Singapore sets deadline for 4th mobile licence application

SingaporeSingapore’s Infocomms Development Authority (IDA) issued the final rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction and set a 1 September deadline for new entrants to submit applications, with proof they have sufficient funding. IDA also issued clarifications to queries relating to the 700MHz, 900MHz, 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz auction scheduled for early October.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/singapore-sets-deadline-for-applying-for-4th-mobile-licence/

Ooredoo launches global submarine cable in Qatar

QatarA new Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable system has been launched by telecom company Ooredoo, linking the major internet hubs of the three continents to Qatar. The 25,000km submarine cable is the third longest and one of the highest capacity systems under deployment on a global scale, according to The Peninsula.

http://www.constructionweekonline.com/article-40054-ooredoo-launches-global-submarine-cable-in-qatar/

SoftBank to Buy Britain’s ARM for $32 Billion in Record Deal

JapanDatacenter Knowledge — (Bloomberg) — SoftBank Group agreed to buy ARM Holdings for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/07/18/softbank-buy-britains-arm-32-billion-record-deal/

S’pore firm bets $2.3b on Asia-Pac data centres

AustraliaStraits Times — A Singaporean start-up is betting US$1.7 billion (S$2.3 billion) on becoming the digital landlord for tech giants building cloud services across Asia and Australia. AirTrunk plans to build data centres in Australia’s biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne, with an anchor tenant already signed up as it targets undercutting rivals with lower prices. In the coming months, it will sign deals to expand into Singapore and Hong Kong.

http://www.straitstimes.com/business/spore-firm-bets-23b-on-asia-pac-data-centres

China Wants More Media Giants

ChinaVariety — China’s media regulator Monday called for the country to accelerate the growth of competitive media conglomerates. The State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television said that the integration of different media “falls short of central authorities’ requirement and public expectation,” and set a target of 2020 for improvement, reported state news agency Xinhua.

http://variety.com/2016/biz/asia/china-wants-more-media-giants-1201816245/

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 18 — Washington: An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service this week, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia.

 http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

Sigfox to deploy IoT network in Singapore

SingaporeMobile World Live — Sigfox announced a strategic partnership with power company Engie and IoT specialist UnaBiz to deploy its Internet of Things network in Singapore. In a statement, the companies said they will use Sigfox’s “cost-effective, energy efficient connectivity to find receptive markets”, as Singapore implements its Smart Nation initiative, a government led vision to step up connectivity in the country.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/sigfox-set-to-deploy-iot-network-in-singapore/

Alibaba Cloud rolls out second Singapore data center availability zone

SingaporeDatacenter News — Alibaba Cloud announced last month that its data center operations will be expanding, with a second availability zone in Singapore. The company’s Singapore data center opened in 2015 to serve the Asia Pacific region’s growing need for cloud and big data requirements.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/alibaba-cloud-rolls-out-second-singapore-data-center-availability-zone/

Telstra Ventures invests in Chinese API provider Cloopen

ChinaZDNet — Telstra’s venture capital arm Telstra Ventures has announced investing an undisclosed amount in Cloopen, a Chinese communications application programming interface (API) provider. The Beijing-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company enables developers to integrate messaging, video calling, and voice calling into their applications, along with security functions, with 150,000 developers including Tencent and Alibaba already using the platform for app development.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-ventures-invests-in-chinese-api-provider-cloopen/

Vietnam’s Internet to be affected by pan-Asia submarine cable cut

VietnamVietnam Net — This incident occurred shortly after the maintenance of the Asia-American Gateway (AAG) submarine cable route (connecting Vietnam with Hong Kong and the US). Viettel said this cable route was broken on June 27, coinciding with the maintenance of AAG but until July 12 it will be repaired. The broken point is 45km from the landing station in Singapore.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/160208/vietnam-s-internet-to-be-affected-by-pan-asia-submarine-cable-cut.html

