ICT Update: July 3, 2019

ICT Update | July 3, 2019
Authors: Riley Smith, Lilibeth Almonte-Arbez, Ella Duangkaew, Chase Blazek
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
 
 
THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
 
 

Thailand’s NBTC to Issue Regulations Governing IoT

On June 24, Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced it had set up a committee to develop regulatory drafts for governing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which are devices that engage in machine-to-machine (M2M) connections.  By the end of the year, this committee plans to publish drafts on two of the five initial categories of regulatory frameworks devoted to IoT.  These categories, which are each delegated to a separate subcommittee, include: security and privacy, permissions related to radio communications and competition, numbering and identification, data arrangement structure and data interoperability, and spectrum and technical standards, according to Korkij Danchaivichit, the Deputy Secretary-General of NBTC.  IoT draft regulations are meant to prepare the way for the global launch of 5G wireless broadband in 2020, but regulatory evolution will likely continue for years after.   

Details on the contents of these draft regulations are yet to be revealed. More generally, NBTC has a set of privacy and data goals that it wishes to instill in all upcoming regulations.  According to Mr. Korkij, the Government would like to be able to easily access data from telecom operators for the benefit of the public, a goal which requires operators to have relatively uniform data arrangement and storage structures. Numbering and identification of all IoT devices, like the 15-digit system prescribed by the International Telecommunication Union, could increase networking effects for M2M connections and improve the Government’s ability to enforce laws on IoT users.   

Amidst these draft regulations, Thailand’s Digital Economy & Society Ministry is planning to develop and upgrade internet infrastructures with an investment of US$163 million.  Meanwhile, the NBTC has designated the 920-925MHz spectrum, a band already shared for industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) uses, as an unlicensed range for which operators can request permission to provide IoT services.  Thailand would be the first ASEAN country to pass any regulations surrounding IoT, so it is encouraging to see the Government address such a growing sector of the digital economy. The regulations could be complementary to Thailand’s existing efforts to advance IoT innovation, including the establishment of the IoT institute in the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation. However, it will be important for the Government to consult with domestic and foreign businesses on these regulations to ensure the regulations are not restrictive and are supportive of their goals to foster growth and innovation in the sector.  

Singapore Issues Data Sharing Guidance for Businesses 

On June 28, Janil Puthucheary – Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information – announced a new set of guidelines called the Trusted Data Sharing Framework (“the Framework”) for businesses to consult when engaging in data sharing,.  The Government’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) consulted with industry experts to develop these guidelines. The Framework is intended to serve as a baseline of behavior by which firms can begin sharing data in safe and efficient ways.  Importantly, however, the Framework is only guidance and not made for compliance purposes; therefore, it is not meant to help companies comply with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 or any other Singaporean laws or regulations.  

The Framework’s guidance is divided into four main parts: data sharing strategy, legal and regulatory considerations, technical and organizational considerations, and operationalizing data sharing. In addition, the Framework aims to help companies understand potential data sharing models, craft data sharing agreements, prepare data for sharing, and ensure company accountability. Some practical uses of the Framework include enabling telecommunications providers to share information if customers decide to switch providers, allowing banks to share customer information (with permission) to better tailor credit card and loan offers to new users, and providing a common template for companies to value data assets. More broadly, the Framework is meant to inject a sense of trust among consumers, firms, and the Government in AI innovation efforts. The full contents of the Framework can be found on IMDA’s website.  

This Framework comes on the heels of the Government’s Model AI Governance Framework, which focused on ethical AI development in Singapore, and its plans to develop an inter-agency taskforce focused on developing AI as a strategic capability. It is clear from these developments that the Singaporean Government will continue to test initiatives and release regulations, as necessary, to secure Singapore’s spot as a global frontrunner in AI development. This broader momentum offers an opportunity for industry to engage and share insights on AI developments, including in processes such as Singapore’s current Public Consultation on Proposed Data Portability and Data Innovation Provisions. As these developments come forth, it will be important for Singapore to continue to consult with industry to maximize innovation and ease of doing business. 

Leadership Reorganization Underway as Honasan Becomes Secretary of DICT 

On July 1, Gregorio Honasan formally assumed his post as the new Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) of the Philippines following 40 years of public service in the Senate and the military. Initially offered the post by President Duterte in November, Honasan went on to finish his term as Senator, ending on June 30. More information about his background is available in our November 8 Update. Though Honasan does not have substantial professional experience in the technology sector, he appears highly committed to both continuing the policies of his predecessor, former DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr., and reforming the ICT ecosystem to encourage competition.  To that end, Honasan has pledged to add a third player - Mislatel Consortium - to the telecom duopoly of Globe Telecom Inc. and PLDT Inc. (with the opportunity to add more in the future), follow up on new Tower-Sharing arrangements (explained in our June 6 ICT Update), and spread internet availability to underserved areas of the Philippines. 

Immediately upon entering office, Honasan announced there would be a significant reorganization of DICT’s leadership, a change sanctioned by President Duterte. Former Acting Secretary Rio will now be the Undersecretary for Operations, while the number of undersecretaries and assistant secretaries at DICT may be expanding. According to Honasan, the intent of the reshuffle is “Not to remove people, but to put them in their proper places where they can help the department” and to “Harness the best and the brightest within the department”. In the meantime, Honasan’s commitment to continuing Rio’s policies suggests market disruption for telecommunications firms may be minimal during this leadership handover. 

 
ADVOCACY UPDATE
 
 

Final Industry Submision for Singapore's Public Consultation on Proposed Data Portability and Data Innovation Provisions

The Council has developed its final draft industry submission for Singapore's Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) Public Consultation on Proposed Data Portabilty and Data Innovation Provisions. Please provide your final revisions to the submission by Noon on Thursday, July 4, 2019 SGT to Jamie Lim at jlim@usasean.org.

Please note that the PDPC has extended the deadline for public consultation from July 3 to July 17, 5PM SGT. The Council will plan to submit our industry submission during the week of July 8, in advance of the July 17 deadline for the public consultation. Please contact Jamie Lim (jlim@usasean.org) or Ella Duangkaew (eduangkaew@usasean.org) for a copy of the submission and any additional questions.

