ICT Clippings: Asian Countries Collectively Top US R&D Spending

Top Story: Asian Countries Collectively Top US R&D Spending

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Regional
+ Public Sector ICT in ASEAN: A Tale of Five Cities | FutureGov, Jan 25   
+ Asian Countries Collectively Top US R&D Spending | Dawn.com, Jan 20
+ Southeast Asian TV Industry Grows 14% in 2011 | RapidTVNews, Jan 10
                

Philippines
+ Exports from Clark double due to electronics, service sectors | Business World, Jan 26
+ Philippines to see mobility, cloud go into overdrive | Jan 13
+ Philippines behind in internet security, warns senior lawmaker | GulfNews, Jan 8
+ Customs ICT Systems Rescue get P192.6-M | PIA, Jan 6
                   

Indonesia
+ Local tech start-ups ascending in foreign investors’ wish list | Jakarta Post, Jan 25
+ ICT Growth in Indonesia Looks Rosy as the Nation Reaches a Transformative Phase of its Economic Development, says IDC | iewyNews, Jan 18

                      

Thailand
+ Mobile broadband users to skyrocket | BangkokPost, Jan 26
+ Spending on IT to go up 10 per cent this year: IDC forecast | The Nation, Jan 23
+ Thailand Opens 20,000 Free Wi-Fi Spots in Bangkok | FutureGov, Jan 12
+ Apps developed by Thai universities achieved record download on Nokia Store | The Nation, Jan 7
+ ICT Ministry launches cloud service | Bangkok Post, Jan 5

                  

Malaysia
+ Interest in science drops to critical level, says Khaled Nordin | The Star, Jan 26
+ Malaysia's IT industry to grow, but challenges ahead | ZDNet, Jan 13
+ 2011 the year of success for information technology sector | BorneoPost, Jan 4 
                  

Vietnam
+ Vietnam urged to equitize state owned telcos to create competitive market | VietnamNet, Jan 26
+ Vietnam ready to welcome the R&D wave | VietNamNet, Jan 23

REGIONAL

Public Sector ICT in ASEAN: A Tale of Five Cities | FutureGov, Jan 25

...the key countries of ASEAN are looking to create greater value from their interactions, through a mixture of information leverage and automation, with the emphasis on the former. The language of implementation reflects domestic political priorities - but what?s being done is essentially the same.

Asian Countries Collectively Top US R&D Spending | Dawn.com, Jan 20

The total science spend of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam rose steadily between 1999 and 2009 to reach 32 per cent of the global share of spending on science, compared with 31 per cent in the US.

Southeast Asian TV Industry Grows 14% in 2011 | RapidTVNews, Jan 10

The lowering cost of the latest video display products has been driving consumer spend in Southeast Asia?s television sector, which in the first 11 months of 2011 totalled nearly US$4bn ? a growth of 14% compared with the same period last year.

INDONESIA

Local tech start-ups ascending in foreign investors? wish list | Jakarta Post, Jan 25

A swelling pool of talent, buoyed by a dynamic market, has enticed a growing number of foreign tech incubators and venture capitalists to boost local start-ups with millions of dollars in fresh funds.

ICT Growth in Indonesia Looks Rosy as the Nation Reaches a Transformative Phase of its Economic Development, says IDC | iewyNews, Jan 18

Global market volatility and economic uncertainly have led investors to seek shelter in emerging nations where opportunities for growth still exists. With Indonesia?s plans to transform itself into an economic powerhouse coupled with its appeal in the international arena for foreign direct investments, International Data Corporation (IDC) believes that information and communication technology (ICT) growth in the nation looks promising. More insights will be revealed in a forthcoming report, ?IDC Indonesia ICT 2012 Top 10 Predictions?.

