SoftBank joins crowd in backing LoRa

JapanMobile World Live — Japan’s SoftBank joined the expanding crowd of major mobile operators backing non-cellular low power wide area (LPWA) technology LoRa to support future Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The operator, the country’s third largest mobile player, announced plans to offer IoT solutions on an LPWA network.


70% of IoT adopters in APAC realize significant ROI on IoT investments

APACNetworks Asia — A majority (70%) of IoT adopters in Asia-Pacific have seen significant return on their IoT investment, compared to 63% globally, and 61% of Asia-Pacific companies are using IoT to support large-scale business transformation, according to Vodafone’s fourth annual ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Barometer Report.

Alibaba’s biggest rival unveils cute drone delivery bots

ChinaTech in Asia — When you hear ecommerce executives talking about drone delivery, they’re usually referring to flying drones. But after several years of test projects, we’re still not much closer to getting our goods delivered via the air. Chinese ecommerce giant JD announced on Thursday that it’s taking a different approach. The company has just begun testing a new unmanned delivery drone that (as you can see) looks more like a small van than a quadcopter.

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.

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.

SoftBank to Buy Britain’s ARM for $32 Billion in Record Deal

JapanDatacenter Knowledge — (Bloomberg) — SoftBank Group agreed to buy ARM Holdings for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home.

Sigfox to deploy IoT network in Singapore

SingaporeMobile World Live — Sigfox announced a strategic partnership with power company Engie and IoT specialist UnaBiz to deploy its Internet of Things network in Singapore. In a statement, the companies said they will use Sigfox’s “cost-effective, energy efficient connectivity to find receptive markets”, as Singapore implements its Smart Nation initiative, a government led vision to step up connectivity in the country.

Sigfox to deploy IoT network in Singapore

KDDI to deploy Ericsson global internet of things platform

JapanRCR Wireless — Swedish vendor Ericsson is partnering with Japanese operator KDDI to deploy Ericsson Device Connection Platforms to manage global “internet of things” connections.  The partnership will provide enhanced connectivity services to KDDI’s enterprise customers and support the deployment of IoT solutions on a global scale, the Swedish company said.

South Korea launches first Internet of Things network

KoreaBBS — South Korea has launched its first commercial, low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) network aimed at making the country even more connected. The network would allow smart devices to talk to each other via the network. Phone carrier SK Telecom is behind the initiative, which uses technology that will allow it to reach 99% of the country’s population. Aside from South Korea, the Netherlands also has a nationwide IoT network.

Telstra acquires Readify for cloud, big data, IoT software

AustraliaZDNet — Telstra has announced the acquisition of Readify, a developer of Microsoft software applications, saying it will bolster the telecommunications provider’s cloud offerings. The Readify acquisition augments Telstra’s purchase of Kloud in January, according to Telstra’s executive director of Global Enterprise and Services Michelle Bendschneider, as well as its earlier acquisitions of O2 Networks, Bridgepoint Communications, and NSC.

​NEC to launch AU$4.38m IoT-focused cybersecurity centre in Adelaide

AustraliaZDNet — NEC has announced plans to establish a AU$4.38 million Global Security Intel Centre (GSIC) in Adelaide that will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) security. The IT services firm expects the cost of cyber attacks against enterprise and government IT systems to rise as the adoption of smart technologies and connected devices that make up the IoT accelerates.

5G will have a profound effect on the Internet of Things

APACBusiness Insider — The next generation of cellular technology, 5G, will power networks at speeds far greater than the current 4G can handle. BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, expects 5G, when fully deployed, to increase network capacity to handle the increase in data that will be transmitted by the more than 34 billion connected devices on the planet by 2020. And 24 billion of those will be IoT devices.

Samsung to invest US$1.2b in IoT research in US

KoreaChannel New Asia — WASHINGTON: Samsung announced plans Tuesday to invest US$1.2 billion for US-based research over the next four years on “human-centred” applications for the Internet of Things. The South Korean electronics giant said the research aimed to improve applications for connected everyday objects for health, public safety and energy efficiency, for example.

China Unicom sets aggressive NB-IoT targets

ChinaChina Unicom, the country’s second largest mobile operator, is planning large-scale NB-IoT field trials in more than five cities this year and aims to start commercial deployment by the end of the year and take coverage nationwide in 2018. Tian Wenke, GM of China Unicom’s customer department, said traditional cellular technology faces challenges in IoT applications such as coverage, battery life, service quality and module costs, which NB-IoT can solve, reported.

China Unicom sets aggressive NB-IoT targets

IoT set to outpace mobile phones by 2018

APACEnterprise Innovation — The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23% annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, close to 16 billion will be IoT devices.

Samsung says IoT will drive semiconductor sales

KoreaZDNet — Samsung will secure more market share than its rivals in the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market by increasing its competence in semiconductors, a senior executive has said. The company will also add value by providing more complete solutions needed for the IoT, especially security and the cloud.

Asia-Pacific Industrial Control Systems Market – Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2015 – 2020)

APACNews Maker — adds “Asia-Pacific Industrial Control Systems Market – Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2015 – 2020)”new report to its research database. Of late, computers control many industries in the Asia-Pacific region. Computers control some of the most critical operations, so their requirement for industrial control systems is increasing in this region.

