New Asean Economic Community could give Singapore GDP a 9.5% boost by 2030: HSBC

SingaporeStraits Times — SINGAPORE: The creation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) has potentially significant consequences for the Singapore economy, say experts. Asean leaders on Sunday established the AEC, one of whose aims is to promote freer movement of trade and capital in the region. The community will come into effect on Dec 31.

Singapore IT Park firm plans expansion in India

IndiaSINGAPORE: An IT Park specialist firm in Singapore is planning its expansion in India where it manages more than $1 billion worth of Tech Park assets. “We believe in the future of India and are committed to growing in the country. We are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to invest/develop the right assets with like-minded partners,” said Manohar Khiatani, president and group CEO of Ascendas.

Perth – Singapore SeaMeWe3 cable back in action

SingaporeIT News — The Perth to Singapore leg of the troubled SeaMeWe3 data cable appears to have been finally repaired after multiple outages over the last two months. Vocus general manager of engineering Rick Carter tweeted overnight that SeaMeWe3 had “been up most of the day” after the faulty repeater R346 on the cable was repaired yesterday.—singapore-seamewe3-cable-back-in-action-411979

Intel, HPE to build IoT lab in Singapore

SingaporeIoT Hub — HP Enterprise and Intel will build three IoT discovery labs, including one in Singapore. The two vendors have created an alliance where they will bring “open standards based IoT solutions” to market, and establish the labs as places that customers can come and experiment with and test applications of IoT.

Singapore’s 6 key growth industries in 2016

SingaporeSBR — Singapore is the world’s leader in the ease of doing business. The city-state’s unmatched global and regional connectivity, its highly productive workforce with a mix of local and foreign talent, and a business-friendly regulatory environment have made Singapore the go-to destination for global businesses. Entrepreneurs looking to kickstart their ventures in 2016 should consider these six sectors:

Australia Singapore Cable project takes initial steps

AustraliaLight Wave Online — Australia’s Nextgen Group has signed a US$120 million joint venture memorandum of understanding with Australian network provider Vocus to build and operate the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC). ASC would run 4,600 km between Perth and Singapore. Nextgen Group asserts the submarine cable network, which also would serve Indonesia, would be the first to provide 100-Gbps connectivity from Western Australia (WA) to South-East Asia.

Singapore firms bank on cloud for innovation

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Almost all (90%) businesses in Singapore are confident in cloud’s role in enabling innovation, with nearly half of businesses (44%) favoring the adoption of the hybrid cloud approach to their IT infrastructure. This was among findings of VMWare’s survey that covered 225 business and IT managers and decision makers from Singapore, conducted in September and October 2015.

Fujitsu starts field trial of congestion-mitigation project in Singapore

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Singapore has started testing a technology aimed at reducing congestion around major events, stadiums, and shopping centers. Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. uses a smartphone application that, based on the expected congestion when people return home from major events, proposes behavior or how to spend time best suited to the user, and then verifies the results.

SpeedCast to Buy ST Teleport, Makes Fifth Acquisition of 2015

Hong KongSatellite Today — Satellite: SpeedCast has entered a definitive agreement for ST Teleport, a leading satellite communications services provider based in Singapore. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval, is the fifth of the year for SpeedCast, and includes the teleport facilities and data center infrastructure ST Teleport owns in Singapore. SpeedCast anticipates this will bolster its presence in the maritime and energy sectors.

The power of IoT on display at Cloud Expo Asia

SingaporeDell — Since he announced it in 2011, Marc Andreessen’s statement that “software is eating the world” has become a truism with a pride of place in every presenter’s deck (full disclosure: it’s featured prominently in mine).  Recently, Benedict Evans of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (seeing a pattern here?) writes that “mobile is eating the world.” He asserts that mobile phones will achieve the following:

  • Become the de facto Internet access device.
  • Bring billions of new users onto the Internet

Smart cities vital to sustain Asia’s growing urban population

SingaporeZDNet — SINGAPORE–Intelligent and highly connected cities will be increasingly critical to support Asia’s expanding urban population, which is placing growing pressure on infrastructures and service delivery. ICT innovation had generated significant value for global economies and would continue to have “profound impact” on the nature of jobs, viability of business models, and economic structures, said Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran, during his opening address at Huawei Innovation Day held here Thursday.

