NTT Communications’ Multi-Cloud Connect to Extend Connection to Cloud Platforms in the UK

JapanSys Com — NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT (NYSE:NTT), announced the launch of Multi-Cloud Connect in London, which directly connects to cloud platforms in the UK region. With Multi-Cloud Connect, enterprise that have offices in Europe can enjoy access to different cloud services with a stable and secure connection.

HSBC says internet banking services down after cyber attack

Hong KongChannel News Asia — LONDON: HSBC is working with law enforcement to catch those behind a cyber attack that forced its personal banking websites in the UK to shutdown, its second major service outage this month, the bank said on Friday. Europe’s largest lender said it had “successfully defended” its systems against a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack but it was experiencing fresh threats, impeding full restoration of its services.

Behind China’s $720 Million Bet on British Tech Startups

ChinaBloomberg — “Frankly, we invited so many of you because we didn’t expect all of you to come,” John Zai, the chief executive of Cocoon Networks Ventures. joked as he surveyed the hundred or so guests gathered on the top floor of accounting firm Ernst & Young’s London offices last Friday. Zai shouldn’t have been surprised: after all, it’s not every day that a new venture capital fund rocks up in town with 500 million pounds ($720 million) in its purse and an ambitious plan to help British startups in fields from hardware to biotechnology.

TCS bags 4 awards in UK for key client projects, innovations

IndiaTimes of India — LONDON: India’s largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has won four prestigious awards for key client projects and innovations at the European Software Testing Awards 2015. The awards organized by TEST Magazine, the UK’s leading software testing magazine, are now in their third year and celebrate excellence, best practice and innovation in the UK & European software testing and Quality Assurance community.

Foxconn increases presence in second-hand handset market

TaiwanDigi Times — Foxconn Electronics has stepped up its investments in the second-hand smartphone market as part of its efforts to promote environmental protection globally, according to industry sources. A subsidiary of the Foxconn Group has recently acquired a 20% stake of Bamboo Distribution, a UK-based mobile phone recovery, refurbishment and distribution specialist. The investment will allow Foxconn to step into the mobile phone recovery and recycling market in Europe and to open new revenue channels, said the sources.

Global Cloud Xchange and Broadcast Media Communications Deliver Live International Football Match to Fans in England

Hong KongPRNewswire — LONDON:  Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM) today announced a partnership with Broadcast Media Communications (BMC UK). The announcement follows last week’s successful broadcast of Spain vs England match from Rico Perez Stadium in Alicante, Spain to ITV London studios.

Singtel secures Premier League rights

SingaporeSingapore’s largest telecommunications provider Singtel has secured the rights to broadcast the next three seasons of the English Premier League from August 2016 for the third time running. The deal, announced on Monday for an undisclosed amount, will see Singtel broadcast the most-watched football league worldwide across its pay TV offering Singtel TV and the Singtel TV Go app for flexible viewing across smart devices.

Alibaba Plans European Domination From London

ChinaChina Tech News — Alibaba Group announced plans to further promote its globalization European strategy, stating that they will upgrade their office in London into a European strategic center. At the same time, the group will open a new office in Milan, Italy.

China overtakes US in e-commerce sales: Report

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: China has over taken the US to become the world’s largest online retail market as its e-commerce revenues grossed $439 million last year constituting 7% of its GDP, according to a new report. The internet has become a critical element of China’s economic progress in the past five years, accounting for 7% of the world’s second largest economy’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014, a percentage point higher than the US, state-run Global Times reported, citing a report issued by China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC).

Huawei joins University of Manchester on graphene research

ChinaA partnership has recently been announced by China’s Huawei Technologies Co and the United Kingdom’s University of Manchester on research into graphene, a material set to replace silicon in chips and electronics, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Huawei and the university will start the partnership with a two-year project to explore ways of using graphene in consumer electronics and mobile devices, the company said in an Oct.

Penang, a high-income model for Malaysia through inclusive growth – Lim Guan Eng

MalaysiaThe Malaysian Insider — Reading through the profile of this very new school in the hallowed halls of Oxford University, I cannot help but be amazed by its many accomplishments since its establishment in 2010. In the three years since the first class of Masters in Public Policy (MPP) students were admitted in 2012, you have now grown to a cohort of 119 students from 55 countries for the class of 2015, including two Malaysians (Mark Hew and Yew Ren Chung).

Singapore and UK researchers investigate privacy in big data era

SingaporeComputer Weekly — Academic organisations in Singapore and the UK collaborate on the privacy questions raised by big data and the cloud Researchers in Singapore and the UK are working together to explore challenges posed by threats to cyber security and privacy in the cloud. A proposal has been submitted for a joint big data project between Singapore and UK industries and government agencies to collaborate on privacy-preserving data analytics.

UK hacked routers in Pakistan to identify terrorists, Edward Snowden says

PakistanTimes of India — LONDON: Britain secretly obtained vast amounts of communications data from Pakistan to identify terrorists by hacking into routers in the country made by an American firm, according to US whistleblower Edward Snowden. The former intelligence contractor with the US National Security Agency (NSA) said that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), British intelligence and security organisation responsible for providing signals intelligence, has been monitoring Pakistan’s communication data.

UK government to send cybersecurity trade mission to India

IndiaTimes of India — LONDON: The UK government will send its first-ever cybersecurity trade mission to India next week in the lead up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country next month. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is leading the five-day mission of eight UK-based firms to Mumbai and New Delhi from October 11.

