Acer wins open bid for 4-year educational Chrome OS Solution procurement

TaiwanDigi Times — Acer on December 29 announced that it has won a 4-year NT$150 million (US$4.57 million) procurement contract for Chrome OS Solutions for education in an open bid held by the government of Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan. The procurement consists of more than 2,500 15.6-inch Chromebook notebooks, more than 800 Chromebox desktops, business-use PCs and screens as well as hardware/software integration and management systems, Acer said.

India mobile subscribers rise to more than 1 billion

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: India’s mobile phone subscriber base peaked to more than 1 billion users for the first time, data released by the telecom regulator on Wednesday showed, making India the only country after China to achieve that milestone. Total wireless subscribers in Asia’s third-largest economy rose to more than 1 billion at the end of October from 996.7 million at September-end, the data showed.

MediaTek targeting 20% shipment growth for 2016, says report

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek has internally set a shipment goal of 480 million chips for smartphones in 2016 representing about a 20% rise compared to 2015, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report. Among the shipment target, 250 million units will be for 4G smartphones surpassing those for 3G models for the first time, the report said.

‘Digital India’: Top 10 initiatives announced by Centre

IndiaFinancial Express — At a ‘Good Governance’ event, focused around ‘Digital India’, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of Communications & Information Technology, announced several ‘Digital India’ related e-services and products. At the occasion, Prasad said, “Digital India is something we owe to the people of India.”. The event saw the inauguration of new 23 products / eServices to achieve ambitious project of Digital India. We take a brief look at the top 10:

The cost of mobile data in Southeast Asia (INFOGRAPHIC)

APACTech in Asia — Smartphones are getting cheaper by the day – but they’re not much more than dumb bricks unless we incessantly feed them with data packages. This can become expensive. Across Southeast Asia, the cost of mobile data varies widely, as do the packet sizes and deals offered by respective carriers.

Early IT adoption doesn’t mean Singapore e-gov systems need overhaul

SingaporeZDNet — Being an early adopter of technology, Singapore’s public sector may very well be susceptible to vulnerabilities inherent in legacy systems, but this does not mean the country’s e-government systems need a complete overhaul. David Koh, chief executive of Cyber Security Agency (CSA), explained that where cybersecurity was concerned, there were typically three key aspects to manage: usability, cost, and security.

Sergey Brin visits Indonesia, talks Project Loon

IndonesiaTech in Asia — Is there something in the air? It’s the second surprise visit to Southeast Asia by a Google executive this month. Google CEO Sundar Pichai last week dropped nuggets of wisdom on a brief tour to Vietnam, and now Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed up in Indonesia more or less unannounced.

SSL selected as winner of procurement for communications satellite to Telkom, Indonesia’s largest telecommunications and network provider

IndonesiaPRNewswire — PALO ALTO, CA: Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, the largest telecommunication and network provider inIndonesia. SSL was informed last week that it is the winner of the procurement of the TELKOM-4 satellite, which will be used for fixed satellite services in Indonesia, India, and Southeast Asia.

300,000 New 4G Base Stations Will Cover China Next Year

ChinaChina Tech News — China Mobile plans to build over 300,000 new 4G base stations in 2016 and aims to increase the number of its 4G users to over 500 million by the end of 2016. During China Mobile’s terminal cooperation meeting 2015, the company’s vice president Li Hui revealed that China Mobile has completed the construction of over one million 4G base stations. The company has finished its third-phase construction and realized continuous 4G coverage in towns and villages.

The Taiwanese telco targets 6.4 million ‘4G’ users by the end of 2016

TaiwanRCR Wireless — Taiwanese mobile operator Chunghwa Telecom said it will end 2015 with 4.4 million LTE subscribers, local press reported. The telco launched commercial LTE services in May 2014. Chunghwa Telecom’s LTE customer base currently accounts for 40.7% of total LTE subscribers in Taiwan. The operator also said it expects to reach 6.4 million LTE subscribers by the end of 2016.

