新参入の Century Link と、充実の Equinix、そして インドに参入する Xiaomi ・・・
3月に入って 3週目ですが、そのほかにも、以下のようなクラウド／データセンター･トピックスに溢れている APAC です！
以下は、今週の Top-10 です・・・
BARCELONA, Spain ― Korea’s mobile carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus are being urged to cooperate with each other to team up with other overseas carriers in order to enjoy “first-mover” advantage in the race to set up standards for fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology. The 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC) featured the benefits of 5G over today’s long-term evolution (LTE) tech, the Internet of Things (IoT), Samsung Electronics Galaxy S6, LG’s stylish smartwatch and products for augmented reality.
It may not be a windfall gain but definitely signals an increase in potential business opportunity. The rise in e-commerce and e-commerce driven transactions has meant a significant jump in banking transactions. Numbers clearly validate this story. Industry-wide data provided by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) website suggests that outstanding credit card loans stood at Rs.30,300 crore as on 31 December 2014, up 24% from Rs.24,400 crore a year ago.
Chennai in India has just launched the country’s first city-wide digital dashboard, and plans to open it to residents in two to three months. The dashboard gives the city’s officials easy access to data that earlier took months to collect and format, said Satyarupa Sekar, Project Director of the Chennai Data Portal and Dashboard project, according to local media.
SINGAPORE: ST Telemedia on Tuesday (Mar 17) announced that it has completed the acquisition of land to develop its flagship data centre facility in Singapore. The communications, media and technology investor said the land is located at Defu Lane and is in close proximity to mature data center clusters. The 150,000 square feet facility will be built with the highest Tier-III industry standards, as well as other building certifications such as LEED and BCA-IDA Green Mark.
Now the company has announced the successor of OnePlus One named ‘OnePlus Two’ priced at USD 538. One Plus Two feature a 5.5-inch full HD LTPS display with 2,560 X 1,440 pixels resolution. The device is be clocked at Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB RAM. Rumours suggests that smartphone will run on Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat Operating System, while some are speculating that it will run on company’s custom platform.
China-based Alibaba Group has said it plans to set up a NT$10 billion (US$319 million) non-profit venture capital fund in Taiwan to finance local young entrepreneurs to build up a business on its e-commerce system. The funding also aims to assist local youths develop and market related products and services to China via Alibaba, the Internet service company said in a statement.
National Australia Bank director Geraldine McBride is the poster child for a new breed of board member: she’s a technology-savvy futurist and digital strategist. Her role in NAB’s historically staid boardroom is to identify the technological trends taking over its customers’ lives. She is steering the bank through the waves of technological disruption washing over the sector, leading it into “a new, personalised, experienced-based economy,” as she describes it.
As Nikkei reported last week, Tokyo-based Crowdcredit, a startup behind a peer-to-peer lending platform focused on financing emerging markets under the same name, officially announced on Monday that it has fundraised 200 million yen ($1.7 million) from Japanese trading house Itochu. According to the Nikkei article, Itochu has taken an 18% stake in the lending company, so the latter’s market cap is valued at over 1 billion yen ($8.4 million).
While Xiaomi’s budget Redmi 2 is hotly anticipated in India, its launch in Singaporetoday was somewhat muted in comparison, with very little fanfare. Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 retails at S$169 (US$122) in Singapore. Put side-by-side with its predecessor, the Redmi 1S, it will seem like nothing much has changed on the surface. Despite being slightly lighter and thinner, it sports the same 4.7-inch IPS HD display and 720×1,280 pixel screen resolution as the 1S.
SINGAPORE startup Skoolbo said its game-based education platform, which runs on Microsoft Corp’s Azure PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) offering, has reached more than five million students in 22,000 schools globally over the past 12 months. Skoolbo aims to improve learning experiences, particularly in English and Mathematics, among children aged four to 10, Microsoft said in a statement.