Dell — As companies continue to experiment with the Internet of Things, Dell OEM Solutions is ramping up activity at its three IoT labs: in Santa Clara, California, Limerick, Ireland, and Singapore. Jointly funded with Intel, the labs provide potential and future Dell customers, from small startups to large telecommunications companies, with a facility to develop proof-of-concept projects in IoT.
Mobile World Live — South Korea’s KT will invest KRW150 billion ($130 million) on building a network for the so called “Internet of Small Things (IoST)”. Korea Times claims the company will launch the “world’s first” nationwide LTE-M network dedicated to IoST, which will allow “massive connectivity between sensors collecting low volume data, with minimum electricity consumption”.
Datacenter Dynamics — Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) has announced that it has completed the landing of the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable in Singapore, in the western part of the island at Tuas. Projected to be go live later this year, the 20,000km SEA-ME-WE 5 connects Singapore to France via Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, United Arab Erimates, Djibuti, Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Italy.
CE Asia Mag — IoT Asia 2016, the region’s leading platform in the Internet of Things (IoT) returns with its third and largest edition from March 30-31, 2016 at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre. Themed Closing the gap: From vision to reality, this edition will reveal new insights on emerging trends, new key technologies and directions for IoT’s proliferation in the region.
ZDNet — Telstra, Singtel, and SubPartners have entered a memorandum of understanding to construct a high-capacity Perth to Singapore subsea cable. The cable, named APX-West, will be 4,500km long, with two fibre pairs providing a minimum of 10 Terabits per second capacity each pair and two-way data transmission. It will replace the slower-speed SEA-ME-WE 3 (SMW3) cable, which currently carries data traffic between the two countries.
Business Cloud News — The Korean government has announced a new policy to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the country, according to Business Korea. Speaking at a cloud computing conference in Korea, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning have announced that it will be running a number of initiatives to increase the adoption of cloud computing from 6.4% to 13%, seemingly over the next twelve months.
Enterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ first microsatellite, Diwata-1, was launched into space on March 23 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Camp Canaveral, Florida. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo said that Diwata-1’s launch into space would enable the government to generate real-time data that will help the country improve its disaster-response mechanisms.
Tech in Asia — Japanese recruiting startup BizReach today announced a Series A round of funding from 10 companies totaling US$32.8 million. The investors in the round are YJ Capital, Japan Co-Invest Fund, Salesforce Ventures, Dentsu Digital Holdings, Gree, Rakuten, Link and Motivation, EFU Investment Limited, IMJ Investment Partners Japan Fund 1, and East Ventures (Disclosure: Tech in Asia is also backed by East Ventures).
Times of India — MUMBAI: Union minister for communication & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Digital Indiainitiative of the government is a $ 1 trillion business opportunity across IT and IT enabled services, telecom and electronics manufacturing. Speaking at the inauguration of FICCI Frames 2016 Media & Entertainment Industry Conclave in Mumbai, Prasad said Digital India is one of the signature campaigns of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to empower the citizens of India digitally.
Digi Times — Tablet shipment volumes are tumbling, with ABI Research attributing the general decline over the past two years to two culprits. Demand for branded tablets in advanced market economies is decreasing due to saturation, slow replacement cycles, greater influence of business purchases, and substitution.
Myanmar Times — The new 5 percent tariff will go into effect at the start of the 2016-17 fiscal year, on April 1. The tax would have been imposed on the telecoms industry last June, but the government voted to suspend it, extending what the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology had called an initial exemption for the sector.
Times of India — BEIJING: China’s government is proposing new regulations governing where businesses register their web addresses, a move that could strengthen its ability — and legal standing — to censor the internet. Under new draft regulations released this week by the ministry of Industry and Information Technology, any firm that provides services to Chinese internet users must register its domain, or web address, with the authorities.
Daze Info — Cisco with revenue of US $49.2 billion and total employee strength of 71,833 has decided to help Indian start-ups bloom. The Company has decided to invest US $100 million in India for the next 18-24 months for the digitalization all throughout the Country. John Thomas Chambers, Executive Chairman – Cisco, believes it will also help in creating jobs and faster innovations in the region. Cisco announced in the presence of its executive Chairman on Friday about all the investment design and how it is going to be implemented.
Datacenter News — Nintex has signed on to deploy and operate its cloud-based services within Microsoft’s Azure Japan data center, to support increased cloud adoption in Asia Pacific. The workflow automation vendor says operating within the Microsoft Azure Japan data center will provide Nintex end users in Japan with greater uptime, enhanced data security and more bandwidth, enabling more effective response, management and scaling of Nintex Workflow for Office 365 deployments and migration from Workflow for SharePoint to cloud or hybrid scenarios.
