ICT Clippings: Singapore and Thailand Q4 IT Report

Singapore and Thailand Q4 IT Report
IN THIS UPDATE:
  • Regional
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Looking Ahead...

  • February 1-3 : Business Mission to the Philippines. The Council will hold its 2011 Business Mission on Feb 1-3, with a possibility of an ICT "mini" mission preceding it. For more information, please contact Marc Mealy at mmealy@usasean.org or Putri Alam at palam@usasean.org.

Regional

Asian businesses expected to fuel ICT transformation in 2011 Channel News Asia, Dec 7

Business spending on information technology will grow by 12 to 15 per cent in Asia next year, according to industry analyst IDC.The spending will come on top of similar growth in 2010.In IDC's top 10 predictions for the IT industry which was released on Tuesday, the company also pointed out that tablet computers and smartphones could be big winners from corporate IT spending next year.Another solid year of growth for Asian businesses means more investment in IT.

ASEAN rallies around 'connectivity' theme Viet Nam News, Oct 29

The ASEAN leaders are planning to sign the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan when this weekend signalling a new era for all around co-operation for ASEAN. It is a new rallying point for ASEAN. The master plan represents the desire of all members to see their physical infrastructure including bridge, road, railways, ship, air and ICT link to each other. They also want to see their institutions as well as people-to-people integrate as ASEAN will become a single community in less than 1,390 days.

But the frequently asked questions are: Could ASEAN really do that as it is too diverse to be connected in such a comprehensive way? Where is the budget? Will it come from national funding or somewhere else? These questions and others will be raised and discussed when the ASEAN leaders try to transform plans into concrete actions. 

Indonesia

Should Indonesia look to Singapore and Malaysia on ICT policy? FutureGov, Dec 9

If Indonesia is to precipitate an information society by 2014, as the government is hoping through its 2010 e-government masterplan for a 'Digital Indonesia', it needs to adopt a ?carrot and stick? approach to policy implementation, a senior official has said...Though a state budget is in place for government ICT projects, the mandate to invest in ICT across ministries has not been sufficiently strong."An uncoordinated government budget for ICT investment is one of the root causes of the problem,"...

Indonesia plots roadmap for connected govt Business World, Sep 16

The Indonesian government is devising a roadmap to better connect its ministries and departments. Dr Ir Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, Secretary General, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, told officials at FutureGov Forum Indonesia this morning (29th November 2010) that the need to better share information between governmental departments - and with the public - was the key driver behind the project.

Malaysia

Health & Education Sectors Potential Areas For Outsourcing Industry, Says Maximus Bernama, Oct 6

The government will focus on health, education and civil service delivery system as the potential areas for the outsourcing industry in Malaysia, says Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

APEC Digital Opportunity Centers open in Malaysia Taiwan Today, Dec 7

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Digital Opportunity Center opened two facilities in western Malaysia Dec. 6 as part of efforts to develop the country’s ICT framework and span the digital divide. Located in Malacca and Terengganu, the centers will provide information and communication technology training programs to local residents—a key component of ADOC’s drive to create digital opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Unit plans to have 85 e-Desa centres Daily Express, Nov 30

The State Information Technology Advancement Unit under the Resource Development and Information Technology Ministry hopes to establish about 85 e-Desa centers during the 10th Malaysia Plan period. Unit chief, Bruno Vun on Monday said to improve the information technology and Internet penetration rate in the State, it is important that information technology be brought and introduced at every state and parliamentary constituency.

Move to transform Malaysia into innovative digital economy The Star, Nov 23

THE National Information Techno­logy Council will be enhanced as a high-level think tank to advise the Government on related matters.

The move was aimed at driving the ICT agenda and transforming Malaysia into an innovative digital economy, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. He said nine working groups, represented by experts from the public, private and community-interest sectors, would be established to provide directions and policy inputs.

The nine areas would be divided into four categories – ICT as industry, ICT as enabler, ICT for society and ICT critical success factors, he said.

YTL Comm to have Malaysia?s biggest 4G distribution network The Edge, Oct 26

YTL Power International Bhd's subsidiary YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, which will launch its converged 4G mobile Internet network on Nov 18, 2010 has formalised an exclusive distributorship deal with a subsidiary of ECS ICT Bhd.

