In Southeast Asia, Thailand’s WhatsNew thinks it can best Rocket Internet at ecommerce

ThailandThailand’s rising ecommerce conglomerate WhatsNew Group has today announced the acquisition of one of Thailand’s top online lifestyle stores, MOXY, for an undisclosed sum. It will be Ardent Capital-backed WhatsNew’s fifth ecommerce store, joining its other holding companies Petloft, Venbi, Sanoga, and Lafema. The acquisition will essentially “add a leading lifestyle vertical and expand its [Whatsnew] product selection beyond commodities,” according to a statement.

Bangkok Bank Deploys @Akamai’s Web Solutions

Akamai Technologies has announced that Bangkok Bank is using Akamai’s Web Performance Solutions to deliver high quality user experiences for its growing customer base across all geographies.mIan Guy Gillard, Executive Vice President, Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited, said, “Akamai’s ability to provide a fast, secure and quality web experience has directly supported our plans to expand our business internationally, ensuring we provide all our customers with seamless and secure access to our banking services wherever they are.”

Japan SMEs see Thailand as route to ASEAN

The Nation/Asia News Network–Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises in various manufacturing and service sectors are looking at using Thailand as a base for expansion into other ASEAN markets. Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich said that under Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy to help SMEs invest overseas, many companies wanted to expand into Thailand because of the two countries’ close relations and their view that Thailand is a center for ASEAN linkage.

Local IT spending grows to $3.4bn, from Thailand

Given an information-rich, hyper-connected culture, the growing adoption of cloud computing and increasingly intense competition, local IT spending is set to see a strong recovery in 2015, said Michael Araneta, IDC Thailand’s country manager. The IT industry is in the midst of a massive structural shift towards what the industry calls the third platform — the next-generation computing platform characterised by a proliferation of always-connected smart mobile devices, coupled with the widespread use of social networking, layered over a cloud-based server infrastructure supporting important new workloads such as big data analytics.

Line denies government monitoring app messages, from Thailand

The parent company of the Line mobile-chat application Tuesday denied press reports that government is monitoring messages sent through the service in Thailand. “No monitoring by the Thailand government has been conducted,” Nam Ji Woong, a spokesman for South Korea-based Naver Corp., which owns Line Corp., said by e-mail today. “Line considers consumers’ privacy as a top priority.” The government was monitoring more than 40 million messages sent via Line each day, Khaosod reported, citing Pornchai Rujiprapa, Thailand’s minister of information, communication, and technology.

Thailand government listens in on entire country’s 33 million Line users, says ICT minister

ICT Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa at a press conference yesterday said Thai authorities “can monitor all of the nearly 40 million Line messages sent by people in Thailand each day,” according to The Nation. The minister said citizens can lodge complaints with police if they receive messages that “offend the monarchy and threaten national security.”

Virtual training for Thai soldiers could reduce military costs, says researcher

The Thai government’s use of virtual simulations and gamification to train the military can reduce training costs, Professor Peter Haddawy, Instructor, Department of Computer Science, Mahidol University claimed. Thailand’s military research agency, Defence Technology Institute, has signed an agreement with the University to develop virtual environments to train military forces.

TCCT, 1-Net sign up UIH for secure data centers

TCC Technology  of Thailand and 1-Net of Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with United Information Highway UIH) to enable stable connectivity via UIH’s secured network. TCCT and 1-Net will combine their marketing activities to resale each other’s data center via UIH’s high-speed fiber network and core nodes to connect between Bangkok and Singapore gateways, providing international voice, data, and other telecommunication services.

SNSplus seeing success in Thailand gaming market

SNSplus, a Taiwan-based operator of online Web and mobile gaming services, has seen significant achievements in the Thailand market since its entry in 2010, according to the company. SNSplus initially launched an online social game in Thailand in 2010 and has more than 18 million members currently, the company said. In April 2014, SNSplus launched the first smartphone-based mobile game in the Thailand market.

