Yahoo — Singapore already houses 50% of ASEAN data centre capacity. As data usage continues to grow, requirement for data storage facilities expands as well, with total data centre demand growing 38.5% in 2018. Quoting BroadGroup, a report by CIMB Research said there could be another round of substantial growth afoot for data centres in ASEAN over the next 24 months, with a market estimated to sit at $4.6 billion (US$3.4 billion) by the end of 2017.
Tech in Asia — Venturecraft, a startup accelerator partnering with government agency SPRING Singapore’s Sector-Specific Accelerator program, has launched a new US$37 million fund to bet on growth stage medtech and internet startups in Asia. The first investment out of the second fund is in Mirxes, a Singapore startup spun out of government research agency A*STAR that’s developing a test to diagnose a range of diseases using just a drop of blood.
Networks Asia — After going through two waves — network-centered transformation and then horizontal application-centered transformation — the IT industry is now in the third wave, according to a top Huawei executive during the Carrier Cloud Transformation Summit held as part of Huawei Connect 2016.
Yibada — Reports were released Monday revealing that Tencent is now the largest Asian company and had overtaken Alibaba. Tencent’s current market value is at HK$1.99 trillion or $255.8 billion.Li Chengdong, a Beijing-based independent e-commerce strategy analyst, said, “Tencent’s market value is based on its current and previous good financial situation, which is driven by the company’s core businesses including advertisements, games, e-commerce and financial services.”
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said today it’s launching a probe into the planned merger of Didi Chuxing with Uber’s China unit. A ministry spokesperson tells Reuters that it’s due to anti-monopoly concerns about the US$35 billion tech company that will result from the merger and which will totally dominate car-hailing and taxi-booking in the China market.
Nikkei — MUMBAI (NewsRise) — Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software exporter, said some of its clients are holding back technology spending, underscoring that customer demand is weakening amid lingering global macroeconomic uncertainties.
Tech in Asia — How ironical that Apple still can’t find a way to put a dent in the world’s second largest market for smartphones: India. Some may quibble over whether India has already gone past the number of smartphone users in the US, or will do so in the near future. In any case, the matter will soon become moot because India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world.
Tech in Asia — When you hear ecommerce executives talking about drone delivery, they’re usually referring to flying drones. But after several years of test projects, we’re still not much closer to getting our goods delivered via the air. Chinese ecommerce giant JD announced on Thursday that it’s taking a different approach. The company has just begun testing a new unmanned delivery drone that (as you can see) looks more like a small van than a quadcopter.
China Tech News — During the first half of 2016, China Telecom’s operating revenue reached CNY176.82 billion, a year-on-year increase of 7.2%; while its net profit reached CNY11.673 billion, a year-on-year increase of 6.3%. At the same time, China Telecom reported service revenue of CNY155.222 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.6%.
Telecom Asia — Huawei has opened its Southern Pacific OpenLab in Singapore to foster joint, customer and business-driven ICT innovation with industry and partners At the opening ceremony, Huawei unveiled its Safe City Solutions, a suite of public safety solutions that strengthens incident prevention capabilities and shortens emergency response time.
Scoop — Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, the New Zealand owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has selected DRFortress as its landing and operating partner in Hawaii. As part of its system architecture, Hawaiki will land its proposed 14,000 km trans-Pacific cable from Australia and New Zealand to the US West coast in Oahu, Hawaii.
BD Live — CHINA is taking a more inclusive tack in instituting cybersecurity standards for foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over the controls. The committee under the government’s powerful cyberspace administration is in charge of defining cybersecurity standards.
Vnex Press ｰｰｰ Enormous data is waiting to be turned into gold in Vietnam. While giant technology firms like Google, Facebook and Amazon are cashing in on their users’ data, Vietnamese companies remain largely oblivious.
Geek Wire — IBM has opened a cloud data center in Pangyo, South Korea, bringing its total number of data centers to 47, with nine of them in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said today. The new center, outside Seoul, will help serve the cloud-services market in South Korea, which IDC said it expects to grow to $1 billion in 2019, from $445 million last year.
Yahoo — EQIX recently inaugurated the fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, SY4, in Sydney, Australia. This is in line with the company’s 2016 Expansion Plan announced in Mar 2016, under which it planned to open four data centers in Tokyo, Dallas, Sao Paulo and Sydney by the end of the year.
First Post — With the proliferation of cheap smartphones and tablets and the ever-expanding reach of the Internet, Asia—particularly South-East Asia–has emerged as a hot destination for the setting up of data centers. Rise in Internet users together with good economic growth translates into greater data demand.
e27 — 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.
Asia 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.
Mobile World Live — China Telecom, the country’s third largest mobile player, reported strong increases in profit and revenue for the first half of the year, as its 4G penetration hit 44 per cent. Its net profit for the period expanded 6.3 per cent to CNY11.7 billion ($1.76 billion), while EBITDA was down very slightly (0.4 per cent) to CNY50.6 billion.
Telecom 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.
Datacenter Dynamics — Equinix has opened its fourth facility in Sydney, following hot on the heels of an expansion of its other Australian data center in Melbourne. The $97 million (US) international business exchange (IBX) data center is 4km from Sydneys’s central business district, and already has some 20 customers, according to reports – including network provider Connectivity IT, broadband network Grex, managed hosting firm Servers Australia, and cloud provider Zettagrid.
Datacenter News — China Unicom opened its newest and largest Hong Kong data center last week, which is also the company’s most advanced cloud center beyond mainland China. More than 200 guests attended the opening, including government representatives, China Unicom executives, telecommunications leaders and business leaders.
Mobile World Live — Facebook is holding talks with a number of ISPs in India to expand its Express Wi-Fi programme, after trials in rural areas in partnership with BSNL. Express Wi-Fi, aimed at making broadband in rural areas more affordable, rolled out 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots with the state-run operator as part of a pilot project, the Economic Times reported.
Vietnam Net — According to the AAG submarine cable management unit, a cable repair vessel will begin fixing the broken cable of the S11 cable branch to Hong Kong on August 20 morning. The last weld will be completed at 8.30am on August 21 and the repair will finish at 11pm on August 22. Meanwhile, the repair of the S1B cable toward Singapore will be fixed from August 17 to 20 and the repair will be completed on August 24.
MIS Asia — Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft yesterday (22 August 2016). The MOU signing builds on an ongoing partnership between the two organisations over the past 12 months to increase awareness of ICT trends, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property (IP) and trusted technology.
Nikkei — HONG KONG — As cash-rich telecom operator China Mobile makes inroads into its turf in the fixed-line broadband space, China Telecom, the country’s third-largest mobile carrier, is grasping for new growth models powered by computing technologies and the internet of things.
SMCP — Microsoft Hong Kong and Japanese telecommunication company NTT are partnering to offer a hybrid cloud solution to companies in Hong Kong, as the pace for cloud adoption among multinational corporations (MNCs) in the city picks up.
VOA News — Chinese companies have begun competing with Western companies in the cloud computing and data storage market. The “cloud war” is taking place as the dispute between the United States and China about data hacking and computer network security grows stronger. Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Baidu and Huawei are expanding within their country and gaining customers in other countries.
Business 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.
IT News — Reverse proxy provider Cloudflare claims Australian carriers Optus and Telstra are abusing their monopoly positions to jack up network charges. To demonstrate the pricing disparity, Cloudflare founder Matthew Prince said that if bandwidth in Europe and North America costs the company 10 units, in Australia and NZ, it costs 85 units. Australia/NZ has the highest effective bandwith cost, even more than South America (68 units) and Asia (28 units), Prince said.