MIDO to launch election monitoring app and website, from Myanmar

Myanmar Times — In the run-up to the election, local civil society organisation Myanmar ICT for Development Organisation, or MIDO, will lend its own watchful eye through tools it has developed with the Centre for Civic Technology (CCT). An election portal Android application and website called ‘Kyeet’ will both go live on October 13, according to MIDO project coordinator Ma Yadanar.


Digicel sells Myanmar Tower Company to Malaysian group

MyanmarMyanmar Times — MTC, which is owned by Digicel Asian Holdings, a joint venture between Digicel Group and YSH Finance, was valued on a cash and debt free basis at US$221 million, “in line with market benchmarks for similar assets”, according to an Axiata announcement on October 2. The business was put up for sale earlier this year, including all its contracts and sites, as reported by The Myanmar Times. Several companies made initial bids, including a number of competitors within Myanmar, according to market sources who did not want to be named.


Advancing the cloud in South East Asia, from KL

MalaysiaBCN — Today is the first day of Cloud South East Asiain Kuala Lumpur, and the attendance alone testifies to the enthusiasm and curiosity around cloud development in the region in general and in Malaysia in particular. One great authority on the topic is the chair of today’s event, Mike Mudd (pictured), MD at Asian Policy Partners LLC. Following keynotes from the likes of Amazon Web Services and the Asia Cloud Computing Association, Business Cloud News sat down with Mudd to discuss the significance of cloud computing standards in the region, something touched upon by a number of speakers.


LTE-boosted aid for emergency services from Nokia Networks

MalaysiaNOKIA Networks said it has enhanced its LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile broadband portfolio with selected partner products to give first responders and other public safety personnel access to multimedia tools and applications. LTE technology offers high bandwidth and high reliability for disaster-level operational capabilities and information management with low latency, for the fastest connectivity, the company said in a statement.


Microsoft signs seven new cloud partners in Malaysia

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Productivity and cloud solutions company Microsoft Malaysia’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme has received another boost with the signing of seven new partners.  During Microsoft Malaysia’s Channel Partner Conference (CPC), held at the Sunway Convention Centre, the seven new partners were announced as:


Emerging technologies and the future of business

MalaysiaThe Stack — Agility is not a new concept in the IT industry. However, the proliferation of cloud computing has shone a spotlight on how technology is enabling companies to be more agile. When CIOs and CTOs refer to agility in the context of cloud computing, it can mean two things. The first is a reference to cloud agility in the technological sense: The ability to achieve true cloud agility is tied to the rapid deployment of computer resources.


Game development and the cloud

MalaysiaBusiness Cloud News — BCN has partnered with the Cloud South East Asia event to interview some of its speakers. In this interview we speak to Sherman Chin, Founder & CIO of Sherman3D. Cloud South East Asia: Please tell us more about Sherman3D and your role in the gaming industry. Sherman Chin: I started game development during my college days when I did game development as hobby projects.


Building Digital, Competitive Businesses in South East Asia Through Cloud & Mobility Solutions

MalaysiaPR Newswire Europe — KUALA LUMPUR: Cloud South East Asia is the region’s content led ICT event for C-level IT decision makers, operations and development teams, as well as Telco Cloud Service Providers looking to leverage the opportunities Cloud and Mobility technologies offer. Organized by Informa, in partnership with MDeC, the two day event brings together C-Level decision makers from across South East Asia to give unheard before insight into cloud business models and implementation strategies, enterprise mobility and mobile device management, big data, security, and IoT priorities, in addition to Telco and Cloud Service Provider go-to market cloud strategies.


Malaysian government agency in MoU for green data centre push

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — MALAYSIAN Green Technology Corp (GreenTech Malaysia) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Green Data Center LLP and Computer Recovery Facility Sdn Bhd that it hopes will lead to greater energy efficiency in the data centre sector. This was one of a few MoUs that GreenTech Malaysia signed with leading specialists in the fields of electric mobility, energy efficiency and air quality at the 6th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) in Kuala Lumpur.


Veeam signs with ECS to extend Malaysian distribution of datacentre solutions

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Malaysian IT solutions distributor ECS ICT has signed with Veeam Software (Veeam) to offer data centre availability solutions to approved Veeam Resellers, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, ECS Pericomp. ECS ICT chief executive officer Soong Jan Hsung said: “With the challenging environment, corporations will have to maintain an ‘always-on’ business, hence our partnership with Veeam is timely.”


