Vietnam Net — In Apple’s distribution map, Diep said Viet Nam was ranked in the third group in the system. The first one includes the United States, Japan and China, while the second has Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. The first group would be accorded priority to bring in new products, followed by the second, and then the third.
Myanmar Times — The young people, who are between 20 and 35 years old, have adopted the name Myanmar Online Family and started a website. The founders are from six cities – Mandalay, Yangon, Mogok, Myingyan, Kyaukse and Nyaung Oo. Ko Phyo Nyi Nyi, a founder, said the association would like to position itself as an arbitrating voice between consumers and mobile companies. He pointed to improving coverage and a range of companies entering the country, including Huawei, Samsung, Oppo and Vivo.
Digital News Asia — THE Hub Singapore has officially moved into its new premises at 128 Prinsep Street, saying that it would also be introducing “tailored innovation and impact lab” programmes for corporations looking to innovate through collaborations with startups and entrepreneurs. Companies currently involved in the programme include JP Morgan, DBS Bank and Procter & Gamble, The Hub said in a statement.
Taiwan’s Asustek Computer launched three new models in its low-cost ZenFone range Thursday, saying it is looking to increase its smartphone sales by 100% in its home market. In the last nine months of 2014, the company sold more than 1 million units of its first generation ZenFone in Taiwan and is expecting its sales for the same period this year to exceed 2 million units, said Asustek vice president Benson Lin.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Sanjay Kapoor is stepping down as chairman of Micromax, a little over a year after joining the country’s No. 2 handset maker. “Mr Sanjay Kapoor has decided to move on,” the company said in an email to ET. Several people aware of the matter said his departure stemmed from differences with promoters over strategy.
Want China Times — Taiwan’s Acer is aiming to triple the number of its cloud users in 2015 as the world’s fifth-largest PC maker responds to a shrinking PC industry by making software and offering online cloud services. Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and tablet business group, said the company has seen the number of individual users of its free cloud services jump from 5 million last year to nearly 10 million so far this year, and the figure is estimated to reach 15 million by year-end.
Times of India — New Delhi: The entry of Mukesh Ambani’s 4G vehicle Reliance Jio by the end of the year is prompting incumbent telecom operators to announce competing plans on the high-speed network. Days after Bharti Airtel laid out a comprehensive national 4G plan, close rival and the country’s second-biggest mobile operator Vodafone also said that it will offer the services by the end of this year.
Want China Times — WeBank, China’s first internet-based bank, has released an app which allows users to open a bank account with their existing WeChat or QQ accounts, reports the Shanghai-based Xinmin Evening News. After choosing one of the accounts, the bank registration process is fairly similar to any other bank account, requiring a name, ID card number, smartphone number, password and swipe lock pattern.
Want China Times — Cima NanoTech, a US-based developer of transparent conductive film solutions, announced Tuesday that it has entered into a joint venture with Foxconn Technology Group to deliver components for large format touch screens. The two companies will sell Cima NanoTech’s proprietary Sante ProTouch modules through Cima Touch, the company formed under this joint venture, Cima NanoTech said in a statement.
Times of iIndia — KOLKATA: Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel and No. 3 carrier Idea Cellular cornered maximum incremental revenue market share (RMS) in the fiscal first quarter 2015-16, riding on strong data services penetration and revenue growth. Market leader Bharti Airtel captured the highest incremental RMS of 34% in the April-June quarter, while Idea’s grew to 32.8%.
Digi Times — Global shipments of wearable devices came to 18.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015, up 223.2% from the 5.6 million shipped a year earlier, according to IDC. Fitbit ranked as the number one vendor with shipments totaling 4.4 million units in the second quarter, up 158.8% on year, but its market share dropped to 24.3% from 30.4% during the same period, IDC said.
Digi Times — More consolidation efforts are needed in Taiwan’s IC-design industry in order to cope with increasing global competition, according to sources at local IC design houses. Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) recently made a tender offer to buy up to 25% of outstanding shares of rival Silicon Precision Industries (SPIL).
Deccan Herald — According to a report by Future Market Insight, automotive telematics combines telecommunication and informatics to provide various services such as navigation, safety and security dynamically to vehicles. Currently, the global penetration of automotive telematics is 48 per cent, which is expected to reach around 62 per cent by 2020.
IT News — M2 Group chief executive Geoff Horth is on the prowl for potential acquisitions in both the telco and energy markets in the wake of TPG’s approved takeover of iiNet. The deal, described as “bittersweet” by iiNet founder Michael Malone, will see Optus, Telstra and TPG/iiNet claim a combined total of around 80 percent of the Australian broadband retail market.
