ICT Clippings: Indonesia Pulls Back From Plan to Open Telecom Towers to Foreign Investors

Indonesia Pulls Back From Plan to Open Telecom Towers to Foreign Investors, Mar 18 2010
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  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Others

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Indonesia

Indonesia Pulls Back From Plan to Open Telecom Towers to Foreign Investors Jakarta Globe, Mar 18

The government has backed away from a plan to allow foreign companies to invest in the domestic telecommunication-tower sector, despite warnings from the country's investment czar that investment by local companies will not be sufficient.The government was said in January to be finalizing revisions to its "negative investment list" that would open five new sectors to foreign investment, including telecom towers.

Indonesia Calls for Greater Assistance to Software Sector Global Arab Network, Mar 1

Indonesia's IT industry could be in line for an increase in state support, with the government looking to boost funding for infrastructure while backing calls for greater assistance to the domestic software sector.

Malaysia

National Broadband Initiative To Drive Transformation, Says Rais Bernama, Mar 17

The National Broadband Initiative will drive the social and economic transformation towards achieving the high-income nation objective, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim said on Wednesday.

PM Praises The Internet Bernama, Mar 13

Singing praises of the internet, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said it has broken down the many walls dividing the people. On the broadband initiative, Najib said the government would implement it as widespread as possible to enable more people to be connected and enhance social connectivity. Najib said the government used the internet as one of the ways to communicate with the people, such as after he tabled the 2010 budget whereby, he received hundreds of useful suggestions from the people.

Singapore

Singapore Highlights New Internet Exchange And Authentication Framework the Gov Monitor, Mar 14

Singapore's position as a telecommunications hub will be strengthened by the new Singapore Internet Exchange, which will facilitate highly efficient routing of Internet traffic. A National Authentication Framework will also provide a robust and trusted security architecture in view of increased online transactions.

Thailand

Data law draft raises fears over user privacy Bangkok Post, Feb 24

Law experts have raised criticisms of Thailand's Data Protection Law draft, saying that there are several issues requiring amendment, especially concerns over abuse of power. As it stands, the draft does not allow for citizens to sue the Government, and critics also contend that the data privacy committee should be an independent body, not comprised of members of Government authorities. Thailand is in the final stages of consultation on its draft privacy legislation which has already approved by the Council of State and is being processed to the congress. Also, as an Asean member country, Thailand shares a commitment to harmonise its data protection laws by 2015.

Thai IT Market Is Projected To Grow At a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) Of 10% Over The 2010-2014 Period Official Wire, Feb 18

The Thai IT market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10% over the 2010-2014 period. The total value of Thai domestic spending on IT products and services should pass US$5.0bn in 2010 and US$7.5bn by 2014. Despite current economic and political uncertainties, a PC penetration rate of around 15% indicates plenty of untapped market potential. Consumer IT spending is expected to grow faster in 2010, following retailer reports of an improvement in sentiment in the last four months of 2009. Corporate IT spending had also started to recover by the end of last year, as companies looked to achieve greater efficiencies in the wake of the economic slowdown. In 2010, there could be a boost, particularly in the second half of 2010, from computer hardware tenders delayed from last year.

Vietnam

Vietnam will invest USD8.5 billion in ICT More RFID.com, Mar 8

Vietnam will invest USD8.5 billion to develop information and communication technologies (ICT) during 2010-2020 period in order to become a strong ICT country by 2020, according to a project drafted by the Ministry of Information and Communications. Accordingly, USD3.2 billion will be spent in 2010-2015 period and USD5.3 billion in 2016-2020 period on building infrastructure, supporting ICT businesses, and developing human resources. Eight targets by 2010 include: 1) jumping to the top 60 in the ranking list of the International Telecommunication Union; 2) ICT industry will contribute 20-30% to the country's GDP; 3) 90% coverage of broadband internet services to communes and wards nationwide, optic fiber cables radio and TV broadcast technologies in five big cities ; 4) 100% coverage of households telephones nationwide 5) 70-80% households will have computers and access to broadband internet services; 6) 100% households have TV sets; 7) both urban & village areas shall finish building ICT infrastructure and; 8) become the top 10 ranking in software outsourcing destinations and digital content producers. All these best prove the tremendous business development opportunities in Telecom, IT, Electronics and related industries in Vietnam.

Others

FCC goal: 'fastest ... wireless networks of any nation', Politico, Mar 15

In early 2009, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop a National Broadband Plan to ensure every American has "access to broadband capability." Congress also required that this plan include a detailed strategy for achieving affordability and maximizing use of broadband to advance "consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety and homeland security, community development, health care delivery, energy independence and efficiency, education, employee training, private sector investment, entrepreneurial activity, job creation and economic growth, and other national purposes."

Enlightened ICT regulation can play the role of 'stimulus plan' The Nation, Mar 10

While demand for information and communication (ICT) services like mobile telephony and broadband Internet remains strong, the global economic crisis is jeopardizing ongoing investment in network rollouts and technology upgrades, a new ITU report finds. The economic crisis has served as a wake-up call on the importance of effective regulation and raised questions about the role of government and the laissez-faire approach that had prevailed — especially in the financial sector. Government and industry are now being forced to reassess their roles and the need for state intervention to ensure, among other things, the development of a new 'broadband economy'.

UN Defends Relevance of E-Government Rankings FutureGov, March 1

The United Nations has refuted suggestions that its E-government Survey has lost relevance in an era of increasingly diverse e-government ecosystems. The survey's director, Haiyan Qian, told FutureGov that the rankings continue to serve as a guide to more efficient, open and transparent governance, and help public sector modernisers "put money in the right places" and avoid commonly made mistakes.

Enthusiasm gives way to realism in mobile broadband, Business World, February 24

Mobile broadband is maturing rapidly in Asia and the Pacific, Ovum’s December-January 2010 industry survey on the region's telecommunication industry showed. In a statement, ICT market analysis and consultancy firm Ovum said the study showed that, while respondents still believed mobile broadband is good news, they are now more realistic about its benefits and challenges, compared to the more overt enthusiasm of last year’s survey.

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