Affordable LTE chips to make IoT real by 2018: Altair co-founder

KoreaZDNet — The trend of a wide availability of cost-effective LTE modem chips and mobile carriers’ moves to change their business model to offer low-cost bandwidth will allow the public to truly feel the advent of Interent of Things (IoT) by 2018, according to Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of worldwide sales and marketing of Israeli firm Altair Semiconductor, which specializes in LTE solutions for IoT.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/cost-effective-lte-chips-will-make-iot-a-reality-by-2018-altair-co-founder/

SK Telecom, Telkom Indonesia team for IoT, smart products

IndonesiaEnterprise Innovation — SK Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Telkom Indonesia to cooperate in new business areas including IoT, media and smart products/Lifeware. Lifeware refers to SK Telecom’s consumer-centric smart devices that promise to “add value and convenience to people’s lives.”

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/sk-telecom-telkom-indonesia-team-iot-smart-products-873282563

Microsoft Cloud comes to South Korea

KoreaDatacenter Dynamics — Microsoft has announced plans to deliver cloud services from two new data center regions in South Korea, which include a facility based in the capital of Seoul. This news comes as part of a larger update, which also includes delivery of Microsoft Azure from local data centers located in Toronto and Quebec City, and the availability of data residency for Office 365 for business customers in Canada.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/colo-cloud-/microsoft-cloud-comes-to-south-korea/96186.fullarticle

SK and IBM to team up to foster AI experts in Korea

KoreaPulse News — SK Holdings C&C and IBM Watson have agreed to establish a fund to create an industrial ecosystem to enhance artificial intelligence (AI) research, explore new applications and boost related startups in Korea.  The agreement was part of a deal signed in New York last week over SK Holding’s marketing right to use Watson systems in Korea, according to sources on Thursday.

http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2016&no=345721

Samsung launches 256GB microSD card

KoreaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Samsung today launched its EVO Plus 256GB microSD card for $249.99, which roughly translates to around Rs 16,730. Samsung claims that the new memory card can offer up to 12 hours of 4K UHD or 33 hours of Full HD video recording on smartphones.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/more-gadgets/Samsung-launches-256GB-microSD-card/articleshow/52261168.cms

SKT enters alliance with Telkom Indonesia

IndonesiaTelecom Asia — SK Telecom has signed an agreement with Telkom Indonesia to collaborate on business areas including the IoT, media streaming and smart devices. The two operators signed a memorandum of understanding at Telkom headquarters in Jakarta yesterday. Under the agreement, the companies will work to develop new business opportunities in the areas of smart cities and IoT services.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/skt-enters-alliance-telkom-indonesia

SK and IBM to team up to foster AI experts in Korea

KoreaPulse News — SK Holdings C&C and IBM Watson have agreed to establish a fund to create an industrial ecosystem to enhance artificial intelligence (AI) research, explore new applications and boost related startups in Korea.  The agreement was part of a deal signed in New York last week over SK Holding’s marketing right to use Watson systems in Korea, according to sources on Thursday.

http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?sc=30800019&year=2016&no=345721

Microsoft Corporation To Expand Cloud Coverage In South Korea

KoreaStocks Daily — Microsoft Corporation will soon offer cloud coverage in South Korea. The announcement was made through a blog post by Takeshi Numoto, CVP of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise. According to Numoto, Microsoft has invested $15 billion in improving their cloud infrastructure and services. As such, one of the developments from this investment is the establishment of a new datacenter region in Seoul.

http://www.stocksdaily.net/microsoft-corporation-nasdaqmsft-to-expand-cloud-coverage-in-south-korea/93863/

Busan City to House Subsea Data Center of Microsoft

KoreaBusiness Korea — Microsoft Korea CEO Ko Soon-dong had a press conference in Seoul on May 11 and announced that Microsoft would provide more stable and fast cloud computing services by opening new data centers in Seoul and Busan early next year with demands for cloud computing services on the rise in the Asia-Pacific region including South Korea. 

