South Korea launches first Internet of Things network

KoreaBBS — South Korea has launched its first commercial, low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) network aimed at making the country even more connected. The network would allow smart devices to talk to each other via the network. Phone carrier SK Telecom is behind the initiative, which uses technology that will allow it to reach 99% of the country’s population. Aside from South Korea, the Netherlands also has a nationwide IoT network.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36710667

SK Telecom inks transcontinental 5G trial with Ericsson and DT

KoreaRCR Wireless — SHANGHAI- Korean operator SK Telecom announced during Mobile World Congress Shanghai it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with German operator Deutsche Telekom and Swedish vendor Ericsson to cooperate in the development of the 5G core network.

https://www.rcrwireless.com/20160630/asia-pacific/sk-telecom-transcontinental-5g-trial-tag23

Samsung SDS seeks expansion with SAP

KoreaSamsung SDS, the information technology unit of Samsung, said Wednesday that it is seeking to find new business opportunities focusing on the enterprise cloud computing system segment with SAP of Germany. SAP is a long-time business partner of Samsung SDS, and has been letting it manage some of its qualified software content at data centers in Korea.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2016/06/133_208181.html

Report: SKorea thwarts massive NKorea cyber attack

KoreaPostguam — North Korea has hacked into more than 140,000 computers at large South Korean conglomerates and government agencies and planted malicious codes that may have been intended for a massive cyber attack that has been thwarted, a news report said on Monday.

http://www.postguam.com/the_globe/philippines_asia/report-skorea-thwarts-massive-nkorea-cyber-attack/article_cc17fe5a-3145-11e6-a6a3-fffd244d0595.html

Samsung to invest US$1.2b in IoT research in US

KoreaChannel New Asia — WASHINGTON: Samsung announced plans Tuesday to invest US$1.2 billion for US-based research over the next four years on “human-centred” applications for the Internet of Things. The South Korean electronics giant said the research aimed to improve applications for connected everyday objects for health, public safety and energy efficiency, for example.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/samsung-to-invest-us-1-2b/2892800.html

​Samsung launches 1g-weighing 512GB SSD

KoreaZDNet — Samsung has begun mass production of solid-state drive (SSD) that weights only 1 gram but can pack up to 512GB memory for PCs, the company announced. The world’s largest memory chip maker launched the PM971-NVMe series, the first non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSDs in a single ball grid array (BGA) package.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-launches-1g-weighing-512gb-ssd/

Samsung says IoT will drive semiconductor sales

KoreaZDNet — Samsung will secure more market share than its rivals in the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market by increasing its competence in semiconductors, a senior executive has said. The company will also add value by providing more complete solutions needed for the IoT, especially security and the cloud.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-says-iot-will-drive-semiconductor-sales/

Indonesia, South Korea central bank websites hit by cyber attacks; no losses

APACReuters — The central banks of Indonesia and South Korea have been hit by cyber attacks on their public websites since activist hacking group Anonymous pledged last month to target banks across the world, senior officials in the two countries told Reuters. In response to the attempted hacks, Bank Indonesia (BI) has blocked 149 regions that don’t usually access its website, including several small African countries, Deputy Governor Ronald Waas said in an interview late on Monday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-banks-cyber-idUSKCN0Z70KI

KT opens undersea network center in Busan

KoreaKorea Times — KT has opened an undersea network control tower in Busan, amid the growing importance of managing cross-border data flow. The Submarine Network Operation Center (SNOC) will be used as a key facility to control timely and stable bulk data transfers in such areas as ultra-high-definition (UHD) broadcasting, data roaming and the fifth-generation (5G) network systems, according to KT, Thursday.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2016/06/133_207172.html

Samsung Agrees to Buy Joyent to Expand Cloud Computing Services

KoreaBloomberg — Samsung Electronics Co. will acquire Joyent Inc. to expand in cloud computing as the world’s largest smartphone maker looks beyond hardware for revenue growth. The deal will help Samsung build its cloud infrastructure, the Galaxy maker said in a statement without disclosing a purchase price. The acquisition gives the Suwon, South Korea-based company its own platform to support mobile, internet of things and cloud services.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-16/samsung-agrees-to-buy-joyent-to-expand-cloud-computing-services

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).

http://qz.com/704768/line-sold-268-million-worth-of-stickers-last-year-amid-asias-messaging-boom/

Taiwan market: LG launches G5 Speed smartphone

TaiwanDigi Times — LG Electronics has launched its LG G5 Speed smartphone in the Taiwan market in cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), priced at NT$23,900 (US$740) unlocked. The LG G5 Speed, which is almost identical to the LG G5, supports 4G LTE 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz using 3-carrier aggregation (3CA) technology, according to LG Taiwan.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160607PD201.html

Samsung announces mass production of 512GB NVMe SSD in single BGA package

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing NVM Express (NVMe) PCIe SSD solutions in a single ball grid array (BGA) package for next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebooks, according to the South Korea memory vendor. The new BGA NVMe SSD, named PM971-NVMe, features a compact package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160601PR212.html

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/