Myanmar’s MPT launches Facebook’s Free Basics

MyanmarMobile World Live — Myanmar’s largest operator MPT has launched Free Basics and Facebook Flex to give subscribers free access to basic information and resources on the the internet. The operator said Free Basics offers access to more than 35 sites dedicated to health, education, jobs and finance. Facebook Flex has two modes – free mode and data mode. Free mode allows people to post, comment and chat for free, however, they can’t view images and videos.

Computex 2016: Quanta, Wiwynn to showcase OCP- and RSA-based rack servers

TaiwanDigi Times — Quanta Computer and Wiwynn will exhibit 19-inch rack servers compatible with OCP (Open Compute Project) standards, as well as other server models based on Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture (RSA), in a bid to tout direct-sale orders from enterprise users during Computex 2016, according to industry sources.

S’pore’s cloud readiness down 2 notches

SingaporeStraits Times — Singapore has fallen from 5th to 7th in the latest worldwide ranking of “cloud readiness” – a measure of a country’s support for the growing trend of cloud computing. Even though the Republic had a higher raw score of 79.5, one point up from the previous report released in 2013, its improvement was outpaced by that of others.

Singapore is second most cloud ready country in Asia-Pacific

SingaporeComputer Weekly — Singapore has jumped two places on the Asia Cloud Computing Association’s (ACCA) Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2016, to become the second most cloud ready country in the Asia-Pacific (Apac). The city state was only bettered by Hong Kong, but other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries – with the exception of Malaysia – fared poorly.

Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation

Hong KongCloud Computing News — Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk.

Facebook announces new initiatives to improve internet services, from IN

IndiaSAN FRANSICO: After India said ‘no’ to Free Basics and opted for net neutrality recently, the social networking giant Facebook has unveiled two new initiatives to improve internet services for the rural population in the developing countries, including India.

Hong Kong and S’pore lead APAC for cloud-readiness: ACCA

APACNetworks Asia — Asian countries, led by Hong Kong and Singapore, top the new Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2016 released by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Hong Kong leads APAC in cloud readiness, jumping four spots from the previous Index to oust Japan from the top rank. Singapore is a close second and also moved two ranks higher from fourth place in the previous CRI.

Asia leads the world in Cloud Readiness Index 2016

APACEnterprise Innovation — Asian countries, led by Hong Kong and Singapore, top the new Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2016 released by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Hong Kong leads APAC in cloud readiness, jumping four spots from the previous Index to oust Japan from the top rank. Singapore is a close second and also moved two ranks higher from fourth place in the previous CRI.

Facebook keen on Asia despite India saying no to Free Basics

IndiaTimes of India — NEW YORK: Despite India saying no to Free Basics and going for net neutrality, the social networking giant eyes big growth in Asia than any other parts of the world, a top Facebook executive told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Tuesday. According to Dan Neary, Facebook’s vice president for Asia Pacific, “the potential is greater in Asia-Pacific than it is in any other region because we’ve got two thirds of the world’s population, and it’s all mobile.”

The Inspur Group Comes on Stage with its Top Cloud Core Equipment at OCP 2016

ChinaPRNewswire — SAN JOSE: OCP was held at the San Jose Conference Center. As a server vendor with comprehensive strength in the Chinese cloud computing market, a cloud computing specialist with number one shares in the Chinese market as well as a sales volume and R&D capacity that ranks in the top five in the world, Inspur’s participation in this distinguished event not just represents further communication with the media and industry peers, but also exhibited Inspur’s comprehensive cabinet server SmartRack, the Tissot 860G3, the HPC and other high-performance core products and solutions.

Facebook Sees Big Growth in Asia Despite Free Basics Controversy

APACWSJ — Facebook Inc. is adding users in Asia at a much faster rate than other parts of the world, an executive said, showing the recent controversy over the firm’s free Internet service in India is not deterring the social networking giant’s expansion in this part of the world.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disappointed by Free Basics ouster, but still committed to India

IndiaTimes of India — BARCELONA:Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is disappointed with the Indian telecom regulator’s rule that oustedFree Basics from the country, but said that the social networking giant will focus on other aspects of the programme and work with all telcos to connect more Indians to the Internet. “We recently had a ruling in India that says there should be no differential pricing for services, that even if you are trying to give some basic services for free, that’s not going to be allowed.

Major telcos join Facebook-led Open Compute Project

KoreaTelecom Asia — Operators including EE, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom and Verizon are joining a new OCP Telco Project, which will work as an open forum to help the OCP more effectively serve the telecoms industry. The open forum will aim to communicate the technical requirements of telcos effectively to the OCP community. It will also work to strengthen the OCP ecosystem to address telcos’ deployment and operational needs, as well as bring OCP innovations to telco’s data center infrastructure.

Gemalto and Bridge Alliance, a partnership of 35 leading operators in Asia, demonstrate GSMA standards-based solution for multi-country deployment of IoT devices

APACGlobe Newswire — AMSTERDAM: Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, and Bridge Alliance are demonstrating a solution for multi-country deployment of IoT devices at the Mobile World Congress, using Gemalto’s LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solution. Bridge Alliance is a partnership of 35 leading operators in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, serving over 750 million customers.

India issues new rules in support of net neutrality

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) officially announced this week new rules that would prevent Internet service providers to offer discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content being accessed by a consumer. The ruling was much awaited in India, following the furor and intense debate over Facebook’s Free Basics program, which regulators see as discriminatory and a setback to the concept of net neutrality.

