Tech In Asia — Whether it is because of its exceptional entrepreneurship, state support for innovation, or just the sheer giant population base, China undoubtedly has the world’s largest number of internet users and fastest growing ecommerce markets. We’ve seen a number of successful start-ups and other business stories on Chinese internet within China, but what about foreign small business owners or investors who want to squeeze into China’s huge online market? How can social media help them achieve this goal?
Tech In Asia — India’s mobile internet boom has brought in a new fund for startups. Giant chipmaker Qualcomm today announced an India-specific US$150 million venture capital fund for startups in the mobile and internet-of-everything (IoE) ecosystem. This fund will be established through its venture arm, Qualcomm Ventures.
Telecom Paper — Fujitsu announced its Fujitsu Digital Business Platform MetaArc, which incorporates cloud, mobile, big data, and IoT technologies. Fujitsu offers an initial lineup of six new MetaArc products and services, led by Fujitsu Cloud Service K5. MetaArc integrates the systems of engagement (SoE) that enable customers’ digital transformations, such as business process innovations and the creation of new businesses, and systems of record (SoR), which are existing information systems, including mission critical systems, on a single platform.
Tele Analysis — Cambodia’s Chuan Wei has signed a frame agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to expand mobile ultra-broadband connectivity across the country thereby deploying LTE and VoLTE. The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE and VoLTE technologies will allow Chuan Wei to meet growing data demands of more enterprise customers while launching new consumer services.
Channel News Asia — SHANGHAI: China’s State Council, or cabinet, has issued guidelines encouraging deeper links between online businesses and bricks-and-mortar stores, pledging to cut red tape and promote tax and financial support to make it happen. The guidelines, dated Sept. 18 and published late on Tuesday, were cast as a way to spur consumption and economic activity. They come at a time when China’s economic growth is at its slowest in years.
Deal Street Asia — Infosys Ltd has partnered with Palo Alto-based venture capital firm Vertex Ventures US Fund I Lp to boost its access to start-ups focused on disruptive technologies. The move by Infosys Innovation Fund, which has an outlay of $500 million, puts India’s second-largest software services exporter in the league of technology titans such as Google Inc. that (through their corporate venture arms) have partnered with VC firms across the globe to find the next big thing.
NASDAQ — Data center company, Equinix Inc. has scaled a new level of technological success in the field of subsea communications by backing the development of a high-speed underwater cable network between the U.S. and Asia. The company will help to build the fiber-optic cable system, FASTER, on the Trans-Pacific route connecting the U.S. and Japan. As is evident from the name of the project, the latest subsea cable system can support channel rates of 60Tb/s.
Jewo City — Following the announcement, Kumar Sundaram wrote on Asia Progressive that Modi and Zuckerberg have come together to “end net neutrality in India“. While Mr Modi said India-US partnership was driven by economic ties, Mr. Obama said: “We also had a chance to talk about trade and investment”, adding that Mr. Modi is hoping that Indian Americans can contribute to India’s growth. The Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer also chose to include the Indian tricolour in his own Facebook profile picture.
RCR Wireless — In an interview with Mobile World Live, Huawei Small Cell Marketing Director Philip Song said the telecoms equipment vendors expects to significantly grow its market share in the small cells sector. He emphasized the benefit to network operators who purchase macro base stations and small cells from the same vendor.
Inquirer — DataOne Asia (Philippines) Inc. one of the country’s foremost IT managed services providers and the Philippines leading provider of ‘Managed Cloud Computing services’ for large and medium enterprise will host an important CIO briefing this coming Thursday morning October 1st at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati.
The government needs to answer questions about why the state-owned Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) is selling 57Gbps of bandwidth to an Italian company at a knock-down price far below the prevailing price in Bangladesh’s market. With broadband uptake in Bangladesh sorely lagging behind other countries, it makes no sense to export bandwidth at such low prices, when in other deals with India, BSCCl has achieved higher rates.
Fool — Networking giant Cisco recently agreed to form a joint venture with Chinese server maker Inspur to sell networking and cloud computing products in China. The companies announced that they would invest $100 million in the project, but neither revealed any specific details. The partnership is a clear attempt to boost Cisco’s presence in China, where sales have tumbled due to competition from cheaper Chinese rivals like Huawei, exacerbated by cybersecurity concerns about American tech companies.
Enterprise Innovation — The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) wants to make Singapore the world’s first Smart Nation, and this vision means connecting devices, things and people to provide better quality of life in an era of mobility, urban density, aging population and so on. IDA’s executive deputy chairman, Steve Leonard, has said that when tackling difficult urban challenges in areas such as healthcare and energy, enterprises in Singapore need to capture and analyze massive amounts of data, and use that situational awareness to take meaningful actions.
