China Telecom targets information services as next mainstay

ChinaNikkei — HONG KONG — As cash-rich telecom operator China Mobile makes inroads into its turf in the fixed-line broadband space, China Telecom, the country’s third-largest mobile carrier, is grasping for new growth models powered by computing technologies and the internet of things.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/AC/China-Telecom-targets-information-services-as-next-mainstay

Chinese Companies Fight for Data Storage Business

ChinaVOA News — Chinese companies have begun competing with Western companies in the cloud computing and data storage market. The “cloud war” is taking place as the dispute between the United States and China about data hacking and computer network security grows stronger. Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Baidu and Huawei are expanding within their country and gaining customers in other countries.

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/chinese-companies-fight-for-data-storage-business/3476423.html

Baidu adopts Qlik Sense for self-service analytics

ChinaTelecom Asia — Baidu is using Qlik Sense to improve its cloud services platform and provide an enhanced data analytics experience to its customers. Qlik Sense will be integrated into Baidu Palo to enable self-service visualization analytics on the Palo OLAP engine, giving Chinese enterprises the ability to achieve greater agility in aggregating data from various sources to make data driven business intelligence decisions.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/baidu-adopts-qlik-sense-self-service-analytics

Tencent’s Splurge on Entertainment Pays Off in Record Profit

ChinaBloomberg — Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s shopping spree on premium content from Game of Thrones to NBA broadcasts has again helped defy investors’ expectations and a slowing Chinese economy. Second-quarter sales and profit beat analysts’ estimates as the operator of the WeChat and QQ social network services splashed out on mobile games and content — including anything from anime and comics to novels.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-17/tencent-profit-beats-estimates-as-mobile-games-lure-spenders

Is Alibaba Stock A Buy After The Earnings Beat?

ChinaAmigo Bulls — Chinese tech and e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) reported outstanding FY 2017 Q1 earnings resultswith higher-than-expected revenues and EPS figures. Alibaba achieved these earnings after its stock price rallied by 40% amid the Didi and Yahoo deals and the consistent diversification process the company is undertaking. The results reaffirmed the massive growth thesis of the bullish view of the market.

http://amigobulls.com/articles/is-alibaba-stock-a-buy-after-the-earnings-beat

Chinese Firms Take Aim at International Cloud Computing

A cloud war could be in the offing, with Chinese companies trying to take on giants like Google, Amazon and Apple in the crucial data management market. The moves come in the midst of an intensifying dispute between the U.S. and China over issues like data hacking and network security. The entry of Chinese vendors like Alibaba, Baidu, and Huawei will give a new twist to the dispute over cybersecurity as they compete with international players for control over data.

http://www.voanews.com/a/chinese-firms-take-aim-at-international-cloud-computing/3470176.html

China Wants More Media Giants

ChinaVariety — China’s media regulator Monday called for the country to accelerate the growth of competitive media conglomerates. The State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television said that the integration of different media “falls short of central authorities’ requirement and public expectation,” and set a target of 2020 for improvement, reported state news agency Xinhua.

http://variety.com/2016/biz/asia/china-wants-more-media-giants-1201816245/

Alibaba Cloud rolls out second Singapore data center availability zone

SingaporeDatacenter News — Alibaba Cloud announced last month that its data center operations will be expanding, with a second availability zone in Singapore. The company’s Singapore data center opened in 2015 to serve the Asia Pacific region’s growing need for cloud and big data requirements.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/alibaba-cloud-rolls-out-second-singapore-data-center-availability-zone/

Telstra Ventures invests in Chinese API provider Cloopen

ChinaZDNet — Telstra’s venture capital arm Telstra Ventures has announced investing an undisclosed amount in Cloopen, a Chinese communications application programming interface (API) provider. The Beijing-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company enables developers to integrate messaging, video calling, and voice calling into their applications, along with security functions, with 150,000 developers including Tencent and Alibaba already using the platform for app development.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-ventures-invests-in-chinese-api-provider-cloopen/

CITIC launches data & cloud centers in Asia-Pacific

ChinaDatacenter News — “Innovation never stops” Is CITIC Telecom International CPC’s mission, as the company announced last week that it will be taking a four-pillar approach to expand its Asia-Pacific business growth. The company will be launching new data centers, expanding network coverage, launching new cloud and security services, next-generation ICT development and a managed security services partnership (MSSP) with Fortinet.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/citic-launches-data-cloud-centers-asia-pacific/