Consultation on 2019 TELMIN Plenary Luncheon Concept Note

The Council's is drafting a concept note for our plenary luncheon during the 2019 ASEAN Telecommunications and ICT Ministers (TELMIN) Meetings. Following approval of the luncheon from the Lao Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (the host for the 2019 meetings), the Ministry has requested that we provide them with a preliminary draft concept note by July 15. The Ministry has requested that our concept note focus on "Empowering Workforce Development and Building a Developed Ecosystem".

Please provide your input to the concept note by COB Friday, July 12. Following this deadline, we will circulate the concept note to the Government of Laos by the July 15 deadline. Please contact Jamie Lim (jlim@usasean.org) or Ella Duangkaew (eduangkaew@usasean.org) for a copy of the draft 2019 concept note, the final 2018 concept note (for reference), and any additional questions.

 
IN THIS UPDATE
 
 
Regional Affairs
Fortifying Cybersecurity for a Seamless ASEAN Connected to the World
ASEAN’s unicorns growing
Moody's: adoption of 5G slow across Asia Pacific 
Mobile data traffic in Southeast Asia and Oceania to skyrocket by 2024

Brunei
New wave of digital payments
60 officers learn more about Smart Nation goals
MoUs boost Brunei’s e-commerce sector
Over 75pc Bruneians engage in e-commerce
Signing Of Progressive PAY Agreement
Key policy issues discussed at Smart Nation Summit
UTB makes digital advancement with ECQ partnership

Cambodia
Ministry of Information appoints more advisers
Cambodia Considers New Anti-'Fake News' Effort

Indonesia
Indonesia selects France-based Thales to build 150 Gbps satellite
PLN opts for rate adjustment rather than compensation
Prevent Illegal Cellphone Trading, Communication and Information: IMEI Rules Applies August
Gov't in No Haste to Develop 5G Network
Jokowi signs regulation on Satu Data Indonesia
NTT Com develops the largest data center in Indonesia
Jokowi to feed Indonesia's unicorns with tax breaks
SAFEnet Blasts Government for Limiting Internet Access
Indonesia's digital economy growth highest in ASEAN: Bekraf
RI, Australia to share experiences in broadcast regulation
The Creative Economy Law is Targeted to Release Before Parliament Resists

Laos
Huawei to Boost Presence in Laos amid US Sanctions
Embrace 5G cloud future: Huawei’s debut at Lao expo
ICT Expo highlighting Laos’ digital expertise

Malaysia
Local telcos top gainers in market value during 1H19
Malaysia, Japan to boost digital economy pact
Gobind: Telcos must honour General Consumer Code of Practice
Malaysia serious on tech talent development agenda - Gobind
Dr Mahathir suggests ASEAN countries introduce taxes on online businesses
The National 5G task force to brief policymakers on 5G this week
Suriani Ahmad named Communications Ministry sec-gen
Affordability and 5G race are reasons why Malaysia continues to support Huawei, says telco regulator

Myanmar
MPT Brings Its Digital Education Services to Myanmar People
Myanmar to Change Text Encoding Standards This October
US calls for end to Myanmar internet shutdown
Myanmar's internet blackout violates rights but could be the first of many
AA accuses Tatmadaw of trying to hide information
Govt Faces Backlash for N. Rakhine Internet Blackout
Total Number of Defamation Cases Under Telecommunications Law Hits 200
Mandalay project with telco under review, says chief minister

Philippines
BSP Roadmap: A balanced approach to fintech
Reorganization of leadership at DICT under way
Honasan takes oath as new DICT chief, attends Cabinet meeting
Malacañang directive stalls P34.2b worth of IT projects
National ID system target: 105 M Filipinos covered by 2022
DICT hopes to complete ‘dark fiber’ linkup by early next year
Neda pushes innovation measure
Trade, Info departments partner with Monsoon for blockchain devt
Palace proclaims new IT economic zone in Bonifacio Global City
DICT, 2 firms sign pact to build common telco tower infrastructure
Data privacy, a legal compliance and a social responsibility
DICT eyes new election system

Singapore
Singapore joins digital banking race with five licenses up for grabs
New guidelines for companies to share data responsibly
Defence tech organisations must be agile and adaptable in addressing challenges: DSTA chief
Singapore unveils framework to facilitate 'trusted' data-sharing between organisations
New digital industry office to spearhead tech sector growth, creation of 10,000 jobs
Singapore to invite firms to apply for digital bank licences
Singapore to start testing 5G before high-speed network rollout
Artificial intelligence will not make soldiers obsolete, say panellists at tech summit
Chart of the Day: Online IT and BPO hiring surges 40% in March
Majority of Singapore firms can't keep up with cloud adoption, suspect data being sold on Dark Web: Poll
Singapore to spend S$40 million to build 5G ecosystem

Thailand
Big three reject National Credit Bureau data system
Report highlights proptech's role in smart city development
Digital ID scheduled for year-end
Depa keen to up tech force
More disruption on the cards as IT advances 
Digital Minister opens 1st Thailand Digital ID Symposium
Thailand: New Cloud Guideline
NBTC links with more universities for 5G testing
CAT tasked with expanding internet infrastructure 
NBTC readying two drafts for IoT
Thai cybersecurity ranking dips to 35th

Vietnam
HCM City moves closer to setting up Information Security Centre
HCM City to set up pilot 5G network
Minister urged YouTube's advertising platforms to get in order
RoK firms want to invest in Vietnam’s digital transformation
HCM City signs deal with Cuba on science-technology cooperation
Vietnamese firms hit with Industry 4.0 warning
Viettel launches Digital Services Corporation
Concerns persist over taxation of foreign e-commerce firms
PM asks for improvement in legal system amid Industry 4.0
Viettel suggests legal framework for access to personal data
 
ARTICLE CLIPS
 
 
Regional Affairs

Fortifying Cybersecurity for a Seamless ASEAN Connected to the World Bangkok Post 28th Jun 2019
"Seamlessly connected” is how ASEAN aspires to facilitate and expand people-to-people interactions among its diverse population and build a common community with a shared sense of ownership. Beyond transportation linkages, ASEAN views digital connection as indispensable in this endeavour. At least, its online community should enable people to be more connected, and build bonds beyond the borders of ASEAN.

