Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation

Hong KongCloud Computing News — Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk.


Hybrid IT happens for most Singapore firms

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — IT infrastructures have evolved from traditional on-premises-only to a hybrid strategy that links internal and external IT services driven by the existence of the cloud, according to SolarWinds. The company’s IT Trends Report 2016 shows that nearly all (92%) of the IT professionals surveyed in Singapore say adopting cloud technologies is important to their organizations’ long-term business success.


In Indonesia, new law could destroy the way Uber and Grab are used to operating

IndonesiaTech in Asia — Remember the day Indonesia’s capital was practically held hostage by out-of-control taxi drivers? A violent street protest on March 22 in Jakarta was the climax of a series of demonstrations staged by Indonesia’s taxi industry in an attempt to get apps like Uber and Grab banned.


Singapore’s StarHub adds support for Apple Pay

SingaporeSingapore’s StarHub has introduced the ability for its customers to use Apple Pay for secure mobile payments. When customers use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device. Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique dynamic security code.


Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards Returns to Singapore on June 15

SingaporePRNewswire — SINGAPORE: Frost & Sullivan will be hosting its annual Asia Pacific ICT awards for the 13th time this year on June 15 in Singapore at an exclusive by-invitation only gala banquet. Mr. Andrew Milroy, Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan noted that the annual ICT awards banquet is a great opportunity to highlight, showcase and recognise outstanding performance by technology firms in the region.


Keppel expands data center footprint to Hong Kong with PCCW Global

Hong KongPCCW Global has entered into a long-term collaboration with Keppel Data Centres Holding to co-develop and market an international carrier exchange in Hong Kong. The 1000 square meter facility will be fitted out to Tier III specifications with 2N power redundancy to ensure service availability of up to 99.982%.


Huawei, StarHub complete 1Gbps LTE-A trial

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Huawei and StarHub have completed a live demonstration of the world’s fastest 1Gbps indoor coverage network at the Pan Pacific Singapore. The trial combined StarHub’s 55MHz of frequency spectrum across the 1800-MHz, 2100-MHz and 2600-MHz bands to deliver gigabit-bandwidth.


Here’s everything Google’s doing to reach its next billion users, from SG

SingaporeTech in Asia — Google wants to make the world’s information universally accessible, and that means both the child in rural India and the tech geek in San Francisco have equal access to the internet’s wealth. At the Tech in Asia Singapore 2016 conference, Google’s vice-president of product management, Caesar Sengupta, broke down how the company has been working towards the goal of “reaching the next billion users.”


LinkedIn data center goes online in Singapore

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — LinkedIn has opened its first data center in Singapore, spanning 23,500 square feet in Jurong. This isone of six data centers for LinkedIn globally, and the first outside the United States.  LinkedIn has invested S$80 million so far in the new data center, which was established to enhance the experience for the fast-growing base of LinkedIn members and clients across the Asia-Pacific region, including speed and reliability of access to LinkedIn’s services as they connect to professional opportunities on the network.


Keppel T&T and PCCW Global collaborate on an international carrier exchange in Hong Kong

SingaporeYour Industry News — Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd (Keppel T&T) through Keppel Data Centres Holding Pte Ltd, has entered into a long-term collaboration agreement1 with PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider.


Cybercriminals zeroing in on Singapore banks

SingaporeAsia One — Banks in Singapore are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals, experts said, given the growing sophistication of the dark web that has developed into a bustling marketplace for malware, complete with money-back guarantees. While other financial centres – and certainly non-financial corporations – are also at risk, Singapore stands out as a significant number of banking customers read Chinese.


Exclusive: Singapore’s Permanent Revolution

SingaporeGov Insider — Something big is happening in Singapore’s gov tech scene. It started quietly, but has now grown to a roar. Every week, there is a new government announcement. From robotic boats to cutting-edge apps, officials are trialling everything to make their nation work better. At the centre of this storm is Chan Choew Hoe, Government’s Chief Information Officer. He joined the public sector just two years ago, and has since has been working behind the scenes to rebuild Singapore’s hidden wiring.


Keppel DC REIT’s Latest Earnings: What Investors Should Know

SingaporeFool — Keppel DC REIT (SGX: ABJU) released its fiscal first-quarter earnings report yesterday evening. The reporting period was from 1 January 2016 to 31 March 2016. The real estate investment trust (REIT) had its initial public offering (IPO) in 2014, so it can be considered a relatively new kid on the block. Keppel DC REIT currently has nine data center properties spread out across six countries in Asia Pacific and Europe.


Bitmex beats 475 startups to win Tech in Asia Singapore Arena

SingaporeTech on Asia — Bitmex, a financial trading platform that aims to let anyone bet on anything, has claimed the top prize at the Arena startup pitch battle at Tech in Asia Singapore 2016. The startup has clinched US$10,000 in cash. It also earlier won the Fintech Pitch Battle powered by DBS. Here’s our in-depth profile of Bitmex.


