Frost & Sullivan GIL2015: Malaysia’s Social Networking Users to Almost Double to 25.6 million in 2020

MalaysiaKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan is forecasting Malaysia’s social networking users to nearly double to 25.6 million in 2020. According to Mr. Barry Lim, Director, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific, the country is expected to have 125 million connected devices in 2025 with more than 58 million mobile subscribers.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3324814

Malaysia’s Nusajaya ramps up ‘smart city’ ambitions

MalaysiaTelekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has signed a series of agreements with Nusajaya Tech Park SDN Berhad (NTPSB) to set up a host of information and communications technology (ICT) services in the Johor-based technology park as part of an ambitious plan to create a smart city hub in Southeast Asia. The Kuala Lumpur-based telecoms firm plans to build data centres and provide cloud computing and ‘smart’ services in the technology park located in Johor Bahru state in southern Malaysia, near the border with Singapore, it said in a joint announcement with NTPSB last month.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/malaysias-nusajaya-ramps-up-smart-city-ambitions/

31 open data champions to advise Malaysian agencies

MalaysiaMalaysia has announced two moves to boost its use of open data: the selection of 31 civil servants to advise ministries and agencies to implement open data projects, and a partnership with UK non-profit Open Data Institute. The “national open data champions” will identify high impact government projects and data required to develop solutions, and ensure the quality of data so it can be shared and used, the Malaysian Development Corporation and Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit announced.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6393-open-data-champions-to-advise-malaysian-agencies

Southeast Asia to See Spending of USD19 billion for Semiconductor Equipment and Materials by 2016

MalaysiaPenang, Malaysia, Apr 6, 2015 – (ACN Newswire) – Programme information is now available on the inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia, which will run from 22-24 April at SPICE in Penang. The event, organised by SEMI, a global industry association, features an expanded programme and larger audience base focusing on Southeast Asia communities in the semiconductor and microelectronics sector. SEMI estimates spending of US$19 on semiconductor equipment and materials in the Southeast Asia region for 2015 and 2016.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3320540

Malaysia’s rural-urban connectivity divide a big issue

MalaysiaWhile 65 per cent of urban households have access to the internet, only 36.2 per cent of rural households have access, a new study by the Department of Statistics Malaysia shows. The government has pledged quick action to improve rural access. “This is certainly not great, and there is clearly a need to focus on providing more broadband coverage to the rakyat in the rural and sub-urban areas,” Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek has said.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6379-malaysias-rural-urban-connectivity-divide-a-big-issue

IBM offers up to US$120K to Malaysian Cloud startups

MalaysiaEnterprise platform for cloud company IBM is offering up to US$120,000 worth of credits to qualifying Cloud startups in Malaysia under the IBM Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP). “The cloud market in Malaysia remains untapped with a good growth potential,” said Balwinder Gill, IBM Malaysia Software Cloud leader. “Through IBM GEP, we plan to expand our presence among local cloud startups and help them grow as vital players in the industry, which ultimately secures the future of IBM’s business in Malaysia as well.”

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/ibm-offers-up-to-us120k-to-malaysian-cloud-startups/

Malaysian workers all for the cloud, WhatsApp most popular IM app

MalaysiaA STAGGERING 92% of workers in Malaysia have used at least one tool enabling remote working in the previous month, according to a survey of over 44,000 senior business people across more than 100 countries by global workplace provider Regus. This figure is also significantly higher than the global average of 86%, Regus said in a statement.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/malaysian-workers-all-for-the-cloud-whatsapp-most-popular-im-app

Malaysian civil servants given social media guidelines

MalaysiaMalaysia’s public sector reform unit has urged agencies to set up social media teams to monitor and respond to comments in recently published guidelines. The document (translated by FutureGov from Bahasa Melayu) has been written by the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). Agencies should set up teams that can continuously monitor social networks and immediately respond to comments, it said.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6353-malaysian-civil-servants-given-social-media-guidelines

Maybank partners 1337 Ventures to find Southeast Asia’s best fintech startups

MalaysiaFintech seems to be a hot topic in 2015. Maybank, one of Malaysia’s leading banks, wants a piece of it. Maybank has joined the bandwagon through a partnership with 1337 Ventures, a recognized Malaysian technology accelerator, in search of the best fintech ideas in region. Early stage startups can apply to join roadshows in Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur this April 2015. 20 startups will be picked to join a three-day-long idea validation bootcamp in June 2015.

https://www.techinasia.com/maybank-partners-1337-ventures-find-southeast-asias-fintech-startups/

Which state leads Malaysian online services?

MalaysiaSabah state in Malaysia has the most number of online public services in the country, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin has claimed. 91.39 per cent of the state’s services are now online, surpassing the 90 per cent target set for the country this year. But officers should not rest on their laurels, Minister Yahya urged, telling them to make sure that the applications are used to their fullest.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6315-which-state-leads-malaysian-online-services

Georgetown gets faster public Wi-Fi service

MalaysiaResidents of Georgetown city in Malaysia can now access free public Wi-Fi at twice the speeds. Penang state announced that the public Wi-Fi bandwidth has been increased from 75Mbps to 375 Mbps. This allows each user to enjoy speeds upto 1Mbps, up from 512Kbps in the past, in Georgetown city and across the state. The government will spend RM1.84 million (US$498,915) annually to run this upgraded service, an increase of RM300,000 (US$81,344).