ASEAN’s unicorns growing The ASEAN Post 27th Jun 2019
ASEAN’s attractive investment market, along with an expansive digital environment has led to the emergence of a vibrant start-up ecosystem across the region. According to a Bain & Company report, the rise in venture capitalists and private equity investment in the region has helped produce the region’s first set of unicorns (companies that rapidly achieve market valuations of US$1 billion or more). As of 2018, ASEAN has 10 unicorn start-ups but this number is set to grow in the next five years, with at least 10 more companies reaching unicorn status. Among these unicorns is Grab, a ride-hailing business that is now one of the region’s largest after buying out rival Uber’s regional business in 2018. Go-Jek from Indonesia is now a rival for Grab, after acquiring unicorn status in 2016. Vietnam’s first ever unicorn start-up, VNG Corporation, specialises in online gaming and e-commerce. However, despite efforts by both, the government and large firms, no Thai start-up has come close to reaching the coveted unicorn status as yet. ASEAN’s vibrant business environment offers space for new businesses and start-ups to thrive. Start-ups providing fintech, e-commerce and on-demand services are growing from strength to strength in the region. Evidently, e-commerce revenues are expected to surpass US$25 billion by 2020. The rapid development in the ASEAN region together with an ecosystem of significant investors has led many entrepreneurs to consider building their brands and businesses within the region. The same Bain & Company report stated that 90 percent of investors believe that the strongest market in 2019 after Singapore will be Indonesia and Vietnam. More than 60 percent of these investors predict that technology would be the leading investment sector in 2019.

Moody's: adoption of 5G slow across Asia Pacific  The Nation 27th Jun 2019
"Prospects for 5G investment are currently mainly related to increasing speeds and capacity for existing 4G networks, while more advanced applications – such as medical services, robotics and smart home devices – are still developing and require higher band spectrums to run efficiently," said Nidhi Dhruv of Moody's.  "Moreover, all rated companies which responded to our survey on 5G believe that implementation will require a reconfiguration of networks and a change in business models, further signaling that it will take time to unlock the full potential of 5G applications," added Dhruv. Korea, China, Japan and Australia pave the way for 5G services in Asia Pacific, with operators in these pioneer countries seeking to transition their subscribers at premium average revenue per user (ARPU). Operators in these countries have also benefited from strong government backing, inter alia in the form of spectrum-fee waivers, planned infrastructure and technology funding. Meanwhile, early adopters in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines are targeting commercial launch by the second half of 2020 and into 2021, with 5G and 4G likely to coexist for a long time and become indiscernible as the networks mature. Finally, Moody's expects the launch of 5G mobile technology will be credit neutral for Asia Pacific mobile carriers over the next three years.  Companies will limit the initial roll-out to densification of networks with small cells in high traffic urban areas, while financial flexibility, existing spectrum use and fiber assets will influence the pace of each carrier's implementation. Moody's report covers 20 telecommunications services companies across 11 countries in Asia Pacific, and classifies these countries into pioneers, early adopters and late adopters.

Mobile data traffic in Southeast Asia and Oceania to skyrocket by 2024 Vietnam Investment Review - VIR 22nd Jun 2019
The total mobile data traffic per month in Southeast Asia and Oceania is expected to grow seven times from 2.3 EB in 2018 to 16 EB by 2024, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report June 2019 published on June 19. The report states that data traffic per smartphone per month in Southeast Asia and Oceania will grow from 3.6 GB to 17 GB at a compounded annual growth rate of 29 per cent.

Brunei

New wave of digital payments Borneo Bulletin Online 26th Jun 2019
‘BIBD NEXGEN – a platform that connects everyone’ was launched last year as a platform that encapsulates all digital services offered by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), paving the way for increasing interconnectivity through strategic alliances with institutions from different industries, further spearheading the drive for financial inclusion as part of BIBD’s efforts to support the digitisation drive of the economy, its digital banking proposition.

60 officers learn more about Smart Nation goals Borneo Bulletin Online 24th Jun 2019
The opening ceremony for the 27th Executive Development Programme for Senior Government Officers (EDPSGO) and Middle Management Officers (EDPMMO), organised by the Institute of Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA), in collaboration with the Public Service Department, was held at the Lecture Theatre, The Core, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) last Saturday.

MoUs boost Brunei’s e-commerce sector Borneo Bulletin Online 23rd Jun 2019
Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed by e-commerce marketplace MondeB2B with the Brunei Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DPPMB), Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei (YEAB) and logistics company JayaPuri Sdn Bhd (UPS) yesterday. MondeB2B, in partnership with local company Suhbe.co, is an e-commerce marketplace that offers Brunei a system to increase exports to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries.

Over 75pc Bruneians engage in e-commerce Borneo Bulletin Online 23rd Jun 2019
A recent survey estimates that over 75 per cent of survey respondents engage in e-commerce while over 60 per cent regularly carry out online banking transactions in this country, according to a Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) press release, marking a positive development for digital economic growth in the country. This development is supported by statistics which show that over 75 per cent of households possess an Internet connection, with 99 per cent of homes owning at least one mobile phone.

Signing Of Progressive PAY Agreement BruDirect 21st Jun 2019
Progresif Celullar Sdn Bhd in partnership with Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, BIBD is paving the way for a cashless economy in the country with the signing of an agreement with Universiti Brunei Darussalam, UBD. With the signing of the Progresif PAY, this will make UBD as the country's first university to utilise cashless payment.