IT Wire — Global SaaS provider of secure enterprise content collaboration solutions, Intralinks, is to offer its solutions at a new data centre in Australia using HP products and technology. The new data centre, featuring the HP Helion OpenStack Platform, will deliver secure enterprise content collaboration capabilities to address what Intralinks says is growing customer demand for solutions that maintain compliance with national data sovereignty laws and regulations.
Times of India — SAN JOSE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended a townhall meeting with Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook headquarters. Before the townhall meeting, both PM Modi and Zuckerberg changed their profile pictures on the Facebook. Here are important quotes from PM Modi and Zuckerberg’s townhall event:
IT News — US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingping said they had reached a “common understanding” on curbing economic cyber espionage, but Obama remained wary and said he would impose sanctions on Chinese hackers who persist with cyber crimes.
Vietnam Net — Annual salaries of IT staff in Vietnam stand at an average of $30,938, ranking the country second from bottom and lower than other countries in Asia such as China, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Bulgaria pays the lowest annual salaries for IT workers, at $25,680 per year, while Switzerland pays the highest, at $171,465, followed by Belgium, Denmark, the US, and the UK.
Digital News Asia — PC vendors shipped a total of 588,300 units in Singapore in the first half of 2015, a 12 percent growth over the same period last year, according to industry research firm Gartner, Inc. In a statement, principle research analyst at Gartner, Lillian Tay said, “Growth was driven by mobile PCs as shipments increased 18.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago, while desk-based PCs declined 2.3 percent.”
Myanmar Times — The cloud and data centre firm – now moving into the Myanmar Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Park’s Building 17 – is pumping more than US$1 million into the country’s burgeoning information technology market. “In the initial phase we are putting at least $1 million into the project, and then we hope to expand in the years to come, to double the size to support the demand,” said TrueIDC Thailand’s general manager Thanasorn Jaidee.
Telecom TV — Europe and Asia show no signs of complacency in the race towards 5G, with politicians in both regions anxious to collaborate rather than compete – at least for now. North America needs to wake up and get more involved at the Presidential level. Following similar agreements with South Korea last year and Japan in May, the European Union has now signed a key partnership with China.
Business Cloud News — Telefónica and China Unicom have agreed to share their international data centre capacity for multinational clients across Europe, The Americas and Asia. The initial agreement covers three major data centres from each operator but, the companies say, this could be the first step towards larger scale cloud cooperation.
Times of India — SILICON VALLEY: Endorsing PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme, Microsoft CEO said it will bring about solutions for the challenge of digital divide. “Digital India will bring about solutions for the challenge of digital divide,” said Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO last year, at a dinner interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Times of India — PM Narendra Modi in his address at the Digital India event spoke at length on technological advancements and its impact on people and nation as a whole. Here’s are key takeaways from PM’s speech at Digital India event in Silicon Valley:
NBN has handed six contractors deals for the second set of network deployments supporting its multi-technology mix. The list of contractors includes SA Power Networks in the Northern Territory and South Australia, QC Comms in the Australian Capital Territory and parts of New South Wales, with Lend Lease also joining it in NSW. Service Stream and Decon scored deals for additional NBN FTTx builds in Victoria.
Digi Times — Asustek Computer was the largest gaming notebook vendor in the first half of 2015 and acquired a share of around 40% in shipments of gaming notebooks featuring Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M, 960M, 970M and 980M graphics cards, according to sources from the supply chain. Following Asustek, Lenovo was the second largest with a shipment share of 30%, mainly relying on demand from China, the sources said.
Times of India — SAN JOSE: India will play a big part in driving technology forward in the future, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on Sunday as he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accelerating India’s effort to become the next global hot bed of innovation and entrepreneurship. Driving technology forward would really improve people’s lives in India and all around the world, Pichai said.
Telecom Asia — The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is calling on all the nation’s operators to introduce real-time usage alerts to protect consumers from bill shock. ACCAN said currently the warnings sent by operators can be up to 48 hours out of date before consumers receive them, which can lead to consumers racking up major debts without realising it.
China’s ZTE Corporation has signed a TD-LTE wireless cooperation deal with both the China Mobile Research Institute and South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. The tripartite memorandum of understanding will cover in-depth cooperation on technologies including TDD/FDD data roaming and VoLTE, addressing possible interconnection and interoperability issues as TD-LTE networks are constructed in South Korea.
The Register — Rumours are emerging that there’s yet another break in the SeaMeWe-3 cable. The Register has been unable to get confirmation of the break, but has been told that Australian ISPs are seeing blowouts in ping times as traffic routes around the problem. The SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable provides connectivity from Australia to Europe via the middle-east, and in Singapore picks up connectivity to Asia.
Alibaba’s UC Browser announced during the Global Mobile Internet Conference Jakarta that they will establish their Southeast Asia headquarters in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. With the new headquarters, UC Browser plans to further enhance their investment and distribution in Southeast Asia.