How Tencent is taking over global gaming

ChinaTech in Asia — Tencent has done it again. The Chinese social and gaming giant has for years now been one of China’s biggest overseas investors, but its most recent purchase may take the cake: the company has splashed US$8.9 billion to acquire Supercell. Supercell, the Finnish mobile game developer behind the global hit Clash of Clans, is the second-biggest mobile game company on earth according to Pocket Gamer, and it did a whopping US$2.3 billion in saleslast year.

https://www.techinasia.com/tencent-gaming-world

Chinese BeiDou plans outlined in new white paper

ChinaGPS World — A new white paper outlines plans for the Chinese BeiDou constellation, including its plans for international cooperation and exchanges. The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published the white paper, which is titled “China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System,” in June.

http://gpsworld.com/chinese-beidou-plans-outlined-in-new-white-paper/

WeChat may be king, but Weibo isn’t as dead as you think

ChinaTech in Asia — We all know that WeChat is the hottest social media platform in China, and that’s been the case for some time. But has Sina Weibo, which was once the belle of China’s social media ball, fallen completely by the wayside? Maybe not. In fact, it might even be making a bit of a comeback.

https://www.techinasia.com/wechat-king-weibo-dead-data-shows

/China has made an incredibly quick switch from 3G to 4G

ChinaTech in Asia — Two-and-a-half years after China’s 4G mobile networks first switched on, the nation now has 562 million 4G subscribers across its three main telcos. That’s out of a total of 1.3 billion mobile SIM subscribers, according to the latest data from the three carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. The number is so high as some individuals have more than one number.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-quick-switch-to-4g

Southeast Asian ecommerce is about to reach a whole new level

ThailandTech in Asia — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s financial affiliate is planning to purchase a 20 percent stake in Thailand’s Ascend Money in a bid to become a key financial services player in Southeast Asia. An investment into Ascend Money, parent of True Money and Ascend Nano, would help Ant Financial expand its online payments and small loans business in Southeast Asia.

https://www.techinasia.com/southeast-asian-ecommerce-reach-level

MediaTek joins China Mobile 5G project

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek has announced its participation in China Mobile’s 5G Joint Innovation Center project. MediaTek is also collaborating with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo on future 5G deployment. Earlier in 2016, the pair announced their partnership for 5G technology development and trials.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160630PD200.html

Huawei ships 28.3 million smartphones in 1Q16, says report

ChinaDigi Times — China-based vendor Huawei Technologies shipped 28.3 million smartphones globally in the first quarter of 2016, hiking 64% on year, and aims to ship 140 million units in 2016, according a Chinese-language Tencent report citing Huawei’s end product manager Kevin Ho.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160701PD204.html

MWC Shanghai 2016: Ford unveils Smart Mobility Initiatives

ChinaTimes 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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/MWC-Shanghai-2016-Ford-unveils-Smart-Mobility-Initiatives/articleshow/52974205.cms?null

China’s telcos to see data revenue offset decline in voice starting next year

ChinaSCMP — Revenues from data will start to offset the decline in voice for Chinese telecommunications companies from next year following rising consumer demands for data, according to a report by a leading mobile association. For Chinese telecom companies, legacy voice revenues fell 15.4 per cent in 2015 due to the widespread adoption of IP messaging services, according to the Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2016 report released by the GSM Association (GSMA) at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai on Wednesday.

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1982903/chinas-telcos-see-data-revenue-offset-decline-voice-starting-next

Huawei empowers innovative ISPs in the era of digital disruption

ChinaMIS Asia — Internet service providers (ISPs) operate in a very dynamic market. Today, ISPs are required to go beyond providing only connectivity. In a highly competitive landscape, ISPs have to offer managed services, managed user applications and pretty soon, sevices around the Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/cloud-computing/huawei-empowers-innovative-isps-in-the-era-of-digital-disruption/

Indian Defense Forces on Red Alert After Chinese Cyber Attack

IndiaSputnik News — India has issued a red alert against cyber attacks for the second time in three months due to an attack on government and commercial organizations by Chinese Military Western Headquarters. The alert has been issued to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force that a Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat group called Suckfly, based in Chengdu region, is targeting Indian organizations and the Indian defense establishment is its prime target.

