News Straits Times — KUALA LUMPUR: A unit of German multinational software corporation SAP SE, Concur Technologies Inc (Concur), has collaborated with AirAsia to implement an integrated travel and expense solution for the local carrier’s subsidiary, AirAsia Global Shared Services. In a statement today, SAP said the solution provides business process outsourcing services to AirAsia Group’s 17,000 employees and is expected to be completed by early July this year.
Enterprise Innovation — XL Axiata has selected the Amdocs Mobile Financial Services (MFS) solution to enhance its existing XL Tunai mobile financial services platform and introduce new services under a seven-year managed services revenue-sharing contract. Amdocs’ solution is expected to enable XL Tunai customers, both banked and unbanked customers across Indonesia, to use a single wallet for all financial services including airtime top-up, money transfer, credit purchase, as well as online and retail payments.
IT 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.
WARC — KUALA LUMPUR: Facebook is to open an office in Malaysia, as more than 18m Malaysians use the social media platform every month and 6.5m use Instagram, its photo-sharing service. Nicole Tan, the former managing director of ad agency J. Walter Thompson Malaysia, will head a local team that will be looking to connect more Malaysians and businesses with the company’s solutions, New Straits Times reported.
Enterprise Innovation — Facebook this week announced the official opening of its office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, weeks after its launch of its Manila, Philippines office on 20 April last month. According to Facebook, more than 241 million people in Southeast Asia (SEA) access the social media network, with the vast majority (94%) doing so from mobile devices.
MIS Asia — Malaysia’s internet Exchange, MyIX, has reduced port charges effective 1 April 2016 for all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Malaysia in a bid to lower Internet charges for consumers in the country. Also known as ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’ – an initiative under the national regulator MCMC, MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin said this decision was made in line with MyIX’s goal to encourage greater usage of its node and to promote greater peering between local ISPs.
Digital News Asia — MOBILE services provider Digi.com Bhd recorded service revenue for the first quarter of 2016 of RM1.56 billion, unchanged from the preceding quarter, against challenging and competitive market conditions. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) strengthened to RM704 million from RM701 million in Q4 2015, or a 43% margin despite aggressive IDD competition and moderated data monetisation opportunities.
Digital News Asia — THERE is no escape – with the perfect storm of 5G (Fifth Generation), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud, digital disruption is coming to every industry in Malaysia. Yet the country is still caught up in 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) mode, lamented Todd Ashton, head of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
Digital News Asia — TUNE Talk has launched a new mobile call and data package specifically targeting Indonesians living and working in Malaysia. The new ‘Tune Talk Bisa Pak’ is meant to satisfy the growing need for mobile data alongside an affordable international call rate to Indonesia, the company said at the official launch in Kuala Lumpur on April 19.
Digital News Asia —WITH rivals Maxis Bhd and Celcom Axiata Bhd – and even fixed-line giant Telekom Malaysia Bhd – all making announcements this week, it is no surprise that Digi.Com Bhd has followed suit. Digi, 49%-owned by Norwegian telecommunications giant Telenor ASA, has unveiled two new broadband plans: Broadband 145 and Broadband 185, which offer customers 50GB and 100GB of data quota respectively.
Telecom Asia — Malaysia-based Axiata Group has entered the Nepal telecoms market with the acquisition of the nation’s largest mobile operator Ncell. Axiata has paid $1.36 billion for an effective 80% stake in Ncell from previous owners TeliaSonera UTA Holdings and Reynolds Holdings’ SEA Telecom Investments. Local partner Sunivera Capital Ventures will retain a 20% direct stake in Ncell, as required under Nepalese law.
Enterprise Innovation — SME Corporation Malaysia, a central coordinating agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia that formulates overall policies and strategies for small and medium enterprises, wants more SMEs to list on Bursa Malaysia Bhd, an exchange holding company.
Digital News Asia — TELEKOM Malaysia Bhd, the country’s largest fixed-line company, has unveiled its new 100Mbps (megabit per second) UniFi high-speed broadband plan. The new UniFi Pro Plan offers customers broadband speeds of 100Mbps for RM329 (US$84) a month. From now until June 30, customers can get the plan at an RM30 discount for RM299 a month.
Digital News Asia — GIVEN that a competitor had recently announced a fixed broadband plan that dropped many a jaw, the newly-launched MaxisOne Home plan may seem a bit of an anti-climax. But it does deliver one clear message: That the competition in this sector remains intense as telcos try to differentiate themselves.
Malaysia 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.
Telecom Asia — Malaysia’s LTE operators are locked in a close battle for LTE dominance, with no one provider emerging as the 4G speed king, according to research from OpenSignal. An analysis of LTE performance from Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile from the wireless coverage mapping company finds that Malaysia’s 4G networks have come close to matching the global average speed of 13.5Mbps.
