Wipro, Schneider join hands to create Smart City solutions

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Wipro today announced a strategic partnership with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automated systems, to develop convergent solutions for India’s Smart Cities. Wipro and Schneider Electric will collaborate to enable the delivery of cost-effective and efficient citizen services to urban and rural communities.

Lenovo, Juniper Eye China Datacenters With Server Partnership

ChinaEnterprise Tech — As it seeks to boost global demand for servers, especially in the nascent Asian market, Lenovo announced a “global strategic partnership” this week with networking specialist Juniper Networks aimed at the next generation of hyper-converged datacenters. Lenovo (HKSE:992), which is attempting to expand server demand across Asia, also said the partnership would seek to “develop joint go-to-market plans and a tailor-made resell model to address unique localization requirements in China”


China UnionPay, Visa join hands for payment security, innovation and financial inclusion

China.gifEnterprise Innovation — China UnionPay (CUP) andVisa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Shanghai with both parties agreeing to collaborate on payments security, innovation and financial inclusion. The MOU was signed between Shi Wenchao, President of CUP, and Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.


Korea’s Gmarket, Japan’s Rakuten partner to boost cross-border trading

KoreaEnterprise Innovation — Korea’s  e-commerce shopping mall Gmarket  and Japan’s Internet shopping mall retailer Rakuten have partnered to boost cross-border trading in both countries. Henry Chun, Head of Gmarket, and Masato Takahashi, Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten, recently signed the agreement in Tokyo. Under the agreement, Gmarket will launch an online flagship store on Rakuten Ichiba featuring mini-shops that will offer Korea’s diverse fashion and beauty products to Rakuten’s membership base of over 100 million users.


ChinaCache Forms Strategic Cooperation With CITIC Telecom CPC and CITIC Networks

ChinaGlobe Newswire — BEIJING: ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd, the leading total solutions provider of Internet content and application delivery services in China, today announced that the Company and ChinaCache Xin Run Technology Co., Limited entered into a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited and CITIC Networks Co., Ltd.


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.


Airtel, Axiata may merge Sri Lankan units

Sri LankaTelecom Asia — India’s Bharti Airtel is reportedly in talks with Malaysia-based Axiata Group to merge their respective mobile units in Sri Lanka. Negotiations are underway regarding a potential deal, the Economic Times reported, citing two people familiar with the deal. The potential merger would create the largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka with over 12 million customers.


Thailand’s TCC Technology teams with Tokyo-based Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) Inc to deploy cloud

ThailandDatacenter Dynamics — TCC Technology (TCCT) in Thailand has entered into a joint venture with Tokyo-based Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) Inc to deploy cloud infrastructure in Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post. TCCT is a major data center operator in Thailand, while IIJ specializes in cloud and ICT services with strong roots as an ISP in Japan.


CyrusOne and Megaport Open Alliance Enables Elastic Cloud Connectivity for Enterprises and Internet Ecosystem

AustraliaPRNewswire — BRISBANE:  Software-based elastic connectivity provider Megaport Limited (ASX: MP1) (Megaport) today announced its U.S. subsidiary has signed an alliance agreement with CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) to deliver SDN-enabled, elastic interconnection and cloud exchange services in CyrusOne data centres in the United States.


Qualcomm teams up with Chinese province for server chips

ChinaDigi Times — In a recent ceremony at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Qualcomm and officials from the People’s Government of Guizhou Province signed a strategic cooperation agreement and unveiled a joint venture – the Guizhou Huaxintong Semi-Conductor Technology. The JV, with initial registered capital of CNY1.85 billion (US$280 million), will be 55% owned by the Guizhou provincial government’s investment arm and 45% owned by a subsidiary of Qualcomm.


China Telecom, Unicom forge broad partnership

China.gifChina Telecom and China Unicom have announced a wide-ranging resource sharing agreement aiming to improve operational efficiency, including with plans to join forces on 4G rollouts in rural areas. The operators have agreed to share some 4G base stations in addition to the tower-sharing agreement between China’s three state-owned operators.