ZDNet — Singaporean incumbent telecommunications provider Singtel has announced the upcoming launch of its Transit NFC SIM, enabling customers to pay for train and bus trips using smartphones with near-field communication (NFC). Singtel customers across the island will be able to pay for MRT, LRT, and bus rides using an NFC phone that has the telco’s Dash app installed.
Telecom Asia — Apple and Samsung recognize that revenue from the sale of mobile devices, alone, cannot keep shareholders happy. With the vendors venturing into what is arguably one of the most exciting spaces in the financial services space – payments – it begs the questions of who will follow suit and whether the market can afford multiple payment providers.
The Hindu — People of Andhra Pradesh are extremely entrepreneurship-savvy. It is for the Government to tap into this resource pool and gain maximum leverage, says Kiranmai Dutt Pendyala, AMD Greater Asia & EMEA Corporate Vice-President (HR). Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of a conference on entrepreneurship, she says small start-ups can think of tapping into cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT), the two most happening things currently.
Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd., the country’s largest venture firm with $300 million in assets under management, announced the SuperSeed Fund with Gobi on Thursday last week. They will seek to invest in 25 to 35 early-stage startups across Southeast Asia over the next three years.
Telecom Asia — SK Telecom has revealed that its Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) based mobile payment service T Pay has surpassed 100,000 subscribers just two weeks after launch. T Pay offers the ability for customers to pay for purchases without touching their phones, and be charged through carrier billing. It is based on a BLE payment platform developed by SK Telecom.
Digi Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced on March 28 that the company and the municipal government of Nanjing, China have signed an investment agreement. This agreement affirms that TSMC will make an investment in Nanjing valued at US$3 billion to establish TSMC (Nanjing) Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary managing a 12-inch wafer fab and a design service center.
Gov Insider — How can CIOs in the Philippines Government ensure that their agencies are safe from cyber attack? This key question will be answered at an upcoming Microsoft Summit held on 6 – 8 April in Bohol. Keshav Dhakad of the Digital Crimes Unit Division in Microsoft Asia will provide an insight into:
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has officially launched the Redmi 3 Pro. The company has priced the device at $138 and will be available in gray, silver and gold colour options. The smartphone flaunts a full-metal magnesium alloy unibody design and packs a massive 4,100 mAh battery. It has hybrid sim support which enables users to use secondary nano sim slot as a microSD card slot.
IT News — In mid-2013, New Zealand’s 12,500-strong police force became the first law enforcement organisation in the region to fully equip its frontline with mobile devices, in an effort to stave off $150 million worth of government austerity measures. Nearly three years on, the man behind the mobility program, superintendent Jevon McSkimming, travelled across the Tasman to share what he has learnt with his Australian peers at the Informa Police Technology Forum in Canberra.
Enterprise Innovation — The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), SPRING Singapore and CapitaLand Mall Trust have partnered to launch an In-Mall Distribution (IMD) trial at Tampines Mall and Bedok Mall, which could benefit an estimated 300 retailers. If successful, the model may be further rolled out to other shopping malls in Singapore. This initiative is the first deployment under the nationwide Urban Logistics programme.
Myanmar Times — “Cloud” is a tech buzzword representing the idea that information stowed on the internet can be obtained any time, any place – as if plucked from the sky. “Running on the cloud means you’re [taking out a loan on] someone else’s servers on a server farm instead of setting up your own,” said Ko Yan Naung Oak of Yangon innovation lab Phandeeyar. “It’s analogous to getting electricity from the utility board instead of running your generator at home.”
Telecom Asia — Malaysia’s LTE operators are locked in a close battle for LTE dominance, with no one provider emerging as the 4G speed king, according to research from OpenSignal. An analysis of LTE performance from Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile from the wireless coverage mapping company finds that Malaysia’s 4G networks have come close to matching the global average speed of 13.5Mbps.
HANOI: Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a $300-million research and development project in Hanoi by Samsung Electronics Vietnam, a local unit of a South Korean giant that is the communist country’s single biggest investor. The project would operate for 50 years, rent-free, Vietnam’s government reported on its news website on Wednesday.
Tech in Asia — Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei filed for 3,898 patents in 2015, making it the world’s most patent-happy company for the second year in a row. Qualcomm, the US-based semiconductor company whose chips can be found in everything from the latest Xiaomi phone to Samsung’s flagships, took second place. Chinese Huawei competitor ZTE rounded out the top three, with 2,155 filings of its own.
Times of India — NEW YORK: The social networking giant Facebook apologized on Monday after a bug turned its “safety check” featureinto a breaking news alert for all users after a powerful blast ripped through a public park in Lahore, killing 69 people and injuring over 250. Facebook turns on the “Safety Check” feature to help let friends and family know they are safe in case being trapped after a natural disaster or terror attack.