SoftBank joins crowd in backing LoRa

JapanMobile World Live — Japan’s SoftBank joined the expanding crowd of major mobile operators backing non-cellular low power wide area (LPWA) technology LoRa to support future Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The operator, the country’s third largest mobile player, announced plans to offer IoT solutions on an LPWA network.


Japan market: SoftBank to adopt massive MIMO for 4G networks

JapanDigi Times — Japan-based mobile telecom carrier SoftBank will adopt massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) for 100 of its 4G base stations in 43 cities around Japan beginning September 16 in an attempt to improve efficiency of frequency band units and data transfer speeds at terminal users, according to the company.

100Gbps submarine cable to link Indonesia with Singapore

IndonesiaMIS Asia — Japan’s IT and network technologies company NEC has partnered PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) to develop the Indonesia Global Gateway Cable System (IGG). The IGG is a 100 Gigabit per second x 80 wavelengths x four fibre pairs optical fibre submarine cable system, according to a press statement by NEC on 8 September 2016. It is expected to be completed in early 2018.

ProphetStor disaster recovery powers IDC Frontier’s Japanese data centers

JapanDatacenter News — IDC Frontier Japan has fully integrated ProphetStor Data Services across its nine data centers in Japan, in preparation for its cloud-based disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) services. The company will provide DRaaS through its “Eco-Alliance” partner program for channel partners throughout Japan. Partners will be able to use the cloud-based platform to provide IT and data services to customers.

Japan’s hottest unicorn Mercari is charging into the US

JapanTech in Asia — Mercari is Japan’s youngest unicorn and first tech company pegged with the title since 2008. Lately it’s been busy shining its horn to charge into the US ecommerce market. Unlike most Japanese companies, Mercari is focusing 90 percent of its resources on the States, said co-founder and CEO Shintaro Yamada on stage today at Tech in Asia’s Tokyo conference.

Microsoft, NTT team up to offer hybrid cloud solution in Hong Kong

Hong KongSMCP — Microsoft Hong Kong and Japanese telecommunication company NTT are partnering to offer a hybrid cloud solution to companies in Hong Kong, as the pace for cloud adoption among multinational corporations (MNCs) in the city picks up.

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.

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.

How Nikesh’s exit might impact India’s startup ecosystem

IndiaTech in Asia — It’s rare for CEOs of India’s unicorn startups to issue a statement on the departure of an executive at one of their investment firms. But Nikesh Arora was not an ordinary name. Nikesh, whom I met twice in his Google days, always came across as a sharp sales guy and a people’s person who knew how to move things around.

RootBSD opens Hong Kong data center

Hong KongDatacenter Dynamics — Hosting provider RootBSD, which specializes in deployments based on the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) Unix version, has expanded its cloud service footprint with a new data center in Hong Kong. Root BSD has a presence in over two dozen data centers around the world, and has added this new one in HKNet’s data center at Evergain Plaza, which is marketed as Tier II facility. HKNet is a subsidiary of NTT Com, and runs a carrier-neutral facility with Tier 1 backbone connectivity.

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.

Australian gov’t welcomes NEC’s Cyber Security Center in Adelaide

AustraliaEnterprise Innovation — The South Australian government has welcomed NEC Australia’s $4.38 million investment in a new Global Security Intel Center (GSIC) in Adelaide to address the growing global demand for cyber security. Adelaide is home to the South Australian government’s Smart City initiative.

Google Just Plugged Into Japan With Its Own Undersea Cable

APACWired — This week, a new undersea fiber-optic cable funded by Google and a consortium of Asian telecommunications companies went online. Dubbed Faster, the cable stretches about 5,600 miles from Oregon to two landing points in Japan. It’s the fastest, highest capacity trans-Pacific undersea cable ever built. It can theoretically deliver as much as 60 terabits per second of bandwidth—more than half the total bandwidth available between the U.S West Coast and Asia at the end of 2015, according to telecommunications consulting firm Telegeography.

Google Just Plugged Into Japan With Its Own Undersea Cable

AAE-1 undersea cable to operate in Vietnam this year

VietnamVietnam Net — Last May, the contractor NEC successfully connected the undersea cable AAE-1 to the southern city of Vung Tau, with the support of local networks. According to the plan, the project AAE-1 undersea cable will be completed and put into use by the end of 2016.

​NEC to launch AU$4.38m IoT-focused cybersecurity centre in Adelaide

AustraliaZDNet — NEC has announced plans to establish a AU$4.38 million Global Security Intel Centre (GSIC) in Adelaide that will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) security. The IT services firm expects the cost of cyber attacks against enterprise and government IT systems to rise as the adoption of smart technologies and connected devices that make up the IoT accelerates.