Key policy issues discussed at Smart Nation Summit Borneo Bulletin Online 29th Jun 2019
Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof attended the Smart Nation Summit, the highlight event of the Smart Nation Innovations Week held in Singapore from June 24-28. The summit aimed to facilitate open and impactful discussion on issues and trends relating to digital transformation, a digital Asia, and trust in a digital age.

UTB makes digital advancement with ECQ partnership Borneo Bulletin Online 26th Jun 2019
Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) will receive software products and consultation services valued at around half a million Brunei dollars, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ecquaria (ECQ) yesterday. The software will be installed to train students at UTB, while arrangements have also been made to train its staff to use licensed software products effectively.UTB will be incorporating ECQ’s suite of products, particularly the Ecquaria Government Platform (EGP) into its curriculum. As part of the joint collaboration, the School of Computing and Informatics will use the digital platform developed by Ecquaria Technologies for under-and post-graduate students to explore, design build and manage citizen-centric digital services.

Cambodia

Ministry of Information appoints more advisers The Phnom Penh Post 25th Jun 2019
The Ministry of Information has appointed another 67 advisers to its cabinet, a move a social observer said was unnecessary when the ministry should instead expedite the drafting of a law on access to information. In a royal decree dated June 15 and obtained by The Post on Sunday, King Norodom Sihamoni approved the appointment of 67 officials as advisers, 25 of whom will hold the largely symbolic rank equivalent to under-secretary of state while the other 42 will hold an equivalent of director-general.

Cambodia Considers New Anti-'Fake News' Effort Voice of America 22nd Jun 2019
Attendees at an Asian media conference agreed to develop a regional road map for combating fake news throughout the region, which is in the midst of government press crackdowns in several countries, including the host nation. The two-day summit, titled “Media Digitalization: Focusing on Developing Markets”, was organized by the Malaysia-based Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, or AIBD.

Indonesia

Indonesia selects France-based Thales to build 150 Gbps satellite The Jakarta Post 2nd Jul 2019
Thales Alenia Space, a Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer, announced on Monday that it had been selected to build “Satria”, a 150 Gigabits per second (Gbps) satellite. The project was targeted to be completed in 2022, when satellite operator Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) – which runs the Satria project on behalf of the Communications and Information Ministry – is slated to launch it  into space.

PLN opts for rate adjustment rather than compensation The Jakarta Post 1st Jul 2019
State-electricity firm PLN hopes the government will allow it to make a price adjustment or continue its compensation scheme next year to offset financial losses. PLN finance director Sarwono Sudarto said after a hearing with the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Thursday last week the compensation scheme would be needed if the government did not allow the company to raise electricity prices next year.

Prevent Illegal Cellphone Trading, Communication and Information: IMEI Rules Applies August Katadata 1st Jul 2019
The Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) plans to impose rules on International Mobile Equipment Identity ( IMEI ) in August 2019. This Indonesian IMEI rule is to prevent trafficking of stolen or illegal cellphones. "Our target for August is the signing of a regulation by three ministries, namely Ministry of Communication and Information, Ministry of Trade, and Ministry of Industry," said the Director General of Post Resources and Information and Information Technology Ministry of Communication and Information Ismail in Tangerang, Banten, Monday (1/7).

Gov't in No Haste to Develop 5G Network Tempo 1st Jul 2019
The government stated it would take its time to provide the fifth generation of internet network frequency or 5G network in Indonesia. “We will [provide] it at the right time,” said the Director-General of Resources and Equipment of Post and Information Technology (SDPPI), Ismail, after the opening event of the 25th meeting of Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Wireless Group, in Tangerang, Banten, Monday, July 1.

Jokowi signs regulation on Satu Data Indonesia The Jakarta Post 28th Jun 2019
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed a regulation on Satu Data Indonesia an integrated data-management service, in accordance with a recent presidential regulation (Perpres). As stipulated in Article 1, paragraph 1 of Perpres No 39/2019, Satu Data Indonesia will be a government agency to produce accurate, updated, integrated and accountable data...

NTT Com develops the largest data center in Indonesia Antara News 28th Jun 2019
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TOKYO: 9432), announced today it would develop a new data center campus at Bekasi, Indonesia. The new campus will be known as “Indonesia Jakarta 3 Data Center” (JKT3) and is capable of up to 18,000 sqm (7,800 racks) IT space and 45MW IT load once fully developed.

Jokowi to feed Indonesia's unicorns with tax breaks Nikkei Asian Review 25th Jun 2019
Fresh from winning a second term as Indonesia's president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is looking ahead to his next five years with big plans to support the nation's digital economy. Widodo said in an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review that new tax breaks will help Indonesia nurture its next unicorns, as well as increasing investment into Southeast Asia's largest economy.

SAFEnet Blasts Government for Limiting Internet Access Tempo 28th Jun 2019
In commemorating its sixth anniversary, the Southeast Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) once again highlighted the Indonesian government’s move of curbing people’s access to internet information. In its writen statement dated Friday, June 28, SAFEnet stated the government's decision was a basic form of internet shutdown that “clearly violates [people’s] digital rights.”

Indonesia's digital economy growth highest in ASEAN: Bekraf Antara News 23rd Jun 2019
Indonesia has recorded the highest growth of digital economy among ASEAN member countries, with 90 percent of growth during 2015-2017, Deputy of Infrastructure of the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) Hari Santosa Sungkari said. "During 2015-2017, the growth of Indonesia's digital economy has almost reached 90 percent," Sungkari told reporters on the sidelines of the Bekraf Developer Day 2019 here on Sunday.

RI, Australia to share experiences in broadcast regulation Antara News 22nd Jun 2019
Indonesia and Australia have assented to forging cooperation in the fields of information exchange, regulation, and broadcast content. The two neighboring nations reached the agreement when the Indonesian Broadcast Commission (KPI) delegation paid a visit to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in Sydney on Wednesday (June 19).

