ICT Clippings: Najib To Announce 12 New ICT-based EPPs By Year-end

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IN THIS UPDATE:

Regional
+ ICT sustainability maturing in APAC

Philippines
+ Philippines deploys telehealth devices in rural areas
+ Aquino reaches out via YouTube
+ Measure creating ICT department approved
+ Philippines' software development industry posts 27.60% growth
+ PNoy bares P500-M stimulus fund for IT-BPO industry
                   

Brunei
+ Brunei to implement new healthcare information system
                   

Singapore
+ Singapore unveils first infocomm registry for IT professional
+ R & D Spending Rises in Singapore
+ Feedback sought on connectivity for buildings
+ Network Down in Singapore? Blame Surge in Data Usage: Experts
+  How to increase the data storage density of HDDs - just add salt
+ Govts must add value to citizen e-mail accounts
+ Singapore inches closer to mobile wallet
+ Tech startups blossoming in Singapore, but lack of funding a major obstacle
+ Singapore Polytechnic to Launch Educational Cloud Computing Center
                       

Indonesia
+ Creative industry growing steadily: Deputy minister

                      

Thailand
+ Ministry unveils map app to aid in future planning
+ Capital Equipment Costs to Repair Flooded HDD Factories in Thailand Will be Considerable
+ Silicon Valley companies may feel impact of Thailand floods
+ Social Media Leads In Information Dissemination During Thai Floods
+ 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to be launched in Thailand
                  

Malaysia
+ Najib To Announce 12 New ICT-based EPPs By Year-end
+ Vocational schools to become colleges
+ PayPal Opens Malaysia Offices 
+ Smart City-Smart Village to Bring US$ 30.6 B
+ Chance to LinkedIn with tech gurus
+ Malaysia on track to be a digital economy by 2020
+ Muhyiddin: Report on education review ready by year-end
+ Programme allows M’sians abroad to serve nation without returning
                  

Vietnam
+ Vietnam gov't builds foundation for national IT security

REGIONAL

ICT sustainability maturing in APAC | ZDNet, Oct 21

Organizations in the Asia-Pacific region haven't in the slightest lost interest or focus on ICT sustainability, approaching it with more holistic, coherent and broad strategies to lower costs. Instead, where green fatigue has set in is being eco-friendly for publicity's sake, said one analyst.

BRUNEI

Brunei to implement new healthcare information system | FutureGov, Oct 8

The Government of Brunei recently signed an agreement to develop the Brunei Healthcare Information System (Bru-HIMS), a nationwide project to digitise patient care documents and provide electronic medical records.

INDONESIA

Creative industry growing steadily: Deputy minister | Jakarta Post, Oct 6

Amid rising speculation that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will make a major cabinet reshuffle this month, a top trade official showed off the impressive progress of his ministry in boosting the country?s creative industries.In his keynote speech at the opening of Nokia Developer Conference Indonesia ICT Award on Wednesday, Deputy Trade Minister Mahendra Siregar said that in the last nine months, the creative industry sector had accounted for 6 percent of the country?s overall exports.

MALAYSIA

Najib To Announce 12 New ICT-based EPPs By Year-end | Bernama, Nov 9

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will unveil 12 new ICT-based Entry-Point Projects (EPPs) by year-end, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili.

Vocational schools to become colleges | AsiaOne, Nov 7

The transformation of vocational education will see 78 vocational schools upgraded to colleges by 2013.Education Ministry technical and vocational division director Ahmad Tajudin Jab said students who studied Pendidikan Asas Vokasional from Form One to Form Three could continue their studies in vocational colleges, which would allow them to obtain Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) certificates and vocational diplomas.

PayPal Opens Malaysia Office | Wall Street Journal, Nov 1

Ebay Inc.'s online payment services unit, PayPal, is seeking to boost its presence in Asia with a new global operations center in Malaysia, where it plans to add about 500 employees by the end of 2013...Rupert Keeley, PayPal's senior vice president for Asia Pacific, said in a recent interview that the company chose Malaysia because of accommodative policies as well as the availability of multi-lingual workers and the fast development of e-commerce and technologies in the country. The company already has about 200 staff on site. Globally, PayPal's work force is about 10,000.

