Huawei launches South Pacific OpenLab

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Huawei has opened its Southern Pacific OpenLab in Singapore to foster joint, customer and business-driven ICT innovation with industry and partners At the opening ceremony, Huawei unveiled its Safe City Solutions, a suite of public safety solutions that strengthens incident prevention capabilities and shortens emergency response time.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/huawei-launches-south-pacific-openlab

Partnership for Hawaii Landing And Operating Activities

New ZealandScoop — Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, the New Zealand owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has selected DRFortress as its landing and operating partner in Hawaii. As part of its system architecture, Hawaiki will land its proposed 14,000 km trans-Pacific cable from Australia and New Zealand to the US West coast in Oahu, Hawaii.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1608/S00700/partnership-for-hawaii-landing-and-operating-activities.htm

Foreign firms take part in drafting cybersecurity rules in China

ChinaBD Live — CHINA is taking a more inclusive tack in instituting cybersecurity standards for foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over the controls. The committee under the government’s powerful cyberspace administration is in charge of defining cybersecurity standards.

http://www.bdlive.co.za/world/asia/2016/08/26/foreign-firms-take-part-in-drafting-cybersecurity-rules-in-china

Big data in Vietnam: the untapped treasure

VietnamVnex Press ーーー Enormous data is waiting to be turned into gold in Vietnam. While giant technology firms like Google, Facebook and Amazon are cashing in on their users’ data, Vietnamese companies remain largely oblivious.

http://e.vnexpress.net/news/business/big-data-in-vietnam-the-untapped-treasure-3459321.html

IBM will emphasize Watson and AI at new cloud computing center in South Korea

KoreaGeek Wire — IBM has opened a cloud data center in Pangyo, South Korea, bringing its total number of data centers to 47, with nine of them in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said today. The new center, outside Seoul, will help serve the cloud-services market in South Korea, which IDC said it expects to grow to $1 billion in 2019, from $445 million last year.

http://www.geekwire.com/2016/ibm-will-emphasize-watson-ai-new-cloud-computing-center-korea/

Equinix Expands in Asia-Pacific with 4th IBX in Sydney

AustraliaYahoo — EQIX recently inaugurated the fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, SY4, in Sydney, Australia. This is in line with the company’s 2016 Expansion Plan announced in Mar 2016, under which it planned to open four data centers in Tokyo, Dallas, Sao Paulo and Sydney by the end of the year.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/equinix-eqix-expands-asia-pacific-124912464.html

Asia emerges as a hot destination for setting up data centers

APACFirst Post — With the proliferation of cheap smartphones and tablets and the ever-expanding reach of the Internet, Asia—particularly South-East Asia–has emerged as a hot destination for the setting up of data centers. Rise in Internet users together with good economic growth translates into greater data demand.

http://tech.firstpost.com/biztech/asia-emerges-as-a-hot-destination-for-setting-up-data-centers-330315.html

Alibaba Cloud partners with Infocomm Investments to bridge SE Asia’s and China’s ecosystem

Singaporee27 —  cloud computing arm of Chinese internet giant Alibaba, Alibaba Cloud has announced it has signed a a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with government-backed VC Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL) to ramp up innovation in Singapore’s tech ecosystem.

https://e27.co/alibaba-cloud-teams-up-with-infocomm-investments-to-bring-startups-to-china-20160826/

ISP interconnection fees will not be regulated, says IDA, from SG

SingaporeAsia One — The local authorities will not interfere with interconnection fees that smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) pay to the two major telcos here, saying that consumers have not been harmed. The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) issued its decision earlier this week after concluding its two-month public consultation held last year.

http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/isp-interconnection-fees-will-not-be-regulated-says-ida

China Telecom reports strong growth in profit, 4G subs

VietnamMobile World Live — China Telecom, the country’s third largest mobile player, reported strong increases in profit and revenue for the first half of the year, as its 4G penetration hit 44 per cent. Its net profit for the period expanded 6.3 per cent to CNY11.7 billion ($1.76 billion), while EBITDA was down very slightly (0.4 per cent) to CNY50.6 billion.