Facebook confirms pulling the plug on Free Basics in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook has pulled out Free Basics from India following the telecom regulator’s regulation barring discriminatory pricing of data services, which includes a ban on zero-rated products. “Free Basics is no longer available to people in India,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement Thursday.

Trai’s decision on net neutrality: Marc Andreessen snubs India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: American entrepreneur and member of Facebook’s board of directors Marc Lowell Andreessen seems highly miffed with telecom regulator Trai’s recent rejection of Facebook’s Free Basics in India. So much so that the Silicon Valley’s most celebrated venture capitalist and co-founder of Netscape browser publicly expressed his disappointment on Twitter and went on to say that the country would have been in much better economic shape had it been under the British rule.

Trai set to reject differential pricing; Free Basics to be hit

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom regulator Trai is set to reject differential pricing for data services, a move that would mean the end of controversial services like Facebook’s Free Basics and Airtel Zero. Trai will issue an order to this effect within a week, top sources told TOI.

China Internet user base tops 688 million at end of 2015, says CNNIC

TaiwanDigi Times —The number of Internet users in China increased to an estimated 688.26 million at the end of 2015, according to the latest semiannual survey conducted by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The number of users rose 6.09% from a year ago and was equivalent to a user density or penetration rate (divided by population) of 50.3%, CNNIC indicated.

Experts meet in Singapore to develop global IoT standards

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Technical experts are meeting in Singapore this week to discuss the development of the global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) and its applications, including Smart Cities and Communities (SC&C). The International Telecommunication Union Standardisation Sector (ITU-IT) Study Group 20 meeting will gather 150 participants from 14 ITU member states and 36 organizations. The first such meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland in last year.

Zuck aide in India to hardsell Free Basics

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Facebook’s battle for Free Basics looks set to intensify . Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s longtime lieutenant and Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox will be in New Delhi early this week, a visit that sources say is part of the network’s campaign to muster support for its Free Basics programme.

Facebook fights to offer ‘free basics’ internet service in India

IndiaIT News — Facebook has launched a major charm offensive in India as its ‘free basics’ internet service – formerly called – faces an impending regulatory ruling on whether or not it violates net neutrality. Free Basics is Facebook’s attempt to get the next billion people in underprivileged nations online.

Qualcomm Launches Design in India Initiative

IndonesiaNDTV — Qualcomm on Tuesday launched the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge, aimed at encouraging the creation of a local product design ecosystem, a company statement said. The challenge, launched in association with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), aims to catalyse the creation of a product and hardware design ecosystem in India in the domains of smartphones, tablets and Internet of Thing (IoT) products for healthcare, education, banking, agriculture, automotive, wearables and smart cities.

Qualcomm partners NASSCOM to catalyze Indian product and hardware design ecosystem

IndiaIndia Times — NEW DELHI: Qualcomm, in association with the National Association of Software and Services Companies ( NASSCOM), Tuesday kicked off the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge, which aims to catalyze the creation of a product and hardware design ecosystem in India in the domains of smartphones, tablets and Internet of Everything (IoT) products for healthcare, education, banking, agriculture, automotive, wearables and smartcities.

Facebook expands basic services to everyone in India

IndiaTimes of India — Social networking giant Facebook has taken another step in expanding the reach of its, now called Free Basics, platform in India. In a post on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We just took another step towards connecting India. As of today, everyone in India nationwide can access free internet services for health, education, jobs and communication through’s Free Basics app on the Reliance network.”

Indian IT giants struggling to meet Nasscom’s growth target

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI/DELHI: Big four IT companies may not be able to meet Nasscom’s growth target for FY16, and the industry may just be able to meet the lower end of the guidance even as a tough second half looms. The growth guidance of 12-14% will now depend on captives and BPOs pulling their levels up. Nasscom was waiting to see how the third quarter plays out before taking a call on cutting the outlook, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

Can’t connect world without connecting India: Mark Zuckerberg

IndiaTimes of India — At his first townhall event in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is committed to net neutrality, but lent his support for zero-rating plans, which violate the principles of free internet. When asked if Facebook supports net neutrality, Zuckerberg said, “Absolutely. We do a lot to support net neutrality. In terms of regulation, countries are figuring out what rules they want and we are supportive of that.”

Facebook continues fight for ‘free internet’ in India, hands $1.2M to local startups

IndiaTech in Asia — Facebook tried to bring “free” internet to India several months ago and was shot down for its violation of net neutrality. was seen as the company’s way of endorsing specific sites for those who were signed up for the scheme. Essentially, critics explained, would turn the internet into a series of subscription-based channels and the grand, utopian vision that the 21st century held for the possibilities of the world wide web would be gone.

ITRI reaches 85% yields for flexible electronics production

TaiwanDigi Times — The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has reached over 85% yields for flexible electronics production including comprehensive solutions ranging from touch modules and screens as well as electrode films. The organization has high hopes for the segment due to rising demand for curved and flexible applications.

Facebook teams up with Nasscom to mentor startups in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Industry body Nasscom has partnered Facebook to launch a new initiative to support developers building apps and mobile websites for “new-to-internet” users. Under the ‘Leaders Building for the Next Billion Program’, Nasscom will invite developers and students through an application process.