The Creative Economy Law is Targeted to Release Before Parliament Resists Katadata 21st Jun 2019
The Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) and the House of Representatives (DPR) are pursuing the target of issuing the Creative Economy Law before the 25th of July 2019. The regulation will accommodate intellectual property rights based financing for creative economic actors . Deputy Facilitating Intellectual Property Rights and Bekraf Regulations Ari Juliano Gema stated that one of the targets was for the creative economy to get funding from the government and the private sector. "The target of July 25 must be hit hammer, before parliament enters the recess period," Ari told Katadata.co.id in Jakarta on Friday (6/21).

Laos

Huawei to Boost Presence in Laos amid US Sanctions Laotian Times 3rd Jul 2019
Huawei has unveiled its latest solutions in Laos such as 5G, smart cities, smart government, and Huawei Cloud in a move that would help the Chinese telecom giant overcome a United States-led sanction. Speaking at the Laos ICT Expo 2019, which was held last week in Vientiane, Huawei Laos CEO Mark Wong said that the company’s latest technology solutions, such as 5G and smart cities, were in line with Laos’ digital transformation vision and would support the nation to build a complete digital transformation ecosystem.

Embrace 5G cloud future: Huawei’s debut at Lao expo The Phnom Penh Post 1st Jul 2019
Laos' Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) joined hands with Huawei, LTC and other operators to organise the Laos ICT Expo 2019 which was held last week in Vientiane. Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith attended and presided over the opening ceremony of the exhibition. The exhibition aims to show how to nurture the 5G ecosystem and how to use 5G to help operators develop their business and national economic development under the leadership of Digital Laos.

ICT Expo highlighting Laos’ digital expertise Vientiane Times 26th Jun 2019
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications is currently hosting the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Expo in Vientiane from June 26-30 to showcase the latest in tech and digital innovation. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Dr Thansamay Kommasith officially opened the event at Don Chan Palace Hotel on Tuesday.

Malaysia

Local telcos top gainers in market value during 1H19 The Malaysian Reserve 2nd Jul 2019
Telecommunications companies (telcos) made the most gains in terms of valuations on Bursa Malaysia in the first half of the year (1H19), despite it being a challenging six-month period for the local equity market which is down 0.41% year-to-date. Axiata Group Bhd’s was the biggest gainer in terms of value in the past six months with its market capitalisation rising 27.52% or RM9.81 billion to RM45.46 billion at the end of last month.

Malaysia, Japan to boost digital economy pact The Malaysian Reserve 2nd Jul 2019
Malaysia and Japan will explore ways to introduce specific measures to promote technological renovation and innovation within the region, while working together to develop a concrete strategy in cultivating highly-skilled human resources to provide an edge over other nations. Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture) said Malaysia hopes for more and closer cooperation in terms of digital economy with Japan in the future, as Japan has a lead position in smart manufacturing and innovative technological processes.

Gobind: Telcos must honour General Consumer Code of Practice NST Online 29th Jun 2019
The seven telecommunications companies (telcos) that signed the Consumer First Pledge must comply with the proposed General Consumer Code of Practice, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. The telcos are Celcom Axiata Bhd, Digi Telecommunication Sdn Bhd, Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd, Telekom Malaysia Bhd, TIME dotcom Bhd, U Mobile Sdn Bhd and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.

Malaysia serious on tech talent development agenda - Gobind The Malaysian Reserve 28th Jun 2019
The Communications and Multimedia Ministry will continue to review all existing initiatives as well as come up with new and pertinent policies to ensure Malaysia is always ahead of the competition when it comes to tech talent development, said its minister Gobind Singh Deo (picture). “(My) Ministry is very serious about the tech talent development agenda,” he said at the launch of the Data Futures Forum 2019: Shaping our Future Together-Towards a Data Enabled Society...

Dr Mahathir suggests ASEAN countries introduce taxes on online businesses The Malaysian Reserve 24th Jun 2019
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad today proposed that ASEAN member nations introduce taxes on online businesses to increase their respective revenues. Dr Mahathir said the online businesses had “swallowed” conventional businesses. Citing Amazon.com as an example, he said the online bookstore had caused the folding of conventional bookstores.

The National 5G task force to brief policymakers on 5G this week The Malaysian Reserve 24th Jun 2019
The national 5G task force will brief policymakers and stakeholders on 5G benefits this week. The 5G Framework Enhancement Workshop to be held on June 27, targets to create awareness among policymakers in the country about the benefits of 5G, as well as generating new ideas on how to implement 5G use cases in various sectors. It is also aimed to identify challenges in policy-making or regulatory framework for 5G.

Suriani Ahmad named Communications Ministry sec-gen Malay Mail 1st Jul 2019
PUTRAJAYA, July 1 — Datuk Suriani Ahmad assumed duties today as the new secretary-general of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.

Affordability and 5G race are reasons why Malaysia continues to support Huawei, says telco regulator CNA 27th Jun 2019
Affordability is among the reasons behind Malaysia’s continued support for Huawei as it looks to tap into the great potential of the 5G technology, said Malaysia's telecommunications industry regulator, despite security concerns raised by the United States over the Chinese telecommunications giant’s systems. “Malaysia telcos are very much into Huawei and ZTE because they are affordable,” said Ms Nur Sulyna Abdullah, the chief transformation officer of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), on Wednesday (Jun 26).

Myanmar

MPT Brings Its Digital Education Services to Myanmar People Myanmar Business Today 2nd Jul 2019
MPT is featuring a range of innovative VAS services in collaboration with local and international partners that enrich customers’lives, with news, entertainment, music, health, sports, horoscope and bundle service offerings that are relevant to them, at attractive rates. MPT launched its VAS, Digital Education Services for its customers through country’s fastest and largest network coverage. These services provide to youth for enrich the mobile life experience through Education platform by Shwe Nar Sin Audio Book, Smart Kids Portal Service, M-Learning Portal Service and Tat Lan Online Education Service and customers can enjoy wider range of digital learning platform.

Myanmar to Change Text Encoding Standards This October Myanmar Business Today 2nd Jul 2019
The government of Myanmar has decided to switch its text encoding to unicode from Zawgyi. This is part of its transition to e-government, since Zawkyi encoding does not comply with the international text encoding system. The government has also ordered all of the telecom operators in the country to change their Zawgyi-encoded text messages over to unicode. Many companies hesitate to do this because most of their subscribers use Zawgyi-encoded fonts.

