The Stack — Speaking at this year’s inaugural Cloud Expo Asia in Hong Kong, Victor Lam, CIO of the region’s government, presented a keynote address in which he discussed the federal initiatives under way to boost cloud and data centre development – two markets he believes represent the ‘technology pillars’ in the digital economy.
Enterprise Innovation — Telecom (HTC) selected Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks to advance its optical network in Vietnam. HTC extended its existing Infinera TM-Series metro network with the DTN-X Family for its backbone connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau. Combined with Instant Bandwidth technology, the end-to-end solution enables HTC to differentiate its services and manage costs as it increases network capacity.
Enterprise Innovation — The presidential election held in the Philippines this week lighted up social media, mainly Twitter and Facebook, as voters and non-voters alike take poll-related conversations online. Facebook said with 22 million people engaged in conversations related to the elections on the social media site, which generated 268 million interactions, makes Filipinos the most engaged Asia-Pacific elections on Facebook to date.
Digi Times — There were 780 million smartphone-based active users of mobile Internet services in the China market in 2015, accounting for 56.9% of the population, according to a joint report by Internet Society of China (ISC) and National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC).
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom MinisterRavi Shankar Prasad today lauded Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘s long-term commitment to India and called for working in collaboration for growth and business opportunities. “Since he has made a public statement that his commitment to India is going to be of 1000 years, I also take this opportunity publicly to compliment the CEO of Apple who is in India for his public commitment for the attachment with India.
Enterprise Innovation — Many governments are in the process of implementing new digital technologies, from big data analytics to new citizen-centric services. Cloud technology has given government agencies the agility to deploy new resources quickly, experiment and innovate, deliver new solutions and lower operating costs.
Networks Asia — As the IT market evolves from traditional on-premises IT to a hybrid strategy driven by the cloud, many businesses, both locally and globally, are making tremendous changes to their technology infrastructure. With cloud computing becoming the infrastructure upon which Singapore builds its Smart Nation, it is simply a matter of “when” local organizations will move to the cloud.
Channel News Asia — HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s securities regulator said that Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd breached takeover rules in the purchase of a healthcare firm in 2014 because it also bought a company owned by the brother of the healthcare firm’s vice chairman on “favourable terms.” Alibaba agreed to buy a stake in CITIC 21CN, now known as Alibaba Health Information Technology Ltd, for US$170 million two years ago.
Enterprise Innovation — Facebook reported more government requests for user data and content restrictions pursuant to local law in the second half of 2015. The report posted in the Facebook newsroom by Chris Sonderby, Deputy General Counsel, stated that government requests for account data increased by 13 percent, from 41,214 requests to 46,763.
Enterprise Innovation — A Forrester study commissioned by Microsoft revealed vastly different levels of maturity in cloud understanding and adoption among financial services institutions (FSIs) in Hong Kong and across Asia Pacific. The report titled ‘Cloud is Critical to Digital Transformation in the Asia Pacific Financial Sector’ analyzed the impact of regulatory compliance, security and privacy, and reliability concerns on current and future cloud initiatives.
Tech Crunch — Facebook appears to have been blocked in Vietnam as a part of a government-imposed crackdown on social media, amid public protests over an environmental disaster attributed to toxic discharges from a steel complex built by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics. Dissidents are blaming wastewater from the steel plant for a mass fish death at aquatic farms and in waters off the country’s central provinces.
Telecom Asia — The advancement of InfoCommunication and Media Technologies today has brought people closer. Cloud computing, smart phone, social media network and IoT have re-shaped the consumer landscape and lifestyle. This digital society transformation trend has created both opportunities and challenges for the Government.
Times of India — BENGALURU: A campaign against the Union government’s move to govern how companies and individuals use maps is gaining momentum, with a number of thinktanks, research organisations and activists launching efforts to rally resistance against the proposed law.
Tech in Asia — Dropbox, Google Drive, and other international cloud storage providers have long been blocked in China – and now a number of domestic storage services are facing a similar fate. Vdisk, KuaiPan, and UC net disk – run by Sina, Xunlei, and Alibaba, respectively – have filled the gap left by the government’s censoring of international options, but now each one is partially or fully closing down.
Sputnik News — Representatives of leading Chinese tech company Huawei claim they are studying science fiction narratives to envision future trends in which evil robots kill humans, dead relatives linger on computers, and people live forever. This is according to Kevin Ho, president of the company’s handset product line, speaking at the CES Asia conference in Shanghai on Wednesday.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Cold response from MNCs like Google to India’s security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call “return of the Licence Raj” and “digital nationalism”. A draft of Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, released last week seeking public comments, says anyone mapping India by a satellite or aerial platform will need a licence from a government “security vetting authority”.