Philippines

ICT spending seen to rise as economy grows The Inquirer, Dec 7

THE RECENT improvements in the outlook for the Philippine economy will likely boost spending for information and communications technology (ICT), as companies aim to be more globally integrated.

Gov't is committed to ICT ? Aquino Manila Bulletin, Dec 7

The government is committed to maintain the country?s competitiveness in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) markets, President Benigno S. Aquino III pledged before industry players, the Computer Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers Association of the Philippines (COMDDAP), at the opening of their Expo Manila 2010 in Pasay City."Our BPO and ICT industries are experiencing continuous remarkable growth," the President said in his message to COMDDAP.

Aquino to adopt P50-B 6-year R & D plan Manila Bulletin, Nov 28

The Aquino Administration has committed to adopt a six-year Research and Development Priorities Plan (RDPP) with estimated P50-billion investment requirements to jumpstart long-term technology-based enterprises in seven priority sectors.

The seven sectors, identified through surveys and other methods by the Philippine Coordinating Council for Research and Development (PCCRD), are food and agriculture, health, energy, environment, disaster management and risk reduction, electronics, and manufacturing. Integrated with these, the RDPP also covers three enabling technology fields--biotechnology, information and communication technology (ICT), and nanotechnology.

Filipino engineers to see strides in ICT, electronics, engineering sectors in 2011 PhilStar, Nov 29

The growth prospects for the Philippines is expected to go on an upward trend with the gradual increase in demand for electronics and engineering products and services for a global market.This is coupled by increased spending for ICT products and services in the Philippines due in part to investments made through public-private partnerships (PPP).

Philippines to launch community e-Center roadmap FutureGov, Nov 18

The Philippines government has devised a new roadmap for its Community eCentres programme to help bridge the digital divide, focusing on infrastructure and capacity building.
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Discussing progress made in the agency’s goal to bring ICT to communities, Chairman of Philippine Community eCenter (CeC) Network, Dr Angelo Ramos, told delegates at the FutureGov Forum in Manila that there were many obstacles in the rollout.

“Connectivity is still a challenge for the country especially in providing internet or broadband access to municipalities.”

50% of Govt IT to be Outsourced FutureGov, Nov 15

If agencies contributed what they should to the Philippines? E-Government Fund, the sum available for e-government projects would be 12 times what it is now, Monchito Ibrahim, Commissioner, Commission on Information & Communications Technology, said at the FutureGov Forum Philippines in Manila.

Philippine government agencies are required to supply one per cent of their budgets to the E-Government Fund, which is worth around 1 PHP billion (US$22 million). ?But this is not happening?, Ibrahim told a room of 130 delegates at the Pan Pacific Hotel. ?Our budget should be more like PHP 12 billion (US$273 million),? he said.

ICT and Universal Healthcare in the Philippines PhilStar, Nov 14

In the Second Philippine Health Outlook Forum 2010, Health Secretary Dr. Enrique Ona underscored the important role that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) would play in achieving universal health care in the country. This is a welcomed development as, globally, ICT is increasingly seen as critical in addressing global health needs. As noted by the WHO in Essential Health Technologies Strategy 2004-2007, ?Health technologies are the backbone of all health systems. They are essential tools in solving health problems?.

The Philippines' iSchools project rolls out PC usage app FutureGov, Oct 25

The Philippines’ iSchools project, an ongoing effort by the Commission on Information and Communications Technology to put internet-enabled computers in 1000 public high schools across the archipelago, is launching a web–based application to monitor the usage of computer equipment.

Singapore

Singapore Information Technology Report Q4 2010 - the IT Market to Benefit from the S$1.1Bn in New Infocomm Tenders in 2010 BusinessWire, Dec 2

Singapore's IT market is projected to grow faster in 2010, building on momentum from a pick-up in consumer spending in the second half of 2009. The total size of the domestic IT market is expected by BMI to increase from a projected US$5.3bn in 2010 to around US$7.1bn in 2014 boosted by strong PC market growth, significant government ICT investment and a pick-up in key IT spending sectors such as telecoms and real estate.In 2010, consumer PC spending, which was robust in 2009, is expected to be reinforced by a revival in business IT hardware spending. PC sales grew strongly in the first half of 2010, with a surge prior to the end of many companies' financial years in March which continued into the second quarter.

