SEA not ready for a cyber-attack … nope, not really #cloud #asia #cyberattack #hacking

APACDigital News Asia — CYBERSECURITY is an ongoing arms race between defenders and attackers, and with new technologies, increasingly complex threats and expanding attack surfaces, the traditional protection method is no longer effective. Yet this is still the strategy of choice in South-East Asia, according to Intel Security’s Security Connected vice president and chief technology officer Michael Sentonas.

Cloud Enables International Growth For Businesses In Hong Kong And Singapore

Hong KongPRNewswire — SINGAPORE: Research commissioned by NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced the findings of a joint study with Frost & Sullivan, revealing a strong correlation between the use of the cloud to access IT resources and the degree of internationalisation of a business.

Google: Southeast Asia’s digital market to grow more than sixfold to $200b by 2025

SingaporeTech in Asia — There’s a US$200 billion opportunity in Southeast Asia for tech entrepreneurs and investors, according to research by Google and investment firm Temasek. The two industry heavyweights revealed their findings during the E-conomy SEA event in Singapore today. A slideshow containing key conclusions from the research is embedded below and also available to view here.

Google, Temasek See S.E. Asia Web Economy Reaching $200 Billion

SingaporeBloomberg — Southeast Asia’s Internet economy, spanning online shopping to games and advertising, will surge sixfold to about $200 billion in the next decade, according to joint research by Google Inc. and Temasek Holdings Pte.

Telstra expands Asian backbone

AustraliaIT News — Telstra has expanded its Asian network backbone through capacity purchases on existing submarine cables and a new fully-owned overland circuit. A Telstra spokesman said the company was not part of the consortium that built the Bay of Bengal Gateway cable, but has secured capacity on the system that connects Singapore, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka with Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

New undersea fibre cable for Africa-Asia trade: PCCW

Hong KongMy Broadband — Growing trade between Africa and Asia has prompted talk of a new mega subsea broadband cable along Africa’s eastern coastline, says Hong Kong ICT firm PCCW. Last week, PCCW said it along with Telkom, MTN , Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Telecom Egypt (TE) signed a memorandum of understanding to build Africa-1.

Alibaba Invests USD1 Billion To Control Southeast Asia E-commerce Leader

ChinaChina Tech News — Alibaba Group announced that they will invest USD1 billion to subscribe a controlling stake in Lazada, including about USD500 million to subscribe new shares and the remaining to purchase from certain shareholders. Michael Evans, president of Alibaba Group, said that the investment in Lazada will allow Alibaba to enter an e-commerce platform with a large and growing consumer group outside China.

Alibaba Invests USD1 Billion To Control Southeast Asia E-commerce Leader

New Africa-1 MEA-Asia Submarine Cable Link Confirmed

APACDeveloping Telecoms — Five operators spanning Africa, the Middle East and South Central Asia will construct a new 17,000 km submarine cable system connecting the three regions. The operators signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) are MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa, with further carriers expected to join the consortium.

New subsea cable to connect ME, Africa and Asia #cloud

APACTrade Arabia — MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa have partnered to construct a new submarine cable system which will connect Africa with the Middle East and South Central Asia. The consortium-funded “Africa-1” submarine cable system will also provide onward connectivity to Europe.

Data Center Colocation Market to Reach $33 Billion

APACeWeek — A 451 Research report estimates that currently, the world’s largest region in terms of total operational space for colocation is Asia Pacific. The global colocation market will reach $33.2 billion by 2018, according to 451 Research’s latest quarterly Datacenter Knowledgebase (DCKB) release, which tracks nearly 4,800 data centers operated by 1,286 companies worldwide.

Singtel joins Telstra and SubPartners on 20Tbps Perth to Singapore subsea cable

SingaporeZDNet — Telstra, Singtel, and SubPartners have entered a memorandum of understanding to construct a high-capacity Perth to Singapore subsea cable. The cable, named APX-West, will be 4,500km long, with two fibre pairs providing a minimum of 10 Terabits per second capacity each pair and two-way data transmission. It will replace the slower-speed SEA-ME-WE 3 (SMW3) cable, which currently carries data traffic between the two countries.

