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.
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.
KUALA Lumpur-based Offpeak Hub Sdn Bhd, a 10-month old startup that is positioning itself as the Agoda (a hotel accommodation booking site) of the food and beverage (F&B) industry, has just raised US$800,000 from Chinese venture capital firm Gobi Partners. The investment comes out of Gobi’s South-East Asia-focused fund based in Singapore, and will help Offpeak accelerate its regional rollout to at least three more countries by the end of 2015, starting with Bangkok in Thailand within the next few weeks.
Google has launched a Ramadan companion site created to help Muslim users organise their fasts – and feasts. Launched in time with the start of Ramadan, when one billion Muslims begin a month-long fast that breaks daily at sundown, My Ramadan Companion serves as a digital assistant and features everything from Iftar recipes (the evening meal when followers break their fast) as well as local sunrise and sunset times.
Afzal Abdul Rahim, CEO of TIME dotCom Berhad, said that TIME has bought 25 percent of the Vietnamese CMC Telecom in a deal worth $12 million. He said TIME, the second largest telecom group in Malaysia, has invested more than $200 million in many sea cable systems over the last five years. TIME has begun implementing its strategy on conquering the Indochina market. Local newspapers commented that it is now the golden time for TIME to join forces with CMC Telecom to provide sea cable services.
IT solutions distributor Avnet Technology Solutions said it is working with IBM and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) on the MSC Malaysia ‘Cloud Onboarding Programme.’ Under the MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative, independent software vendors (ISVs) and system integrators (SIs) will be able use IBM Cloud, a ‘Software-as-a-Service’ (SaaS) offering, Avnet said in a statement.The ISVs and SIs will get access to SoftLayer infrastructure from IBM to develop enterprise software, it added.
BEIJING-based global technology giant Lenovo Inc said it has big plans for Malaysia, with new business models and strategies for 2015. This is part of its continuous shift to the device and connected ecosystem, which will see increased emphasis on human-centric design in everything from wearables and smartphones to tablets, PCs, servers and software, as well as cloud services, the company said in a statement. As part of Lenovo’s transformation, the company will continue to invest more in the Malaysian market.
A misconfiguration at Telekom Malaysia late last week caused large-scale routing issues which cascaded through providers in Oceania and elsewhere in the world, resulting in customers experiencing severe network problems. The issue started at at 6:43pm AEST last Friday when Telekom Malaysia made changes to its routers using the border gateway protocol (BGP), which is used by providers and networks to decide how data traffic flows via prefixes inserted into the internet routing table.
It is almost lunchtime when I step into Suntech Tower, an unspectacular office building which is home to several high-flying Penang startups. As is typical here, the afternoon sun is scorching, so the cold air-conditioning that greets me as I enter is a welcome reprieve. Today, I am here to visit Piktochart, whose infographic design app is arguably one of the Malaysian state’s most accomplished startups to date. It boasts 2.7 million users, of which 300,000 are active monthly.
KUALA LUMPUR: Lenovo, a global technology leader, on Wednesday unveiled its transformation via new business models and strategy for 2015 to its Malaysian channel partners. This is part of its continuous shift on the entire device and connected ecosystem with increased emphasis on human-centric design, from wearables, smartphones, tablets, personal computers, servers, softwares as well as cloud services.
This new facility will serve as NCR’s services hub for the Asia Pacific region. Located at Bangsar South City, the state-of-the-art facility allows NCR to quickly introduce next-generation service delivery support to customers in the financial services, retail, hospitality, and telecom and technology industries across the region. “The new Services Operation Centre in Kuala Lumpur is part of NCR’s global growth strategy as Asia Pacific continues to remain a key growth market for us,” said Rick Marquardt, executive vice president, Services, Hardware Solutions and Enterprise Quality, NCR.
Internet provider Ezecom said it would help build the Kingdom’s first undersea communications cable, a long-delayed project that was originally announced in 2013 and slated for completion at the end of last year. The construction of the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand cable will “bring faster, more affordable broadband to the people of Cambodia and connect the country to the rest of the world like never before”, a company statement released yesterday reads. The contract is to be signed through Ezecom-owned group Telcotech with Telkom Malaysia and Thailand’s Symphony Communication on Monday.
FOR many years, the highly competitive and saturated Malaysian mobile communications scene was dominated by the top three players in the market: Maxis Bhd, Celcom Axiata Bhd and Digi.Com Bhd. However U Mobile Sdn Bhd, one of the newer companies in the market, believes that there is still ample opportunity for it to make a difference, woo new customers, and more importantly, become the strong No 4 player.
MALAYSIA is considered a fairly advanced nation as far as its telecommunication infrastructure, products and services are concerned. Beginning with GSM (Second Generation) technology in 1994, the country eventually adopted 3G (Third Generation) technology in 2005 and rolled out 4G (Fourth Generation) networks in 2013. This progress has been due in part to the proactive and forward-thinking nature of industry regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
CHINA’S Huawei Marine Networks, a global submarine network provider, said yesterday that it won a bid to build the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) undersea cable system. Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Cambodia’s Telcotech and Symphony Communication of Thailand are the members of the consortium. Spanning around 1,300 kilometers, the MCT cable system will connect Cherating in Malaysia and Rayong in Thailand with a branching unit connecting from the main trunk into Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Huawei said in a statement.
TELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) said it has signed an agreement with Symphony Communication of Thailand and Telcotech of Cambodia to form a consortium to build a Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system. The cable system will adopt 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) upgradable technology with a design capacity of at least 30 terabits per second. The system is expected to be ready for commercial traffic by the end of 2016, TM said in a statement.