IT News — The national network builder will soon be controlled by a new license condition dictating how it shares information on the rollout with retail service providers, despite protestations against the move. Earlier this year the government asked the ACCC to consult with the industry on whether to introduce a new carrier licence condition for NBN (formerly NBN Co), which would govern the rollout information it provides to RSPs.
Market Wired — NEW YORK, NY: China Telecom, India’s Infosys and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co.are among the top-ranked companies in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Best Analyst Days. To be successful, an analyst day — or capital markets day, as the events are sometimes called — must provide an opportunity for portfolio managers and sell-side researchers to get to know the executive teams of the companies they cover, learn about their short- and long-term objectives, gain a greater understanding of the business dynamics, and have their questions answered promptly and thoroughly.
Tech Crunch — Amazon is continuing to push its AWS business in Asia after it announced plans to expand its cloud computing platform to India next year. The AWS foray into India follows the service’s localization in China last year, and it comes at a time when India’s startup scene is growing at speed. The country’s biggest players — which include billion dollar e-commerce platforms Snapdeal and Flipkart, Alibaba-backed mobile wallet Paytm and Uber rival Ola — are scaling at rapid clip, and with that comes increasingly complicated server and infrastructure demands which Amazon hopes a localized AWS service can cover.
Vietnam Net — The two-day summit attracted the participation of more than 500 representatives, with two-thirds of them coming from organisations and firms that have applied IT in their operations. This proves that IT has been receiving growing attention from all sections. Participants at this year’s summit, themed “ITC and Smart Management,” discussed how to apply IT in all aspects of life, especially in the Government’s areas of concern such as health care, transportation, and other public services.
Korea Times — Nokia, the global leader in telecom equipment, and SK Telecom jointly opened a research center in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Monday. It will use the facilities, located in the new Nokia Korea headquarters, to develop technology focusing on fifth-generation (5G) networks, Nokia Korea said. Nokia has teamed up with SK Telecom, the nation’s top mobile carrier, to operate the center.
Times of India — The government has announced digital locker facility that will help citizens to digitally store their important documents like PAN card, passport, mark sheets and degree certificates. Called DigiLocker, it is aimed at eliminating the use of physical documents and enable sharing of verified electronic documents across government agencies. Operated by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), the service has been running in beta since past few months. It will be formally launched by the Prime Minister on July 1.
Digi Times — There were 1.292 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of the end of May 2015, slipping 0.05% on month but growing 2.86% on year, and 455.84 million (35.27%) of them were 3G users, 200.77 million (15.54%) 4G ones and 896.94 million (69.40%) had mobile Internet access, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
The recent announcement by China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) to form a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Belgium-based microelectronics research institute IMEC to develop and produce advanced semiconductors could be another milestone for China’s goal of ramping up the local production of IC parts.
IT News —- Transport for NSW will hand NEC $134 million over the next five years to take over its end user computing functions, iTnews can reveal. Last November the agency confirmed it had officially signed IBM as the data centre partner for its massive next-generation infrastructure services (NGIS) overhaul in a $99 million deal due to last five years.
IoT Evolution World — In an announcement made June 29, Juniper Research reported that it expects the Far East and China region to account for 22 percent of all global cellular M2M connections by 2019, which is a substantial increase from 2014, when it was at 15 percent. The new research, called “M2M & Embedded Devices: Strategic Analysis and Vertical Market Forecasts 2015-2019,” found that concerted efforts by China’s major carriers, particularly in smart metering and connected cars, will account for the rise of connected devices in China.
Networks Asia — Today, IT organizations grapple with many disruptive transitions brought on by cloud computing and mobility. Easy access to public cloud-hosted services has allowed line-of-business (LOB) managers and even end users to make decisions on how they procure IT, the mobile devices that they use to access services and where they work. Meanwhile, LOB owners see growth possibilities in extending solutions and services via the cloud to millions of mobile users worldwide while enhancing customer engagement and delivering unique customer experiences.
Digi Times — Broadcom has announced a series of MoU agreements with several China-based companies, including Hangzhou H3C Technologies, Inspur and StarTimes. The signing of these agreements reflects Broadcom’s ongoing commitment to expand strategic relationships in Asia and drive further innovation in home entertainment and the digital home, the chip vendor said.
Bangkok Post — Imagine your smartphone telling your air-con to turn itself on before you get home hot and sweaty. Or to remotely monitor your elderly parents through sensors to ensure their safety. We are used to the idea that computers and smartphones can be connected. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the newest frontiers in technology that connects everyday objects to the internet and each other through WiFi or similar networks.
Digital News Asia — SENIOR technology executives are being increasingly pressured both by vendor pitches and internal management requirements to cut cost in their journey to adopt cloud computing, a group of chief information officers (CIOs) said last week. Speaking at a panel session entitled Making the Most of the Cloud at the Malaysian leg of the CIO Leaders Summit, Hood Abu Bakar, general manager of ICT for MISC Corp, said vendors introduce something new every now and then, after which they market and push their solutions onto users.
IT Wire — According to ALE, the “tailor-made” offers are the first to combine the power of the cloud with an outcome-based approach for customer success. Matthieu Destot, Vice-President, ALE Asia Pacific, says ALE has made strong progress with cloud communication services for large enterprises and SMBs in Australia and New Zealand, recently delivering tailor-made cloud services for the Accor hotel group and at the G20 with partner, UXC Connect.
