Digital News Asia — GOOGLE Inc has announced the addition of movies to Google Play in Malaysia, which would allow users to watch high-definition, full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios, including blockbusters like Kingsman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar and oldies like Ghostbusters.
Want China Times — Tmall.hk, an online shopping platform for overseas goods under Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, launched an international duty-free shopping platform on Tuesday. Consumers with outbound air tickets can purchase duty-free goods via Tmall.hk’s website or mobile app and retrieve their items at designated duty-free shops using their payment confirmation text or barcode when they finish their overseas trips.
China Tech News — Chinese telecom device maker Huawei published its semi-annual performance report for the first half of 2015, stating that the company achieved sales of CNY175.9 billion during the reporting period, a year-on-year increase of 30%; and its operating profit rate was 18%.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will invest Rs 6,000 crore over the next three years to set up some 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, its chairman-cum-managing director Anupam Shrivastava has said. “We are now thinking of rolling out Wi-Fi hotspot through capital expenditure model also. We are in the process of having our tender ready. We will be floating our tender and put our own equipment. We will be doing everything,” Shrivastava told IANS in an interview.
China Tech News — China Internet Network Information Center’s latest Internet statistics showcase the breadth of the country’s online population. Its recently published 36th Statistical Report on Internet Development in China states that by June 2015, China had 668 million netizens, representing an increase of 18.94 million netizens over the past six months.
Want China Times — China is seeking to take a leading position in the development of 5G wireless communication technology, with the government and businesses both investing heavily on research and development, according to China Economic Weekly. On July 22, Zhang Feng, chief engineer and spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said the country plans to increase its R&D in 5G technology, while continuing expanding 4G fiber optic networks.
Vietnam Net — Viettel’s mobile signal and optical cables are gradually covering more parts of Africa, with three networks already in place: Nexttel in Cameroon, Lumitel in Burundi, and Halotel in Tanzania. Its foreign investment in the continent is thriving. Only a short period after obtaining license it has quickly developed its infrastructure in the three markets.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Technology giant Google has introduced a new update to its Translate app that will allow visual translation from English to Hindi and 19 other languages, a move aimed at strengthening its translation and transliteration offerings. Using the app, users need to click on the camera option, and point it at the text like street signs, ingredient lists or instruction manual that needs to be translated and the same will be translated in languages like Hindi, Thai, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch and Filipino.
Myanmar Times — “[I’d like to talk] a little bit about the ongoing discussion on how telecom operators in Myanmar are influencing the economy, and to touch upon a few facts,” he said at a media briefing last week. His comments come as the Central Bank of Myanmar launches an investigation into the use of US dollars by banks and corporations following a dollar shortage in Myanmar over the past few months.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Over 1,000 developers participated in the Tizen Developer Summit in Bengaluru, being held in India for the first time. The annual global event backed by Samsung Electronics and Tizen Association, assists local app and platform developers to understand the technology behind the Tizen platform, app development, porting, and monetization through the Tizen Store.
Digi Times — The number of fixed-line and mobile Internet surfers in China increased to an estimated 667.69 million at the end of June 2015, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The number of Internet surfers rose by 2.92% from half a year ago and was equivalent to a penetration rate of 48.8%, CNNIC indicated. Of the Internet surfers, 593.57 million or 88.90% used handsets for mobile access.
Tech in Asia — South Korean startup accelerator SparkLabs and Hanjin, the “chaebol” conglomerate that operates Korean Air, have launched a government-supported innovation center in Incheon. It completes South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s plan to build 17 such facilities across the country to promote domestic entrepreneurship.
IT News — Fujitsu will invest $12.2 million to upgrade its Western Sydney data centre and provide more power to the site as part of a wider plan to modernise its Oceania facilities. In May Fujitsu announced the first investment into the project, a $10 million funding pot to upgrade its Malaga, Perth facility to achieve Tier IV certification.
Fierce Wireless — Any way you dice or slice it, operators will be incorporating network slicing in their 5G networks, and Ericsson’s deal this week with South Korean operator SK Telecom only solidifies the companies’ commitment to the technology.Ericsson and SK Telecom signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.
RTN Asia — Expressing concern over steadily deteriorating situation with regard to call drops in mobile networks, ASSOCHAM today pointed out it is unfair to put the blame on the operators only since many of the critical factors causing the problem are not within the control of the telecom industry.
