Samsung to add IoT support in all products in 2020

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics is looking to make 90% of its ultra-thin LCD TVs and mobile devices support Internet of Things (IoT) applications prior to 2017 and, by 2020 all of Samsung’s products will feature IoT support, according to president of Samsung Taiwan’s solution business Gary Wu. Wu cited Gartner figures that IoT-supported devices will reach 6.4 billion units worldwide in 2016 and will create enterprise service spending of around US$869 billion, accounting for over 60% of overall spending.

Micromax launches Canvas Pace 4G Q416, priced Rs 6,821

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Domestic handset maker Micromax has launched Canvas Pace 4G Q416 smartphone in India. The entry level smartphone is priced at Rs 6,821 and is currently available on eBay India. The dual-sim smartphone features a 5-inch FWVGA (480x854p) display and is powered by 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor and 1GB RAM and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.

In major departure, Xiaomi’s new tablet will also run Windows 10

ChinaTech in Asia — Xiaomi’s latest tablet, the Mi Pad 2, is thinner than its predecessor, features a full-metal body, and will even be capable of running Windows 10, the company announced at an event today in Beijing. The Mi Pad 2 will be available with 16 and 64 gigabytes of storage, and features a 7.9-inch screen, an Intel X5 quad-core processor, and USB type-C charging.

Tsinghua Unigroup seeking investment in SK Hynix, says report

KoreaDigi Times —- According to China’s, state-backed tech conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup intends to buy a stake in South Korea-based SK Hynix for around CNY30 billion (US$4.7 billion). Tsinghua Unigroup offered to pay a premium to buy a 15-20% stake in SK Hynix, and occupy a portion of production capacity at a new flash memory fabrication facility SK Hynix will be allowed and financed to build in China, the Website indicated.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber blocked ‘indefinitely’ in Bangladesh

BangladeshTech in Asia — The Bangladeshi government has moved to block six social apps – Facebook, Messenger, Line, WhatsApp, Viber, and Tango – citing security reasons stemming from its decision to award the death penalty to two opposition leaders. The decision came after the country’s Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling to execute the pair for crimes committed during the 1971 war, reports DW.

China Telecom taps Alca-Lu for 4G expansion

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Telecom has awarded Alcatel-Lucent a pair of contracts covering expansion of the operator’s 4G network. Alcatel-Lucent said it has secured a contract to help deploy China Telecom’s LTE network across 12 provinces in China. In major cities this will include the deployment of LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation capability, marking the first commercial introduction of FDD LTE carrier aggregation in China. The deployment is expected to be complete this month.

Huawei Opens First Experience Store In Philippines

PhilippinesChina Tech News — Chinese telecom device maker Huawei has launched its first experience store in the Philippines. Locating at the heart of SM Mall, Manila, this new experience store represents another major step of the overseas market expansion of Huawei and the company continues to develop and grow its brand influence.

Singtel investing S$400m in new Jurong data centre

SingaporeData Center News — SingTel is investing S$400 million to build a new data centre in Singapore to meet demand for co-location and cloud services. The new data centre – Singtel’s largest investment in Singapore to date – will be a Tier 3-Plus facility capable of meeting the critical hosting needs of the financial services sector, government agencies and cloud and internet service providers, Singtel says. Both private and co-location data hosting will be available via the centre, which will be located in Jurong.

China’s Baidu Is Increasing Its Indian E-commerce Exposure?

IndiaChina Tech News — Chinese search engine company Baidu reportedly plans to acquire a controlling stake in, a leading e-commerce platform for discounted products in India. According to reports in Indian local media, Baidu expressed an intention to acquire a majority stake in and the investment can reach up to USD100 million, which is about CNY630 million. Neither Baidu nor have commented on the news.

Equinix takes fourth place in Japanese data centre market with buy

JapanData Center News — Equinix has completed its acquisition of 97% of the equity interests of Japan’s Bit-isle, creating the fourth largest data centre operator in Japan. Equinix, which announced its intention to acquire the Japanese data centre operator, is using the acquisition to expand its data centre footprint and support growing demand for interconnection throughout Asia Pacific. The acquisition was done through Equinix’s Japanese subsidiary and provides Equinix with six more data centres in Japan.