Blockchain proves successful in Myanmar microfinance test

MyanmarNikkei — TOKYO — An experiment to create a low-cost and highly reliable blockchain infrastructure to record financial transactions is gathering steam in Myanmar. Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of data records that are difficult to tamper or revise. The technology serves as the public ledger of transactions using the virtual currency bitcoin.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Blockchain-proves-successful-in-Myanmar-microfinance-test

Fujitsu, Oracle form cloud alliance

JapanNetworks Asia — Fujitsu Limited and Oracle Corporation are forming a new strategic alliance to deliver cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world. In order to take advantage of cloud computing to speed innovation, reduce costs and drive business growth, organizations need IT partners that can deliver the performance, security and management capabilities that are demanded by enterprise workloads.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/fujitsu-oracle-form-cloud-alliance.1468200635

CITIC launches data & cloud centers in Asia-Pacific

ChinaDatacenter News — “Innovation never stops” Is CITIC Telecom International CPC’s mission, as the company announced last week that it will be taking a four-pillar approach to expand its Asia-Pacific business growth. The company will be launching new data centers, expanding network coverage, launching new cloud and security services, next-generation ICT development and a managed security services partnership (MSSP) with Fortinet.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/citic-launches-data-cloud-centers-asia-pacific/

​IBM to open blockchain innovation centre in Singapore

SingaporeZDNet — IBM plans to open its first blockchain innovation centre in Singapore, with one of its first projects to focus on developing trade solutions using blockchain technology to improve the efficiency of multi-party trade finance processes and transactions.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-to-open-blockchain-innovation-centre-in-singapore/

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 18 — Washington: An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service this week, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia.

http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

InMobi sued for collecting location data without consent

IndiaTech in Asia —- InMobi will pay a US$950,000 fine to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in response to a complaint filed against it on Wednesday. According to the complaint, the adtech startup has been collecting cellphone users’ location data without their consent. InMobi ties up with apps to get access to user information. It then feeds that info back into its database to help companies send out more relevant ads.

https://www.techinasia.com/usftc-sues-inmobi

Singapore chats up Microsoft bots in smart nation initiative

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore is looking to tap artificial intelligence technology to enable more natural and simpler interactions with its e-government services. Led by industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the new initiative would see the use of Microsoft’s “conversations as a platform” pitch to explore opportunities in developing the country’s next-generation government services based on “conversational computing”.

How Nikesh’s exit might impact India’s startup ecosystem

IndiaTech in Asia — It’s rare for CEOs of India’s unicorn startups to issue a statement on the departure of an executive at one of their investment firms. But Nikesh Arora was not an ordinary name. Nikesh, whom I met twice in his Google days, always came across as a sharp sales guy and a people’s person who knew how to move things around.

https://www.techinasia.com/nikeshs-exit-impact-indias-startup-ecosystem

Credit Suisse launches digital private banking app in Hong Kong

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — Credit Suisse has released an enhanced private banking app available to customers with accounts in Hong Kong. The bank’s initial digital private banking platform was first rolled out in Singapore in March 2015.  More than 12 months of client usage analysis and usability testing led to the launch of an enhanced version of the app launched in Hong Kong, with a brand new design and client user interface as well as additional language capabilities.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/credit-suisse-launches-digital-private-banking-app-hong-kong-1866317423

Singapore banks eye Facebook IDs for transfers

SingaporeFT — Banks in Singapore are collaborating on a new service that would allow customers to make payments using Facebook IDs or Twitter username. The system will allow electronic transfers between account holders who have registered their social media identities with their banks, allowing users to make payments by selecting the payee’s Facebook ID instead of typing in an account number and sort code.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b2dd2cd8-3f39-11e6-8716-a4a71e8140b0.html#axzz4DP34R7EU

How Tencent is taking over global gaming

ChinaTech in Asia — Tencent has done it again. The Chinese social and gaming giant has for years now been one of China’s biggest overseas investors, but its most recent purchase may take the cake: the company has splashed US$8.9 billion to acquire Supercell. Supercell, the Finnish mobile game developer behind the global hit Clash of Clans, is the second-biggest mobile game company on earth according to Pocket Gamer, and it did a whopping US$2.3 billion in saleslast year.