H1 2015 smartphone, tablet sales in Malaysia unhampered by GST: IDC

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — A TOTAL of 4.8 million units of smartphones and 900,000 units of tablets were shipped in the first half of 2015 (H1 2015) in Malaysia, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia/Pacific’s Quarterly Mobile Phone and Tablet Trackers. Smartphones and tablets grew by 42% and 15%, respectively, compared with H1 2014, the research and analyst firm said in a statement.


Smartphone shipments up 42% in first half of 2015

MalaysiaThe Star — KUALA LUMPUR: The smartphones and tablets shipped to Malaysia grew by 42% and 15% to 4.8 million units and 900,000 units respectively in the first half of 2015 (1H2015), as compared to the same period last year.  According to International Data Corp (IDC) Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone and Tablet Trackers, the smartphone market continued to be dominated by China and Taiwan vendors, while the tablet space remained dominated by global vendors.


NTT Data acquires iPay88’s Malaysian operations

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — MALAYSIAN online payment systems provider iPay88 Sdn Bhd, arguably one of the leaders in South-East Asia with a presence also in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, has seen its Malaysian operations acquired by Japan’s NTT Data Corp for an undisclosed amount.


TM wins deal to help deploy new subsea cable

MalaysiaTelecom Asia — Telekeom Malaysia (TM) has secured a 20-year contract to help construct, deploy and manage a new subsea cable system for the nation. The  Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1 Malaysia (SKR1M) is designed to link Peninsular Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak. It is an initiative of the Malaysian government as part of efforts to increase the capacity of high-speed broadband. The two fiber pair system will use 100Gbps technology to deliver an initial capacity of 4Tbps, upgradeable to at least 12.8Tbps.


Dell launches new line of business within enterprise unit

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — DELL Inc has announced Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS), a new line of business within Dell’s Enterprise Solutions organisation which it said would meet the specific needs of web tech, telecommunications service providers, hosting companies, oil and gas, and research organisations. These businesses often have high-volume technology needs and supply chain requirements in order to deliver business innovation, Dell said in a statement.


Telekom Malaysia inks deal with Time dotCom for SKR1M cable

MalaysiaThe Star — KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd has signed a construction and maintenance agreement with a unit of TIME dotCom Bhd for a new submarine cable system, Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1 Malaysia (SKR1M).  SKR1M will link Peninsular Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak and it will use the latest 100Gbps wavelength technology with initial capacity of 4 Terabit per second (Tbps) and upgradeable to a minimum of 12.8Tbps. It is a two fibre pair cable system with an estimated total length of 3,500 km.


Maxis ditches 2yr contracts, upfront charges with Zerolution plan

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — IN an industry first for Malaysia, Maxis Bhd has introduced a mobile phone purchasing scheme that removes the upfront payment for the device and lets subscribers upgrade their phones every 12 months instead of 24 months, turning it into a more flexible instalment payment programme. In a statement, Maxis said its new Zerolution plan removes all the hassles people usually associate with phone contracts.


TIME dotCom Q2 2015 revenue up 5.2%

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — TIME dotCom Bhd posted revenue of RM163.8 million for the three months ended June 30 2015, 5.2% higher than the previous year’s corresponding period of RM155.7 million. [RM1 = US$0.24] In a statement, the company attributed this to strong overall revenue contributions from its data, data centre and voice products, despite lower contributions from global bandwidth sales and non-recurring contracts.


Telstra Health Expands Presence in Asia with Hospital Contract Wins

MalaysiaPRNewswire Asia — KUALA LUMPUR: Telstra Health, a division of Australia’s largest telecommunication and technology company, today announced several key contract wins and implementations of hospital electronic medical record systems in Malaysia and Thailand, adding to its existing customer base in Asia and its established offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia and India.


TIME dotCom’s 2Q net profit jumps 7 times to RM315.43m on fair value gain

MalaysiaThe Edge Markets — KUALA LUMPUR: TIME dotCom Bhd’s net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015 (2QFY15) jumped seven times to RM315.43 million or 54.97 sen per share, largely on a fair value gain of RM274 million from the disposal of a portion of its quoted equity investments. The telecommunications provider’s net profit in the previous corresponding quarter came in at RM44 million or 7.68 sen per share.