Fujitsu awarded Australia’s first NABERS data center portfolio ratings

JapanDatacenter News — Fujitsu Australia has today been awarded Australia’s first NABERS data portfolio ratings across six of its data centers, resulting from Fujitsu’s locally-based plans to drive its global Environmental Action Plan Stage VIII. The Plan aims to sustainably develop ICT solutions, reduce environmental impacts, and therefore contributing to society.

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.

NEC technology uses AI to automatically detect unknown cyberattacks

JapanNetwork Asia — NEC Corporation has announced the development of a “system operations-visualization and anomaly-analysis technology” that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically detect unknown cyber-attacks against social infrastructure and enterprise systems.

Fujitsu inks Megaport data center deal

AustraliaDatacenter News — Fujitsu has teamed up with elastic interconnection provider Megaport in a move the company says will allow it to offer customers new ways of provisioning connections to cloud services, including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. The agreement kicks off with the installation of a Megaport point of presence in the Fujitsu Malaga (Perth), and North Ryde (Sydney) data centers.

NTT Communications to launch 10Gbps large volume networks

JapanNTT Communications has announced the launch of a maximum 10Gbps large volume network that will connect its Enterprise Cloud service, colocated at more than 30 data centers worldwide. NTT says its networks will provide seamless connections between data centers, Enterprise Cloud systems and ICT resources to their networks.

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.

Tencent partners to expand WeChat Pay in Japan

JapanMobile World Live — Chinese internet giant Tencent is partnering with Japanese social data provider Hotto Link to roll out its WeChat Pay service to 10,000 stores in Japan by the end of the year. According to Nikkei Asia Review, only a few Japanese stores have adopted WeChat Pay, which is targeted at Chinese travellers who account for a quarter of all visitors to Japan and spend a lot more than other groups.

Tencent partners to expand WeChat Pay in Japan

Fujitsu and Box Plan Integrated Solutions Targeting Global Markets

JapanKM World — Fujitsu Limited and Box have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding for a strategic partnership in the content management space. The partnership would initially be centered on the Japanese market and later expanded globally.

Line sold $268 million worth of stickers last year amid Asia’s messaging boom

JapanQuartz — Messaging app Line is finally going public, and its filing reveals some amazing statistics about a key part of its business: digital stickers. Those stickers generated ¥28.7 billion ($268 million) in revenue last year, about a quarter of the company’s haul. It also makes money from games and advertising, both on Line and two large web portals that it operates. Total revenue in 2015 was ¥120.4 billion ($1.1 billion).

Line sold $268 million worth of stickers last year amid Asia’s messaging boom

SoftBank sells Alibaba shares worth $1.1 billion

JapanTimes of India — TOKYO: SoftBank Group said on Friday it was selling a further $1.1 billion of its shares inAlibaba Group Holding, bringing the total it has sold in the Chinese e-commerce company to $10 billion. Separately, SoftBank agreed to sell most of its remaining stake in mobile gaming company Gungho Online Entertainment back to the company for 73 billion yen ($685.38 million), Gungho said.

Colt announces new data center in Japan, expansion in Europe

JapanDatacenter Dynamics — Colt Data Centre Services has started construction of a new data center in Japan and announced expansion of existing facilities in the UK and Germany. The company’s second data center in Inzai, Chiba, will offer 5,000 square meters of white space. Almost all of this capacity has already been pre-sold, even though the site is not opening until 2017.

Fujitsu to integrate Box in its communications tools

JapanIT Pro Portal — Online file sharing and storage company Box signed a great deal with one of Japan’s largest IT services provider – Fujitsu. Under the ‘strategic agreement’, Fujitsu will integrate Box, first in its internal communications platform, covering 160,000 employees. This integration is planned for the latter half of Fujitsu’s fiscal 2016 – meaning March 2017. Later, it was said in a joint press release, Fujitsu will integrate Box into global communications solutions.

Pizza Hut Asia to pilot use of robot for order-taking

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Pizza Hut Asia will be piloting SoftBank Robotics’ humanoid robot Pepper for order-taking and customer service in-store by end of 2016. The new app that extends the robot’s ability to integrate customer service, access to information and sales will be powered by MasterPass, the digital payment service from MasterCard.

Panasonic can speed up Tesla plant investment if needed

JapanJapan Today — Panasonic Corp is ready to bring forward its investment in a Tesla battery plant it is helping establish if this is required to meet demand for the electric car maker’s upcoming Model 3 sedan. “We will do our best to move up the schedule if requested,” Yoshio Ito, head of Panasonic’s automotive and industrial systems (AIS) division, told reporters.

Japan regulates virtual currency after Bitcoin scandal

JapanJapan Today — Japan has passed a law regulating virtual currency, after the country found itself at the epicenter of a multi-million dollar embezzlement scandal following the spectacular collapse of the Tokyo-based MtGox Bitcoin exchange. Once one of the largest, most established exchanges for the cryptocurrency, MtGox collapsed in 2014 after a suspected theft worth nearly half a billion dollars, which hammered the digital currency’s reputation.