Alibaba Cloud partners with Infocomm Investments to bridge SE Asia’s and China’s ecosystem

Singaporee27 —  cloud computing arm of Chinese internet giant Alibaba, Alibaba Cloud has announced it has signed a a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with government-backed VC Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL) to ramp up innovation in Singapore’s tech ecosystem.

https://e27.co/alibaba-cloud-teams-up-with-infocomm-investments-to-bring-startups-to-china-20160826/

ISP interconnection fees will not be regulated, says IDA, from SG

SingaporeAsia One — The local authorities will not interfere with interconnection fees that smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) pay to the two major telcos here, saying that consumers have not been harmed. The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) issued its decision earlier this week after concluding its two-month public consultation held last year.

http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/isp-interconnection-fees-will-not-be-regulated-says-ida

M1 to deploy NB-IoT network by 2017

SingaporeTelecom Asia — M1 and Nokia have teamed up to roll out the first nationwide commercial narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Singapore by 2017. When completed, the deployment – Nokia’s first large-scale deployment with an operator partner in Asia – is expected to be among the world’s first commercial NB-IoT deployments.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/m1-deploy-nb-iot-network-2017

Mellanox Expands Asia-Pacific Presence, New Singapore Headquarters and State-of-the-Art Solutions Centre to Strengthen Footprint in Asia

SingaporeBusiness Wire — SINGAPORE: Mellanox , a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers, cloud and storage networking solutions, today announced the opening of its new APAC headquarters and solutions centre in Singapore.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160823005253/en/Mellanox-Expands-Asia-Pacific-Presence-Singapore-Headquarters-State-of-the-Art

MyRepublic Welcomes Extended Gig Roll Out

SingaporeScoop — Fibre Broadband Provider, MyRepublic has welcomed the announcement that gig technology will be available to consumers in Whangarei, Hamilton, Christchurch and seven regional centres from October this year. MD, Vaughan Baker says the announcement is a direct result of the company working with infrastructure providers encouraging them to introduce Gigabit Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) technology more widely throughout New Zealand increasing business productivity and boosting the economy, just as we’ve seen in Singapore through our Gig efforts there.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1608/S00647/myrepublic-welcomes-extended-gig-roll-out.htm

Singapore sets deadline for 4th mobile licence application

SingaporeSingapore’s Infocomms Development Authority (IDA) issued the final rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction and set a 1 September deadline for new entrants to submit applications, with proof they have sufficient funding. IDA also issued clarifications to queries relating to the 700MHz, 900MHz, 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz auction scheduled for early October.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/singapore-sets-deadline-for-applying-for-4th-mobile-licence/

S’pore firm bets $2.3b on Asia-Pac data centres

AustraliaStraits Times — A Singaporean start-up is betting US$1.7 billion (S$2.3 billion) on becoming the digital landlord for tech giants building cloud services across Asia and Australia. AirTrunk plans to build data centres in Australia’s biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne, with an anchor tenant already signed up as it targets undercutting rivals with lower prices. In the coming months, it will sign deals to expand into Singapore and Hong Kong.

http://www.straitstimes.com/business/spore-firm-bets-23b-on-asia-pac-data-centres

Sigfox to deploy IoT network in Singapore

SingaporeMobile World Live — Sigfox announced a strategic partnership with power company Engie and IoT specialist UnaBiz to deploy its Internet of Things network in Singapore. In a statement, the companies said they will use Sigfox’s “cost-effective, energy efficient connectivity to find receptive markets”, as Singapore implements its Smart Nation initiative, a government led vision to step up connectivity in the country.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/sigfox-set-to-deploy-iot-network-in-singapore/

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/

​IBM to open blockchain innovation centre in Singapore

SingaporeZDNet — IBM plans to open its first blockchain innovation centre in Singapore, with one of its first projects to focus on developing trade solutions using blockchain technology to improve the efficiency of multi-party trade finance processes and transactions.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-to-open-blockchain-innovation-centre-in-singapore/

Singapore chats up Microsoft bots in smart nation initiative

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore is looking to tap artificial intelligence technology to enable more natural and simpler interactions with its e-government services. Led by industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the new initiative would see the use of Microsoft’s “conversations as a platform” pitch to explore opportunities in developing the country’s next-generation government services based on “conversational computing”.