http://sputniknews.com/asia/20160613/1041254474/indian-defense-forces-red-alert.html

Xiaomi Purchases Patents from Microsoft

ChinaIn Serbia — BELGRADE – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has purchased 1,500 patents from Microsoft, as part of an effort by Chinese companies to acquire intellectual property rights in preparation for expansion into overseas markets. In exchange Microsoft-owned software will be bundled on Xiaomi phones. Ningling Wang, a partner in Shanghai with the law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, said the Xiaomi Microsoft deal may indicate that Xiaomi intends to sell phones to American consumers.

http://inserbia.info/today/2016/06/xiaomi-purchases-patents-from-microsoft/

Line and WeChat Strike Advertising Gold

APACWSJ — Marketing on mobile messaging apps has yet to take root in the U.S. and Europe in a big way, but it is already in full swing in Asia. And even then, Japan’s Line and China’s WeChat, two of the dominant mobile messaging applications in the region, are just beginning to scratch the surface of a potential advertising gold mine.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/line-and-wechat-strike-advertising-gold-1466613181

Xiaomi buys Microsoft patents in bid to extend reach beyond China

ChinaBD Live — SINGAPORE — Software maker Microsoft is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi, a rare departure for the US company and part of what the two companies say is the start of a long-term partnership. The deal, announced on Wednesday, also includes a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets.

http://www.bdlive.co.za/world/asia/2016/06/01/xiaomi-buys-microsoft-patents-in-bid-to-extend-reach-beyond-china

China Unicom sets aggressive NB-IoT targets

ChinaChina Unicom, the country’s second largest mobile operator, is planning large-scale NB-IoT field trials in more than five cities this year and aims to start commercial deployment by the end of the year and take coverage nationwide in 2018. Tian Wenke, GM of China Unicom’s customer department, said traditional cellular technology faces challenges in IoT applications such as coverage, battery life, service quality and module costs, which NB-IoT can solve, C114.net reported.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/china-unicom-sets-aggressive-nb-iot-targets/

Mellanox Interconnect Solutions Accelerate World’s Fastest Supercomputer

ChinaHPC Wire — FRANKFURT, Germany, June 20 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that Mellanox interconnect solutions accelerate the world’s fastest supercomputer, at the supercomputing center in Wuxi, China.

http://www.hpcwire.com/off-the-wire/mellanox-interconnect-solutions-accelerate-worlds-fastest-supercomputer/

Alibaba Cloud expands Singapore data center

SingaporeDatacenter Dynamics — The cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group has established a second availability zone in Singapore, which it says will provide higher capacity to meet enterprise users’ demands for high availability cloud services and disaster recovery. Alibaba Cloud set up an international headquarters in Singapore last year, and also established a local data center – its second overseas facility at the time, to provide enhanced cloud and big data services across Southeast Asia.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/content-tracks/colo-cloud/alibaba-cloud-expands-singapore-data-center/96407.fullarticle

Underground market selling details of compromised servers in 173 countries

APACZDNet — An underground marketplace has been found to be selling information of more than 70,600 compromised servers in both government and private networks, located across 173 countries including Singapore, China, Malaysia, and Australia. Available for sale from US$6 each, access to these servers was being hawked at a cyber black market called xDedic, which appeared to be operated by a Russian-speaking group, according to Kaspersky Lab.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/underground-market-selling-details-of-compromised-servers-in-173-countries/

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Cloud Receives Highest Security Certificates: Expands Data Center Operations

ChinaChina Business News — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, has expanded its Singapore’s data center operations by developing a new availability zone, the Chinese e-commerce giant announced on Wednesday.According to an official release by China’s largest e-commerce network, Alibaba Cloud data center in Singapore is responsible for providing superior data services across the Southeast Asian region.

http://www.chinabusinessnews.com/2757-alibaba-group-holding-ltd-cloud-receives-highest-security-certificates-expa/

ZTE already takes part in China LoRa Application Alliance

ChinaRC Wireless — Chinese vendor ZTE Corporation has officially joined the board of directors of the LoRa Alliance. As a new board member, the Chinese firm will work together with other members to boost the development of LoRa technologies worldwide in deployment and in the industrial chain of Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN). The LoRa Alliance is an open, nonprofit association of members focusing on the development of IoT technology.

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160614/asia-pacific/zte-officially-joins-lora-alliance-tag23