US calls for end to Myanmar internet shutdown Mizzima Myanmar News and Insight 1st Jul 2019
The United States on Saturday called for an end to a mobile internet shutdown in two strife-torn states in Myanmar, saying the cut-off undermines transparency amid clashes between the military and Arakan Army (AA). Myanmar's government last week took the unprecedented step of ordering mobile phone operators to shut down all internet data across at least eight townships in Rakhine state and one in neighbouring Chin state.

Myanmar's internet blackout violates rights but could be the first of many ASEAN Today 28th Jun 2019
In Myanmar’s Rakhine State, local residents have relied on mobile internet and social media to share news of the ongoing violent conflict between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA). Activists and residents in the north of the region send videos and photos of military operations and the impacts of the conflict to journalists and contacts across the country and abroad.

AA accuses Tatmadaw of trying to hide information The Myanmar Times 25th Jun 2019
Starting on Friday night, the Ministry of Transport and Communication ordered the suspension of mobile internet service in Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Rathedaung, Ponnagyun, Mrauk-U, Kyauktaw, Minbya and Myebon in Rakhine, and Paletwa in Chin, the permanent secretary of the ministry U Soe Thein said. He said that the ministry was shutting down the internet under a directive from the government.

Govt Faces Backlash for N. Rakhine Internet Blackout The Irrawaddy 25th Jun 2019
News about armed clashes between the Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, and the Arakan Army (AA), often disseminated through social media platforms like Facebook, has stalled since the Myanmar government cut internet access across northern Rakhine State and neighboring Chin State’s Paletwa on Friday. The government’s indiscriminate network blockade muzzles information sources vital for giving updates on armed violence and rights abuses against civilians in war-torn northern Rakhine’s Mrauk-U, Minbya, Kyauktaw, Ponnagyun, Rathedaung, Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Myebon townships and neighboring Chin’s Paletwa.

Total Number of Defamation Cases Under Telecommunications Law Hits 200 The Irrawaddy 24th Jun 2019
The total number of cases filed under the controversial Telecommunications Law reached 200 this month, according to Athan, a freedom of expression advocacy group. Of these, 27 were filed against perceived critics by officials and 16 cases were filed by the military. The group said in a report published on Sunday that a total of 200 lawsuits were filed against 246 individuals under the law between late 2013 and June 20, mostly for “online defamation”.

Mandalay project with telco under review, says chief minister The Myanmar Times 26th Jun 2019
A committee comprising Mandalay City Development Council, police, and NGO representatives, chaired by Regional Minister of Electricity and Construction U Zarni Aung, is overseeing the project, which involves the use of technology to improve public safety in Mandalay.  “We are working to eradicate crime, however, some parties are criticising our cooperation with Huawei at a time of intense trade tensions between China and the US. We will review the criticism, as alternative technologies could be used for the project and no formal agreement has been signed for the project,” said U Zaw Myint Maung. 

Philippines

BSP Roadmap: A balanced approach to fintech BusinessMirror 3rd Jul 2019
Financial technology (Fintech) is the application of technology in financial services, in a manner that drives the transformation or disruption of traditional processes in financial system. In the Philippines Fintech has transformed the delivery of financial services from branch banking to online banking, paper-based money to electronic money, and face-to-face customer verification to technology-aided know-your-customer process, among others.

Reorganization of leadership at DICT under way Business World 3rd Jul 2019
A reorganization of senior officials is under way at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), said newly appointed Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II, who assumed office on Tuesday. In his first day on the job and first press briefing as DICT secretary, Mr. Honasan said he was given authority by President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Cabinet meeting Monday night to make changes in the composition of the department’s brass.

Honasan takes oath as new DICT chief, attends Cabinet meeting Inquirer 1st Jul 2019
Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan is the new Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). “[Honasan took] his oath as DICT Secretary earlier. He is now in the Cabinet meeting,” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said.

Malacañang directive stalls P34.2b worth of IT projects Manila Standard 1st Jul 2019
Some P34.2 billion worth of business process outsourcing and information technology investments were stalled after Malacañang Palace issued Administrative Order No. 18 transferring new IT parks and centers outside Metro Manila. The Philippine Economic Zone Authority said over the weekend about 22 IT facilities with combined investments of P34.2 billion were still pending at the Office of the President despite securing approval from the Peza board.

National ID system target: 105 M Filipinos covered by 2022 Inquirer 1st Jul 2019
The government is targeting to have 105 million Filipinos enrolled in the national ID system once it is fully implemented in 2022, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) chief Ernesto M. Pernia said Monday. Speaking at the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Economic and Infrastructure Forum at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, Pernia said the government is currently in the process of procuring the technologies needed for the implementation of the national ID system or Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

DICT hopes to complete ‘dark fiber’ linkup by early next year Business World 25th Jun 2019
THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is expecting to finish by early 2020 the first phase of the backbone facility for the National Broadband Plan, and around the same time see the completion of a feasibility study that will determine the next phases of the project. In a briefing Tuesday, DICT Undersecretary Denis F. Villorente said the process of tapping the dark fiber assets from the National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) and National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) will continue this year, making up Phase 1 of the project.

Neda pushes innovation measure The Manila Times Online 22nd Jun 2019
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the Philippine Innovation Act, currently awaiting the President’s signature, will greatly help local entrepreneurs. “This Act champions the promotion of technological advancement so as to enhance the competitiveness of our Filipino MSMEs,” Pernia said in his speech yesterday at the European Innovation, Technology, and Science Center Foundation (EITSC) Forum in Makati city.

Trade, Info departments partner with Monsoon for blockchain devt The Manila Times Online 21st Jun 2019
The Trade and Information departments have teamed up with Monsoon Blockchain Storage Inc. to develop the utilization of blockchain technology in the country. Under separate agreements signed by Monsoon Chief Executive Officer Donald Basile with Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and with acting Information chief Eliseo Rio Jr. in Makati City on Wednesday, the US-based company will provide complimentary courtesy consultation, advice, and cost-benefit and socioeconomic analysis on the use of such technology.