Singapore banks eye Facebook IDs for transfers

SingaporeFT — Banks in Singapore are collaborating on a new service that would allow customers to make payments using Facebook IDs or Twitter username. The system will allow electronic transfers between account holders who have registered their social media identities with their banks, allowing users to make payments by selecting the payee’s Facebook ID instead of typing in an account number and sort code.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b2dd2cd8-3f39-11e6-8716-a4a71e8140b0.html#axzz4DP34R7EU

Singtel, Singapore Institute of Technology to train cyber security talents

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Singtel announced on Friday that it is partnering with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to train cyber security talents. The work-study program will support SIT students in the areas of Information Security and Software Engineering, which is expected to lead to career pathways such as cyber security R&D, product development, and management, cyber analysis and forensics, operations and cyber architects.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/singtel-singapore-institute-technology-train-cyber-security-talents-1575978577

Android Pay makes its debut in Asia starting with Singapore

Singapore9TO5 Google — Android Pay has been very slowly making its way around the world and today the service has finally arrived in Asia — or at least for those in Singapore. Users in Singapore are able to download and activate Android Pay on their devices right now as long as their bank is compatible with the service.

Android Pay makes its debut in Asia starting with Singapore

33% of Singapore businesses have suffered data loss in the last 12 months

SingaporeNetworks Asia — Organizations are failing to appreciate the growing challenges of protecting their data and, as a result, are experiencing the economic impact of data loss, according to new findings from the EMC Global Data Protection Index 2016, an independent study by Vanson Bourne.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/33-singapore-businesses-have-suffered-data-loss-last-12-months.1467595726

Google Launches Android Pay In Asia, Singapore To Get It First

SingaporeForbes — After launching in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Android Pay, Google’s contactless smartphone payment solution is finally making landfall in Asia. Singapore will be the first Asian market to gain access to Android Pay with Singaporeans able to load and MasterCard credit and debit cards from six banks including DBS and Standard Chartered onto their Android smartphones.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rahilbhagat/2016/06/27/google-launches-android-pay-in-asia-singapore-to-get-it-first/#46b8ba067545

Inside the 1-Net North data center in Singapore

SingaporeDatacenter News — 1-Net Singapore officially opened 1-Net North data center in June, becoming the first commercial data center in Southeast Asia with Tier III Constructed Facility certified by the Uptime Institute. The 1-Net North facility comes as a timely solution to Singapore’s growing emphasis on its Smart Nation vision, the company says.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/inside-1-net-north-data-center-singapore/

Singtel,Airtel provide seamless high-speed data connectivity

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and Bharti Airtel (Airtel) have joined hands to deliver high-speed, secure data network coverage to Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States. They have combined resources into one network to provide high-speed data connectivity to 325 cities across the world through 370 Points of Presence (PoP). This will form one of the largest Internet Protocol Virtual Private Networks (IP VPN) globally.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/singtelairtel-provide-seamless-high-speed-data-connectivity-1992089599

MyRepublic CEO defends funding efforts for 4th Singapore network

SingaporeMobile World Live — Singapore’s MyRepublic CEO Malcolm Rodrigues claims it has already lined up SGD130 million ($94 million) of the SGD250 million in funding it needs to roll out a fourth network in the city-state and denied it has financial problems.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/singapores-myrepublic-ceo-defends-funding-efforts/