Fierce Telecom — The FCC plans to extend mandatory reporting on service outages to submarine cable systems by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) during its monthly meeting in September. It will consider a draft NPRM that proposes to require submarine cable licensees to report significant outages in appropriate detail through the FCC’s Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), where other wireline and wireless communications providers already report outages.
Global Risk Insights — As Singapore seeks new sources of growth, the micro-nation is positioning itself to become Asia’s start-up hub. By promoting outside-of-the-box thinking, Singapore could see political spillover as the government loosens control over the commanding heights of the 21st century information economy.
NDTV — US-based cloud services and business mobility solution provider VMware on Thursday said that it was looking to capitalise on the $2.3 billion (roughly Rs. 15,214 crores) enterprise mobility market in India which is on the rise due to the growing mobile subscriber base in the country.
Telecom Asia — A world where machines do all the work – Considering the pace of technological innovations today, this vision is close to being a reality. Analyst firm IDC projects that the number of IoT installed bases in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) will include 8.8 billion devices by 2020.
The Stack — Interoute has opened two new trans-pacific network routes connecting Los Angeles and Hong Kong to bolster its position as Europe’s ‘biggest cloud service platform.’ The operator said that the independent routes mark ‘the final step in creating a fully meshed global network,’ lowering latency for customers in North America and Asia.
Times of India — TOKYO: Japanese electronics giant Panasonic on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Beijing this month, cutting 1,300 jobs due to weak global demand for basic mobile phones and digital cameras. Employees were informed in late July of the planned closure of the 15-year-old factory, a company spokeswoman said. The plant produces batteries for simple mobile phones and digital cameras which have been overtaken by more sophisticated smartphones.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Top mobile operators have urged the telecom department (DoT) to speed up harmonization of 1800MHz airwaves, an exercise that will free up an additional 10MHz of contiguous 4G services spectrum in the band in the run-up to the next auction likely in March next year.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Amazon.com plans to launch its video streaming service in Japan for members of its Prime paid service as it gears up for Netflix’s planned entry into the country in September. Amazon’s Prime members get unlimited access to videos under its Prime Instant Video service.
Digi Times — Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has signed a strategic-alliance agreement with Microsoft for cooperation on Cloud Solution Provider and Cloud OS Network, with CHT responsible for providing Microsoft Office 365 cloud computing services on a rental basis for CHT’s enterprise and government subscribers. The available cloud computing services are private cloud and private/public hybrid cloud services covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, CHT said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: When Reliance Retail started selling fruits and vegetables at prices lower than market rates and talked about eliminating middlemen, the then Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh shut the stores, calling it a law and order problem. Eight years later, online grocery stores are looking to gain favour with customers by offering onions at about half the rate that neighbourhood stores are charging.
Digi Times — Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% on year, instead of a previous forecast of an 11.3% growth, to 1.44 billion units in 2015, according to the latest data released by IDC. However, steadily falling ASPs will fuel growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019.
Datacenter Dynamics — When we spoke to Joe Kava, vice president of data centers at Google in Singapore in 2014, he told us Asia’s Internet users had grown by the equivalent of the entire population of Canada in Q3 of that year. That works out to about 35 million new Internet users in three months, of which a good chunk is doubtlessly made up of users from South East Asia.
Forbes — Two years ago China’s Tsinghua Unigroup was nothing more than an obscure state-backed company peddling scanners and herbal medicine drinks. But a reported deal to buy U.S. chipmaker Micron Technologies for $23 billion has brought it into the spotlight. Tsinghua Unigroup, 51% owned by state-run Tsinghua Holdings, is still in talks with Micron, despite the steep national security concerns the deal faces.
Enterprise Innovation — Hybrid IT is fast becoming the new normal across organizations in Asia-Pacific. With the increasing utilization of data centers and cloud services across the Asia Pacific region, companies have gradually updated or upgraded their existing IT systems, giving rise to the Hybrid IT environment. Frost & Sullivan believes that enterprises have to remain dynamic to ensure their long-term sustainability. The analyst believes that within enterprise IT, the only constant is change.
Economic Times — NEW DELHI: Reliance Communications (RCom) Thursday said that it has entered in to partnership with global Internet of Things (IoT) player Jasper to enable enterprises throughout India to launch, manage and monetize next-generation IoT businesses. RCom is Jasper’s sole telecom partner in the South Asia country. The partnership pairs the capabilities of RCom’s 11 data center facilities and its Global Cloud Exchange (Cloud X) platform with Jasper’s global IoT services platform to enable enterprises to capitalize on IoT services, the company said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Country’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel has acquired wireless broadband firm Augere’s India operations, a move that will help the firm to augment its 4G presence in the country. The company did not disclose the deal value. With this acquisition, Bharti Airtel’s 4G services will now be available in over 300 cities and towns.