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/ict/14654-cloud-data-center-busan-city-house-subsea-data-center-microsoft

Alibaba Cloud partners with SK Holdings to provide cloud services to Korean and Chinese companies

KoreaNetworks Asia — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, and Korea-based SK Holding C&C announced an agreement that furthers Alibaba Cloud’s strategy to provide sophisticated cloud-based solutions to accelerate the growth of global businesses in China and abroad.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/alibaba-cloud-partners-sk-holdings-provide-cloud-services-korean-and-chinese-companies

Qualcomm and LG Electronics Resolve Arbitration Dispute Over Licensing Terms

KoreaPRNewswire — SAN DIEGO and SEOUL: Qualcomm  and LG Electronics, Inc. today announced that the companies have resolved through good faith negotiations an arbitration dispute over certain terms in their license agreement under Qualcomm’s leading portfolio of patents covering 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000 and 4G LTE wireless technologies as well as numerous other technologies implemented in wireless devices.

http://news.sys-con.com/node/3777509

SK Telecom completes field trial for its 5G system

KoreaZDNet — SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest mobile carrier, and Samsung successfully tested a 5G system using 28 GHz millimeter wave technologies last Thursday, bringing the country a step closer to launching super-fast data for a host of new tech, such as VR, holograms, IoT, and driverless cars.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/sk-telecom-completes-field-trial-for-its-5g-system/

SoftBank backs a mobile utility app made by a Korean expat in India

IndiaTech in Asia — Mobile utility apps have flooded India over the past couple of years, in tandem with the boom in smartphone usage. These are mostly from Chinese firms like APUS and Cheetah. There’s also the caller ID app Truecaller made in Sweden but hugely popular in India. Now there’s an app made in India in the mix – True Balance, which today announced series A investment from SoftBank Ventures Korea.

https://www.techinasia.com/softbank-backs-true-balance

Singtel and Samsung get in on EZ-Link public transport NFC action

SingaporeDigital News Asia — Singtel has announced that customers can pay for their MRT, LRT and bus rides with the company’s Transit NFC SIM, while Samsung Electronics Singapore said that 10 of its phone models have been approved for use. In a statement, Singtel said its Transit NFC SIM will enable commuters to pay for public transit rides using just their NFC mobile phones.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/singtel-and-samsung-get-ez-link-public-transport-nfc-action

Singapore, South Korea have Asia’s fastest data centers

SingaporeDatacenter Dynamics — Singapore and Korea have the fastest data centers in the Asia/Pacific region, with more than two in five boasting network connections of at least 1Gbps to enterprise customers. Not too far behind is China and Thailand, with the proportion of such networks in data centers there pegged at one in three.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/core-edge/singapore-south-korea-have-asias-fastest-data-centers/95919.fullarticle

KT plans $130M “Internet of small Things” investment

KoreaMobile World Live — South Korea’s KT will invest KRW150 billion ($130 million) on building a network for the so called “Internet of Small Things (IoST)”. Korea Times claims the company will launch the “world’s first” nationwide LTE-M network dedicated to IoST, which will allow “massive connectivity between sensors collecting low volume data, with minimum electricity consumption”.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/kt-plans-130m-investment-on-the-internet-of-small-things/

Korean government prioritizes growth of cloud computing

KoreaBusiness Cloud News — The Korean government has announced a new policy to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the country, according to Business Korea. Speaking at a cloud computing conference in Korea, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning have announced that it will be running a number of initiatives to increase the adoption of cloud computing from 6.4% to 13%, seemingly over the next twelve months.

http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2016/03/30/korean-government-prioritizes-growth-of-cloud-computing/

SK Telecom’s T Pay attracts 100,000 subs

KoreaTelecom Asia — SK Telecom has revealed that its Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) based mobile payment service T Pay has surpassed 100,000 subscribers just two weeks after launch. T Pay offers the ability for customers to pay for purchases without touching their phones, and be charged through carrier billing. It is based on a BLE payment platform developed by SK Telecom.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/sk-telecoms-t-pay-attracts-100000-subs

Vietnam PM approves $300 million R&D investment by Samsung Electronics

VietnamHANOI: Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a $300-million research and development project in Hanoi by Samsung Electronics Vietnam, a local unit of a South Korean giant that is the communist country’s single biggest investor. The project would operate for 50 years, rent-free, Vietnam’s government reported on its news website on Wednesday.