WeChat and EasyTaxi team up for taxi bookings in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines

Nearly five months after the initial tie-up in Singapore, today WeChat and EasyTaxi announced that its partnership is rolling out to Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Starting today, WeChat users in those three countries can flag a taxi inside the messaging app. People can do this by adding EasyTaxi’s official WeChat account inside the chat app (Malaysia: easytaximy; Thailand: EasyTaxiThailand; the Philippines: EasyTaxi_PH).

Thai internet use growth tops globe

Internet use in Thailand has risen at the highest rate in the world, climbing 34 ranks in the latest global study conducted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  In the Measuring the Information Society Report 2014, Thailand’s internet use ranked in 71st place, up from 105th of the total of 166 countries studied by the organisation.

Bangkok-based venture capital firm Alpha Founders comes to Indonesia

As Indonesia’s startup scene becomes more vibrant, new venture capital funds are popping up in Jakarta. Convergence Accel, the archipelago’s latest homegrown fund for early-stage startups, made its debut yesterday when it contributed to a US$1 million investment in Female Daily Network; a round led by local venture investor Ideosource.

EMC eyes Thailand as data-science hub

Massachusetts-based EMC Corporation, the world’s largest information management firm, is pushing Thailand to become its hub to train data-science professionals.  A survey by IT research firm Gartner Inc said demand for big data and data-sciencerelated jobs in Asia would be about 960,000 out of a total of 4.4 million jobs globally next year. Thailand has competitive salaries and quality graduate students, so the country has the ability to groom data scientist professionals in Asean, said Krishana Kant, head of the EMC Academic Alliance.

Huawei partners AIS to build mobile broadband network in Thailand

Chinese telecom solutions provider Huawei, together with AIS, a Thailand-based mobile operator, has announced the deployment of the Huawei Active Antenna Unit (AAU)-based Easy MacroTM solution in Thailand. The solution will be deployed across the AIS network, with an aim to build the best Mobile Broadband (MBB) network in Thailand and enhance user experiences. Over the last few years, MBB has developed rapidly in Thailand, mainly driven by the high penetration of smartphones and tablets.

Thailand drafts digital economy plan

Thailand’s military-led government has today published its draft digital economy plan, which includes provision of affordable internet access to citizens and digitised government transactions. The government will work with businesses to build infrastructure for broadband internet and ensure citizens have access to affordable internet, according to local media reports.

Lenovo To Invest Additional USD5 Million In Thailand

Lenovo plans to increase its Thai market share as it invests an additional USD5 million in Thailand in 2014. Jeerawut Wongpimonporn, general manager of Lenovo Thailand, said that Lenovo’s Asian headquarters has approved this additional budget plan. Of the total investment, USD2 million to USD3 million will be used to expand marketing channels, enhance marketing, and improve operation and management; while the remainder will be used for office maintenance and the creation of a server demonstration center.

Navitime Transit Bangkok

If you rely on the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), Bangkok Metro (MRT), Airport Rail Link and the Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT) to move through Bangkok each day, this is one handy app to have on your smart device. The featured map shows how different routes connect with one another from Sukhumvit to Ratchaphruek to Suvarnabhumi airport and others. Users can instantly look for the closest station to their current location and work their way from there.

Lenovo earmarks $5mto ramp up Thai operation

Lenovo Group, the world’s largest computer maker, has allocated an extra US$5 million this year in its latest attempt to boost its presence in Thailand.  Thailand is one of two strategic Asean members for the Beijing-based firm. The extra budget has been approved by its regional headquarters in Asean, said Jeerawut Wongpimonporn, country general manager for Lenovo Thailand. About $2-3 million will be used to develop Lenovo’s distribution channels and improve marketing and management with the aim of broadening its consumer PC market.

True gives Thais free Wi-Fi hotspots

Consumer-goods company Unilever, in collaboration with Egg Digital of True Digital Content and Media, recently launched free Wi-Fi access in public places, making it easier for internet users to get connected.  Entitled “Wi-Fi Play” and launched with the slogan “play anywhere and anytime”, the service has basically turned True’s 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the country into a virtual router.

[Thailand] SoftLayer Asia Roadshow – Bangkok

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