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6296-georgetown-gets-faster-public-wi-fi-service

Slugfest: Malaysia’s Big 3 mobile operators’ FY 2014 performance

Malaysia2014 was an interesting year for mobile operators in Malaysia. Celcom Axiata Bhd appeared to have lost pole position in terms of subscriber base, Maxis Bhd starting to regain some of its lost ground, and Digi.Com Bhd continued to grow its market share in most, if not all, areas. Last year, Celcom’s total revenue fell by 4% to RM7.74 billion, while net profit declined 19% to RM1.7 billion. The decline was partly due to the hiccups it suffered when it implemented an IT transformation programme.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobility/slugfest-malaysia-big3-mobile-operators-fy2014-performance

Xiaomi gets ‘physical,’ appoints ECS distributor for Mi Pad in Malaysia

MalaysiaKUALA Lumpur-based ECS ICT Bhd said it has been appointed Beijing-based Xiaomi Inc’s authorised distributor for the Mi Pad tablets in Malaysia. Xiaomi’s business model globally is to sell its products online via its web store. However, with the appointment of ECS’ wholly-owned subsidiary ECS Astar Sdn Bhd, local IT and mobile device resellers will now be able to sell Xiaomi’s Mi Pad tablets at their respective stores nationwide, ECS ICT said in a statement.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/personal-tech/xiaomi-goes-physical-appoints-ecs-distributor-for-mipad-in-malaysia

Use social media to explain new government policies, says Information Department DG

MalaysiaMalaysia has urged its civil servants to use social media to help people understand government policies, especially new ones. “It is important to use all available communication, especially Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to create better understanding of the government transformation agenda, especially the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in April,” said Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, Director General, Department of Information.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6285-use-social-media-to-explain-new-government-policies-says-information-department-dg

Slugfest: Malaysia’s Big 3 mobile operators’ FY 2014 performance

Malaysia2014 was an interesting year for mobile operators in Malaysia. Celcom Axiata Bhd appeared to have lost pole position in terms of subscriber base, Maxis Bhd starting to regain some of its lost ground, and Digi.Com Bhd continued to grow its market share in most, if not all, areas. Last year, Celcom’s total revenue fell by 4% to RM7.74 billion, while net profit declined 19% to RM1.7 billion. The decline was partly due to the hiccups it suffered when it implemented an IT transformation programme.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobility/slugfest-malaysia-big3-mobile-operators-fy2014-performance

Malaysia draws up cyber security plans till 2050

MalaysiaMalaysia is reviewing its National Cyber Security Policy as part of broader plans to strengthen internet security in the country, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (pictured, right) announced. The revised policy is expected to be ready in two years, said Dr Amirrudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of Cybersecurity Malaysia, which is reviewing the policy with the National Security Council (MKN).

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6253-malaysia-draws-up-cyber-security-plans-till-2050

Malaysia education ICT should be decentralised to schools, researchers say

MalaysiaThe Malaysian government should give schools greater freedom to tailor the use of ICT for their teaching needs, a new research paper says. “Enhance managerial autonomy for government schools to empower them to take control of the implementation process of ICT”, says the paper by Malaysian think tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6218-malaysia-education-ict-should-be-decentralised-to-schools-researchers-say

90% of government payments should be electronic by 2015 end, from Malaysia

MalaysiaThe Malaysian government aims for 90 per cent of payments to be electronic by the end of the year, announced Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadziah (pictured). The main advantage of cashless payments is that all transactions can be tracked electronically, he said. Currently 34 per cent of government payments are made electronically.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6216-of-government-payments-should-be-electronic-by-2015-end

How Malaysia is opening up environmental performance data

MalaysiaMalaysia is looking to make its progress towards environmental sustainability more transparent. This month it released data and rankings of the environmental efforts made by every state in the country. Here’s why it is publishing this information and the challenges that it’s facing. The Malaysia Environmental Performance Index (MyEPI) is calculated with 33 indicators based on state and national level data.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6202-how-malaysia-is-opening-up-data-on-environmental-sustainability

ECS to distribute Microsoft Lumia phones in Malaysia

MalaysiaMALAYSIAN consumers looking for Microsoft’s Lumia smartphones can now also find them at ECS ICT Berhad. The Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ECS Astar Sdn Bhd, was appointed by Finland-based Nokia Sales International Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile Oy, to distribute Microsoft Lumia smartphones for the Malaysian IT channel and consumer electronics chain stores nationwide. ECS Astar Sdn Bhd will distribute four models at present, namely the Lumia 930 (pic), Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 535.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/ecs-to-distribute-microsoft-lumia-phones-in-malaysia