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Would 2011 be the year where SMBs in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) take a serious approach towards the adoption of cloud-based solutions and remote managed IT services (RMITS)? A new series of studies of the region say yes, showing the top 10 SMB ICT spending to be either cloud-based or RMITs-related. Leading the way is video conferencing, SaaS productivity, and remote managed PC services.
NEC and Fujitsu to construct Asia Submarine-cable Express system Trading Markets, Feb 1
IT and network technologies provider NEC Corporation (TSE:6701) and ICT-based business solutions provider Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) announced on Monday an agreement with NTT Communications, the Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company, StarHub Limited and Telekom Malaysia Berhad to construct the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) system.
Indonesia to commence USD 128 Million Tax reform FutureGov, Jan 26
The Indonesian government has spurred its campaign to enhance the country’s tax system with the recent opening of its Project for Indonesian Tax Administration Reform. The project will constitute an overhaul of the Directorate General of Taxes (DTG) of Indonesia, including its ICT and human resource management sectors.
Malaysia's mobile broadband market will balloon to RM9 billion by 2015 from RM6 billion last year, says Nitin Bhat, Frost & Sullivan ICT Practice Asia-Pacific partner and senior vice-president."Increasing use of smartphones, driven by rapid price decline and application richness, has boosted demand for mobile broadband," he said.
Malaysia ranks 8th in global ICT exports, up 19pct Yahoo News, Feb 3
Malaysia exported US$57 billion of information and communication technology (ICT) products in 2009 as it took eighth spot among global economies, according to a United Nations report.
Malaysia's exports of ICT products accounted for 36.5% of its total exports in 2009, said the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) which was released in Geneva on Wednesday, Feb 2.
In terms of imports, ICT products totalled US$37 billion or 30.1% of Malaysia's total imports.
Malaysia looks to higher ICT spend ZDNet, Feb 1
Malaysia's ICT spending is expected to rise this year and growth will be driven by several emerging technological trends, say industry watchers.
In its annual ICT predictions, research firm IDC noted that IT spending in the country will grow by 9 percent from US$5.9 billion in 2010 to US$6.5 billion this year. Spending in the telecommunication sector is expected to hit US$7.3 billion in 2011, up 5.3 percent from 2010.
Online consultation on mobile, internet usage set PhilStar, Feb 22
The drafting of legislation on mobile and internet usage will be open to public via online consultation, a lawmaker said Tuesday. This was announced today by Rep. Freddie Tinga, chairman of house committee on ICT, during the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (Cyberpress) forum on “Improving Broadband Internet in the Philippines”. “What we are going to do with the bandwidth and telco issues are to involve the consumers in drafting the legislation by putting up an online portal that will be open to everyone.
P543-B investment pledges in 2010 to create over 134,000 jobs ABS-CBN, Feb 16
Total investment pledges in 2010 reached P542 billion, 73% higher than the approved investments in the previous year, a Government agency said Wednesday. The information and communications technology (ICT) sector cornered 10% of the total investments in the fourth quarter.
Philippines to recap PC recycling program for public schools FutureGov, Feb 17
The second wave of the PC Recycling Initiative of the Philippines’ Commission on Information and Communications Technology is set to hit public high schools in the country this April.
Philippines unveils new tax audit FutureGov, Jan 26
The new Computer Assisted Audit Tools and Techniques System Laboratory of the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue has kicked off to further the drive to gain quality tax audit in the country.
S'pore sets data protection law for 2012 ZDNet, Feb 16
It took several years in the making but the nation is now ready to take another step closer to introducing a data protection regime, with the Singapore government announcing plans to put forth legislation for debate in parliament early-2012.The proposed laws will provide a "baseline standard for data protection in Singapore", Lui Tuck Yew, minister for the Information, Communication and the Arts, indicated on Monday in a written response to a parliamentary question.
S'pore helping to seed ICT initiatives abroad AsiaOne, Feb 2
Ever since Singapore embarked on a unique initiative to take the lessons learnt from its forays into eGovernment and eCitizen enablement, a slew of governments from around the world are seeking Singapore's help to get their ICT schemes up to speed in the public space.Much of the initiative to export Singapore's success in the ICT arena comes from IDA International that was set up as an arm of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore in February 2009. IDA International is the first such government initiative in the public service ICT space worldwide and is attracting interest from both big and small countries.