MALAYSIA

Interest in science drops to critical level, says Khaled Nordin | The Star, Jan 26

Interest in science education in schools have dropped to a critical level, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin."This may stunt efforts to improve technological innovations to make Malaysia a high income country," he said at the ministry's 2012 New Year's message ceremony at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

Malaysia's IT industry to grow, but challenges ahead | ZDNet, Jan 13

According to Gartner, enterprise IT spending in the country is forecasted to reach 31.5 billion ringgit (US$10 billion) in 2012, up 6.1 percent over 2011. Peter Sondergaard, the research firm's senior vice president and global head of research, noted that despite global IT growth slowing from the expected 5.9 percent expansion last year, and the looming economic challenges, enterprises will continue to invest in technology.

2011 the year of success for information technology sector | BorneoPost, Jan 4

The year 2011 has been a year of success for the nation?s information and communication technology (ICT) sector as the national broadband household penetration is at 62 per cent or four million of 6.5 million households.The increase is an improvement from the 54 per cent penetration recorded in 2010, which means the country is well on its way towards achieving the target of 75 per cent broadband penetration nationwide by 2015.

PHILIPPINES

Exports from Clark double due to electronics, service sectors | Business World, Jan 26

Exports from the Clark Freeport Zone more than doubled last year on the back of the electronics and service sectors, state-owned Clark Development Corp. (CDC) reported yesterday.

Philippines to see mobility, cloud go into overdrive | Jan 13

Although the country's mobile and cloud space already have been growing at a frenetic pace over the last couple of years, local technology companies are expecting these sectors to see explosive growth in 2012 as both technologies gain mainstream popularity.

Philippines behind in internet security, warns senior lawmaker | GulfNews, Jan 8

The Philippines is increasingly lagging far behind in online security to the detriment not only of the government and private firms, but also to individuals who increasingly use technology in their daily lives, a senior lawmaker has said.

Customs ICT Systems Rescue get P192.6-M | PIA, Jan 6

To immediately address the information and communications technology (ICT) needs of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Department of Budget and Management infused P192.6 million to upgrade and rehabilitate its critical systems for revenue generation.

THAILAND

Mobile broadband users to skyrocket | BangkokPost, Jan 26

The number of mobile high-speed broadband users in Thailand will account for half of total mobile users by 2015 as smartphones and tablets proliferate and the 3G network expands, says the global research firm Frost & Sullivan.

Spending on IT to go up 10 per cent this year: IDC forecast | The Nation, Jan 23

International Data Corporation (IDC) Thailand has forecast that up to US$16.8 billion (Bt530.29 billion) would be spent on information technology in the country this year, showing an increase of 10 to 10.6 per cent from last year.

Thailand Opens 20,000 Free Wi-Fi Spots in Bangkok | FutureGov, Jan 12
Several new mobile applications developed by Thai universities received high numbers of downloads from Nokia users worldwide after published on Nokia Store, showing competence of young Thai developers. One of them has reached over 100,000 downloads in a short span of time.

Apps developed by Thai universities achieved record download on Nokia Store | The Nation, Jan 7

The Lawyers Council of Thailand yesterday submitted a petition demanding that the government crack down harder on groups behind insulting remarks against the monarch, as well as doctored photos posted online.

ICT Ministry launches cloud service | Bangkok Post, Jan 5


The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry will today introduce the government's new cloud computing service, a drive to encourage the adoption of e-service for all state agencies.The move is aimed at stimulating state authorities to use information technology (IT) on demand in a bid to shorten purchasing lead times, said ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap.

VIETNAM

Vietnam urged to equitize state owned telcos to create competitive market | VietnamNet, Jan 26

Most of big telcos are state owned ones. More than 95 percent of the assets of the telecom networks belong to the state. This shows that the Vietnamese telecom market remains uncompetitive.

Vietnam ready to welcome the R&D wave | VietNamNet, Jan 23

The recent moves by big foreign groups to set up research and development (R&D) centers in Vietnam may kick off a new trend which turns Vietnam into a new R&D center of the world.