Datacenter Knowledge — Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.
The Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.
MIS Asia — According to Malaysian newswire Bernama, Malaysian firms have generated potential sales worth about US$73.003 million (RM277 million) at the recent three-day San Francisco semiconductor event, Semicon West 2015 (held 14-16 July). One of eight participating companies from Malaysia landed sales of US$5 million, Los Angeles-based Malaysian Trade Commissioner Rusiah Mohamed was reported to have said.
Digital News Asia — GOOGLE Malaysia has launched a programme that it said would enable not-for-profit organisations in the country to better serve their respective causes by making use of some of the company’s tools for free or at “highly discounted” rates. Google Malaysia managing director Sajith Sivanandan said the ‘Google for Nonprofits’ scheme has helped thousands of not-for-profit organisations find new donors and volunteers, and also empowered them to work more efficiently by using Google’s online productivity tools.
Digital News Asia — THE intense price competition amongst Malaysian mobile operators is likely to be temporary – at least, that was one of the main key takeaways from analysts briefings hosted by Digi.Com Bhd and Maxis Bhd last week. “At the results [conference] call, the [Digi] management appeared slightly more positive on its second-half 2015 outlook as it believes the current price competition in the market is not sustainable …
Times of India — KOLKATA: IIT-Kharagpur will honour 11 of its eminent alumni, including Google’s Android team head Sundar Pichai, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at its convocation next month. Pichai, now the senior vice president and product chief at Google, had completed his B Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur in 1993.
Digital News Asia — US tech giant AT&T and industry regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have announced their third annual Malaysia Developers’ Day hackathon will be held from Aug 27-28. This year’s event will also be part of the KL Converge! digital technology event in Kuala Lumpur, jointly organised by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, MCMC, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).
Digital News Asia — MALAYSIANS love their mobiles, and up to eight in 10 use them to surf the Internet. However brands and advertising agencies have yet to really start creating content that is optimised for mobile consumption, according to BuzzCity and a report it recently released.
Digital News Asia — CELLULAR operator Digi.Com Bhd reported a slight increase in revenue for the second quarter of 2015 (Q2 2015), even as it expanded its music streaming service with new partnerships. For the quarter under review, service revenue rose 1.3% to RM1.589 billion year-on-year (Q2 2014: RM1.588 billion) on the back of effects from the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and intense competition. [RM1 = US$0.26]
Digital News Asia — KUALA Lumpur-based webhosting and e-commerce solutions provider Exabytes Network Sdn Bhd has announced its 100% acquisition of Signetique IT Pte Ltd, its second in the city-state. Financial terms were not disclosed. Signetique is a cloud hosting provider that offers virtual private server, dedicated server, cloud hosting, and managed services.
Digital News Asia — TELENOR Group subsidiaries Digi in Malaysia and dtac in Thailand have launched its Capture app, which allows users to save and share photos and video from any device through the Telenor cloud. Capture provides online storage to save, see, and share photos and videos from smartphones, tablets, cameras, and PCs via the Telenor cloud, Telenor said in a statement.
Digital News Asia — MALAYSIA has rolled out its National IoT Strategic Roadmap, with the expectation that the implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) would contribute RM9.5 billion (US$2.5 billion at current rates) to the country’s gross national income (GNI) by 2020, and RM42.5 billion (US$11.2 billion) by 2025.
MIS Asia — Chinese ICT firm Huawei, which recently launched its first Asia Pacific Digital Cloud Exchange in Iskandar, Johor, to help drive Malaysia’s regional ambition, has announced that several new projects are already off to a strong start. Huawei Malaysia chief executive officer Abraham Liu said the new initiatives included global mobile game distributor Uzone Games’ launch of its Mini 4WD game in Malaysia as well as Les’ Copaque Production, which owns Upin & Ipin, will provide digital content to the Asia Pacific region from the Huawei Digital Cloud Exchange in Iskandar.
MIS Asia — Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, MOSTI, together with its applied research agency, MIMOS, has unveiled the National Internet of Things (IoT) Strategic Roadmap, which aims to drive IoT implementation to a goal of generating RM42.5 (US$13.4) billion by 2025.
Marketwired — PARIS, FRANCE — GlobalReach Technology, a leading developer of advanced, carrier-class Wi-Fi software, announced the opening of two new offices in the Asian Pacific region: one in Sydney, Australia and the other in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Digital News Asia — DIGI Telecommunications Sdn Bhd said it has rolled out expanded LTE (Long-Term Evolution) services in the northern Malaysian state of Penang. “We welcome Digi’s efforts to bring fast, reliable mobile Internet services to Penangites, and opening up new ways for them to benefit from greater access to knowledge, information and economic prospects,” said Penang state.
THE music streaming world just got a whole lot more competitive, especially in Malaysia, with a new player joining the ranks of Spotify, Deezer and Raku in an already crowded marketplace. On June 26, Tencent Holdings Ltd introduced Joox, its online music streaming service. Tencent is also the owner and operator of the hugely popular WeChat instant messaging software.
Digital News Asia — SENIOR technology executives are being increasingly pressured both by vendor pitches and internal management requirements to cut cost in their journey to adopt cloud computing, a group of chief information officers (CIOs) said last week. Speaking at a panel session entitled Making the Most of the Cloud at the Malaysian leg of the CIO Leaders Summit, Hood Abu Bakar, general manager of ICT for MISC Corp, said vendors introduce something new every now and then, after which they market and push their solutions onto users.
Digital News Asia — THERE was an overall decline in online employment in Malaysia, which dropped 23% between April 2014 and April 2015, according to online recruitment company Monster Worldwide Inc. Despite this year-on-year drop, online hiring activity has increased since March 2015 by 9%, the company said in a statement, citing the Monster Employment Index (MEI), which was generated for Malaysia for the first time.
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.