ICT Clippings: July - August 2012

Top Story: Ban on Used IT Imports                                       

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • August 30th . Siem Reap, Cambodia. ASEAN-US Business Summit "The Digital Economy and Innovation". Please contact Putri Alam at palam@usasean.org for more information.

IN THIS UPDATE:

Legislative Tracker
+ Ban on used IT imports | VietNam News, Jul 24         
+ Indonesia to restrict on mobile phone imports | Republika, Jul 15

Philippines
+ DICT: Is it really necessary for PH transformation? | The Inquirer, Aug 6
+ DICT bill in limbo or dead? | ZDNet, Jul 23
+ Philippine IT Outsourcing Market Seen to Grow Twice Over by 2016 | Technorati, Jul 19
+ Philippines' in the Global ICT Performance in 2011| PhilStar, Jul 6

Malaysia
+ Malaysia has annual shortage of 2,000 ICT professionals | MYSinchew, Jul 19
+ Malaysia to invest $9.8 billion in ICT by 2020 | Digital Opportunity, Jul 9
+ e-Government Target Achievable | The Star, Jul 7                     

Singapore
+ Singapore NFC services to finally go live | ZDNet, Aug 3
        

Myanmar
+ Myanmar banks hoping to see use of international credit cards by next year | Washington Post, Jul 30
+ Daiwa looks to lead $380 million investment in Myanmar | Reuters, Jul 23
+ Myanmar aims to bring mobile and Internet to masses | AFP, Jul 10
+ An Unpolished Gem in the ICT Market Uncovered in Myanmar's Awakening, Reports IDC | BusinessWire, Jul 5

                      

Thailand
+ More Thai Enterprises Embracee-Commerce | The Nation, Aug 7
+ Thailand Establishes Cloud Alliance | ZDNet, Jul 9
+ Thailand G-Cloud: Collaboration with Diversification | FutureGov, Jul 4

Indonesia
+Indonesia to restrict on mobile phone imports | Republika, Jul 15
+Indonesia takes 19th spot as top IT spender | Jakarta Post, Jul 10

Vietnam
+ Ban on used phone imports | VietNam News, Jul 24
+ Vietnam launches first indigenous satellite into orbit | Saigon Daily, Jul 23
+ Vietnamese social networks attract more users, but foreigners earn more money | VietnamNet, Aug 7
+ MIC plans cable TV restructuring, eliminating tens ofservice providers | VietnamNet, Jul 3



MALAYSIA

Malaysia has annual shortage of 2,000 ICT professionals | MYSinchew, Jul 19

Malaysia has a shortage of 2,000 Information Technology and Communication (ICT) professionals in the sector each year, forcing the sector to hire professionals from abroad. Malaysian Technoprenuers Association president (TeAM) Aziz Ismail said between 1,000 to 2,000 ICT professionals are hired from countries like Singapore and Vietnam, to meet the demand each year.

Malaysia to invest $9.8 billion in ICT by 2020 | Digital Opportunity, Jul 9

Malaysian government's Digital Malaysia initiative aims to boost ICT's contribution to the country's gross national income, with projects such as e-payment services and cross border e-commerce shipment. The Malaysia government expects to generate about 31.2 billion ringgit (US$9.8 billion) worth of public-private partnership investments from its DigitalMalaysia initiative by 2020.

e-Government Target Achievable | The Star, Jul 7

A TARGET to have 90% of government services online by 2015 has been set. This means that by 2015, Malaysians will be able to carry out 90% of their transactions with government departments and agencies via the myGovernment.


MYANMAR

Myanmar banks hoping to see use of international credit cards by next year | Washington Post, Jul 30

Banks in Myanmar are hoping to begin handling international credit card transactions by next year.

Daiwa looks to lead $380million investment in Myanmar | Reuters, Jul 23

Daiwa Securities Group (8601.T) aims to spearhead a $380 million investment in Myanmar to build an information technology backbone for the government in partnership with major Japanese tech companies. The ambitious plan underscores the drive by Japan to stake out a competitive position in Myanmar, a resource-rich and infrastructure-poor country of 60 million that began opening its economy just a year ago after nearly 50 years of army rule.

Myanmar aims to bring mobile and Internet to masses | AFP, Jul 10

Myanmar fired the starting gunin the process of liberalising its communications networks in a move that could finally bring mobile and Internet access to the masses and drive international investment. "(We) have started working on a reform plan to provide telecommunication services to the people at an international standard and at a cheap price," Thein Tun, Myanmar Post and Telecommunication Minister, told parliament.

An Unpolished Gem in the ICT Market Uncovered in Myanmar's Awakening, Reports IDC | BusinessWire, Jul 5

Myanmar's recent political reforms and 2012 election have cast a spotlight on the information and communicationtechnology (ICT) potential of the nation. With a population of over 60 million inhabitants, Myanmar is virtually one of the last untapped ICT markets in the Asia/Pacific region with fast rising potential, according to a new study from International Data Corporation (IDC), Myanmar ICT Market 2012--2016 Forecast and Analysis: An Overview of the Next ICT Opportunities (Doc #MY1136501U). For IT spending alone, IDC is expecting 15% year-over-year growth in 2012, and the market is forecast to reach $268.5 million by 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14% over the forecast period between 2011 and 2016.

INDONESIA

Indonesia to restrict on mobile phone imports | Republika, Jul 15

Government will restrict mobile phone import and drafting the bill on it. The bill is still discussed in the Ministry of Trade, according to the Director General of Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Trade Deddy Saleh.

Indonesia takes 19th spot as top IT spender | Jakarta Post, Jul 10

A new study has shown that although Indonesia is shelling out more money on information technology (IT) than a dozen or so other countries, the benefits of such spending have not stretched far and wide across the archipelago. Roger Ling, an analyst at International Data Corporation (IDC), recently said that Indonesia was the 19th largest IT spender in the world and that Indonesia's IT spending was the biggest in Southeast Asia.