Nintex harnesses Azure Japan data center for growth

JapanDatacenter News — Nintex has signed on to deploy and operate its cloud-based services within Microsoft’s Azure Japan data center, to support increased cloud adoption in Asia Pacific. The workflow automation vendor says operating within the Microsoft Azure Japan data center will provide Nintex end users in Japan with greater uptime, enhanced data security and more bandwidth, enabling more effective response, management and scaling of Nintex Workflow for Office 365 deployments and migration from Workflow for SharePoint to cloud or hybrid scenarios.

Venture capital firm eyes SE Asian tech start-ups

MalaysiaMalaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd., the country’s largest venture firm with $300 million in assets under management, announced the SuperSeed Fund with Gobi on Thursday last week. They will seek to invest in 25 to 35 early-stage startups across Southeast Asia over the next three years.

Facebook keen on Asia despite India saying no to Free Basics

IndiaTimes of India — NEW YORK: Despite India saying no to Free Basics and going for net neutrality, the social networking giant eyes big growth in Asia than any other parts of the world, a top Facebook executive told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Tuesday. According to Dan Neary, Facebook’s vice president for Asia Pacific, “the potential is greater in Asia-Pacific than it is in any other region because we’ve got two thirds of the world’s population, and it’s all mobile.”

Philippine firms most aware about IoT security in SE Asia

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — Philippine firms are the most aware in Southeast Asia about security on the Internet of Things and its impact on their businesses, according to a survey by Intel Security. The survey was conducted in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines, and showcases widespread analysis from key players in IT organizations, from CEOs to developers to system administrators. There was a total of 1,953 respondents.

SEA is Facebook’s fastest growing region

APACTelecom Asia — More than three million businesses actively advertise on Facebook, according to an update posted by the company on the Facebook for Business page. The number of active advertisers on Facebook grew by 50% in one year, with more than 70% of these businesses located outside of the United States. Notably, Southeast Asia is the fastest growing region, according to Nadia Tan, head of SMB in Southeast Asia at Facebook.

SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine cable system lands in Djibouti

APACTelecom Paper — Djibouti Telecom has completed the landing of the SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine cable system in Haramous, achieving its primary goal of turning Djibouti into a major regional and global hub for telecommunication. SEA-ME-WE 5 has a total length of 20,000 km and connects 17 countries across South-East Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe, including France, Saudi Arabia, India and Malaysia.–1131927

Southeast Asia is fastest growing region for Facebook

APACEnterprise Innovation — More than three million businesses actively advertise on Facebook, according to a new update on the Facebook for Business page. The number of active advertisers on Facebook grew by 50% in one year, with more than 70% of these businesses located outside of the United States.  Notably, Southeast Asia is the fastest growing region, according to Nadia Tan, head of SMB in Southeast Asia at Facebook.

Thailand ranked 5th for threats

ThailandBangkok Post — Thailand ranked fifth out of 25 countries in Asia for cyber security risks last year, says Romanian internet security software company Bitdefender.  Globally, the country’s exposure to cyberattacks was ranked 11th. The rankings were based on the quantity of malware detected, said Michal Dominik, managing director of Bitdefender for Indochina. India, Indonesia, China and Vietnam were the top four for cybersecurity risks in Asia, respectively.

Asia-Pacific’s most advanced datacentre coming to Asean, from Thai

ThailandThailand will have the first Tier IV Gold datacentre, as rated by the Uptime Institute, in Asia in the first quarter of 2017. This will make it the most advanced datacentre in the Asia-Pacific and the largest in Thailand, with capacity for more than 6,000 data server racks. The Uptime Institute’s datacentre tier certification is awarded at four levels, and Tier IV represents a certification for a fault-tolerant site infrastructure.

