.,​Dell Technologies begins A/NZ management restructure

AustraliaCIO — Dell Technologies has taken its first step in restructuring its Australia and New Zealand management team, fresh from closing its multi-billion dollar merger of EMC. In APJ countries with both mature enterprise and commercial markets, including Australia and New Zealand, ARN can confirm that there will be both enterprise and commercial sales leaders at a local level.

http://www.cio.com.au/article/606731/dell-technologies-begins-nz-management-restructure/?fp=16&fpid=1

Google gets faster in Asia as 26 Tbps undersea cable extends to its largest data center in the region

APACThe online population across Asia could be enjoying slightly faster access to some internet services today with the news that Google has switched on a new high-speed undersea cable system, bringing speedier connectivity to Google services in the region. To recap, back in 2014, a six-member consortium of companies consisting of Google, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and Singtel unveiled plans to create a 9,000km transpacific undersea cable system spanning from Oregon on the west coast of the U.S.

http://venturebeat.com/2016/09/06/google-faster-cable-asia-taiwan/

SAP China teams up with Alibaba Cloud

ChinaTelecom Asia — SAP China and Alibaba Cloud have teamed up to launch three cloud-based SAP services to Chinese customers by the end of the year. The companies have revealed plans to launch in-memory computing platform SAP HANA Cloud Platform and two other services in 2016.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/sap-china-teams-alibaba-cloud

Uber starts giving drivers warnings about erratic driving

APACTech in Asia — Starting today, Uber is keeping a very close eye on its drivers to ensure they give a smooth ride to passengers across Asia. The startup is doing this by tapping into the data available from their driver’s smartphones, which will give away any sudden swerves, excessive braking, or over-enthusiastic acceleration.

https://www.techinasia.com/uber-daily-reports-driving-asia

China investigates Didi-Uber merger

ChinaChina’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said today it’s launching a probe into the planned merger of Didi Chuxing with Uber’s China unit. A ministry spokesperson tells Reuters that it’s due to anti-monopoly concerns about the US$35 billion tech company that will result from the merger and which will totally dominate car-hailing and taxi-booking in the China market.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-investigating-didi-uber-merger

Can Apple put a dent in the world’s 2nd largest market with iPhone 7?

IndiaTech in Asia — How ironical that Apple still can’t find a way to put a dent in the world’s second largest market for smartphones: India. Some may quibble over whether India has already gone past the number of smartphone users in the US, or will do so in the near future. In any case, the matter will soon become moot because India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world.

https://www.techinasia.com/can-apple-put-a-dent-in-india-worlds-2nd-largest-market-iphone-7

IBM will emphasize Watson and AI at new cloud computing center in South Korea

KoreaGeek Wire — IBM has opened a cloud data center in Pangyo, South Korea, bringing its total number of data centers to 47, with nine of them in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said today. The new center, outside Seoul, will help serve the cloud-services market in South Korea, which IDC said it expects to grow to $1 billion in 2019, from $445 million last year.

http://www.geekwire.com/2016/ibm-will-emphasize-watson-ai-new-cloud-computing-center-korea/

Equinix Expands in Asia-Pacific with 4th IBX in Sydney

AustraliaYahoo — EQIX recently inaugurated the fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, SY4, in Sydney, Australia. This is in line with the company’s 2016 Expansion Plan announced in Mar 2016, under which it planned to open four data centers in Tokyo, Dallas, Sao Paulo and Sydney by the end of the year.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/equinix-eqix-expands-asia-pacific-124912464.html

Equinix opens fourth facility in Sydney

AustraliaDatacenter Dynamics — Equinix has opened its fourth facility in Sydney, following hot on the heels of an expansion of its other Australian data center in Melbourne. The $97 million (US) international business exchange (IBX) data center is 4km from Sydneys’s central business district, and already has some 20 customers, according to reports – including network provider Connectivity IT, broadband network Grex, managed hosting firm Servers Australia, and cloud provider Zettagrid.

Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

IndiaMobile World Live — Facebook is holding talks with a number of ISPs in India to expand its Express Wi-Fi programme, after trials in rural areas in partnership with BSNL. Express Wi-Fi, aimed at making broadband in rural areas more affordable, rolled out 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots with the state-run operator as part of a pilot project, the Economic Times reported.

Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

AAG submarine cable to resume operations on August 24, from VN

VietnamVietnam Net — According to the AAG submarine cable management unit, a cable repair vessel will begin fixing the broken cable of the S11 cable branch to Hong Kong on August 20 morning. The last weld will be completed at 8.30am on August 21 and the repair will finish at 11pm on August 22. Meanwhile, the repair of the S1B cable toward Singapore will be fixed from August 17 to 20 and the repair will be completed on August 24.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/162431/aag-submarine-cable-to-resume-operations-on-august-24.html

Cambodia enhances its trade and development by partnering Microsoft

CambodiaMIS Asia — Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft yesterday (22 August 2016). The MOU signing builds on an ongoing partnership between the two organisations over the past 12 months to increase awareness of ICT trends, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property (IP) and trusted technology.

http://www.mis-asia.com/mgmt/careers/cambodia-enhances-its-trade-and-development-by-partnering-microsoft/

Mellanox Expands Asia-Pacific Presence, New Singapore Headquarters and State-of-the-Art Solutions Centre to Strengthen Footprint in Asia

SingaporeBusiness Wire — SINGAPORE: Mellanox , a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers, cloud and storage networking solutions, today announced the opening of its new APAC headquarters and solutions centre in Singapore.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160823005253/en/Mellanox-Expands-Asia-Pacific-Presence-Singapore-Headquarters-State-of-the-Art

