Microsoft’s Partner Strategy in China

ChinaWSJ — 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.

Alibaba may tie up with Tatas for online retail market in India

IndiaTimes of India— MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has approached Tata Sons for a possible partnership as it looks to set up shop in India later this year in a development that looks set to shake up the country’s rapidly growing online retail market. Alibaba Group president Michael Evans and global managing director K Guru Gowrappan met Tata Group’s chairman Cyrus Mistry recently to discuss a partnership possibility.

Etisalat and Huawei to collaborate on Etisalat Cloud Factory

UAEZawya — UAE: Etisalat Group – a leading telecoms operator in the Middle East, Asia and Africa – and Huawei – a leading global ICT solutions provider – have announced plans to work on the first ever Proof of Concept and design for an all-inclusive network architecture for the Etisalat Regional Cloud Factory. Once developed, the enterprise solutions provided by the innovative Cloud Factory will be offered to businesses across Etisalat ‘s international footprint.

Huawei, Vodafone put up NB-IoT Open Lab

ChinaEnterprise Innovation — Huawei and Vodafone have agreed to establish the world’s first  NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) Open Lab. Under the agreement, this NB-IoT Open Lab initiative will drive strategic technology innovation and promote the ecosystem relating to NB-IoT technology. Using pre-standard NB-IoT technology prior to full standardization, the Lab will enable the right development environment which is expected to greatly enhance the efficiency of future NB-IoT ecosystem ramp-up.

Singtel, Ericsson to test new Internet of Things technology

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: Local telco giant Singtel announced on Monday (Feb 22) that it will trial Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology in the second half of 2016 as part of its partnership with Sweden’s Ericsson. Their collaboration, in place since January last year, aims to test technologies to prepare Singtel’s current 4G LTE network to support the expected rapid growth of connected devices as Singapore targets 5G availability in 2020.

Quanta Computer to partner with Ericsson for cloud computing solutions

TaiwanDigi Times — Notebook ODM Quanta Computer on February 22 announced a partnership with Ericsson for cooperation to promote cloud computing solutions in the global market. Through the partnership, Quanta will supply hardware solutions for Ericsson and is expected to compete for orders and even sell hardware under its own brand QCT through Ericsson’s global service network to over more than 180 countries, according to Taiwan-based server supply chain makers.

KT, DoCoMo, SKT and Verizon team up for 5G trial specs

APACTelecom Asia — Four major cellcos – KT, NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom and Verizon – revealed plans to form a global initiative to develop 5G trial specifications that would serve as a common platform for various 5G trial activities around the world. The 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance – announced during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on Monday – will be focused on technical fundamentals of 5G radio interface trial activities, with the goal of “promoting a more inclusive, open, and collaborative approach to developing 5G trial networks”.

SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom team on 5G, IoT and media platform

KoreaTelecom Asia — SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have forged a technology development partnership covering services, IoT and development of 5G standards. The partnership, announced Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, aims to seek new growth opportunities in Asian and European markets. Under the partnership, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom will work together to develop standardized technologies including SDDC (Software-Defined Data Center) and 5G enabling technologies.

Huawei, Telefonica complete trials on SDN-based optical network

ChinaTelecom Asia — Telefonica and Huawei have completed what the firms claim is the industry’s first migration of commercial user traffic over an SDN-based IP optical network IP+Optical trial network in Peru. The success of the SDN-based network resulted in Telefonica’s SDN team issuing a certification to Huawei to celebrate the service migration and carrying, the companies further said.

ChinaCache Forms Strategic Cooperation With CITIC Telecom CPC and CITIC Networks

ChinaBGlobe 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. CITIC Telecom CPC is a leading provider of a full range of ICT solutions across Asia Pacific, while CITIC Networks owns China Express Network, which is the only core network with Type 2 Domestic Telecommunications License in China, apart from 3 local incumbents.

Reliance Jio partners with eight global carriers

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI:Reliance Jio Infocomm on Monday said it has tied up with eight global carriers that will allow partner businesses to more efficiently and quickly bring innovative products and services to customers around the world. An official statement said the eight global carriers are British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Millicom, MTS, Orange, Rogers, TeliaSonera and TIM.

Amazon, AsiaInfo Team Up to Disrupt the Telco Back Office

ChinaLight Reading — AsiaInfo has a dream — that communications service providers (CSPs) of all sizes, from competitive virtual operators to global Tier 1 giants, will all run their back office business support system (BSS) operations over the public cloud, a radical departure from the premises-based IT systems that run all-important BSS processes today. And it has just the partner to help make that dream a reality – Amazon Web Services LLC .

Indian IT major HCL teams up with Microsoft to launch IoT incubation centre

IndiaDeal Street Asia — HCL Technologies Ltd, India’s fourth largest software services exporter, on Monday said it will launch an incubation centre for the Internet of Things in partnership with Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington. The aim is to build advanced solutions based on machine-to-machine (M-2-M) technology, in areas such as industrial manufacturing, life sciences and healthcare.

Indian IT major HCL teams up with Microsoft to launch IoT incubation centre

DHL, expand partnership for cross-border logistics

China.gifEnterprise Innovation — DHL and China’s online direct sales company are collaborating on a range of cross-border supply chain initiatives that will utilize their respective expertise in logistics and e-commerce. The two companies announced in July 2015 an agreement that would make DHL the preferred logistics service provider for moving American products ordered on’s US Mall to and from China.

Dentsu Aegis and Tencent strike big data deal

ChinamNm Brella — Tencent, China’s leading internet company, today formed a strategic partnership with Dentsu Aegis Network to allow joint access to its smart data and establish an integrated big data ecosystem in China, by bringing together disparate data islands. Network brands will be able to leverage Tencent’s data to improve Data Management Platform, facilitate programmatic buying, e as well as the ability to analyse consumers’ brand experience and attitudes that will guide advertising spend.