China market: Samsung smartphone share sinks to 7.7% in 2015, says Counterpoint

VietnamDigi Times — Samsung Electronics saw its smartphone shipments to China tumble 39% on year in 2015, reducing its share in the market to 7.7%, from 12.8% in 2014, according to Counterpoint. Xiaomi Technology saw its shipments increase 14% on year, ramping its market share by 1.6pp to 14.9% and making it the number one smartphone vendor in China, Counterpoint said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160316PD202.html

Google’s AlphaGo scores 4-1 against South Korean Go player

KoreaMIS Asia — Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo artificial-intelligence program won the last round in a five-game contest against top Go player Lee Se-dol, despite making a bad mistake during play. The 4-1 margin for AlphaGo in the games played in Seoul, South Korea was not as large as the 5-0 win by the program against an European Go player in October, but carries more impact because of Lee’s standing in the Go game.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/emerging-technology/googles-alphago-scores-4-1-against-south-korean-go-player/

Korea joins Asia-Pacific cybersecurity drill

KoreaKorea Herald — South Korea has participated in an international exercise against cyber terror this week, the government said Thursday, amid growing threats from North Korea. The Asia-Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team, a coalition of regional countries on promoting cybersecurity, conducted the annual drill on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160317000578

Why Apple and Samsung have already lost the mobile payments war in China

ChinaTech in Asia — If you’re a smartphone company – even a big, successful one – looking to get into the Chinese market with your own mobile payments system, here’s a piece of advice: don’t. Over the last month, we’ve seen Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and even Huawei Payenter mainland China. There are reports that Xiaomi, ZTE, and Lenovo are working on their own services as well.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-payments-apple-samsung-huawei-pay

North Korea denies cyber attacks on South Korea officials

North KoreaAsia Times — North Korea on Sunday denied that it conducted cyber attacks against officials from rival South Korea, calling the South’s accusation that it did so a “fabrication”. South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers on Friday that North Korea had recently stepped up cyber attack efforts against the South and succeeded in hacking the mobile phones of 40 national security officials, according to members of parliament who received a closed-door briefing.

http://atimes.com/2016/03/north-korea-denies-cyber-attacks-on-south-korea-officials/

SKT plans nationwide LPWA network

KoreaMobile World Live — South Korea’s largest mobile operator, SK Telecom, plans to deploy a nationwide low-power wide area (LPWA) network this year as part of its long-term strategy to support Internet of Things (IoT) services. The operator, with a 49 per cent market share, said it will invest more than KRW100 billion ($84 million) in IoT projects of over the next two years. It also will develop IoT-dedicated modules and set up an IoT control centre.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/skt-plans-nationwide-lpwa-network-this-year/

Microsoft’s Korea Cybersecurity Center to advance fight against cyberthreats

KoreaEnterprise Innovation — Microsoft recently opened its new Cybersecurity Center (CSC) in Korea, which is envisioned to drive greater public-private partnerships to fight cybercrime and strengthen the cooperation with local businesses, governmental and academic organizations on cybersecurity.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/microsofts-korea-cybersecurity-center-advance-fight-against-cyberthreats-589929705

North Korea slams Seoul’s cyber attack accusations

North KoreaStraits Times — SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea on Sunday (Mar 13) blasted Seoul’s accusation that Pyongyang had launched a series of cyber attacks targeting South Korean government officials, calling the allegation a “bulls**t” fabrication. Seoul’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) last week accused North Korean agents of hacking into the smartphones of dozens of key South Korean officials, stealing phone numbers and texts.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-slams-seouls-cyber-attack-accusations

North Korea tried to hack South’s railway system: spy agency

North Korea has tried to hack into email accounts of South Korean railway workers in an attempt to attack the transport system’s control system, South Korea’s spy agency said on Tuesday. South Korea has been on heightened alert against the threat of cyberattacks by North Korea after it conducted a nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch last month, triggering new U.N. sanctions.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/03/08/asia-pacific/north-korea-tried-hack-souths-railway-system-spy-agency/#.VuIwqIx95GE

Cyber Five More Vulnerable To Cyber-Attacks In Asia Pacific Region; DTTL Report

APACDefense World — South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore appear nine times more vulnerable to cyber-attack than other Asian economies. “We’re seeing a huge shift in defense focus across the region as more than half of global container traffic now moves through Asia-Pacific waters, and regional navies are building up to defend these economic lifelines.“

http://www.defenseworld.net/news/15426/Cyber_Five_More_Vulnerable_To_Cyber_Attacks_In_Asia_Pacific_Region__DTTL_Report#.VuIwGIx95GE

Qualcomm scores points in promoting Snapdragon 820 chips

APACDigi Times — Qualcomm is likely to dominate the application processor market for high-end Android smartphones in the first half of 2016, powered by its Snapdragon 820 chips, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has been promoting its Snapdragon 820 chips since the second half of 2015 and has won adoption from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, HTC and China-based vendors Xiaomi Technology, Vivo and LeTV, the sources indicated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160308PD200.html