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.
Next Gov — Singapore might be a small island country in Southeast Asia, but it has recently had big wins with its e-government programs. Its recipe for success? Creating services based on the actual needs of the citizens, rather than the needs it assumes they have, said Singapore Chief Information Officer Chan Cheow Hoe. “In the past, the government thinks that they know what you want, and that’s probably the biggest mistake in the world,” said Hoe, speaking Thursday at the AWS Government, Education and Nonprofits Symposium.
BEIJING – Baidu, Inc., the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced the pricing of its public offering of US$1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of its notes. The public offering consists of US$750 million of 3.000% notes due 2020 and US$500 millionof 4.125% notes due 2025. The notes have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and are expected to be listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited.
SINGAPORE telco M1 Ltd, in collaboration with CIMB, MasterCard and Wirecard, has launched a mobile point of sale (mPOS) solution, which it said transforms smartphones and tablets into terminals that allow merchants to accept credit, debit and prepaid card payments from customers anytime, anywhere. The M1 mPOS solution is designed to meet the needs of traditionally cash-based small businesses, startups, and ‘on-the-go’ enterprises such as push-cart vendors and small cafés, to allow them to offer their customers the convenience of card payment, M1 said in a statement.
One of the many challenges startups face when their platform takes off, is the ability to scale their functions quickly enough to accommodate a rapidly growing number of clients. Cloud computing providers help startups work around this problem by offering services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms, which offer not only customisable and intuitive interfaces that help startups implement new functions and changes to their platform effortlessly, but also a robust framework that ensures the security of the startups’ platforms.
More than 2,500 delegates, 500 startups, 70 speakers – one sensational experience at Echelon Asia Summit to take place tomorrow. There are few last-minute tickets to the tech and business event, which boasts of insightful keynotes from industry leaders, workshops in the side rooms by some of the biggest tech companies in the world, exhibitions by corporates, and the TOP100 Startups, as well as the IoT Square and Drone Zone!
State-run telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is planning a joint venture with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (Singtel) to work on information and technology (IT) applications for the city state’s market. Indra Utoyo, Telkom innovation and strategic portfolio director, said his company, through its subsidiary PT Sigma Cipta Caraka (telkomsigma), would form a joint venture with SingTel’s subsidiary National Computer Systems Pte. Ltd. (NCS) to operate as an application provider.
THE majority of Singaporean consumers using mobile banking applications want their mobile devices to instantly recognise them via biometrics such as fingerprint and voiceprint, instead of having to prove who they are with passwords and usernames. Indeed, one in four is also willing to share DNA [information] with their bank to secure financial and personal information, Telstra said in a statement, citing a new report it released.
SINGAPORE will continue to invest in public research & development (R&D) in electronics, said Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang on Friday. “(This will) develop critical capabilities that pre-position Singapore to seize opportunities offered by new or disruptive technologies,” said Mr Lim, who was speaking at the opening of Seagate Technology’s S$100 million Seagate Singapore Design Centre.
M1, Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and StarHub will stop all 2G (Second Generation) mobile services in Singapore with effect April 1, 2017. This will apply to 2G voice, messaging and data services, the three said in a joint statement. Mobile networks have evolved since the launch of 2G service in 1994, and Singapore’s extensive modern 3G and 4G mobile networks have led to high smartphone ownership and usage rates, they said. To cater for consumers’ increased demand for mobile data and faster access speeds, the spectrum currently used for 2G will be used to provide faster and more advanced 3G and 4G services.
(CNN) Stroke patients in Singapore are using iPads for remote rehabilitation — removing the need to visit their clinic. The new treatment is part of a tele-rehabilitation programme currently being trialled by the National University of Singapore (NUS) to get patients back on their feet sooner. It uses tablets to guide patients through exercises on videos, whilst motion sensors capture data about their progress.
Microsoft’s Azure platform and Office 365 have achieved, Level 3, of the Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Standard for Singapore (SS 584) which has been designed for regulated organizations with specific requirements and more stringent security requirements. Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online has also been assessed and certified as complying with Level 2 of MTCS SS, which is designed to address the needs of most organizations running business critical data and systems through a set of more stringent security controls to protect business and personal information in potentially moderate impact information systems using cloud services.
Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin Singapore) has started construction of a 20,000 square metre, five-storey Data Centre and Telecommunication Hub located at Singapore’s Data Center Park (DCP) in Jurong. This new facility will be the third datacenter owned and managed by Telin Singapore. To be branded as Telin-3, it will address the growing demand for premium datacenter services to support Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. It will also address demand from the region and global markets where Telin Singapore is able to play a pivotal role in providing reliable, secured and seamless regional and global telecommunications connectivity services.
Singaporean government-linked corporations are notable for their investments and dealings abroad, as well as their portfolio management methods, which are held up as models for state-owned enterprises. State-owned Temasek Holdings, for instance is often noted has been the subject of an NUS-CIMA study. Meanwhile, GIC has been the subject of much research often focused on sovereign wealth funds. Singtel has joined a network of partnerships led by Intel and Alibaba Group, while GIC is sourcing for more investment opportunities in West Bengal. In the energy sector, the Singapore-listed Ezra Group has secured contracts worth $115 million.
FIBRE services that were disrupted in certain parts of Singapore on Thursday have been restored, NetLink Trust said on Friday. “NetLink Trust confirms that the network outage affecting the vicinity around Bukit Merah, Outram, Tanjong Pagar and Tiong Bahru was resolved at 12.40am on June 12, 2015,” said the fibre network operator.
MICROSOFT Corp said that its new large-screen collaboration device the Surface Hub will be available for businesses to order in 24 markets beginning July 1, with only two Asian countries on the list. Singapore will be the only South-East Asian country getting it, joining Japan. The device is available in two main configurations: Surface Hub 55-inch for US$6,999, and Surface Hub 84-inch for a whopping US$19,999.
Twitter launched its swanky new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore on Thursday as the microblogging site looks to scale up its presence in the region with more than 100 new jobs. The company plans to add the jobs over the next few years – including data analytics professionals, product specialists and engineering and technology support – to more than double its headcount from 80 staff members currently.
SAP and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have signed an agreement to help enterprises and students become better positioned in today’s digital economy. SAP and NUS will take part in joint activities to support the further understanding of information processes and their applications to the transformation of enterprises. This new agreement builds on existing collaborations initiated several years ago, on enterprise resource planning technologies and applications.
Last week, China’s State Council approved a host of new government programs aimed at helping out domestic startups, especially tech startups. The programs will allow startups to access more affordable land, government subsidies, tax breaks, cut prices on power and internet, and more. Other branches of the government is also mulling additional pro-startup plans like easing stock listing rules to and equity crowdfunding laws to make it easier for Chinese startups to raise money from the masses.