Cheetah Mobile Forms Partnership For Native Ads With Yahoo

ChinaChina Tech News — Chinese Internet and mobile Internet security company Cheetah Mobile announced a strategic deal with Yahoo for mobile search and native advertising platform partnerships. With the cooperation, Cheetah Mobile will integrate Yahoo’s “search in Apps” function into its various products, which will allow its users to enjoy Yahoo’s latest Buzz search tool as well as other product functions.

Wistron and Optiemus set up joint venture in India

IndiaDigi Times — Wistron has announced the establishment of a joint venture in Noida, a planned new town in northern India, with Optiemus Infracom, an India-based mobile telecom device distributor. Wistron president Robert Huang and Optiemus president Ravinder Zutshi signed an MoU for the joint venture in New Delhi on November 24. The Taiwan-based Wistron will hold a 20% stake in the joint venture.

Korea, China and Japan’s telco operators partner on 5G

APACMetering — South Korean telecoms operator KT announced that its chairman Hwang Chang-kyu met the CEOs of China’s state-owned telecommunication company China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s operator, to discuss ways in which the three operators could promote their cooperation in the 5G sector, reports The Korea Herald. The Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (SCFA) meeting took place in Shizuoka, Japan, and was attended by CEOs and executives of the telecoms companies.

China Unicom, Telefonica announce cloud collaboration

China.gifTelecom Asia — China Unicom and Telefónica have agreed to share their international data center capacity for multinational clients across Europe, The Americas and Asia, as a first step toward broader and larger scale cloud cooperation. The telcos said the initial agreement covers three major data centers from each operator with the inclusion of additional facilities over time.

Microsoft Azure Inks Cloud Computing CAAS Deal With

ChinaChina Tech News — Chinese CaaS service provider has reached a deal with Microsoft’s cloud computing service Azure to jointly develop corporate container cloud services. Yan Zhiqing, head of Microsoft Azure China, said that Azure will establish a platform in China and invite partners to build a cloud services community.

Deutsche Telekom, Huawei partner on ‘Internet of Things’

China.gifRCR Wireless — Deutsche Telekom said it recently deployed the world’s first field implementation of narrow band “Internet of Things.” The trial was carried out with the cooperation of Chinese vendor Huawei. The trial was developed over commercial base stations by software upgrades in order to make them NB-IoT capable.

Telehouse and DataGryd Partner in New York Data Center Market

JapanDatacenter Knowledge — Telehouse, the data center provider owned by the Japanese telecom KDDI, has joined forces with DataGryd, a wholesale data center provider with four stories in one of Manhattan’s most connected buildings, at 60 Hudson St. DataGryd is one of three wholesale data center providers in New York City that have vacant data center space to lease.

Microsoft and LG extend partnership to Internet of Things

KoreaZDNet — Microsoft and LG Electronics announced on Wednesday a new partnership to develop the Windows Operating system for IoT devices. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, was at LG’s headquarters in Seoul for an LG hardware event, where LG unveiled a battalion of new devices running Windows 10. The collaboration on Internet of Things devices is the latest in a slew of recent LG-Microsoft match-ups.

Tech Mahindra bags Aircel’s Internet of Things contract

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom services provider Aircel said it has partnered with IT firm Tech Mahindra to roll out a comprehensive set of Internet of Things (IoT) service offerings. Tech Mahindra will provide the IoT services in association with Aeris Communications, a Silicon Valley-based IoT specialist, a statement said. No financial details were disclosed.

Infosys building new IoT solutions, partners with General Electric

IndiaIndia Times — BENGALURU: Infosys is building new solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT) space for its clients and has formed a partnership with long-time customer General Electric, at a time when the US-based industrial conglomerate is doubling down on industrial internet. Industrial Internet refers to the integration of appliances and machinery with sensors and software that are networked.

Microsoft signs seven new cloud partners in Malaysia

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Productivity and cloud solutions company Microsoft Malaysia’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme has received another boost with the signing of seven new partners.  During Microsoft Malaysia’s Channel Partner Conference (CPC), held at the Sunway Convention Centre, the seven new partners were announced as:

HCL, IBM Team Up to Drive IoT Adoption

IndiaEE Times — HCL Technologies, India’s fourth largest software services firm, has teamed up with International Business Machines (IBM) to develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. IoT is a technological concept that aims to make machines communicate with each other to send and receive information in real time.

Cadence announces IP portfolio for TSMC 10nm FinFET process

TaiwanDigi Times — Cadence Design Systems has announced an intellectual property (IP) portfolio for TSMC’s 10nm FinFET (N10) process. Cadence has already secured multiple design wins with this portfolio and is actively engaged with customers as adoption of TSMC’s leading-edge process grows. The initial deliveries of Cadence IP for the N10 process demonstrate a 20% power reduction and 50% area reduction compared to TSMC’s 16nm process technology, and are ideal for mobile and network infrastructure applications, Cadence indicated.

Micromax, Celkon and Karbonn sign MoU with Andhra Pradesh for manufacturing hub

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh signed MoUs with low-cost Indian mobile phone manufacturers Micromax, Celkon and Karbonn for setting up of a mobile manufacturing hub at Tirupati. The MoUs were signed in Vijayawada in presence of chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The state government described this as the first step towards making the state an electronics manufacturing hub.

PLDT gains AWS partner status, strengthens cloud portfolio

PhilippinesTelecom Asia — PLDT, through its tech company, ePLDT, continues to bolster its enterprise solutions portfolio with its recent inclusion in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). PLDT has also expanded its participation in the APN by being named an APN Direct Connect Partner, making it the only telco in the country to gain this status, the company said.