Network Aasia — NTT Com Security and Fortinet have entered into a formal partnership to provide security advice and security solutions to organizations worldwide. The partnership includes incorporating the broad range of Fortinet security solutions into NTT Com Security solutions to help protect customers across the globe, irrespective of size or sector. The new global security partnership is another step in the long-term business and technological relationship between the two companies.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Uninor may have faced existential challenges in India but all those are behind and the telecom operator is looking to grow its presence in the country through sharing and trading of airwaves, said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, outgoing CEO of the company’s Norwegian parent Telenor.
Digi Times — Global tablet shipments declined 10% sequentially and over 15% on year to reach only 45.76 million units in the second quarter, according to Digitimes Research’s latest report on the global tablet market. Major markets felt the impacts of weak currencies; mid-range to entry-level large-size smartphones continued to cannibalize tablets; and vendors saw high inventory.
Digi Times — Total automotive semiconductor revenues in China reached US$5.6 billion in 2014, and revenues are expected to grow nearly 11% year over year in 2015 to reach US$6.2 billion, according to IHS. Semiconductors used in automotive powertrains, infotainment and body-convenience electronic systems are the primary drivers of revenue growth, said IHS.
Enterprise Innovation — In 2011, 1.8 zetabytes of data was created, and this figure is set to grow by five times in 2020. The proliferation of data from the Internet of Things is creating the need for data ecosystems that can unlock the potential of big data. Leaders from Singapore’s technology industry came together for a dialogue titled “Driving the Smart Nation Vision with Data,” to share their viewpoints on data-driven solutions that are rapidly emerging in Singapore.
Malicious cyber incidents reported by Australian governments and business have more than tripled in the last three years and will cost more than $1 billion in damage in the future, but the country is yet to suffer a major attack, according to the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
ZDNet — Singtel has said it is the first telco in Southeast Asia to offer a tri-band 4G network using LTE-900, with the upgrade promising to provide customers who own compatible mobile devices with improved 4G coverage, most notably underground and in indoor areas. “Demand for data is growing exponentially, and we are always looking for ways to improve the mobile experience for our customers. Our goal is to deliver the most reliable and seamless connectivity,” Singtel’s VP of mobile marketing Diana Chen said at the launch on Tuesday.
Converge Digest — Ericsson and SK Telecom have signed agreed to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology. The idea behind slicing is to use logical instead of physical resources to provide networks on an as-a-service basis. The instantiation of the network slicing will use the Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core solution.
Datacenter Knowledge — Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.
RTN Asia — NIIT has launched its remote or e-learning service in China, with support for Mandarin. China is one of NIIT’s biggest markets, and Cloud Campus is a solution that enables remote learning. The solution enables students to learn from the best teachers irrespective of their geographical location. They can also get hands-on practice through lab exercises in machine rooms at the NIIT centers.
Life Hacker — As the Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, May-Ann Lim works with a number of the largest cloud service providers in the region, dealing with all sorts of different issues. The association’s mission is to be the voice of the technology community and accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the APAC region. As an independent body, the ACCA’s membership includes major companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and EMC.
Virtual Strategy — NTT Com, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT, announced today that it signed an agreement recently to wholly acquire PT. Cyber CSF (Cyber CSF), a data center service provider headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. Cyber CSF, founded in 2012, is Indonesia’s largest data center service provider. It operates a high-quality facility equipped for 24 MVA of power and 2,800 racks in 7,700 square meters of space in the heart of Jakarta.
Tech Crunch — Alibaba Group announced today that it will invest a further $1 billion into Aliyun, its cloud computing unit. The capital will be used to expand Aliyun, which currently has data centers in China, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, into other international markets. The company plans to target the Middle East, where it recently formed a joint venture with Dubai-based holding company Meraas, Singapore, Japan, and Europe.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom service providers have called for an auction of airwaves in the fourth-generation band of 700Mhz, but after two years so there would be enough time to prepare and the ecosystem to mature. Industry executives said they wanted time to make their business strategy to play in a fairly new band. They expect the 700MHz band to be very expensive to buy, further straining the books of telecom operators who are sitting on about Rs 3 lakh crore of debt.
Want China Times — E-commerce giant Alibaba and internet goliath Tencent have become China’s top two cloud computing service providers but have adopted different approaches to control the field while competing with each other, according to the Beijing-based Economic Observer. The two companies have established dominance in different areas after over a decade in business–Alibaba in e-commerce, logistics and health services and Tencent in games and social networking.