Hong Kong’s smart city initiatives: Challenges and progress so far

Hong KongEnterprise 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.


Chinese couriers may love it but the idea of drones doesn’t fly with FedEx

ChinaSCMP — 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.


Ericsson calls for more bandwidth, from Thailand

ThailandBangkok 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).


New Zealand gov’t partners with Alibaba to strengthen trade with China

New ZealandEnterprise 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.


US, India tighten security cooperation

IndiaEnterprise 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.


Thai telecoms regulator weakened in new frequency act

ThailandTelecom 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).


MPT keeps lid on police requests for customer data

MyanmarMyanmar 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”.


India’s DoT working on guidelines for M2M SIMs #cloud #asia #india #iot #m2m #govt

IndiaTelecom 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.


Telecom commission to discuss spectrum auction on April 30 #cloud #asia #india #govt #telecom

IndiaTimes 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.


In Indonesia, new law could destroy the way Uber and Grab are used to operating

IndonesiaTech 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.


Apple iTunes Movies and iBooks blocked in China

ChinaTimes 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.


Uber and Whatsapp meet school buses: how an app is keeping India’s children safe

IndiaTech 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.


Mobile money regulations released, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times  — The Central Bank announced yesterday that it had issued rules on mobile financial services at the end of last month to build an enabling regulatory framework for efficient and secure mobile financial services in Myanmar. For some, the country seems primed for these services. Few of its 51.4 million population have bank accounts, and distrust of the financial sector remains high.


Australia announces 6 new joint research centers with China

AustraliaEnterprise Innovation — Australia’s Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne announced six new Joint Research Centres (JRCs) with China, which will be funded for three years under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF). The grants, totalling $5.95 million, would support the objectives of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and help Australian research institutions build links with China.


Philippine Voter Data Hacked but Polls to Go Ahead

PhilippinesNY Times — MANILA, Philippines — The hacking of a Philippine election database may have exposed the personal information of all 55 million registered voters, but will not undermine May 9 national elections, officials said Friday, in the latest hacking scandal to hit the Southeast Asian nation.


China’s live-streaming platforms are all under investigation for sex, violence, and crime

ChinaTech in Asia — China’s live streamers, it seems, have been getting a little bit too bawdy. On Thursday, China’s state-run television network CCTV announced that all of the major streaming platforms – Douyu, Panda.tv, Huya, YY, Zhanqi TV, etc. – are under investigation by China’s Ministry of Culture. These platforms stand accused of hosting content that was too vulgar/sexual, too violent, and even content that incites users to commit crimes.


Australia unveils anti-hacking plan worth hundreds of millions

AustraliaSYDNEY — Australia unveiled a massive cyber scheme to combat hacking on Thursday, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged an attack on the country’s weather bureau last year, but stopped short of blaming it on China. The Australian leader added that it was safe to assume “efforts are made by foreign actors, both governmental and nongovernmental, to penetrate” local agencies.


Pakistan to hold 850-MHz auction before 1800-MHz

PakistanTelecom Asia — The Pakistani government has decided to hold an auction for 850-MHz spectrum before a separate auction for the 1800-MHz band. Durung a high-level meeting chaired by finance minister Ishaq Dar, the government reviewed spectrum demand and a market assessment report prepared by international consultants, The Nation reported.


Twitter ignores China ban to target ad dollars with new exec appointment

ChinaDigital Trends — Twitter isn’t going to let a paltry ban on its platform stop it from chasing down lucrative advertising revenue in China. The microblogging network’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, has made official the appointment of a greater China managing director, a key executive position within the company.


Massive data breach exposes 55 million Philippine voters to risks

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ 55 million voters are now susceptible to fraud and other risks after a massive data breach leaked the entire database of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last month, security firm Trend Micro has warned. The defacement of the Comelec website by a hacker group called Anonymous Philippines happened at near midnight on March 27.


Thai junta takes control of 900-MHz re-auction

ThailandTelecom Asia — Thailand’s military junta has overruled the telecoms regulator for the 900-MHz auction, bringing it up one month to May 27, curtailing public debate on and possibly allowing TrueMove in for another chance to claim the entire 900-MHz band. The opening bid will be Jasmine’s winning bid of $2.1 billion (75.65 billion Baht). Jasmine failed to secure payment and defaulted, giving rise to the need for a new auction.


ACCC ‘concerned’ about Telstra’s NBN contracts

AustraliaIT News — Australia’s competition watchdog is “concerned” about the level of Telstra’s involvement in the national broadband network rollout and its effect on competition in the telco sector. Just hours after the telco and NBN announced a $1.6 billion deal for the rollout of Telstra’s hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network, the ACCC said it was worried the telco could potentially receive a competitive advantage from its various NBN contracts.


Speaker urges review of 5pc telco tax, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — During a meeting with hluttaw committee chairpersons and secretaries in parliament’s Zabu Thiri Hall, the speaker said the government should assess whether the tax on phone calls and text messages is appropriate, National League for Democracy MP U Hla Moe told The Myanmar Times.


Exclusive: Singapore’s Permanent Revolution

SingaporeGov Insider — Something big is happening in Singapore’s gov tech scene. It started quietly, but has now grown to a roar. Every week, there is a new government announcement. From robotic boats to cutting-edge apps, officials are trialling everything to make their nation work better. At the centre of this storm is Chan Choew Hoe, Government’s Chief Information Officer. He joined the public sector just two years ago, and has since has been working behind the scenes to rebuild Singapore’s hidden wiring.


Public safety boosts Huawei’s enterprise growth

ChinaIT Web  — Huawei’s Safe City Solution has been deployed by over 100 cities across more than 30 countries, including Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. This is according to the ICT solutions provider, which said at Huawei Analyst Summit 2016 that the solution already serves more than 400 million people around the world.


Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests

APACYahoo — SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court in the Western District of Washington, argues that the government is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing Microsoft from notifying thousands of customers about government requests for their emails and other documents.


Dangerous Signal: This encrypted app is helping ISIS members in India to communicate

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: A group of terrorist suspects in India said to be inspired by Islamic State wanted to emulate US whistleblower Edward Snowden and use encrypted communication tool Signal to stay in touch, it was revealed in interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).


Indian telcos welcome TRAI’s suggestion to reduce spectrum usage charges

IndiaZDNet — While telecom companies have been expressing concern over the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s recommendations in fixing reserve price for over 2000 MHz — to be auctioned in the coming months — the Department of Telecommunications has decided to slash spectrum usage charges from 5 percent to 3 percent of gross revenues on spectrum acquired in the ensuing auction.


China internet regulator says web censorship not a trade barrier

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: China’s online censorship system protects national security and does not discriminate against foreign companies, the country’s internet regulator said, after the United States labelled the blocking of websites by Beijing a trade barrier. The US Trade Representative (USTR) wrote in an annual report that over the past year China’s web censorship has worsened, presenting a significant burden to foreign firms and internet users.


Vietnam needs clearer windpower laws: experts

VietnamVietnam Net — These were among the petitions related to administrative procedures that were raised at a validation workshop held in HCM City last week. The aim of the workshop was to create more opportunities for further wind power. The Validation Workshop on “Wind Power Investment Guidelines” was co-hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Inter-nationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Vietnam and the General Directorate of Energy (GDE) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) in Vietnam.