Huawei rolls out Smart City solution in Malaysia

MalaysiaSHENZEN-based ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has announced the availability of its Smart City solution in Malaysia. The solution offers end-to-end security with ubiquitous network access, a convergent command centre, video surveillance cloud, and mobile policing, the company said in a statement. It provides comprehensive on-site information with visual command, cross-regional resource sharing, and intelligent analysis functions for 360-degree security protection, it added.

Asus Malaysia rolls out ZenFone 2, world’s first 4GB RAM smartphone

MalaysiaASUS Malaysia has announced the availability of the ZenFone 2 series at its recent ‘Incredible Zen Day’ consumer event in Kuala Lumpur. ZenFone 2 has a luxurious metallic hairline finish and is 3.9mm at its thinnest edges, and with a 72% screen-to-body ratio, it packs a 5.5-inch screen into a compact body similar in size to most 5-inch smartphones, Asus Malaysia said in a statement. “Our aim in 2015 is to become the No 2 smartphone brand in Malaysia, as we were No 3 last year,” said Asus Malaysia country manager Jimmy Lin, without citing his source.

Microsoft rolls out Skype for Business in Malaysia

MalaysiaMICROSOFT Malaysia has launched the new Skype for Business, saying the communications and collaboration tool will help businesses reinvent the way people communicate in the modern workplace. Skype for Business features include instant messaging, voice, video calls, online meetings and even presence – knowing when your contact is available to chat or not, the company said in a statement.

Acer targeting China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines for BYOC business

TaiwanTaiwan-based Acer is looking to export its cloud computing services to other countries and has targeted China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines as it looks for local system integrators for cooperation. Acer’s president of Pan-Asia Pacific Regional Operation Oliver Ahrens noted that the company is developing fast in both China and India and has already seen progress in a few cases in Malaysia. Acer’s president of Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business Maverick Shih pointed out that the business has three major product lines: cloud computing services, which the company is aggressively looking to export; Internet of things (IoT); and Acer Octon, the telecom solution unit. The company is also seeing strong orders for related solutions.

Huawei launches two flagship smartphones in Malaysia

MalaysiaChinese telecommunications giant Huawei on Tuesday launched two flagship smartphones, the Honor 6 Plus and Honor 4C, in conjunction with its celebration of the first year anniversary of the Honor brand in Malaysia. Encased in an ultra-thin 1.85mm frame with a 5.5-inch full HD LCD Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen, and 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM capacity, the Honor 6 Plus is the first smartphone within the Honor series to have LTE Cat6 combined with a super 8+1 cores Kirin925 chipset.

How Malaysia is championing open data

MalaysiaThe number of datasets on Malaysia’s open data portal has grown over 50 per cent just this month. The official leading the country’s big data initiative credits this to the work of the government’s “open data champions”. FutureGov spoke with Dr Karl Ng, Director, Innovation Capital, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), to find out how Malaysia plans to open up its data to citizens.

Gartner: Malaysia’s 2015 IT spend to increase 7.5% against worldwide decline of 1.5%

MalaysiaAccording to Gartner, Malaysia’s IT spending will increase to MYR65.1 (US$17.56) billion in 2015, a 7.5 percent rise from last year, while worldwide IT spending will decline by 1.3 percent due mainly to the rising U.S. dollar. Speaking of the latest study, Gartner research vice president, John-David Lovelock said, “We forecast U.S.-dollar-valued worldwide IT spending in 2015 to shrink by 1.3 percent, down from 2.4 percent growth forecast in last quarter’s update.”

Malaysia launches online data science course for civil servants

MalaysiaThe Malaysian government has introduced an online course on data science for its civil servants, while seven local universities are to offer data science courses to students. The online course is available to the public and private sectors through Coursera, a web site for massive online open courses (MOOCs), using material from Johns Hopkins University. In two days after announcing the course, “we received more than 400 applications for this course”, Dr Karl Ng, Director of Innovation Capital at Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), and the lead official for the national Big Data plan, told FutureGov.

Data protection Q&A with experts from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Japan

APACPrivacy experts from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Japan offer valuable insight into data protection matters, addressing Privacy Impact Assessment, consent and disclosure, cross-border data flow, privacy governance, data breach management, Big Data and cloud computing.The Asia-Pacific region is stepping up its legal and enforcement regimes for data protection: The past five years have seen Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan ratifying their respective data privacy laws, while Thailand is currently drafting legislation and Japan is discussing reforms to its data privacy provisions.

Malaysia signs private sector deal on Big Data centre

MalaysiaMalaysia has signed a new deal with a private sector analytics firm to help achieve its goal of becoming a regional Big Data hub. The Malaysian Development Corporation (MDeC) and SAS have signed an agreement to set up a Centre of Excellence that will build and test Big Data proofs of concepts for government and commercial use. The centre “will mobilise the country’s top BDA [Big Data analytics] experts to develop national high-impact use cases and proofs of concepts to drive BDA adoption and innovation”, said Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer at MDeC.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.