Alibaba Group Holding Limited Sings Strategic Alliance For Hybrid Cloud Services In China

ChinaStreet Wise Report — AliCloud, cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group Holding Limited and GDS Services Ltd largest high-level data center service Provider of China revealed formation of a strategic alliance to promote the development of enterprise-level hybrid cloud services in China. The collaboration will combine GDS’s broad high performance data center infrastructure and CloudMiX service platform and AliCloud’s cloud computing technology to deliver unique one-stop management solutions in the areas of cloud operation, maintenance and procurement services.


SK Holdings C&C Joins Hands with IBM to Develop Future Cloud Services

KoreaBusiness Korea — South Korea’s IT services company, SK Holdings C&C, announced on Dec. 10 that it has recently signed an agreement with IBM at SK u-Tower in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province, to jointly build a cloud center. Ten officials from the two companies, including SK Holdings C&C President Park Jung-ho, IBM Asia Pacific General Manager Randy Walker and IBM Korea General Manager Jeffrey Rhoda, attended the signing ceremony.


Microsoft inks second deal with Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The partnership follows a similar tie-up between Microsoft and Kanbawza Group of Companies announced in September, with both Myanmar firms working to modernise their IT systems and gear up for battle with international competitors. The American company’s strides into the market indicate its confidence in Myanmar, despite lingering sanctions on the country and reported ties between Microsoft’s newest business partners and the former military regime.


Baidu builds empire with music, Amazon deals

ChinaTimes of India — SHANGHAI: Chinese internet giant has announced two deals linked to the entertainment industry, including a tie up with online retailer Amazon to provide it with search services. Baidu, often described as the Chinese equivalent of Google, has been seeking to leverage its online dominance in a country where most of the US search giant’s websites are banned.


Infosys Finacle teams with Oracle to offer Finacle on Oracle Cloud

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, has launched Finacle as a managed service on Oracle Cloud. This offering will enable banks globally to leverage Finacle’s industry-leading solution suite, along with other enterprise-class applications hosted on premise or in an external environment, to gain agility and cost efficiencies. With this offering, Finacle becomes one of the first comprehensive banking platforms to be available as a managed service on Oracle Compute Cloud.


Ooredoo Group Signs 5-year Frame Agreement with Ericsson for Radio, Core and Transmission Solutions

APACPRNewswire — DOHA, Qatar: Ooredoo Group and Ericsson have signed a frame agreement for the supply of radio, core and transmission solutions, as well as related implementation and integration services. The group frame agreement includes radio, core and transmission equipment as well as related services. The agreement also covers Ericsson’s Software model with its predefined software value packages, which ensures better performance and reduces time to market for new functionalities.


NTT Com, PLDT partner on data center services

PhilippinesTelecom Asia — Japan’s NTT Communications has arranged to extend its data center business in the Philippines via a new partnership with local operator PLDT. The companies agreed on a collaborative partnership to provide NTT Com’s Nexcenter solutions in the Philippines and promote cross-selling. Under the agreement, Philippines corporations with international operations will be able to use NTT Com’s Nexcenter services at some 140 locations in 84 cities of 19 countries, in addition to its Arcstar Universal One private-network service, which is already available in the Philippines, the companies said in a statement.


SpeedCast to Buy ST Teleport, Makes Fifth Acquisition of 2015

Hong KongSatellite Today — Satellite: SpeedCast has entered a definitive agreement for ST Teleport, a leading satellite communications services provider based in Singapore. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval, is the fifth of the year for SpeedCast, and includes the teleport facilities and data center infrastructure ST Teleport owns in Singapore. SpeedCast anticipates this will bolster its presence in the maritime and energy sectors.


Oracle, Tencent Reach Agreement To Advance Cloud Services In China

China.gifForbes — Beijing: Oracle has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Tencent Cloud, China’s largest and most-used internet service portal, with an objective of offering cloud services in China. The agreement, which signals the growing similarity between business and consumer technology services, was announced November 12 by Loic Le Guisquet, Oracle’s president for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific, at Oracle CloudWorld in Beijing.