Vietnam Net — Le Huynh Minh Tu from the department unveiled the city’s higher-than-allowed spending on science and technology at a meeting between the Economic and Budgetary Committee of the HCMC People’s Council and the HCMC Department of Science and Technology last week. HCMC’s spending on scientific and technological investments and research was over VND1.32 trillion in 2013, VND1.75 trillion in 2014 and an estimated VND1.34 trillion this year.
Digital News Asia — THERE was an overall decline in online employment in Malaysia, which dropped 23% between April 2014 and April 2015, according to online recruitment company Monster Worldwide Inc. Despite this year-on-year drop, online hiring activity has increased since March 2015 by 9%, the company said in a statement, citing the Monster Employment Index (MEI), which was generated for Malaysia for the first time.
Vietnam Net — Addressing the Vietnam ICT Summit 2015- a high-level forum on information and communication technology (ICT) – in Hanoi on June 25, Son emphasised his ministry’s continuous efforts to consult and coordinate IT application among State agencies, organisations and enterprises. The improvement of the national e-governance steering committee and IT management boards at lower levels will be also prioritised, he said, adding that the heads of public agencies and administrations at all levels are responsible for IT advancement inside their organisations and localities.
Datacenter Knowledge — Aliyun, the cloud services arm of Chinese web giantAlibaba, saw its Hong Kong data center go down for about 12 hours earlier this week, Caixin Online reported. Details about the cause of the outage are unavailable, and an Alibaba spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. The company has offered two conflicting explanations about the outage, according to the report.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Smartphone users in India spend 47 percent of their time on communication applications such as WhatsApp, We Chat, Hike and Skype which are key driver of mobile broadband usage, says a report. “Communication continues to be the dominant activity on smartphones. Communication apps are ‘always on’ and are a key driver of mobile broadband usage,” the report by Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson said.
Datacenter Knowledge — California-based data center provider Server Farm Realty has struck a partnership with Chinese counterpart 21Vianet to provide services to customers in the US and China. Initially, 21Vianet is using SFR’s Silicon Valley data center to host customer equipment. Demand for data center space in the Silicon Valley is currently very high, and a lot of it comes from Chinese technology companies.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The US has backed India’s stand on internet governance, saying both countries share a common vision of ensuring every global citizen has a say in decision-making on the subject. “I heard about your very well-received remark at the ICANN meeting in Argentina. As democracies, India and the United States share a joint vision for ensuring every global citizen can participate in decision making regarding internet governance,” US under secretary of State Catherine A Novelli said in an e-mail to telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Want China Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world’s largest contract chip maker, is expected to secure more than half the orders for Apple’s new mobile chip in 2016 thanks to better production capacity planning. “The Taiwanese manufacturer has a clearer roadmap for capacity planning next year, so we expect it to gain a higher market share next year,” an analysts at a European brokerage told CNA in a recent interview, referring to more than 50% of the orders for Apple’s A10 chips in 2016.
Want China Times — Internet search giant Baidu signed a cooperation agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) on June 26 covering internet finance, map services, internet marketing and lifestyle services, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. Baidu will provide its mapping service and positioning technology to help ICBC to plan branch locations, as well as providing technical support for the bank’s online financial services.
IT News — Telstra is facing a potential 10 percent mandated drop in the fees it charges wholesale partners to access its fixed-line copper network after the competition watchdog moved to ensure end users don’t suffer “absurd pricing”. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today issued a new draft determination on pricing for the declared fixed-line services, revealing it may now lump Telstra with a 9.6 percent drop in wholesale fixed-line prices compared to the 0.7 percent it had previously proposed.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the government will soon come out with its report on the controversial issue of net neutrality, and the telecom department is waiting for the report from sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). “Report of net neutrality will be out very soon but we are waiting for Trai report on the issue,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters.
MSI-ASIA — A week after mobile Internet users in North Korea began seeing messages telling them the site was blocked, access has been restored, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. The block was an unusual one for the country, but then nothing about the Internet is normal in North Korea.
MSI-ASIA — The mobile gaming industry in Southeast Asia (SEA) is the fastest growing region globally, and it has reached over US$1 billion in revenues last year, reported Frost & Sullivan. Following this finding, Frost & Sullivan predicts that the revenues in SEA will surpass US$7 billion by 2019. This means that the industry would have grown at a very healthy compound annual growth rate of 48% from 2015 to 2019.
MSI-ASIA — Sri Lanka’s national ICT solutions provider, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), has deployed Ruckus Smart WiFi products and technology across the Indian island nation with the help of Ruckus’ channel partner Alepo. According to Ruckus, SLT is combining its Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points (APs), centrally managed with the Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG), with Alepo BSS/OSS software infrastructure to help create a seamless, high-performance Ruckus Smart WiFi network.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: “Call me John please,” John Chambers, 65, requested a journalist who addressed him as “Mr Chambers” at the press conference in New Delhi last week. Chambers is easily one of the most affable and engaging CEOs you will come across. At media meets, he makes it a point to go over to every single journalist in the room to introduce himself and hand over a visiting card.