Wireless@SG losing its appeal? TodayOnline, Nov 27

Singaporeans' love for freebies doesn't seem to apply to free public Wi-Fi services like Wireless@SG.According to a new research survey finding from mobile data service provider Acision, seven out of 10 respondents in Singapore rated mobile broadband as an important service they wanted to keep, despite free Internet access being available.The slow speed of Wireless@SG was a common complaint from 61 per cent of the 1,000 respondents.

Social media to air views Straits Times, Nov 22

SOCIAL media Business Analytics tools may serve as a feedback platform for Singaporeans to voice their opinions on government policies. The software, developed by IBM, scans through key terms or phrases - labelling them positive or negative - and helps identify current and emerging trends in public sentiment, according to FutureGov, an organisation that reviews government policies. The feedback would subsequently help the public services design policies that meet the demands of Singaporeans.

The new system could revolutionise the way feedback is received and seen, as it pays particular attention to 'feelings' as opposed to the rational method of processing information with reason, without emotion.

Singtel Unveils Asia?s Top 10 Apps TTKN News, Sep 24

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) today unveiled Asia?s top 10 web and mobile applications (apps) at the Accelerate 2010 business innovations forum.The apps were selected from over 200 submissions in a competition that was organised by the SingTel Innovation Exchange (SiX) partnership programme and leading technology online blog e27. Ten countries were represented in the poll which garnered more than 5000 votes from the Asian apps developers? community over a period of 41 days.The competition attracted a diverse range of innovative apps for consumers and businesses. For example, the ShowNearby app allows mobile users to identify the location of points of interest and useful information, such as bus timings, carpark rates and restaurant opening times.

Singapore Invests $4.2 Million For Senior Technical Training GovMonitor, Sep 22

To help senior citizens embrace a digital lifestyle, the government has increased funding for the Silver Infocomm Initiative from $2.5 million to $4.2 million.This increased support will go towards organising programmes to raise awareness and encourage infocomm usage among senior citizens.

Thailand

Thai state-owned TOT delays 3G auction to January Reuters, Dec 1

Thailand's state-owned TOT Plc plans to hold a 19.9 billion baht ($659 million) third-generation wireless-spectrum auction in January, delayed from December due to a longer-than-expected documentation process.TOT, which planned to sign a contract with the winner of the electronic auction by February 2011, expected to launch 3G services on an existing 1,900 MHz frequency in some areas in April 2011 as planned, President Varut Suvakorn told reporters.

Thailand Information Technology Report Q4 2010 - In 2010 Bangkok Post, Oct 2

The Thai IT market is the largest in South East Asia and, despite ongoing political uncertainty, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 13% over the 2010-2014 period. The total value of Thai domestic spending on IT products and services should pass US$5.6bn in 2010 and approach US$9.1bn by 2014. In H210, growth is expected to accelerate, with a boost from students at the start of the new university year, as well as an uptick in corporate and office sales.

The Thailand market made a fairly rapid recovery towards the end of Q210 from the political turmoil that had disrupted sales earlier in the year. In many cases, demand started to start to pick up again from late May and the first week in June. The political crisis had an impact on consumer IT demand, particularly in Bangkok, with sales down by around 15% in March, following strong growth in the first two months of the year.

Vietnam

Vietnam?s NISCI and IBM collaborate for Cloud Computing Leapfrog VietnamNet Bridge, Nov 27

Vietnam National Institute of Software and Digital Content Industry (NISCI) today shakes hand with IBM to promote cloud computing in Vietnam. NISCI will select IBM?s hardware, software and cloud solutions and implementation services to develop a new cloud computing lab that will provide the institute with a dynamic and flexible IT infrastructure.

Vietnamese Farmers Launch Website ScandAsia, Nov 25

The International Agriculture Trade Fair in Hanoi, AgroViet 2010, was held from the 11th-14th November 2010. Here a Danish supported new internet portal was launched in order to improve the working and living conditions for farmers in Vietnam. The new internet portal (www.nongthuong.com.vn) is the outcome of a partnership between the government’s Agricultural Trade Promotion Centre (Agritrade), the Vietnamese ICT company SmartOSC Corp. and Danish ICT company AI design ApS.

Cloud computing service providers eyeing Vietnam?s market VietNamNet, Nov 17

It was not by chance that Steve Ballmer, the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, when visiting Vietnam last May, decided to cooperate with Vietnamese Corporation for Financing and Promoting Technologies (FPT) to develop cloud computing services in Vietnam.

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