Sky’s the limit for cloud computing in Hong Kong as China looms large, says tech consulting arm of France’s Orange

Hong KongSCMP — Orange Business Services, the technology consulting arm of French multinational communications firm Orange, predicts a robust cloud computing market in Hong Kong as more mainland Chinese companies expand their business overseas. “Hong Kong is the springboard for many Chinese companies going international, and we believe that our activity here is critical to supporting their expansion plans,” said Helmut Reisinger, the executive vice-president for international operations at Orange Business Services.

KT Sat Still Interested in Being a Global Satellite Operator

KoreaSatellite Today — South Korean satellite operator KT Sat, owned byKorea Telecom, has not given up ambitions to become a global presence in the satellite industry. The operator currently fields three satellites — Koreasat 5 at 113 degrees east, Koreasat 6 at 116 degrees east, and Koreasat 8 at 75 degrees east — and has two more under construction. The year 2016 marks the beginning of a notable expansion for the company as new satellites bring KT Sat to previously untapped markets.

IoT is the hottest investment choice for APAC accelerators

APACe27 — The last four years have seen a surge in the startup accelerator space within the APAC region. According to a report on the startup accelerator sector in Asia and Oceania published by Fundacity — an investment platform connecting startups to investors — 2012 saw the launch of 22 new accelerators, the most in any year so far. Currently, there are about 70 startup accelerators in the region.

Next Computex Taipei to showcase 3 Internet of Things areas: organizer

 TaiwanChina Post — TAIPEI–Internet of Things (IoT) applications, innovation and startups, and business solutions will be the three main fields featured at Computex Taipei 2016, one of the world’s leading Information and Communication Technology (ICT) trade shows. The main theme of the 2016 show, to be held from May 31 to June 4 in Taipei, is “Building Partnerships in Internet Computing Ecosystems,” said the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), one of the main organizers of the fair.

Egypt looks to Suez for ICT expansion

APACHellenic Shipping News — With the $8bn expansion of the Suez Canal now complete, Egypt is looking to stimulate activity in the surrounding area, with the ICT sector one of the main focal points. Some LE12bn-15bn ($1.5bn-1.9bn) will be channelled into mega-projects in the area surrounding the Suez Canal, according to the Ministry of Communications and IT, LE9bn-12bn ($1.1bn-1.5bn) of which will be invested in fibre-optic infrastructure, application development and cloud computing, with another LE3bn ($383.1m) earmarked for the construction of technology parks in nearby Ismailia.

Infosys to open largest campus in Hyderabad

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: India’s second-largest IT company Infosys would formally inaugurate its campus at Pocharam here in February, Telangana Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao said. “The seating capacity of the campus is 25,000. Currently, 12,000 employees are working there. They are planning to inaugurate the campus formally in February, after the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections,” Rao told reporters on the sidelines of a programme at T-Hub.

The messy, tumultuous history of Google and China (INFOGRAPHIC)

ChinaTech in Asia — China and Google don’t exactly get along. Since the firm’s earliest days, when China’s internet users were only a tiny sliver of what they are today, Google and its growing array of web services have been blocked, censored, slowed down, hacked, and attacked. But there were good times, too. Sort of. We’ve collected some of the highest and lowest points of Google’s China history here. Maybe we’ll have some good news to add in 2016.

Microsoft to set up Centre of Excellence in Visakhapatnam, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government today said Microsoft India will be setting up a Centre of Excellence in Visakhapatnam as part of its digital inclusion drive in the state, besides sharpening focus on raising productivity. The technology giant signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government in deployment and use of information and communications technologies to offer better citizen services in the state, an official release said.

Worldwide desktop shipment decline to shrink from 15% in 2015 to 7% in 2016, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Although worldwide desktop shipments are expected to drop up to 15% on year in 2015, the volume in 2016 is only expected to decline less than 7% in 2016 thanks to increasing demand for high-end gaming, professional workstation and embedded-related products, while mini PCs are also expected to see stable demand, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Ericsson, China Mobile Team Up to Foster 5G Technology

ChinaZacks — Ericsson  recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with China Mobile Research Institute (“CMRI”), the research wing of state-owned telecommunication company of China Mobile Limited, to foster 5G research and development. According to this agreement, the companies will work together to develop innovative 5G mobile network technologies to help revolutionize global information and communication technology.