Palace proclaims new IT economic zone in Bonifacio Global City Business World 2nd Jul 2019
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte issued proclamation designating as a special economic zone a building at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, which will be known as BGC Corporate Center. The site was classified as an Information Technology Center. The proclamation signals movement in the ecozone approval process for the information technology industry, which the Philippine Economic Zone Authority said last week had about 22 pending proclamations from the Office of the President. Mr. Duterte signed on June 26 Proclamation No. 759, known as “Creating and designating a building and the parcel of land upon which it stands, located at Block 1, 30th Street, Corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, as a Special Economic Zone (Information Technology Center), pursuant to Republic Act No. 7916, as amended by Republic Act No. 8748.”

DICT, 2 firms sign pact to build common telco tower infrastructure BusinessMirror 28th Jun 2019
The Department of Information and Communications  (DICT) signed on Thursday a memorandum of agreement with common infrastructure providers Isoc Infrastructure Inc. and edotco Group Sdn. Bhd. that cements the start of works for their shared tower initiatives. Under the agreement, the ICT department shall assist Isoc and edotco with all regulatory and administrative requirements mandated under Republic Act 11032, or the Ease of Doing Business Act, and Republic Act 10844, or DICT Act of 2015 and in coordinating with other government agencies for matters that are covered by the aforementioned laws.

Data privacy, a legal compliance and a social responsibility BusinessMirror 25th Jun 2019
“The world is facing a reset button in how it conducts business,” according to Straits Interactive Chief Executive Officer and Founder Kevin Shepherdson. The first Data Protection Excellence Network Forum and Masterclass held on June 11 and 12, 2019, in Singapore brought together field experts from across the region to discuss and explore how the global landscape of data protection laws are affecting us. It provided a platform to network with the data protection and privacy community, especially for those new to the field, as practical and insightful information and guidance was shared on a variety of data protection, privacy and security topics.

DICT eyes new election system The Manila Times Online 23rd Jun 2019
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) presented new automated election concepts as it seeks to solve the transparency and over-voting issues encountered in previous polls. Leading the demonstration, acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said while the automated election system provides fast results, it had long been proven to compromise transparency. “The system works. It is fast, but the cost of speed is we lost transparency. Transparency is one of the collateral damages,” he said.

Singapore

Singapore joins digital banking race with five licenses up for grabs Singapore Business Review 1st Jul 2019
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will be issuing up to five new digital banking licenses as part of the latest effort to liberalise the banking industry that has been long dominated by the Big Three. The five new digital bank licenses will comprise up to two digital full bank licenses and up to three digital wholesale bank licenses, designed to serve SMEs and other non-retail segments. The licenses will be up for grabs to any digital bank that local incumbents may establish but also extends to non-bank players.

New guidelines for companies to share data responsibly The Straits Times 29th Jun 2019
Businesses in Singapore can now refer to a new set of guidelines on how to share data in a responsible way so that they can access information needed to create better products and services, and to reduce business costs. The Trusted Data Sharing Framework spells out best practices for companies to share data that comply with privacy guidelines so that there is trust among consumers and business partners in data flows. The framework was developed by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the privacy watchdog, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), in consultation with the industry. It can be downloaded from IMDA's website.

Defence tech organisations must be agile and adaptable in addressing challenges: DSTA chief The Straits Times 28th Jun 2019
Due to the rapid growth of technology, new challenges as well as opportunities will arise, and organisations like the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) need to be "adaptable and agile" to keep up. Speaking on the third and final day of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit on Friday (June 28), DSTA chief executive Tan Peng Yam said: "We recognise the importance of incorporating advanced technology for Mindef (Ministry of Defence) and the SAF (Singapore Armed Forces). To do this well, we need DSTA to be adaptive and agile, and able to embrace commercial technology."

Singapore unveils framework to facilitate 'trusted' data-sharing between organisations ZDNet 28th Jun 2019
Singapore has introduced a framework designed to resolve challenges businesses typically face when sharing data assets, such as the need to ensure regulatory compliance and a lack of standardised methodologies and trust with whom they shared data. Called Trusted Data Sharing Framework, it aims to facilitate data-sharing to drive the development of new products and services as well as establish consumer confidence that their data will be safeguarded. The model was unveiled Friday by industry regulators Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), which underscored the importance of ensuring the "trusted use of data" and data flows so digital economies, such as Singapore, could thrive. 

New digital industry office to spearhead tech sector growth, creation of 10,000 jobs The Myanmar Times 28th Jun 2019
The office is expected to lead to the creation of some 10,000 jobs over the next three years, Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran said on Wednesday (June 26). It brings together 45 officers from the Economic Development Board, Enterprise Singapore and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

Singapore to invite firms to apply for digital bank licences South China Morning Post 28th Jun 2019
Singapore’s central bank on Friday said it would offer up to five digital bank licences to suitable applicants, in a move that could deliver the biggest shake-up in two decades in a market dominated by local banks. “The new digital bank licences mark the next chapter in Singapore’s banking liberalisation journey,” said Tharman Shanmugaratnam, senior minister and chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Singapore to start testing 5G before high-speed network rollout The Star Online 27th Jun 2019
Singapore has committed S$40mil (RM122.33mil) in preliminary spending to support the adoption of fifth-generation wireless technology before it begins rolling out the high-speed network next year. The funds will be used for early trials in different industries and for research and development in 5G cybersecurity, Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran, said in a speech on June 27 in the city-state.

Artificial intelligence will not make soldiers obsolete, say panellists at tech summit The Straits Times 27th Jun 2019
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) will not make soldiers obsolete, but it might redefine their roles in the future, said expert panellists at a technology summit on Thursday (June 27). In fact, soldiers could become more proficient if they are technically skilled and are able to make use of AI systems to their advantage, they added. Speaking at the second Singapore Defence Technology Summit, Israeli computer scientist Yaniv Altshuler said it is "not so unlikely" to foresee a future where soldiers operate a swarm of armoured, autonomous, or semi-autonomous vehicles remotely.