NEXTDC M1 data centre achieves NABERS 4.5 star rating

AustraliaDatacenter News — NEXTDC has achieved a 4.5 rating from NABERS for its Data-Center-as-a-Service provider technology at its M1 center in Port Melbourne, Australia. The company’s data center certification began in October 2014 through rigorous measurements and efforts from its engineering team. The result minimised IT and energy costs while forming a sustainability strategy and meeting customer demands.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/nextdc-m1-data-centre-achieves-nabers-45-star-rating/

Police investigating online threat by Facebook user who wanted to ‘open fire’

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: The police are investigating a case of online threat by a Facebook user after he left a comment on a Facebook Group, “We are against Pinkdot in Singapore” on Jun 4. The group says it “serves as a public policy discussion platform on the Pinkdot movement in Singapore”, and “stands against the normalisation of homosexuality within Singaporean society”.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/police-investigating/2870236.html

Consistel nears $1B funding goal for Singapore’s 4th mobile licence

SingaporeMobile World Live — Consistel, a regional wireless network provider planning to bid for Singapore’s fourth mobile licence later this year, reportedly has lined up commitments for as much as $400 million of the nearly $1 billion it aims to raise and expects to secure the remainder this month, according to a report by Maybank Kim Eng.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/consistel-nears-1b-funding-goal-for-singapores-mobile-bid/

Interoute launches virtual datacentre zone in Singapore

SingaporeComputer Weekly — Cloud platform supplier Interoute has launched a virtual datacentre (VDC) zone in Singapore, to enable businesses to locate applications near users in the country. The service will help potential enterprise customers meet local regulations for cloud computing, by ensuring data stays in Singapore.

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450298248/Interoute-launches-virtual-datacentre-zone-in-Singapore

Microsoft enriches campus experience for Singapore’s Institute

SingaporeMIS Asia — Microsoft is enriching campus experience for Singapore’s PSB Academy by delivering its cloud-based productivity suite. The education institution for tertiary and university studies has deployed Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365 to ramp up its productivity and inventiveness in serving its students and prospects.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/applications/microsoft-enriches-campus-experience-for-singapores-institute/

New cyber security law in the offing for Singapore

SingaporeComputer Weekly — Singapore’s minister for communications and information Yaacob Ibrahim told lawmakers that the country needs updated cyber laws, and that a new Cyber Security Bill will be tabled in Parliament in 2017. He said the proposed bill will ensure that operators take proactive steps to secure critical information infrastructure, as well as report incidents.

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450298922/New-cyber-security-law-in-the-offing-for-Singapore

Singapore Tests Data Centres At 30 Degrees In 90 Percent Humidity

SingaporeTech Week Europe — Singapore is preparing to test a data centre that can operate in tropical climates without the need for intensive cooling usually synonymous with any data centre operatio. The Tropical Data Centre (TDC), currently planned for a Q3 trial, could help reduce energy consumptions in data centres by almost 40 percent, its designers claim, and is part of Singapore’s ‘smart nation’ green initiative.

http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/cloud/datacenter/singapore-data-centre-temperature-cooling-193000

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/

Superloop’s continued Hong Kong and Singaporean network expansion will be partially funded through a one-for-seven share offering, in hopes of raising just over AU$35 million

AustraliaZDNet — Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has announced that it is hoping to raise AU$35.3 million through a fully underwritten one-for-seven pro-rata accelerated entitlement offer of shares. Superloop is offering a total of 16,793,942 new shares at AU$2.10 per share, a 12.9 percent discount off the closing share price on June 16 prior to Superloop placing itself in a trading halt on Friday morning pending the announcement.

Citi Singapore taps m-wallets, voice biometrics

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Five banks in Singapore may have been quick to announce their respective credit and debit cards’ compatibility with Apple Pay last month, but Citibank Singapore appears to be going against the tide. The bank has yet to announce when its card offerings will be Apple Pay-supported, but instead appears to be focusing on mobile e-wallet payments via the Android platform in its bid to grow its credit card business.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/citi-singapore-taps-m-wallets-voice-biometrics