Link to http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/china-telecom-reports-strong-growth-in-profit-4g-subs/

M1 to deploy NB-IoT network by 2017

SingaporeTelecom Asia — M1 and Nokia have teamed up to roll out the first nationwide commercial narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Singapore by 2017. When completed, the deployment – Nokia’s first large-scale deployment with an operator partner in Asia – is expected to be among the world’s first commercial NB-IoT deployments.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/m1-deploy-nb-iot-network-2017

Equinix opens fourth facility in Sydney

AustraliaDatacenter Dynamics — Equinix has opened its fourth facility in Sydney, following hot on the heels of an expansion of its other Australian data center in Melbourne. The $97 million (US) international business exchange (IBX) data center is 4km from Sydneys’s central business district, and already has some 20 customers, according to reports – including network provider Connectivity IT, broadband network Grex, managed hosting firm Servers Australia, and cloud provider Zettagrid.

China Unicom announces launch of new Hong Kong data center

Hong KongDatacenter News — China Unicom opened its newest and largest Hong Kong data center last week, which is also the company’s most advanced cloud center beyond mainland China. More than 200 guests attended the opening, including government representatives, China Unicom executives, telecommunications leaders and business leaders.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/china-unicom-announces-launch-new-hong-kong-data-center/

Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

IndiaMobile World Live — Facebook is holding talks with a number of ISPs in India to expand its Express Wi-Fi programme, after trials in rural areas in partnership with BSNL. Express Wi-Fi, aimed at making broadband in rural areas more affordable, rolled out 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots with the state-run operator as part of a pilot project, the Economic Times reported.

Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

AAG submarine cable to resume operations on August 24, from VN

VietnamVietnam Net — According to the AAG submarine cable management unit, a cable repair vessel will begin fixing the broken cable of the S11 cable branch to Hong Kong on August 20 morning. The last weld will be completed at 8.30am on August 21 and the repair will finish at 11pm on August 22. Meanwhile, the repair of the S1B cable toward Singapore will be fixed from August 17 to 20 and the repair will be completed on August 24.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/162431/aag-submarine-cable-to-resume-operations-on-august-24.html

Cambodia enhances its trade and development by partnering Microsoft

CambodiaMIS Asia — Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft yesterday (22 August 2016). The MOU signing builds on an ongoing partnership between the two organisations over the past 12 months to increase awareness of ICT trends, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property (IP) and trusted technology.

http://www.mis-asia.com/mgmt/careers/cambodia-enhances-its-trade-and-development-by-partnering-microsoft/

China Telecom targets information services as next mainstay

ChinaNikkei — HONG KONG — As cash-rich telecom operator China Mobile makes inroads into its turf in the fixed-line broadband space, China Telecom, the country’s third-largest mobile carrier, is grasping for new growth models powered by computing technologies and the internet of things.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/AC/China-Telecom-targets-information-services-as-next-mainstay

Microsoft, NTT team up to offer hybrid cloud solution in Hong Kong

Hong KongSMCP — Microsoft Hong Kong and Japanese telecommunication company NTT are partnering to offer a hybrid cloud solution to companies in Hong Kong, as the pace for cloud adoption among multinational corporations (MNCs) in the city picks up.

http://www.scmp.com/tech/article/2007994/microsoft-ntt-team-offer-hybrid-cloud-solution-hong-kong

Chinese Companies Fight for Data Storage Business

ChinaVOA News — Chinese companies have begun competing with Western companies in the cloud computing and data storage market. The “cloud war” is taking place as the dispute between the United States and China about data hacking and computer network security grows stronger. Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Baidu and Huawei are expanding within their country and gaining customers in other countries.

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/chinese-companies-fight-for-data-storage-business/3476423.html

Mellanox Expands Asia-Pacific Presence, New Singapore Headquarters and State-of-the-Art Solutions Centre to Strengthen Footprint in Asia

SingaporeBusiness Wire — SINGAPORE: Mellanox , a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers, cloud and storage networking solutions, today announced the opening of its new APAC headquarters and solutions centre in Singapore.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160823005253/en/Mellanox-Expands-Asia-Pacific-Presence-Singapore-Headquarters-State-of-the-Art

Telstra, Optus network fees among world’s highest: Cloudflare

AustraliaIT News — Reverse proxy provider Cloudflare claims Australian carriers Optus and Telstra are abusing their monopoly positions to jack up network charges. To demonstrate the pricing disparity, Cloudflare founder Matthew Prince said that if bandwidth in Europe and North America costs the company 10 units, in Australia and NZ, it costs 85 units. Australia/NZ has the highest effective bandwith cost, even more than South America (68 units) and Asia (28 units), Prince said.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/telstra-optus-network-fees-among-worlds-highest-cloudflare-434176