Foxconn sets up datacentre in Prague

Taiwanfudzilla — Foxconn and the Czech Republic-based KKCGare building a new datacente in Prague to cash in on the cloud. The  joint venture will be called SafeDX and both outfits will holding a 50 per cent stake.  The deal which was announced in the Chinese press is a way of getting a foot in the door of Europe without having to worry about data leaving the EU.  This concern is one of the major concerns for EU regulators.

Application Services: In the heartbeat of today’s app driven world, from PH

PhilippinesManila Bulletin — Applications play a big role in today’s world. They continue to revolutionize business approach and strategies, empower businesses, drive customer engagement and actuate revenue. Evolving technologies may grow in popularity and give way to opportunities but a lot of challenges still exist. When it comes to managing applications today, the span of control is shifting, forcing organizations to think about how applications can be deployed in a manner that is flexible and profitable.

Dentsu Aegis and Tencent strike big data deal

ChinamNm Brella — Tencent, China’s leading internet company, today formed a strategic partnership with Dentsu Aegis Network to allow joint access to its smart data and establish an integrated big data ecosystem in China, by bringing together disparate data islands. Network brands will be able to leverage Tencent’s data to improve Data Management Platform, facilitate programmatic buying, e as well as the ability to analyse consumers’ brand experience and attitudes that will guide advertising spend.

Guam to receive second submarine tender

APACStarts Stripes — Submarine-support ship USS Emory S. Land will change its homeport to Guam from the central Indian Ocean. The submarine tender will move to Naval Base Guam from Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia as part of the Navy’s long-range plan to put its most advanced and capable units forward, a Navy statement said last week. The vessel, which joins fellow submarine tender USS Frank Cable, will support four fast-attack submarines in Guam and other submarines rotating through the region.

BT Global Services Named Leader in Telecom Services Market in Asia-Pacific

APACTechnuter — New Delhi, India: BT today announced that it has been named a “leader” for the sixth consecutive year in the latest IDC MarketScape Asia-Pacific Next Generation Telcos; Telecom Services Vendor Assessment Report. BT received the highest score for its current capability to meet customers’ ICT needs, and for the company’s strong strategy and vision to meet evolving customer requirements in the next three to five years.

India to proceed with call drop compensation order

IndiaTelecom Asia — India’s telecom regulator will proceed with the implementation of a controversial rule requiring operators to compensate their customers for call drops, after a court refused to stay the introduction of the penalty. But the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has agreed not to take any action against operators not complying with the order until January 6, the next hearing date for the operators’ legal action against the order, theEconomic Times reported.

Tencent’s biggest investments of 2015

ChinaTech in Asia — Tencent threw a lot of money at startups last year – and that trend accelerated in 2015. Our data shows that Tencent was involved in about 50 deals around the world. For this list, we’ve combined the 20 biggest ones to show you what the web giant and WeChat maker is interested in right now.

China’s dark matter satellite begins its search for answers

ChinaTech in Asia — Scientists in China announced Tuesday that the country’s space-based search for dark matter has officially begun. Wukong, a Chinese satellite launched last week to search for evidence of dark matter, is successfully communicating with earth. Wukong is officially called the Dark Matter Particle Explorer, but it takes its more-popular nickname from the iconic Journey to the West character.

5 reasons why Alibaba invested billions this year

ChinaTech in Asia — To say that Alibaba invested a lot of money this year wouldn’t really capture the scope of the situation. We’ve moved beyond hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars territory. We’ve even moved out of the single-digit billions. You don’t throw that kind of money around without having a plan. And judging from the company’s past performance and its stated goals, we reckon these five strategies played into Alibaba’s investment-crazed 2015.

Online shopping, B2B ecommerce drive 53% of China’s 3rd-party online payment sector

ChinaEnterprise Innovation — A study done by iResearch has revealed that the e-commerce sector in China entered a new period of growth in Q2 with substantial increase in online shopping and B2B e-commerce gross merchant volume (GMV), resulting in a surge in third-party online payment GMV. In addition, air ticket booking, online gaming and other traditional sectors maintained stable growth.