Singtel secures Premier League rights

SingaporeSingapore’s largest telecommunications provider Singtel has secured the rights to broadcast the next three seasons of the English Premier League from August 2016 for the third time running. The deal, announced on Monday for an undisclosed amount, will see Singtel broadcast the most-watched football league worldwide across its pay TV offering Singtel TV and the Singtel TV Go app for flexible viewing across smart devices.

M1 taps SDN for datacenter efficiency

SingaporeZDNet — M1 says it is deploying software-defined networking (SDN) in its cloud data centre as part of efforts to gain operational efficiencies, enabling the Singapore telco to then pass this benefit to its customers. It signed up VMware, Palo Alto Networks, and Huawei as partners in, what the operator described as a proof of concept in its data center, which was launched in November last year.

A new undersea cable to create a high speed data link between Australia to Singapore

AustraliaBusiness Insider — Vocus and Nextgen are working on building a high speed communication cable between Australia and Singapore. The two are in the middle of due diligence on the project which will cost about $US120 million ($A170 million) and take 18 months to build. Vocus and Nextgen will form a 50/50 joint venture to build the 4,600 km cable connecting Australia to Singapore and Indonesia.

The power of IoT on display at Cloud Expo Asia

SingaporeCIO — Since he announced it in 2011, Marc Andreessen’s statement that “software is eating the world” has become a truism with a pride of place in every presenter’s deck (full disclosure: it’s featured prominently in mine).  Recently, Benedict Evans of the venture capital firmAndreessen Horowitz (seeing a pattern here?) writes that “mobile is eating the world.” He asserts that mobile phones will achieve the following:

Fuji Xerox introduces data center services for Singapore businesses

SingaporeNetworks Asia — Fuji Xerox Singapore Pte Ltd has introduced its latest Data Center Services for businesses in Singapore. Equipped with tight security surveillance, network monitoring and helpdesk support, Fuji Xerox Singapore’s Data Center Services are customized and comprehensively packaged for businesses of all sizes. Fuji Xerox’s customers are able to fully utilize Tier-3 Data Center facilities, which are designed to meet the emerging need of businesses for industry-specific solutions and cloud-based IT infrastructures.

Perth to Singapore cable woes continue with new break

AustraliaIT News — A new fault has been discovered in the Perth to Singapore leg of the South East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe (Sea-Me-We 3) cable, dashing hopes that the troubled fibre will be operational again this week. The cable has suffered multiple cuts since September, but was scheduled to be mended this week as the ASEAN Explorer repair ship started restoration work.

ISP assets, business of Pacnet to be acquired

Hong KongChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: IT infrastructure and cloud computing company DeClout has signed a deal to acquire the internet service provider (ISP) assets and business of Pacnet Internet in Singapore and Thailand. In a press release issued on Sunday (Nov 8), SGX Catalist-listed DeClout said it hopes the acquisition will expand its regional reach in South-east Asia and expand the customer base for its information technology and telecommunications products.

Salesforce users: Big contracts signed early may get you special discounts, but watch out after that

SingaporeMIS Asia — Volume discounts are nothing unusual in the world of enterprise software, but over the last year or so Salesforce reportedly has been approaching customers early about upcoming renewals and wooing them with considerable extra discounts if they sign on ahead of time for the CRM vendor’s full software suite. That’s according to a report Thursday in The Register, which attributed the information to an anonymous industry source who advises companies about Salesforce licensing.

Salesforce named the best place to work in Singapore

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: Enterprise cloud computing company Salesforce has been named the best place to work in Singapore, according to a list by consultancy firm Great Place to Work. This is the consultancy’s first annual list for Singapore. In its report released on Friday (Nov 6), it found that high levels of trust and engagement among employees are “synonymous with high-performing work culture”.