Singapore leads Asia anew in connectivity, economic digitization

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Huawei’s Global Connectivity Index 2016 (GCI 2016) released on Tuesday named Singapore as the top Asian country in connectivity and digital transformation using information and communications technology (ICT). Now on its third year, the report  measures how nations are progressing with digital transformation based on 40 indicators that cover the supply, demand, experience, and potential of five technology enablers: broadband, data centers, cloud, big data, and IoT.


Conversant Solutions partners Alibaba Cloud to serve SEA

SingaporeMIS Asia — Conversant Solutions today (12 April 2016) announced that it has partnered Alibaba Cloud in a bid to improve customer experience and penetrate markets across the Southeast Asian region. The two companies aim to do so by offering joint solutions comprising Alibaba Cloud’s cloud computing resources and Conversant SwiftServe CDN (content delivery network) services to regional customers outside of China.


Fastacash bets on social media payments surge

SingaporeSMH — Payments business Fastacash is predicting a multibillion-dollar boom in money transfers between people via social media apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp, as it eyes a potential Australian listing. The Singapore-based firm, reported to be planning a float on the ASX, is one of several companies targeting the potential for consumers to use social media apps to send money, as well as pictures or videos, to friends or family.


Zone Telecom partners AliCloud, Microsoft, expands cloud services suite

SingaporeNetworks Asia — ZONE Telecom Pte Ltd (ZONE) has partnered with Cloud Service Providers (CSP), AliCloud and Microsoft, to expand its suite of cloud solutions to cater to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore, as well as to reach out to larger international markets.


New Perth-Singapore cable on its way

APACChannel Life — A new Perth to Singapore submarine cable link is expected to bolster capacity and add redundancy as demand for international connectivity continues to rise. The new cable is being deployed by Bevan Slattery’s SubPartners, Singtel and Telstra. The new APX-West submarine cable, which is expected to begin construction by the end of July and be completed in 2018, is expected to provide redundancy and take some of the strain off the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable.


Hong Kong and S’pore lead APAC for cloud-readiness: ACCA

APACNetworks Asia — Asian countries, led by Hong Kong and Singapore, top the new Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) 2016 released by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Hong Kong leads APAC in cloud readiness, jumping four spots from the previous Index to oust Japan from the top rank. Singapore is a close second and also moved two ranks higher from fourth place in the previous CRI.


Singapore pilots NFC-enabled mobile phones for public transport payments

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Near Field Communication (NFC) technology would allow Singaporeans to pay for their public transport rides through their mobile phones. The Land Transport Authority (LTA), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), and EZ-Link recently concluded a joint trial with the mobile network operators and public transport operators on the use of compatible mobile phones.


Singapore’s iFashion raises funding to help small online fashion retailers grow bigger

SingaporeTech in Asia  —- Ask Singaporeans to name things they love, and it’s highly probable that “fashion” and “online shopping” will be high on the list. As a result, a casual search offers up quite a few online retailers that are grabbing a chunk of the market.


Singtel in consortium to build Perth-S’pore cable link

SingaporeAsia One — Singapore – Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra on Thursday said they have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new international submarine cable, called APX-West, connecting Perth and Singapore. The new APX-West submarine cable is expected to begin construction by the end of July and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Once completed, the new submarine cable will span more than 4,500 kilometres carrying traffic between Australia and Singapore.


Singapore probes distributed analytics for IoT limitations

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore researchers are looking at various technologies that can enable data to be analysed more efficiently within the limitations of Internet of Things (IoT), as the country looks to take the lead in this emerging market segment. IoT had been touted to play a crucial role in big data analytics, gathering information that could be examined to improve products and services as well as enhance a society’s quality of life.


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.


More firms in Singapore expected to seek cyber insurance: AIG

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore’s cyber insurance industry is expected to expand by 50 percent this year, with healthcare and finance among the top growing sectors. Demand would be fuelled by businesses looking to mitigate potential damage from cybersecurity breaches on reputation and finances, said AIG Asia-Pacific Insurance.


Australia to get long-awaited Perth to Singapore subsea cable

AustraliaIT News — Submarine cable builder SubPartners has switched to a consortium model for its Perth to Singapore subsea cable system and partnered with Telstra and SingTel to finally get the long-running project off the ground. The APX-West project has been in motion for the past three years. In 2013, Telstra signed its first non-binding memorandum of understanding to buy one of four planned fibre pairs on the cable system.


Adwind at centre of cyber attack on Singapore bank

SingaporeComputer Weekly — Kaspersky Lab has revealed that the Adwind malware-as-a-service platform was at the centre of an attack on a Singapore bank. A bank in Singapore has been targeted by cyber criminals using a malware-as-a-service platform that enables people with low-level computer skills to launch attacks against organisations.


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.


Inside the Dell IoT Labs

SingaporeDell — As companies continue to experiment with the Internet of Things, Dell OEM Solutions is ramping up activity at its three IoT labs: in Santa Clara, California, Limerick, Ireland, and Singapore. Jointly funded with Intel, the labs provide potential and future Dell customers, from small startups to large telecommunications companies, with a facility to develop proof-of-concept projects in IoT.