UK’s migration policy worrying Indian IT services

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Even as the Indian IT industry continues to grapple with visa issues in the US, proposed changes in the UK’s migration policy, which include limiting the number of work visas and increasing the minimum-salary threshold for skilled workers, are worrying IT services companies. The UK is the second largest market for Indian IT companies after the US, accounting for about 18 % or about $18-$19 billion, of export revenue annually, according to industry body Nasscom.

Chelsea ties up with India’s Wipro in digital, fan engagement drive

IndiaChannel News Asia — MUMBAI: Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea FC will team up with Indian IT services group Wipro Ltd to help improve its digital media strategy, the two said a day after rival Manchester United made a similar announcement.

Baidu May Create Online Sports JV With British Firm

ChinaChinese search engine company Baidu is rumored to be talking with U.K. digital sports media group Perform Group to establish a joint venture in China. Perform’s core business is purchasing digital copyrights of various high-level sports events, displaying those events on online with its powerful digital editing capacity, and attracting money with its traffic. In addition, Perform specializes in sports data consulting analysis and advertising sponsorship marketing.

Inmarsat’s GlobalXpress being used in Nepal ahead of global launch

NepalThe first of Inmarsat’s high-capacity GlobalXpress satellites is being used in Nepal after the country was hit by an earthquake and ahead of a global launch for the technology set for later this year, the company said.  “We were able to rush terminals into Nepal, and the feedback from that has been great,” chief executive Rupert Pearce said following release of the British satellite maker’s first-quarter earnings.

Letv Cloud Announces the Worldwide Video-as-a-Service Model in London

China.gifHONG KONG, May 06, 2015 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) — Letv Cloud Computing Co. Ltd., known as the No.1 video cloud computing brand and a neutral service provider, announced the launch of the worldwide VaaS (Video-as-a-Service) model in TV Connect event in London. In this Letv Cloud’s first global debut, it shows an upgraded and globalized version of VaaS model since it was invented in China in 2014. TV Connect, the world-leading event in the fields of OTT and IPTV, was held in London during April 28-30, 2015. Over 500 telecom operators, 200 exhibitors and about 8,500 professionals joined the event.

Huawei bellows big revenue jump thanks to brisk 2014 phone sales

China.gifHuawei – which was backed by Britain last week despite repeated claims that the Chinese company’s network kit could endanger national security – saw a 33 per cent leap in net profit for 2014. The privately held, employee-owned telecoms giant reported its full-year results this morning, when the firm’s rotating CEO Ken Hu trumpeted Huawei’s “heavy investment” (¥40.8bn, or £4.4bn, R&D last year) in technology such as 5G, cloud computing and big data.

TCS launches smartphone app for analytics on UK polls

IndiaLONDON: Tata Consultancy Services, India’s leading IT services firm, today launched a smartphone application here that allows users to track, analyse and visualise Twitter conversations about the UK General Election to be held in May.  ‘ElectUK’ has been created to engage voters, their representatives and political commentators by turning their smartphone into a Big Data social media analytics tool.

5 Indian startups that took off for a Landing in Manchester

IndiaDigital co-working spaces are coming up fast in India, especially in tech hubs like Bangalore, Gurgaon, and Kochi. But five Indian startups still came away starry-eyed after a week’s visit to Media City and The Landing in Manchester, UK. Senthil Kanthaswamy, co-founder of Chennai-based startup Frilp, explains why to Tech in Asia:

SwiftKey looking for India head; plans more tie-ups with local handset vendors, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: SwiftKey, the London-headquartered keyboard application for smartphones and tablets, is planning to hire a country manager in India, as it looks to aggressively increase the number of downloads in the country to take on other popular keyboard apps such as Google Hindi and Swype.  “Having a country manager will make a great difference in India, as our customers and partners will have someone to talk to on a day to day basis,” Eric D. Collins, vice president-monetization & distribution, for SwiftKey, told ET.

China’s Huawei Promises USD6.3 Million Investment For UK 5G Research

Chinese telecom device maker Huawei promised that they will provide EUR5 million, which is about USD6.3 million, to the 5G innovation center of University of Surrey, aiming to promote research and testing of next-generation data transmission standards. The goal of the 5G innovation center of University of Surrey is to implement 5G technology application testing in the real world.

Huawei Acquires British IoT Technology Provider

Chinese telecom device maker Huawei acquired Neul, a Britain-headquartered Internet of Things technology provider, for USD25 million. As a company focusing on the research and development of Internet of Things technologies and products, Neul is known for its “Weightless” platform, which offers super-low energy consumption air interfaces for products like smart testers and street lights. It is a new wide-area wireless networking technology designed specifically for the Internet of Things, achieving coverage, battery life, module cost and efficiency goals that far out-reach today’s GPRS, 3G, CDMA and LTE WAN solutions.

Huawei wants to build smarter cities with $25 million acquisition of UK-based startup

Chinese phone and telecom equipment maker Huawei has bought UK-based internet-of-things startup Neul  for US$25 million, according to Business Weekly . Rather than the wearables and home appliances that we often associate with the internet-of-things movement, Neul focuses on smart city and industrial applications – it makes the sensors that can be used in oil and gas refining, agriculture, transportation, construction, healthcare, and utilities.