Smart City-Smart Village to Bring US$ 30.6 B | The Star, Oct 29

Malaysia is introducing a Smart City-Smart Village initiative expected to contribute RM 95 billion (US$30.6 billion) to the national economy by 2020. The project, to be implemented through the Global Science and Innovation Academy Council (GSIAC), aims to ?balance development in the urban and rural areas, focusing on the use of green technology and ICT?, said GSIAC in a statement.

Chance to LinkedIn with tech gurus | AsiaOne, Oct 22

Entrepreneurs and startup companies found the first Silicon Valley Comes to Malaysia (SVC2M) conference inspiring and eye-opening. The opportunity to meet and interact with Silicon Valley icons such as LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke, AngelList founder Naval Ravikant and Youtube co-founder Jawed Karim, they said, had provided them with the perspective needed to bring their products, ideas and services to a global level.

Malaysia on track to be a digital economy by 2020 | Borneo Post, Oct 25

Malaysia is on the right path towards a digital economy by 2020 amid strong demand for new technology, says Nielsen, a leading global information and analytics provider.

Muhyiddin: Report on education review ready by year-end | The Sun Daily, Oct 19

The first report on the overall review of the existing education system is expected to be ready by year-end, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.The report will be submitted to the cabinet for study which will endorse a team to look into the whole process, including the implementation of the country?s education policies.

Programme allows M?sians abroad to serve nation without returning | The Star, Oct 16

Malaysians living abroad can continue to serve the country without having to return home under a programme started by Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp) and a group of Silicon Valley professionals from California in the United States.

PHILIPPINES

Philippines deploys telehealth devices in rural areas | FutureGov, Nov 9

The Department of Science and Technology has deployed 100 RxBoxes in remote total centres and selected multipurpose community telecentres in order to test the efficiency of the system as it aims to bring quality health services in ?doctor-less? villages.

Aquino reaches out via YouTube | Manila Bulletin, Nov 2

On Friday, November 4, Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III will be the first Asian head of state to be interviewed live on the online video social network YouTube. Moderated by APAC Google Policy Director Ross LaJeunesse, YouTube World View provides the opportunity for 30 million Filipinos who regularly access the Internet to ask Mr. Aquino a question. Filipinos proposed questions and then voted to rank the most important.

Measure creating ICT department approved | Manila Bulletin, Oct 27

A bill seeking to create a Department of Information and Communications Technology to develop a sector that will ensure reliable and cost-efficient communications facilities, infrastructure, and services in the country has been approved on second reading in the House of Representatives.

Philippines' software development industry posts 27.60% growth | Philippines Star, Oct 26

The software development industry in the Philippines posted a 27.60-percent growth in both export revenue and employment by the end of 2010.

PNoy bares P500-M stimulus fund for IT-BPO industry | NewsBytes, Oct 14

Pres. Noynoy Aquino III has announced the approval of P500 million intended for the development of the country?s information technology-business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) sector to prepare the Philippines for the growing global demand.

SINGAPORE

Singapore unveils first infocomm registry for IT professionals | ZDNet, Nov 8

The Singapore Computer Society has launched the country's first registry dedicated for ICT professionals here, where it will serve as a repository and an online community to facilitate networking and collaboration among local IT professionals and business entities.

R & D Spending Rises in Singapore | Channel News Asia, Nov 8

Singapore's spending on research and development has grown over the last 20 years to hit S$6.5 billion last year - or two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).The sector also accounts for more than 40,000 jobs.

Feedback sought on connectivity for buildings | TODAYOnline, Nov 5

Future and existing buildings will need to be equipped for broadband and mobile connectivity. This will be after the Infocomm Development Authority publishes new building codes in the first half of next year. Before the codes are finalised and published, however, the IDA is seeking feedback on the proposals through a six-week public consultation process.

Network Down in Singapore? Blame Surge in Data Usage: Experts | Jakarta Globe, Nov 3

In less than six months, Singapore's three telcos have suffered four massive network outages, resulting in customer connection problems previously unheard of. Experts have put the blame on the unexpected surge in mobile data usage, even as Singapore's telecom regulator is investigating the cause of the disruptions.