Myanmar named fourth-fastest-growing mobile market in the world by Ericsson

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Mobile subscribers globally for the third quarter came to roughly 7.3 billion, in line with the global population. Meanwhile, mobile subscriptions in Southeast Asia and Oceania will cross the 1 billion mark before 2016 and hit about 1.3 billion by 2021. After a banner year for telecoms in Myanmar, the country has about 36 million mobile subscribers – up by 5 million over last quarter, the report said.

Enterprise security in Asia, 2015

APACNetworks Asia — The enterprise love affair with technology is showing no signs of dissipating. From bring-your-own-devices to the ever-present tipping point of the Internet of Things, the business world has bounced back from the financial crisis and is aggressively pursuing advanced enterprise architecture. A large proportion (65%) of businesses are now using cloud technology of some sort . In fact, so ubiquitous is cloud now that the debate has evolved from public vs private to customised cloud solutions on a per case basis.

NTT Communications Extends its Leadership as the Top Wholesale IP Provider in Asia

JapanBusiness Wire — NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the global data and IP services arm of Fortune Global 500 telecom leader NTT, today announced its participation as a Platinum Sponsor at the Capacity Asia 2015 Conference taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 November to 2 December. Capacity Asia is one of the leading events for the wholesale IP service industry in the region.

Indonesia’s Astra Graphia to launch B2B e-commerce venture

IndonesiaDeal Street Asia  — PT Astra Graphia Tbk, a major player in office document solution and technology company in Indonesia, plans to launch business to business (B2B) e-commerce venture early next year with a total investment of Rp50 billion ($3.64 million), a company official said. Chief of Finance and Accounting of Astra Graphia Panji Nurfirman said, the move was aimed to boost sales and take advantage of the e-commerce business growth in the country.

Telcos seek national policy for optical fibre rollout, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Citing limited spectrum for cellular services, telecom players said the government should come out with an industry-friendly policy to facilitate the rollout of optical fibre across the country. “Optical fibre cable (OFC) will be more valuable than the spectrum in coming days. Spectrum is limited and also has gone in the different tangent.

Microsoft empowers IT partners in Singapore to accelerate IoT adoption

SingaporeNetworks Asia — In support for Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, Microsoft is empowering over 50 IT partners, including independent software vendors and application builder partners in Singapore, to help public and private organizations leverage the Internet of Things (IoT). Specifically, these partners will build applications by harnessing untapped data for actionable insights that can help organizations be more customer obsessed, transform into a digital business, and become more responsive.

Undersea stations to turn Sabah into telecom hub

MalaysiaDaily Express — Kota Kinabalu: The building of two undersea cable stations in the city and Tawau is expected to turn Sabah into a telecommunication hub. Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Siringan Gubat said this during question and answer time at the State Assembly sitting here, Thursday. The 1Malaysia Cable System Project (SKR1M) involving the connection of undersea cable from the city to Pahang, which was provided for by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak under Budget 2015, is expected to be completed at the end of the second quarter of 2017, he said.

Open bids for 2,500-2,600MHz bands increase to NT$23.1 billion, says NCC

TaiwanDigi Times — Bids for 2,500-2,600MHz frequency bands for 4G mobile communications on November 26 resulted in total bids of NT$23.100 billion (US$711 million), 60.42% over the total floor price, according to the National Communications Commission (NCC). The closing bidding prices were: NT$5.865 billion for D1, NT$5.640 billion D2, NT$5.640 billion D3, NT$3.005 billion D4, NT$1.445 billion D5 and NT$1.505 billion D6, NCC indicated.

NBN considering overbuilding dodgy $800m Optus cable

AustraliaIT News — NBN is considering building over the Optus hybrid fibre-coaxial cable it purchased for $800 million after finding the network is in such a degraded state that it is not fit for purpose. The national network builder’s deal with Optus for its HFC network was approved by the ACCC in August, just two months after it inked a similar deal with Telstra.

Dell Ventures to invest $300 million in Indian startups

IndiaAUSTIN, TEXAS: Dell Ventures, the $300-million venture fund arm of personal computing giant Dell, is planning to bet big on the Indian startup ecosystem and partner or invest in new-age disruptive startups in the country, as part of its broader push into Asia, a top company executive said in an interview.