S'pore may auction 4G spectrum in 2012 ZDNet, Jan 25
The Singapore government intends to auction off 4G wireless spectrum rights as early as next year, paving the way for a faster rollout of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the country.According to local reports, ICT regulator the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) announced Monday it would avail six lots of spectrum for service providers to implement high-speed mobile data services. 4G is said to offer speeds at five to 10 times faster than the existing 3G technology.
Singapore Invests $155 Million For Edusave Funds And Schools GovMonitor, Jan 24
The Ministry of Education (MOE) will increase the Edusave funds for students and schools by $154.8 million.A one-off top-up of $130 will be made to the Edusave accounts of all primary and secondary Singapore Citizen students; and $100 million will be injected to the Edusave Grant of schools to enhance teaching and learning through the use of Information Communication Technology.
S'pore tweaks telecom policies to 'safeguard' consumers ZDNet, Jan 22
The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has tweaked the country's Telecom Competition Code to prevent service providers from pressuring consumers into making payment of disputed charges and subscribing new services.In a statement released Wednesday, the ICT regulator said the amendments reflected market developments since the last review between 2003 and 2005, and feedback from consumers and the industry.Effective from Jan. 21 next year, the changes will "further safeguard consumers' interests" and drive competition in the local telecommunications market, the IDA said.
OAG queries True-Hutch Bangkok Post, Feb 22
The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) wants clarification from CAT Telecom and TOT Plc on the deal between True Corporation and Hutchison and the 3G network expansion bid requirements out of concern that both cases could run afoul of the Trade Competition Act. The OAG's investigation unit is requiring CAT, the information and communications technology (ICT) minister and the TOT board to explain the deals in full.
Green light for e-government body Nation, Feb 15
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry has been given Cabinet approval to set up an e-government agency as an operational body to drive the establishment of e-government services and pursue the Smart Thailand policy.The director of Government Information Technology Services (GITS), Sak Segkhoonthod, said GITS would be transformed into the new agency. The change will be official in the near future.
Thailand develops e-content to align pedagogy with ICT FutureGov, Feb 10
To make Thai education as captivating as the Internet, the Ministry of Education has put 300 million Baht (US$9 million) this financial year into developing e-content that will replace textbooks for secondary and primary education.
The new year rings in telecom confusion Bangkok Post, Feb 7
It's been a tumultuous six months for the Thai telecom sector, as regulators and policymakers tussle about how best to steer development for the future while addressing the inequities and distortions of the past.
Temasek's investment in Thailand shaken Bangkok Post, Feb 5
The Singaporean government's investment arm, Temasek Holdings, is expected to fight any attempts by TOT Plc to seek billions of baht in compensation from Thai telecoms companies in which it has holdings, say observers. TOT announced on Tuesday it will seek 214.7 billion baht in compensation from local telecom operators - including AIS, which is owned by Temasek - for unpaid access charges and losses resulting from improper policy changes made by past governments.
Government agrees to negotiate compensation claims with telecom firms The Nation, Feb 2
The state's multibillion-baht compensation claims and other issues concerning privately operated mobile-phone concessions will be put on the negotiating table, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday.
The government also wanted to see state agencies such as TOT and private concessionaires return to using their original concession contracts, he said.
This follows Cabinet approval yesterday of a proposal by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry to set up a committee that will ask concession-holders to rectify their amended contracts.
ICT spending poised for lower growth Bangkok Post, Jan 29
Total spending in the ICT industry in Thailand this year is estimated to grow at only 4.7% to US$13 billion, in line with the nearly flat growth of telecom service revenue, says the global IT research firm IDC.The projection this year is lower than the 7.4% gain to $12.5 million last year, as a rise of only 1% in revenue is seen in the telecom service market, said IDC Thailand research manager, Attaphon Satidkanitkul.
Vietnam to build more software parks, says deputy PM Saigon Daily, Feb 16
Vietnam will build more software parks in the next ten years to nurture the development of the country?s information and communication technology (ICT) industry, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan told reporters on Monday.
Vietnam to build greenhouse gas emissions database FutureGov, Feb 8
Vietnam has teamed up with the Asian Development Bank to build a database detailing the greenhouse gas emissions of major government departments and urban centres in the country. The database will be the first of its kind in Vietnam.