How to increase the data storage density of HDDs - just add salt | GizMag, Nov 1

While Solid State Drives (SSDs) are seen as the way of the future for computer data storage and their prices have started to come down as their capacities increase, they still can't compete with traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) in terms of bang for your buck. Now a team of researchers from Singapore has moved the goalposts yet again and shown traditional HDDs still have some life in them by developing a process that can increase the data recording density of HDDs to six times that of current models.

Govts must add value to citizen e-mail accounts | ZDNet, Oct 28

Singapore's OneInbox, slated for launch in the second half of 2012, needs to be compelling in terms of the range of government interactions, as well as offer a great user experience for sustained interest. These two factors, according to an analyst, were missing in a similar initiative by its neighbor Malaysia.

Singapore inches closer to mobile wallet | ZDNet, Oct 26

Singapore is another step closer to making purchases via near-field communication (NFC)-enabled phones a reality for its population, with the government pledging that 20,000 retail points and taxis island-wide would accept mobile payment from mid-2012.

Tech startups blossoming in Singapore, but lack of funding a major obstacle | SGEntrepreneurs, Oct 13

A recent survey by the National Research Foundation has revealed that close to 5,000 new tech startups were registered in Singapore every year since 2006, or just under 10 percent of all new enterprises. The proportion of tech enterprises below five years old has gone up as a result.

Singapore Polytechnic to Launch Educational Cloud Computing Center |WHIR, Oct 7

he Singapore Polytechnic Electrical and Electronic Engineering Cloud Computing Center (www.sp.edu.sg) is set to launch, marking the first educational institute in Asia Pacific to provide students with the latest skills in cloud computing through an operational data center environment.Conceived by its School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the SPE3C3 will provide teaching staff and students in the school with "on-demand, scalable, virtual computing and storage in labs to enable more sophisticated projects and research work," according to the press release.

THAILAND

Ministry unveils map app to aid in future planning | Bangkok Post, Nov 10

The Information and Communication Technology Ministry is introducing an online mapping application to let users find any location in the country and its flood status.The open-source geographic information system will also help in developing future plans for handling the water-level situation and managing drainage, said ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap.

Capital Equipment Costs to Repair Flooded HDD Factories in Thailand Will be Considerable | Forbes, Nov 7

The impact of the October/November monsoon floods in Thailand on many high technology industries have been considerable. Perhaps none have been as hard hit as the HDD industry where major plants for Western Digital and Toshiba were flooded and many major HDD component suppliers were flooded as well. Even non-flooded production facilities such as those of Seagate and Hitachi GST have been slowed by parts shortages from flooded suppliers. Overall about 50% of total hard disk drive assembly capacity is in Thailand with WD?s Thailand production representing about 60% of its total HDD output. As a result of this flooding and the long term damage to equipment and facilities in Thailand there will be a shortage of HDDs in December 2011 and throughout 2012. In addition, replacing and repairing capital equipment in the flooded plants will lead to large increases in capital equipment spending through 2012 that will likely approach $1 B.

Silicon Valley companies may feel impact of Thailand floods | MercuryNews, Nov 4

The historic floods in Thailand, the world's largest manufacturer of computer hard disk drives, could ripple across the global tech economy and disrupt an array of industries, from PC makers to cloud computing.

Social Media Leads In Information Dissemination During Thai Floods | Bernama, Nov 3

The social media has become the main channel of communication during the current floods in Thailand.Very quickly, the Thai government set up an official website (http://www.floodthailand.net) and the Information and Communications Technology Ministry established @FloodThailand, as an official Twitter account to deliver up-to-the-minute information for citizens.

20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to be launched in Thailand | AsiaOne, Oct 10

The Information and Communications Technology Ministry will launch up to 20,000 hotspots providing free Wi-Fi access nationwide before the end of this year.ICT Minister Gp Captain Anudith Nakornthap said recently that this was the first phase of the government's plan to expand the ICT network across the nation and boost the Kingdom's competitiveness.

VIETNAM

Vietnam gov't builds foundation for national IT security | ComputerWorld, Oct 17

The government of Vietnam is building its national security IT infrastructure and has contracted some companies to help them carry out the project.CrimsonLogic, a provider of e-government solutions and services, said the Vietnam government has contracted their services for a consultancy project that will see users of government services receiving improved services through enhanced e-governance capabilities.