Colt’s DCNet Wins Best Asian Project At Global Carrier Awards

APACMondo Visione — Colt Technology Services’ Asian division today announced that it has won the Best Asian Project at the Global Carrier Awards hosted during the Capacity Europe event in Paris. This award was in recognition of Colt’s DCNet project which demonstrates the benefits that SDN and NFV are bringing to the telecommunications industry. Leveraging these next-generation technologies, Colt has been to tailor a solution that helps better serve Asia’s rapidly growing data centre market.


Verizon Communications Inc Allies With Indian System Integrators

IndiaBusiness Finance News — US Telecom Giant Verizon Communication Inc. allies with Indian System Integrators. To provide cloud-computing service to multinational corporations located in Japan, Asia Pacific, Western Europe, and the US. It may seem that the corporation has been aggressively investing in different markets, to improving the reach and service. “The Indian SIs are providing Business Processing Organizations (BPOs) services and Verizon supports that with its secured cloud infrastructure. We both are playing to our strengths,” Jesse Crawford said.


Telekom M’sia forms alliance with Cambodian Internet service provider

CambodiaThe Star — KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) is strengthening its regional footprint in South-East Asia by teaming up with MekongNet, a leading Internet service provider and Internet exchange provider in Cambodia. TM said in a statement that through the partnership, MekongNet would host and provide network infrastructure for TM’s multi-services node or point-of-presence (PoP) in Cambodia.

Japanese cloud service provider Tsukaeru jumps into SEA via Indonesia

Indonesiae27 — Tsukaeru, a major Japanese cloud-computing service provider and partner of international leader Odin, announced today it has expanded service offerings into Southeast Asia through a technology co-operation deal with Indonesian provider Cloudmatika. With the Odin service, Cloudmatika will be able to advertise itself as the only company in Indonesia capable of providing near 24/7 Service Level Agreement (SLA) support.


IBM, CEC To Establish Joint Innovation Lab

ChinaChina Tech News — IBM and China Electronics Corporation jointly announced that they will establish a joint innovation lab and begin in-depth cooperation. By teaming with IBM in the establishment of joint innovation lab, CEC will enhance its technology joint innovation, realize win-win cooperation, bring greater value to customers, and promote the development of Chinese information technology industry.


China market: Meizu, Alibaba launch first jointly-developed smartphone

China.gifDigi Times — China-based smartphone vendor Meizu Technology has unveiled a new model, the Meilan Metal, the first model it developed jointly with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, according to China-based Beijing Morning Post. The Meilan Metal, targeting the CNY1,000 (US$158) segment, is powered by a MediaTek 64-bit Octa-core Helio X10 CPU, running on Alibaba’s YunOS.


SK Telecom, China Unicom team for 5G, roaming

KoreaEnterprise Innovation — SK Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Unicom to cooperate in strengthening their competitiveness in the telecommunications industry and promoting new growth businesses. Under the MOU, SK Telecom and China Unicom will work closely in diverse areas such as 5G technology, international roaming, platform, and startup support to enhance customer benefits and lead the development of the overall ICT industry.


HCL Tech to buy Volvo’s IT business for $138 million

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: HCL Technologies will buy Swedish commercial vehicles major Volvo Group’s external IT business for $138 million (around Rs 895 crore) in an all cash deal. Volvo Group will also outsource its IT infrastructure operations to HCL Technologies for an undisclosed contract value for five years. The Volvo Group and HCL have signed a letter of intent, awaiting the signing of the final contract, Volvo Group said in a statement from Stockholm.


Infosys, Huawei to launch smart stadium solution

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Infosys, country’s second-largest software services firm, and Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei have partnered to launch a smart stadium solution. The solution will provide high-speed Wi-Fi access and smart services for users in stadiums and exhibition centres, a statement said. No financial details of the partnership were disclosed.


SKT teams up with China Unicom for new growth engines

KoreaSK Telecom, the nation’s largest mobile carrier, said Sunday that it will cooperate with China Unicom for new growth businesses such as fifth-generation (5G) network and mobile platform. The company said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s second-largest telecom firm during a board meeting of the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) in South Africa, Thursday.