MyRepublic Welcomes Extended Gig Roll Out

SingaporeScoop — Fibre Broadband Provider, MyRepublic has welcomed the announcement that gig technology will be available to consumers in Whangarei, Hamilton, Christchurch and seven regional centres from October this year. MD, Vaughan Baker says the announcement is a direct result of the company working with infrastructure providers encouraging them to introduce Gigabit Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) technology more widely throughout New Zealand increasing business productivity and boosting the economy, just as we’ve seen in Singapore through our Gig efforts there.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1608/S00647/myrepublic-welcomes-extended-gig-roll-out.htm

Telstra announces service on Asia Pacific cable systems

AustraliaDatacenter Dynamics — Telstra is expanding its network in the Asia Pacific region, with new routes through the two local cable systems. Telstra plans to use the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system to interconnect its networks in Southeast Asia and North Asia to India and the Middle East, as we reported in May, Meanwhile it has also announced service through the recently completed Faster cable system, built by a consortium including Google and Singtel.

Baidu adopts Qlik Sense for self-service analytics

ChinaTelecom Asia — Baidu is using Qlik Sense to improve its cloud services platform and provide an enhanced data analytics experience to its customers. Qlik Sense will be integrated into Baidu Palo to enable self-service visualization analytics on the Palo OLAP engine, giving Chinese enterprises the ability to achieve greater agility in aggregating data from various sources to make data driven business intelligence decisions.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/baidu-adopts-qlik-sense-self-service-analytics

Tencent’s Splurge on Entertainment Pays Off in Record Profit

ChinaBloomberg — Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s shopping spree on premium content from Game of Thrones to NBA broadcasts has again helped defy investors’ expectations and a slowing Chinese economy. Second-quarter sales and profit beat analysts’ estimates as the operator of the WeChat and QQ social network services splashed out on mobile games and content — including anything from anime and comics to novels.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-17/tencent-profit-beats-estimates-as-mobile-games-lure-spenders

Is Alibaba Stock A Buy After The Earnings Beat?

ChinaAmigo Bulls — Chinese tech and e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) reported outstanding FY 2017 Q1 earnings resultswith higher-than-expected revenues and EPS figures. Alibaba achieved these earnings after its stock price rallied by 40% amid the Didi and Yahoo deals and the consistent diversification process the company is undertaking. The results reaffirmed the massive growth thesis of the bullish view of the market.

http://amigobulls.com/articles/is-alibaba-stock-a-buy-after-the-earnings-beat

Mad Rush For Data Centers Signals Coming-of-Age For Cloud Computing

APACCXO Today — On June 28, Internet services major Amazon launched its first set of data centers in India, saying that it is spending ‘tens of millions of dollars’ to set up data centers in the country. “The data center will help accelerate growth,” said Shane Owenby, managing director-APAC, AWS in an interview. In India, Microsoft by now has three data centers, IBM has two, whereas many others such as Japan’s NTT also have big data center operations in the country.

http://www.cxotoday.com/story/mad-rush-for-data-centres-signals-coming-of-age-for-cloud-computing/

Chinese Firms Take Aim at International Cloud Computing

A cloud war could be in the offing, with Chinese companies trying to take on giants like Google, Amazon and Apple in the crucial data management market. The moves come in the midst of an intensifying dispute between the U.S. and China over issues like data hacking and network security. The entry of Chinese vendors like Alibaba, Baidu, and Huawei will give a new twist to the dispute over cybersecurity as they compete with international players for control over data.

http://www.voanews.com/a/chinese-firms-take-aim-at-international-cloud-computing/3470176.html

Quanta eyes data centers, cloud computing to offset meager Apple profits

TaiwanNikkei — TAOYUAN, Taiwan — Quanta Computer, the world’s biggest notebook personal computer assembler and major supplier of MacBook and Apple Watch, on Friday said cloud computing and data centers will be the most important growth driver for the Taiwanese company to offset headwinds in the PC market and meager profits from Apple orders.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/AC/Quanta-eyes-data-centers-cloud-computing-to-offset-meager-Apple-profits