PHILIPPINES

DICT: Is it really necessary for PH transformation? | The Inquirer, Aug 6


The business and the ICT [information and communications technology] industry have been perplexed on why the creation of a DICT [Department of ICT] has not been in the top agenda of our present administration. Both the House of Representatives andthe Senate approved the bill creating the DICT. But really, if it is not top on the list of Malaca?ang as a policy reform, then why is that so? There are many speculations and even rumors why this piece of legislation does not rank high in the uptake for reforms.

DICT bill in limbo or dead? | ZDNet, Jul 23

Over the last few years, I've lost count of the number of stories that I've writtenabout the proposed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). If I recall it right, it's been over a decade since the first bill proposing for its establishment was filed in Congress. Finally, a breakthrough came when Congress surprisingly passed the DICT bill early this year. It was able to do this despite simultaneously holding the highly-publicized impeachment trial of former Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona.

Philippine IT Outsourcing Market Seen to Grow Twice Over by 2016 | Technorati, Jul 19

Philippines is now a fast growing outsourcing industry. There areplenty of outsourcing businesses that have flourished in Philippines because the country offers a big advantage to some companies. According to local industry stakeholders, Information Technology Outsourcing in the Philippines has the potential to double over its global market share by 2016. Alejandro Melchor III, deputy executive director for Industry Development of the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO), said that ITO can be a great benefit to the economy. He describes ITO as a vast industry just like the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

Philippines' in the Global ICT Performance in 2011| PhilStar, Jul 6


The Global Information Technology Report 2012 published by the World Economic Forum should be used as a meaningful guideline for the government agency designated to be in charge of Information Communications Technology. I presume that is the Department of Science and Technology since the bill creating the Department of Information Communication Technology has been shelved. It is a 400 page document worth reading and absorbing. This columnist will cover some of its highlights in relation to the Philippines but it is far from being comprehensive. I strongly recommend that interested parties go to the internet where it is available in its entirety.


SINGAPORE

Singapore NFC services to finally go live | ZDNet, Aug 3

The nation's infrastructure for mobile payments usingnear-field communication (NFC) technology is ready for launch and will be rolled out in three payment types. Led by Gemalto, the consortium comprising Citibank, DBS, EZ-Link, and the three local mobile operators--M1, Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), and StarHub--will be launching nationwide NFC services. At the launch here today, the consortium said three types of payment modes--credit, prepaid and stored-value--will be rolled out through NFC-enabled mobile phones in the coming weeks and can be used at 30,000 retail points.


THAILAND

More Thai Enterprises Embrace e-Commerce | The Nation, Aug 7

With the continuing growth of online trading, more Thai enterprises are choosing to set up e-commerce businesses alongside their normal operations in a bid to reach more consumers both at home and overseas. Deputy Commerce Minister Siriwat Kachornprasart said yesterday that the value of online trading in Thailand had grown significantly in the past few years, reaching Bt1 trillion last year. With more people having access to the Internet, the value is expected to grow by 20 per cent thisyear.


Thailand Establishes Cloud Alliance | ZDNet, Jul 9


Software Park Thailand collaborated with local cloud-service providers last week to establish "Cloud thailand Alliance (CTA)", aimed at encouraging local software companies and developer to innovate software and applications for cloud platform. "This is to promote cloud awareness and encourage local developers to providemore software as a service (SaaS) on cloud. Currently, thai software companies don't seem to be aware of the importance of being on cloud platform, so there are only a few thai software available under SaaS model," said Software Park's Director Dr Thanachart Numnonda.

Thailand G-Cloud: Collaboration with Diversification | FutureGov, Jul 4

Reading the rich feedback provided by Thai officials attending FutureGov Forum Thailand 2012, I vividly recall the conversations about the G-Cloud at the event, held on 20 June in Bangkok. The topic of G-Cloud attracted wide attention from the audience as a response to its nationwide implementation starting in April. Many agencies are on the waiting list to use the G-Cloud facility provided by Electronic Government Agency (EGA). Therefore, the forum was the first occasion for government ICT decision makers and executives to gather at the same venue for in-depth discussions about G-Cloud's prospects.


VIETNAM

Vietnamese social networks attract more users, but foreigners earn more money | VietnamNet, Aug 7

In late June 2012, Facebook, considered the biggest social network in the world, reported that the advertisement revenue of the network in the second quarter of the year reached 921 million dollars, an increase of 28 percent over the previous quarter. Of thisamount, 7 million dollars came from the Vietnamese market.

Ban on used phone imports | VietNam News, Jul 24

From September, second-hand mobile phones, laptops, tablet computers and other office machines will not be allowed to be imported into Viet Nam. The Ministry of Information and Communications has issued Circular 11/2012/TT-BTTTT, listing information technology products subject to the ban. Accordingly, used printers, fax machines, photo-copiers, text-processing machines, calculating equipment and electronic devices that can send and receive sound andimages as well as their spare parts are also on the list.

Vietnam launches first indigenous satellite into orbit | Saigon Daily, Jul 23

The first indigenously developed satellite in Vietnam, the F-1 Satellite, manufactured by the Space Research Division of the FPT Technology University, had a successful launch into orbit from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center at 11.06 am (Japan time) or 9.06 am (Hanoi time) on July 21.

MIC plans cable TV restructuring, eliminating tens of service providers | VietnamNet, Jul 3

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) is considering restructuring the cable TV market. It is expected that only three national enterprises and five local enterprises would be retained instead of 40 currently. Deputy Minister of MIC Do Quy Doan said at a recent conference on radio and television broadcast programming that the development of TV stations has been "in disorder," which needs to be reprogrammed.