on Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology over its 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) network. Digi, which is claiming that its 4G LTE network is now the widest in the country – a claim that rival Maxis Communications Bhd may dispute – said that the addition of VoLTE capability will further enhance the subscriber experience. VoLTE brings voice calls over a 4G LTE network, Digi said in a statement.


Asian healthcare platform Practo launches in Malaysia

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — Healthcare platform Practorecently announced its entry into the Malaysian market, bringing its two award-winning products – Practo Ray and Practo Search – into the country. Practo Ray is a cloud-based practice management solution for doctors and clinics while Practo Search enables consumers to search through this verified database of healthcare professionals.


What IoT means to Malaysia’s ICT industry: Frost & Sullivan

MalaysiaMIS Asia — The Internet of Things (IoT) wave offers opportunities for Malaysian ICT companies to diversify and speed up slowing growth, said analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. Serene Chan, Frost & Sullivan’s Information and Communication Technologies industry manager, recently presented new findings from the Connected Industries Insight study, which included the impact of the emerging IoT landscape in the Asia Pacific region.


Malaysian tech firms could diversify via IoT

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — The IoT market in Asia-Pacific is expected grow at a CAGR of 35% between 2014 and 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan。In Malaysia, the deployment of IoT will gain traction in the transportation, logistics and connected consumer sectors such as wearables, connected homes and home automation.


IoT has large potential in Malaysia

MalaysiaTelecom Asia — The IoT market in Asia-Pacific is expected grow at a CAGR of 35% between 2014 and 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan. In Malaysia, the deployment of IoT will gain traction in the transportation, logistics and connected consumer sectors such as wearables, connected homes and home automation.


Internet of Things offers Opportunities for Malaysian ICT Companies to Diversify Businesses, finds Frost & Sullivan

MalaysiaPRNewswire — SINGAPORE: The information and communication technologies (ICT) landscape in Malaysia is nearing maturity and revenue growth from core sectors is slowing down. However, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) is giving rise to opportunities in the form of new business services. Hence, communication service providers (CSPs) must leverage their core competencies to capture horizontal revenue streams stemming from IoT, such as managed services and security, and cloud computing and storage.


Maxis claims 4G LTE leadership in Q3 2015

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — MAXIS Bhd threw the Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) gauntlet back at rival Digi.Com Bhd, saying that it was the leader, even as it reported a 5% increase in revenue for its third quarter (Q3) 2015 which ended Sept 30. Maxis recorded Q3 revenue of RM2.166 billion versus RM2.065 billion in the corresponding period a year ago. For the none-month period ended Sept 30, it recorded total revenue of RM6.425 billion versus RM6.266 billion a year ago. [RM1 = US$0.24]


Digi Q3 2015 revenue dips, Internet revenue surges 18%

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — CELLULAR provider Digi.Com Bhd reported third quarter 2015 (Q3 2015) revenue had dropped to RM1.67 billion from RM1.76 billion in the corresponding period last year, although Internet revenue grew 18% year-on-year and 4.5% quarter-on-quarter.


Ericsson launches two new radio systems in Malaysia

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — ERICSSON has launched the Ericsson Radio System and Ericsson Radio Dot System in Malaysia, saying these solutions are designed to deliver the capacity and quality required from local networks that were originally built and optimised to deliver voice services across a defined coverage area.


Telekom M’sia forms alliance with Cambodian Internet service provider

CambodiaThe Star — KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) is strengthening its regional footprint in South-East Asia by teaming up with MekongNet, a leading Internet service provider and Internet exchange provider in Cambodia. TM said in a statement that through the partnership, MekongNet would host and provide network infrastructure for TM’s multi-services node or point-of-presence (PoP) in Cambodia.

Malaysian startups get a boost in Bajet 2016

MalaysiaGov Insider — The Malaysian Government gave its startup support programme a RM35 million (US$8.2 million) boost in the 2016 Budget announced on Friday. The government is targeting internet to be more affordable and to reach 95% of populated areas over the next five years, under the 11th national development plan announced earlier this year.


Penang, a high-income model for Malaysia through inclusive growth – Lim Guan Eng

MalaysiaThe Malaysian Insider — Reading through the profile of this very new school in the hallowed halls of Oxford University, I cannot help but be amazed by its many accomplishments since its establishment in 2010. In the three years since the first class of Masters in Public Policy (MPP) students were admitted in 2012, you have now grown to a cohort of 119 students from 55 countries for the class of 2015, including two Malaysians (Mark Hew and Yew Ren Chung).