https://www.techinasia.com/tencent-gaming-world

Chinese BeiDou plans outlined in new white paper

ChinaGPS World — A new white paper outlines plans for the Chinese BeiDou constellation, including its plans for international cooperation and exchanges. The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published the white paper, which is titled “China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System,” in June.

http://gpsworld.com/chinese-beidou-plans-outlined-in-new-white-paper/

RootBSD opens Hong Kong data center

Hong KongDatacenter Dynamics — Hosting provider RootBSD, which specializes in deployments based on the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) Unix version, has expanded its cloud service footprint with a new data center in Hong Kong. Root BSD has a presence in over two dozen data centers around the world, and has added this new one in HKNet’s data center at Evergain Plaza, which is marketed as Tier II facility. HKNet is a subsidiary of NTT Com, and runs a carrier-neutral facility with Tier 1 backbone connectivity.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/content-tracks/colo-cloud/rootbsd-opens-hong-kong-data-center/96498.fullarticle

Singtel, Singapore Institute of Technology to train cyber security talents

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Singtel announced on Friday that it is partnering with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to train cyber security talents. The work-study program will support SIT students in the areas of Information Security and Software Engineering, which is expected to lead to career pathways such as cyber security R&D, product development, and management, cyber analysis and forensics, operations and cyber architects.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/singtel-singapore-institute-technology-train-cyber-security-talents-1575978577

KDDI to deploy Ericsson global internet of things platform

JapanRCR Wireless — Swedish vendor Ericsson is partnering with Japanese operator KDDI to deploy Ericsson Device Connection Platforms to manage global “internet of things” connections.  The partnership will provide enhanced connectivity services to KDDI’s enterprise customers and support the deployment of IoT solutions on a global scale, the Swedish company said.

https://www.rcrwireless.com/20160705/asia-pacific/ericsson-internet-of-things-platform-tag23

FASTER consortium launches trans-Pacific subsea cable

APACTelecom Asia — The FASTER consortium has announced the launch of its new trans-Pacific subsea cable system. Construction of the 9,000km system linking Japan and the west coast of the US has been completed an the cable is starting service today. The six FASTER consortium members are Singtel, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and Google.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/faster-consortium-launches-trans-pacific-subsea-cable

South Korea launches first Internet of Things network

KoreaBBS — South Korea has launched its first commercial, low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) network aimed at making the country even more connected. The network would allow smart devices to talk to each other via the network. Phone carrier SK Telecom is behind the initiative, which uses technology that will allow it to reach 99% of the country’s population. Aside from South Korea, the Netherlands also has a nationwide IoT network.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36710667

WeChat may be king, but Weibo isn’t as dead as you think

ChinaTech in Asia — We all know that WeChat is the hottest social media platform in China, and that’s been the case for some time. But has Sina Weibo, which was once the belle of China’s social media ball, fallen completely by the wayside? Maybe not. In fact, it might even be making a bit of a comeback.

https://www.techinasia.com/wechat-king-weibo-dead-data-shows

Australian gov’t welcomes NEC’s Cyber Security Center in Adelaide

AustraliaEnterprise Innovation — The South Australian government has welcomed NEC Australia’s $4.38 million investment in a new Global Security Intel Center (GSIC) in Adelaide to address the growing global demand for cyber security. Adelaide is home to the South Australian government’s Smart City initiative.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/australian-govt-welcomes-necs-cyber-security-center-adelaide-1394025195

/China has made an incredibly quick switch from 3G to 4G

ChinaTech in Asia — Two-and-a-half years after China’s 4G mobile networks first switched on, the nation now has 562 million 4G subscribers across its three main telcos. That’s out of a total of 1.3 billion mobile SIM subscribers, according to the latest data from the three carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. The number is so high as some individuals have more than one number.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-quick-switch-to-4g