Mashable — The Indian government has proposed a bill that will require companies like Google to get a license to offer and publish maps in the country. If it becomes a law, then anyone who create maps ‘incorrectly’ can be fined millions of rupees or imprisoned. The draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, says that “no person shall depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries through internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form”.
Enterprise Innovation — During the 2016 budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang announced a HK$2 billion Innovation and Technology Venture Fund that will match investments made by private venture capital funds in local technology start-ups. Another HK$500 million has also been earmarked for an Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living, which aims to encourage the city’s various industries to develop creative technology solutions.
Enterprise Innovation — As the government starts to take serious steps in developing Hong Kong into a smart city, leaders in both the government and private sector must change their mindset to enable the quick execution of various initiatives being laid out for the city’s smart city journey.
SCMP — FedEx, the world’s biggest express delivery company with more than 600 planes, is not too hot on the idea of drone delivery even though some Chinese companies including SF Express and Taobao are toying with the idea.
Bangkok Post — Policymakers are being urged to allocate more spectrum for mobile to meet rising bandwidth demand and support development of new wireless services in the data-driven digital economy. “The unused 2600- and 2300-megahertz spectra should be reallocated for wireless broadband service to serve skyrocketing mobile data traffic growth,” said Bunyati Kirdniyom, head of regulatory affairs at Ericsson (Thailand).
Enterprise Innovation — The New Zealand’s government’s international business development agency, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), recently signed an agreement with the Alibaba Group to strengthen trade between China and New Zealand. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, and Alibaba Group’s Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma witnessed the signing ceremony held recently in China at an event hosted by the China Entrepreneur Club.
Enterprise Innovation — USA is poised to add wings to the India’s Make in India campaign by stretching its growing bilateral ties in the defense sector. India and the United States identified new “pathfinder” projects under the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) for the joint production of a helmet-mounted digital display for fighter aircraft and helicopters and a biological tactical detection system.
Telecom Asia — Thailand’s military cabinet has approved a new frequency act that puts the formerly independent regulator under the control of the new digital economy commission while the selection process now goes through the executive branch. The new National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Act calls for a single seven-member board (down from two five-member boards and one chair, one for broadcasting and one for telecommunications).
Myanmar Times — The operator has remained tight-lipped on the issue, despite its foreign-owned industry rivals Telenor and Ooredoo having reported or answered questions on customer data requests. Yosuke Fukuma, public relations adviser for KDDI Summit Global Myanmar (KSGM) – the joint venture between MPT and Japanese firm KDDI – said it was not possible to provide figures on police requests for user information from the operator side “as these do not belong merely to MPT, and may relate to investigating activities by the police authorities”.
Telecom Asia — India’s Department of Telecom is drawing up ‘Know Your Customers’ guidelines to ensure the easy availability of mobile SIMs for M2M devices such as CCTV cameras and ACs to be deployed mainly in smart cities. The guidelines would allow transfer of SIMs, among others. At present, norms bar transfer of SIMs, mandate strict subscriber verification and do not allow a person to own more than nine SIMs.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The inter-ministerial panel telecom commission will take up for discussion, at its meeting scheduled for April 30, the plans for upcoming spectrum auction. According to official sources, the meeting, to be chaired by telecom secretary JS Deepak on April 30, will discuss spectrum base price, usage charge and other modalities related to the next round of spectrum auction.
Tech in Asia — Remember the day Indonesia’s capital was practically held hostage by out-of-control taxi drivers? A violent street protest on March 22 in Jakarta was the climax of a series of demonstrations staged by Indonesia’s taxi industry in an attempt to get apps like Uber and Grab banned.
Times of India — BEIJING: Apple confirmed Friday its iTunes Movies and iBooks service have become unavailable in China, after reports authorities ordered them to be taken offline. “We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible,” a spokeswoman for Apple, the US technology giant, said in a statement.
Tech in Asia — As Ashuvinder Ahuja says, epiphanies happen at very strange times. He got his in the middle of scorching Delhi heat, and it involved watching his wife wait for a school bus. “I was working from home, and I could see my wife waiting outside,” the George Mason alum told Tech in Asia. He has previously worked for user engagement company WebEngage and data protection software company Druva.