China Telecom launches cloud service to Indian market

IndiaBusiness Cloud News — The Indian subsidiary of China Telecom (China Telecom India) has launched a business cloud service to Chinese businesses operating on the India market. The service, it says, will straddle the public private computing divide and cater to demand for hybrid cloud systems. The new hybrid cloud service offers professional system management, security and disaster recovery, along with 24-hour, 7 days a week customer service in Chinese.

CenturyLink picks up 2015 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Strategy Award

APACEnterprise Innovation — The debate over whether cloud computing has a place in an organization’s IT strategy has long passed. These days, the questions that remains is how fast the organization will transition to a cloud strategy and whether in some cases the approach will be public or private, or a combination of the two. For many organizations the logical approach is a middle ground that takes into consideration a combination of operational, budget, skills and priorities.

Korea government to invest US$110 million into wearables development, says report

KoreaDigi Times — The Korea government has announced from 2016 it will invest US$110 million over a five-year period into developing materials and components for wearable products, according to Korea-based D-Daily. Roughly US$13 million of the amount will be used for developing support centers in aim of further commercializing the technology, the report said. IDTechEx believes the wearables market will reach US$70 billion in value in 2024.

Wistron and Optiemus set up joint venture in India

IndiaDigi Times — Wistron has announced the establishment of a joint venture in Noida, a planned new town in northern India, with Optiemus Infracom, an India-based mobile telecom device distributor. Wistron president Robert Huang and Optiemus president Ravinder Zutshi signed an MoU for the joint venture in New Delhi on November 24. The Taiwan-based Wistron will hold a 20% stake in the joint venture.

Singapore’s third IDA Labs@NLB brings technology to the community

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has partnered the National Library Board (NLB) to open the third IDA Labs facility at Jurong Regional Library (JRL).  Minister for Communications and Information Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim officially opened the facility on Friday. In bringing technology closer to the community, IDA and NLB said they hope to encourage hands-on experimentation and creation as a new way of learning.

VMWare looks to thrive under Dell India shadow

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Virtualization software maker VMWare expects the takeover of its parent, EMC Corp, by Dell to help it make inroads into the small and medium enterprises and businesses market in India, where the US technology giant has a large presence. “Where I think we will have opportunity to do a little more with Dell will be in the small medium enterprise and the SMB space where VMware has not had a large footprint. We have not had access to that market which is a Dell stronghold,” Arun Parameswaran, managing director at VMware India, told ET in an interview.

Lenovo aims to double India smartphone production to 10 million units

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo, which owns the Motorola brand, plans to nearly double local production to 10 million units annually next year, as it aims to become the No. 2 smartphone brand in the fastest growing market worldwide. The company also plans to export from its existing facility in Chennai and will add more models from both brands to be made locally. Lenovo plans to bring the popular phone customization programme Moto Maker to India, after launching it in the US and Brazil.

Online video competition poised to turn up Asia subscription economy

APACZDNet — Subscription may be a dirty word for content proponents who believe the industry should be free of walled gardens, but this business model is touted to offer valuable insights and a way to build better customer relations. Asia’s online video space, in particular is set to heat up with Netflix expanding its presence into the region including Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan where its services will launch in early-2016. It launched in Australia and New Zealand this March.

Hengtong Plans Optic Cable Base In Malaysia

MalaysiaThe Malaysian Reserve — Hengtong Group Co Ltd (Hengtong), China’s largest industrial optic cable producer by volume, plans to set up an industrial base in Malaysia by 2018, according to the company’s top official. Hengtong Group deputy president Forest Wang said the move would allow the company to tap into the growing market in Malaysia as well as the rest of Asean.

Mobile subscribers in India to cross 500 million by year end: Report

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India is set to have more than half a billion (500 million) unique mobile subscribers by the end of the year, thanks to affordable devices, easy tariff and digital literacy drives, a study by GSMA said on Thursday. The report, “The Mobile Economy: India 2015”, said that 13% of the world’s mobile subscribers lived in India. The subscriber growth was forecast to outperform the regional and global averages over the coming years.