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.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/07/18/softbank-buy-britains-arm-32-billion-record-deal/

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 18 — Washington: An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service this week, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia.

 http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

Vietnam’s Internet to be affected by pan-Asia submarine cable cut

VietnamVietnam Net — This incident occurred shortly after the maintenance of the Asia-American Gateway (AAG) submarine cable route (connecting Vietnam with Hong Kong and the US). Viettel said this cable route was broken on June 27, coinciding with the maintenance of AAG but until July 12 it will be repaired. The broken point is 45km from the landing station in Singapore.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/160208/vietnam-s-internet-to-be-affected-by-pan-asia-submarine-cable-cut.html

Fujitsu, Oracle form cloud alliance

JapanNetworks Asia — Fujitsu Limited and Oracle Corporation are forming a new strategic alliance to deliver cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world. In order to take advantage of cloud computing to speed innovation, reduce costs and drive business growth, organizations need IT partners that can deliver the performance, security and management capabilities that are demanded by enterprise workloads.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/fujitsu-oracle-form-cloud-alliance.1468200635

​IBM to open blockchain innovation centre in Singapore

SingaporeZDNet — IBM plans to open its first blockchain innovation centre in Singapore, with one of its first projects to focus on developing trade solutions using blockchain technology to improve the efficiency of multi-party trade finance processes and transactions.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-to-open-blockchain-innovation-centre-in-singapore/

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 18 — Washington: An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service this week, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia.

http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

Singapore chats up Microsoft bots in smart nation initiative

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore is looking to tap artificial intelligence technology to enable more natural and simpler interactions with its e-government services. Led by industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the new initiative would see the use of Microsoft’s “conversations as a platform” pitch to explore opportunities in developing the country’s next-generation government services based on “conversational computing”.

Singapore banks eye Facebook IDs for transfers

SingaporeFT — Banks in Singapore are collaborating on a new service that would allow customers to make payments using Facebook IDs or Twitter username. The system will allow electronic transfers between account holders who have registered their social media identities with their banks, allowing users to make payments by selecting the payee’s Facebook ID instead of typing in an account number and sort code.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b2dd2cd8-3f39-11e6-8716-a4a71e8140b0.html#axzz4DP34R7EU

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.

https://www.rcrwireless.com/20160705/asia-pacific/ericsson-internet-of-things-platform-tag23

FASTER consortium launches trans-Pacific subsea cable

APACTelecom Asia — The FASTER consortium has announced the launch of its new trans-Pacific subsea cable system. Construction of the 9,000km system linking Japan and the west coast of the US has been completed an the cable is starting service today. The six FASTER consortium members are Singtel, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and Google.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/faster-consortium-launches-trans-pacific-subsea-cable

SAP Labs India launches accelerator programme for startups

IndiaEnterprise 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.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/sap-labs-india-launches-accelerator-programme-startups-22486096

Bhutan Telecom offers hosted cloud services with Microsoft and HP

BhutanMIS Asia — Bhutan Telecom has partnered Microsoft and HP to offer businesses hosted cloud services. “This partnership with Microsoft and HP is not only transformative for Bhutan Telecom in enabling us to diversify our products and service, it is also a potential driver of Bhutan’s economic growth. With our new hosted cloud, we can further help our customers become even more competitive and agile,” said Tshewang Gyeltshen, Chief Executive Officer of Bhutan Telecom.

http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/cloud-computing/bhutan-telecom-offers-hosted-cloud-services-with-microsoft-and-hp/

Android Pay makes its debut in Asia starting with Singapore

Singapore9TO5 Google — Android Pay has been very slowly making its way around the world and today the service has finally arrived in Asia — or at least for those in Singapore. Users in Singapore are able to download and activate Android Pay on their devices right now as long as their bank is compatible with the service.

Android Pay makes its debut in Asia starting with Singapore

Google removes malware that installed an app every 2 minutes

APACTimes of India — Google together with Lookout, a mobile security company, has successfully taken down the auto-rooting malware app that was said to be silently rootingAndroid device and install other apps without user permission.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Google-removes-malware-that-installed-an-app-every-2-minutes/articleshow/52973795.cms

Google Launches Android Pay In Asia, Singapore To Get It First

SingaporeForbes — After launching in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Android Pay, Google’s contactless smartphone payment solution is finally making landfall in Asia. Singapore will be the first Asian market to gain access to Android Pay with Singaporeans able to load and MasterCard credit and debit cards from six banks including DBS and Standard Chartered onto their Android smartphones.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rahilbhagat/2016/06/27/google-launches-android-pay-in-asia-singapore-to-get-it-first/#46b8ba067545

Amazon Web Services opens first ‘Region’ in India

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — Amazon Web Services, (AWS), a global cloud computing platform, has launched two data centres in Mumbai recently, taking the total number of Availability Zones (AZs) to 35 across 13 technology infrastructure regions globally. With these data centres, Mumbai becomes the sixth region in Asia Pacific.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/amazon-web-services-opens-first-region-india-1864034967

SK Telecom inks transcontinental 5G trial with Ericsson and DT

KoreaRCR Wireless — SHANGHAI- Korean operator SK Telecom announced during Mobile World Congress Shanghai it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with German operator Deutsche Telekom and Swedish vendor Ericsson to cooperate in the development of the 5G core network.

https://www.rcrwireless.com/20160630/asia-pacific/sk-telecom-transcontinental-5g-trial-tag23