ZTE already takes part in China LoRa Application Alliance

ChinaRC Wireless — Chinese vendor ZTE Corporation has officially joined the board of directors of the LoRa Alliance. As a new board member, the Chinese firm will work together with other members to boost the development of LoRa technologies worldwide in deployment and in the industrial chain of Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN). The LoRa Alliance is an open, nonprofit association of members focusing on the development of IoT technology.

The IoT is about insight, not things: Microsoft

APACTelecom Asia — The Internet of Things is arguably at the peak of the hype cycle, but while much of the discussion is focused on the “things” themselves or the networks required to connect them, the real value of the IoT will come from the cloud and data analytics behind the scenes.

Google’s Nest may become a different kind of IoT company after CEO Fadell leaves

APACMIS Asia —  co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell is leaving the company, a move that may mark a shift in strategy for one of the early stars of the Internet of Things. Fadell founded the startup, which makes connected thermostats and other smart-home gear, in 2011 with co-founder Matt Rogers. Google bought Nest in 2014.

China will have the world’s first driverless-cars-only city: Baidu CEO

ChinaTech in Asia — At China’s recent Big Data Industry Summit, not everybody was interested in talking about big data. Baidu’s Robin Li, who gave a speech at the summit, is more interested in the role big data can play in the development of artificial intelligence. So he used big data as a springboard from which he made some interesting comments about artificial intelligence, and the future of one particular application: driverless cars.

Pizza Hut Asia to pilot use of robot for order-taking

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Pizza Hut Asia will be piloting SoftBank Robotics’ humanoid robot Pepper for order-taking and customer service in-store by end of 2016. The new app that extends the robot’s ability to integrate customer service, access to information and sales will be powered by MasterPass, the digital payment service from MasterCard.

Affordable LTE chips to make IoT real by 2018: Altair co-founder

KoreaZDNet — The trend of a wide availability of cost-effective LTE modem chips and mobile carriers’ moves to change their business model to offer low-cost bandwidth will allow the public to truly feel the advent of Interent of Things (IoT) by 2018, according to Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of worldwide sales and marketing of Israeli firm Altair Semiconductor, which specializes in LTE solutions for IoT.

Get a peek inside your next PC with our preview of Computex 2016

TaiwanDigital Trends — Nestled between CES, which is hosted in January, and IFA, which comes around in September, Computex dominates summer tech news. And we won’t be there alone when the fun begins on June 1. As the largest computer exhibition in Asia, Computex sees attendance of around 130,000 and includes over 1,600 exhibitors, numbers that put it just behind CES, North America’s largest electronics trade show.

Get a peek inside your next PC with our preview of Computex 2016

​Pizza Hut Asia to trial SoftBank’s Pepper for MasterCard payments

JapanZDNet — MasterCard has unveiled the first commerce application for Softbank’s Pepper, with the humanoid robot to be trialled by Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia for order taking and payments processing. To use Pepper, a customer will need to pair their MasterPass account either by tapping the Pepper icon within the wallet or by scanning a QR code on the tablet that the robot holds.

SK Telecom, Telkom Indonesia team for IoT, smart products

IndonesiaEnterprise Innovation — SK Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Telkom Indonesia to cooperate in new business areas including IoT, media and smart products/Lifeware. Lifeware refers to SK Telecom’s consumer-centric smart devices that promise to “add value and convenience to people’s lives.”

IoT to dominate Computex: exhibitors

TaiwanTaipei Times — Internet of Things (IoT) devices are again expected to steal the limelight at this year’s Computex Taipei, with big hitters such as Microsoft Corp showcasing products in the field, according to exhibitors. Apart from Windows 10-related products and services, Microsoft said it would showcase devices jointly developed with its partners in Taiwan and applications of IoT technology in the retail sector.

Hitachi launches new IoT unit and platform

JapanTelecom Asia — Hitachi has formed the Hitachi Insight Group to address the Internet of Things and announced the leadership team for the new companyHitachi Insight Group will address four key market segments: smart city, smart energy, smart healthcare and smart industry. With the initiative Hitachi aims to capture market share in what IDC predicts will be a $1.46 trillion market opportunity by 2020.

Vodafone Australia trials NB-IoT with Huawei

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Vodafone and Huawei have completed pre-standard trials of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology in Australia. The trials at several live sites in Melbourne were carried out in late April, but are only being announced. More trials are being planned elsewhere in Australia in the coming months. Vodafone Australia CTO Benoit Hanssen said the results of the tests have helped demonstrate the potential for the new 4G technology.

Asia Briefs: Vodafone trials NB-IoT in Melbourne, New iPhone to feature Intel modem chips & more

AustraliaMobile World Live — Australia’s third largest operator Vodafone partnered with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei to conduct pre-standard trials of Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT), which is designed to boost coverage at lower power compared with existing mobile technologies. The operator held trials at several sites in Melbourne last month and is planning more trials in other cities in the coming months.

Asia Briefs: Vodafone trials NB-IoT in Melbourne, New iPhone to feature Intel modem chips & more