Tech in Asia — It’s rare for CEOs of India’s unicorn startups to issue a statement on the departure of an executive at one of their investment firms. But Nikesh Arora was not an ordinary name. Nikesh, whom I met twice in his Google days, always came across as a sharp sales guy and a people’s person who knew how to move things around.
Enterprise Innovation — Enterprise application software company, SAP Labs India has launched accelerator programme SAP Start-up Studio, aimed at providing mentoring, infrastructure and technology support to early-stage start-ups.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Ford at the ongoing Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016 has showcased its Smart Mobility Initiatives that includes Smart Mobility Panda Dynamic Shuttle experiment, new AppLink partnerships, and more. The automobile maker announced two Ford Smart Mobility projects in China called the Ding Ding Parking Space Lock experiment and the Employee Smart Parking experiment.
Channel Life — Global revenue from cloud IT infrastructure has reached $6.6 billion for the first quarter of 2016, a 3.9% growth on slowed demand from the hyperscale public cloud sector. That’s according to new figures from analyst firm IDC, which shows total cloud IT infrastructure revenues climbed to a 32.3% share of overall IT revenues in 1Q16, up from 30.2% a year ago.
Enterprise 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.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom industry’s revenue grew 6.5% last year, the lowest since 2010, despite the sector witnessing a further addition of 79 million active subscribers during the period, says GSM industry body COAI. “If I go back to 2010, the industry has consistently been delivering double digit growth of about 10%. After years of constant revenue growth of double digit, it has come to the level of 6.5%,” industry body COAI’s outgoing chairman and Idea Cellular MD Himanshu Kapania said at an event.
Telecom Asia — China Mobile has officially started the commercialization of its rich communication services (RCS) network. The Chinese mobile giant collaborated with ZTE for the virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) based RCS deployment. In October 2014, ZTE won the tender to become the system integrator of this project.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Global smartphone growth is set to slow, dragged by a slowdown in China, notwithstanding the strong pace of sales in India, which has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world. This highlights the fact that India may have surpassed China’s pace of smartphone sales growth, but replacing its Asian rival as the growth driver for the global handset industry seems a long shot, given the vastly smaller market size and majorly rural user base fetching far lower revenue.
NEW DELHI: Global smartphone growth is set to slow, dragged by a slowdown in China, notwithstanding the strong pace of sales in India, which has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world. This highlights the fact that India may have surpassed China’s pace of smartphone sales growth, but replacing its Asian rival as the growth driver for the global handset industry seems a long shot, given the vastly smaller market size and majorly rural user base fetching far lower revenue.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: By the year 2021, Indias smartphone subscription is expected to be 810 million, which is four times the subscriber base in 2015, said Ericsson Mobility report released on Tuesday. Also, total mobile traffic will grow 15-fold from the year 2015 to 2021, said a statement issued by Swedish communication technology major Ericsson, citing the report.
Enterprise Innovation — More CIOs in China (40%) report directly to the CEO than any other country in the region, according to the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. The role of the CIO has never been more relevant or influential, with 67% of China’s CIOs now sitting on a board or executive management team, 14 percentage points higher than the regional average.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese mobile internet company UCWeb , part of Alibaba Group, today launched its news aggregation app called UC News. The company also announced an update for its popular UC Browser, which claims to have 80 million active users in the country and a market share of 58%. UC Browser reportedly has 400 million monthly active users globally. It is the largest mobile browser in Asia and the second largest globally.
Digi Times — Gartner expects global smartphone sales twill continue to slow and will no longer grow in double digits. Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to grow 7% in 2016 to reach 1.5 billion units. This is down from 14.4% growth in 2015. In 2020, smartphone sales are on pace to total 1.9 billion units.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: India’s leading home-grown handset maker Micromax is looking to enter the China market next year as it aims to become the No. 5 player worldwide by 2020, in an intensely competitive market. For achieving this it may raise cash through a public listing or strategically align with a partner, a top executive said.
MIS Asia — Myanmar Oriental Bank (MOB) has teamed up with VMware – a cloud infrastructure and business mobility provider – to better support its growing number of small and medium enterprise (SME) customers. MOB’s employees across its network of 37 branch offices manage large amounts of data from customer information and financial records to provide financial intermediation for SMEs.
MIS Asia — Australia’s cloud-based integration platform provider Maestrano has announced that it will be expanding its operations in Singapore and making Singapore as its regional hub in Southeast Asia. Maestrano brings the advantages of automatic data synchronisation for cloud applications exclusively to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through its enterprise partners.
WSJ — Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft Corp., has been one of the biggest change agents at the Redmond, Wash.-based tech titan since Chief Executive Satya Nadella brought her on board in 2014. Wall Street Journal Deputy Editor in Chief Rebecca Blumenstein spoke with her about the company’s push for partnerships and its plans for Asia. Edited excerpts follow.
Telecom Asia — Singapore continues to lead Southeast Asia in both smartphone and mobile broadband subscriptions population penetration, Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report shows. Smartphone penetration in Singapore has exceeded 100% and mobile broadband subscriptions have passed 140%, the report shows, ahead of the Southeast Asian average penetration levels of around 40% and around 60% respectively.
Times of India — The phrase holds perhaps more resonance for smartphone makers in India than characters of popular series Game of Thrones, as Samsung ,Micromax , Intex , Karbonn and other players foresee a slowdown in Smartphone sales.
Enterprise Innovation — To increase the potential of local businesses, Thailand’s Ministry of Industry has initiated a project entitled “SMEs Spring Up.” Atchaka Sibunruang, the minister for industry, chaired the opening of the “SMEs Spring Up” project which aims to improve the abilities of small and medium sized businesses in Thailand. More than 100 businesses have been recruited to join the project.
China Tech News — With all the buzz and attention Xiaomi receives, one may expect it to be a dominant force in China’s smartphone world. But latest numbers show Xiaomi isn’t even in the top two of the number of devices recently shipped. During the first quarter of 2016, China’s smartphone shipment reached about 104.9 million units, representing a decrease of 5% compared with the 109.8 million units in the same period of last year.
Digital 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.
Tech in Asia —- Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has closed US$143 million in funding for his venture capital firm B Capital, according to US regulatory filings. It’s targeting a fund size of US$250 million. What’s unique about this fund though is its global focus, especially on Asia. B Capital founder Raj Ganguly explained the opportunities in Asia, and further said that the continent faces a funding gap:
MIS Asia — Google’s Play Store for Android will be coming to Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system that powers Chromebook laptops, the company announced Thursday. That means Chromebook users will be able to download and install apps made for Android onto their Chromebooks, expanding the base of applications available for those devices. Previously, Chromebooks were able to run only applications built for Chrome.
ZDNet — Eight in 10 Singaporeans say they will use their smartphones instead of cash or physical payment cards to pay for goods and services in physical retail stores. The survey finding from Visa signalled positive consumer sentiments towards mobile payments, as adoption of contactless payment continued to grow, said Ooi Huey Tyng, Visa’s country manager for Singapore and Brunei.
Times of India — Currently valued at $2.2 billion, India’s data centre infrastructure market is expected to touch $4.5 billion by 2018. India is poised to be the second-largest market for data centres in Asia-Pacific by 2020 and the investments are expected to reach $7 billion, according to a report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
PRNewswire — SINGAPORE: CXO CLOUD SYMPOSIUM — NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced its CXO Cloud Symposium, the premier business cloud event in Singapore, which will be held at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel on Monday, 30 May 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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.