Tech in Asia — Uber is testing cash payments in Malaysia, in the city of Johor Bahru, a place where Singaporeans like to go for cheap shopping and seafood. It’s the first city in Malaysia to have cash payments on the app. “Cash is the dominant payment option for residents and visitors in cities across Malaysia,” says Leon Foong, general manager of Uber Malaysia. The company has rolled out cash payments in dozens of cities, including 27 in India. Uber users in cities in the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia also have this option.
NEW STRAITS TIMES — SINGAPORE: The Southeast Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable was successfully landed by Singtel at Tuas, Singapore. The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system is being developed by a consortium comprising 17 global players, including Telekom Malaysia. On the Malaysian side, Telekom Malaysia landed the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable in Melaka in January this year.
eGov Innovation — The Sabah state government of Malaysia recently signed an agreement with Huawei to achieve its target of becoming a regional ICT hub and smart state. A report on the Huawei website said a joint working group will be formed to oversee the collaboration agreement.
Digital News Asia — ONE of the boldest announcements at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) in Barcelona this week came from Malaysian-based regional mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Tune Talk Sdn Bhd. With its attention-grabbing (and headshake-generating) ‘Are You Ready for 8G?’ press release, the company announced it was launching “a ground-breaking and revolutionary service which will unify any and all emerging spectrums to create a singular point-to-point broadband connectivity OTA (Over the Air) with absolutely zero expenditure on infrastructure.”
Telecom Asia — Malaysia’s Digi Telecommunications has allocated 904 million ringgit ($217.6 million) in capex for 2016, to pursue expansion projects including the rollout of VoLTE and VoWiFi. The operator has roughly maintained its capex budget at the same size as 2015, The Star Online reported. Digi is currently testing voice over LTE and Wi-Fi technologies and anticipates a commercial launch this year, according to chief marketing officer Christian Thrane.
Malaysia Kini — Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) will begin fixing its slow internet connection linked to United States and North Asia on March 25 and estimates repairs will be completed by the end of the month. This is according to TM in a statement today following massive complaints of internet connection disruption and slow internet speed, especially via Twitter.
MIS Asia — To match the changing retail market, Malaysia’s online shopping platform 11street has announced enhancements to its mobile app, which further enrich shopping experience, it said. 11street chief executive officer Hoseok Kim said: “The retail landscape is changing, as digital changes the way people shop.
A new joint report from banking and financial services professional body The Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB) and EY (Ernst & Young Advisory Services) shows that Malaysia-based banks still have far to go in the data transformation journey. Speaking of the study ‘C-Suite’s Next Game Plan: Data Analytics?’, Chow Sang Hoe, EY’s ASEAN Advisory managing partner, said
Telecom Asia — Ericsson has secured a five-year contract with Telenor Group to deploy LTE networks in Thailand, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide equipment for LTE rollouts by Thailand’s Dtac, Bangladesh’s Grameenphone and Telenor Myanmar. The contract also covers the transformation of Telenor’s 2G and 3G networks in the markets, to help improve network capacity and enhance the mobile broadband experience.
MIS Aisa — According to Veeam Software’s 2016 Availability Report, Malaysian enterprises’ increasing awareness of the gap between what users demand and what IT can deliver is driving 93 percent of them to invest in 24/7 always-on operations. Veeam Software (Veeam) Vice President for Asia & Japan, Julian Quinn, said the research findings clearly showed that “despite numerous high-profile incidents in the last year, enterprises were still not paying enough attention to the needs of their users.”
Tech in Asia — Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will be shutting down its Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia marketplaces, it said in a press release. Further, the company confirmed with Tech in Asia that these marketplaces will shut down by March 2016. About 150 staff are about to be laid off. The company will assist with finding employment and giving severance packages in accordance with local laws, it said.
Digital News Asia — The past one week has been a rollercoaster ride for Malaysian mobile operators, and the signs are that it will be a while before this ride ends. About a week ago, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, in a review of the national Budget 2016, announced plans to optimise government income by reallocating telecommunications radio spectrums and making operators bid for them.
MIS Asia — Computer and services firm HP is offering a Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) programme to Malaysian enterprises to better deploy and manage their PC technologies. HP PPS sales managing director Kym Lim said businesses “want to move fast, be more efficient, and still provide the best experience to demanding employees. However the time, cost and complexity of procuring and maintaining their PC infrastructure is a challenge.”
Telecom Asia — India’s Bharti Airtel is reportedly in talks with Malaysia-based Axiata Group to merge their respective mobile units in Sri Lanka. Negotiations are underway regarding a potential deal, the Economic Times reported, citing two people familiar with the deal. The potential merger would create the largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka with over 12 million customers.