Subsea roundup: SEA-ME-WE 5 reaches Europe

APACSEA-ME-WE 5 has now reached the shores of Europe. Telecom Italia Sparkle has announced that the shore end at its landing station in Catania on the island of Sicily is now complete. There’s a lot left to do still though on what will be a 3-fiber-pair, 20,000km cable system landing in 17 countries. The whole thing is planned to be ready for service by the end of 2016.

AWS: Big boys beware, cloud-boosted Asean startups are disruptors

MalaysiaMalay Mail Online — Kuala Lumpur, Feb 4 — The Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) region continues to be a fertile ground for cloud computing, and is poised to unleash innovative, disruptive technologies, according to a senior Amazon Web Services Inc (AWS) executive. Some of the world’s largest enterprises are preparing for new forms of competition, particularly from small, innovative startups that are coming out of the Asean region, according to AWS chief technology officer Dr Werner Vogels.

AAG Taps Ciena For Trans-Pacific Network Capacity

APACTele Analysis — The Asia America Gateway (AAG) consortium recently upgraded its Asia and trans-Pacific cable network leveraging Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solutions. This will allow AAG to meet growing demand for international capacity. According to TeleGeography private networks share of total used trans-Pacific bandwidth is forecast to grow by more than 50 percent in 2016.

SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system lands in Malaysia

MalaysiaJCN Newswire — TOKYO: NEC Corporation today announced that Telekom Malaysia Berhad and NEC successfully completed the landing of the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system at Melaka, Malaysia. Upon completion in 2016, the 20,000 km cable system will provide 24 Terabits per second (Tbit/s) of capacity utilizing the latest 100Gbit/s coherent transmission technology via a fiber optic path between South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The cost of mobile data in Southeast Asia (INFOGRAPHIC)

APACTech in Asia — Smartphones are getting cheaper by the day – but they’re not much more than dumb bricks unless we incessantly feed them with data packages. This can become expensive. Across Southeast Asia, the cost of mobile data varies widely, as do the packet sizes and deals offered by respective carriers.

As e-commerce thrives in Asia, so do these companies

APACCNBC — The month-long period following Black Friday is easily the busiest time of year for logistics companies as they compete to deliver packages in time for the holiday season. Now, the prosaic yet crucial industry in Southeast Asia is witnessing a new burst of rivalry amid a thriving e-commerce boom, as reflected in the rise of ‘e-fulfillment’ firms.

Lost In Translation: IoT Adoption In Southeast Asia In 2015

APACTech Crunch — We spent a large part of the year in the cities of Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur speaking to local enterprises about this (too) broad and (too) overused term: the Internet of Things (IoT). We discovered very quickly that, although IoT seems to be very much overly/wrongly used in the English-speaking world, there really isn’t a direct local translation in these four locales. For local enterprises in these countries, they see IoT as an extension of Enterprise IT, without having a definition/term for it.

Internet of things will be one of the Asean IT highlights in 2016

APACComputer Weekly — IoT investments will be one of the major trends in Asean economies throughout 2016, according to predictions from Frost & Sullivan. The internet of things (IoT), cyber security, mobile payments, e-commerce and datacentres are the key technology highlights for Association of Southeat Asian Nations (Asean) countries in 2016, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Wistron lands tourism-related cloud computing service orders in Southeast Asia

TaiwanDigi Times — Wistron’s cloud computing service business has cooperated with outside partners and developed cloud computing services for tourism. Its airport service apps for travelers and backend services have landed procurement orders from Southeast Asia and will start operating the services in the first half of 2016. Vice president of Wistron’s enterprise cloud computing service center Ceres Chang noted that the business is mainly focusing on providing business to business (B2B) services for the tourism industry such as helping hotels to establish and integrate smart services such as pick-up service reservations, room services and souvenir delivery services.

New Asean Economic Community could give Singapore GDP a 9.5% boost by 2030: HSBC

SingaporeStraits Times — SINGAPORE: The creation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) has potentially significant consequences for the Singapore economy, say experts. Asean leaders on Sunday established the AEC, one of whose aims is to promote freer movement of trade and capital in the region. The community will come into effect on Dec 31.