Chart of the Day: Online IT and BPO hiring surges 40% in March Singapore Business Review 25th Jun 2019
Online hiring for IT, telecom/ISP and BPO/ITES roles in Singapore continued to gain momentum after rising 40% MoM in March, according to a report from Monster. This extends a steep uptrend since the beginning of the year when online recruitment activity grew 21% in January and 22% in February.  "With a major focus from the Singaporean government on developing the nation’s burgeoning tech sector, coupled with the news that Singaporean telcos will introduce 5G networks by 2020, the strong numbers in recruitment for the IT, Telecom/ISP and BPO/ITES sector indicate that the government’s programmes and investments are indeed helping them reach their workforce goals," Monster said in its report. 

Majority of Singapore firms can't keep up with cloud adoption, suspect data being sold on Dark Web: Poll The Straits Times 25th Jun 2019
Immature security practices, overtaxed IT staff and risky end-user behaviour by employees surrounding cloud adoption are threatening cloud security at companies worldwide, according to a study by US-headquartered cyber-security firm Symantec. In Singapore, almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of companies believe that their cyber-security practices are not able to mature quickly enough to keep up with the rapid expansion of cloud applications, Symantec said in a press statement on Tuesday (June 25).

Singapore to spend S$40 million to build 5G ecosystem CNA 27th Jun 2019
Singapore has earmarked S$40 million to build an open, inclusive 5G ecosystem, and is looking to clusters like maritime operations and urban mobility for their export potential. The funds will be used to support 5G tech trials for enterprise use, create new open testbeds and for R&D in areas like cybersecurity for the next-generation mobile network, said Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran at the opening of the Innovfest Unbound tech show at Marina Bay Sands on Thursday (Jun 27).

Thailand

Big three reject National Credit Bureau data system Bangkok Post 3rd Jul 2019
The three major mobile operators are opposing a plan to join their customers' mobile data with citizen data from the National Credit Bureau (NCB) system. The latest push is led by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), focusing on cases of information exchange between the telecom and finance sectors.

Report highlights proptech's role in smart city development Bangkok Post 3rd Jul 2019
Smart city initiatives in Asia-Pacific will not reach their potential if they focus on delivering cutting-edge technologies without paying enough attention to the needs and experiences of citizens, according to new research by real estate consultant JLL. The report contends that as the real estate industry catches up in technology, it could bridge the gap between smart city solutions and the physical spaces where people work, live and play.

Digital ID scheduled for year-end Bangkok Post 1st Jul 2019
Digital ID services will be enacted by royal decree by year-end to ensure that Thailand's digital ID scheme is effective. According to Surangkana Wayuparb, executive director and chief executive of the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), a public hearing on digital ID services is scheduled for mid-July before the draft goes before the cabinet by August.

Depa keen to up tech force Bangkok Post 1st Jul 2019
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) has plans to assist in producing 40,000 digital and tech-related workers per year by 2022, doubling the current level, through skills courses designed by major tech companies. The 84 selected digital skill courses were suggested by four companies: Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Huawei.

More disruption on the cards as IT advances  The Nation 1st Jul 2019
Patama Chantaruck, vice president for Indochina Expansion and managing director of IBM Thailand, said the Thai market narrative is increasingly influenced by emerging technologies (hybrid cloud, AI, blockchain) and evolving customer preferences that are driving industry and digital disruption. The rising importance of data-driven business models, security-aware IT architectures and hyper-connected ecosystems puts an increasingly diverse set of players into competition to ensure relevancy and success.

Digital Minister opens 1st Thailand Digital ID Symposium Pattaya Mail 30th Jun 2019
The Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) has joined hands with government agencies and private companies to hold the Thailand Digital ID Symposium 2019 aimed at unlocking Thailand’s digital economic potential by learning from successful Digital ID system implementations in foreign countries. The event will feature discussion sessions with international experts from countries such as India, Estonia, and Singapore, regarding the development of a digital personal identification and verification system or Digital ID.

Thailand: New Cloud Guideline Lexology 26th Jun 2019
Following the amendment to the Electronic Transactions Act, B.E. 2544 (2001) in April 2019 authorizing the Electronic Transaction Committee to issue a notification for compliance with the Act or for the benefit of promoting or supporting electronic transactions, the Notification of the Electronic Transaction Committee re: Guideline on Using Cloud Service, B.E. 2562 (2019) ("Cloud Guideline") was recently issued and became effective on 12 June 2019. The Cloud Guideline prescribes a guideline on the use of cloud services by electronic transactions service providers.

NBTC links with more universities for 5G testing The Nation 21st Jun 2019
The NBTC has already joined with Chulalongkorn University to set up a 5G wireless broadband technology testing centre at that university. These moves are part of the regulator’s continued preparations to get 5G off the ground next year. Among the use-case testing that Khon Kaen University will focus on is smart agriculture, while Prince of Songkla University will concentrate of long-distance telehealth and smart security.

CAT tasked with expanding internet infrastructure  The Nation 24th Jun 2019
The Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry has disbursed Bt5 billion for the upgrade and development of Thailand’s internet infrastructure towards helping the country achieve its goal of becoming the digital hub of Asean. Atcharin Phatthanaphanchai, permanent secretary of the ministry, said the government had assigned the project to CAT Telecom. 

NBTC readying two drafts for IoT Bangkok Post 24th Jun 2019
The telecom regulator will publish the first two regulatory drafts governing Internet of Things (IoT) devices by the end of the year, laying down guidelines for massive machine-to-machine connectivity across industrial sectors. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) set up a committee to work on two out of the five categories of regulatory frameworks for IoT-connected devices.

Thai cybersecurity ranking dips to 35th Bangkok Post 24th Jun 2019
Thailand's ranking in cybersecurity readiness fell to 35th in 2017-18 from 20th in 2016 as other countries made better cybersecurity improvements. "The slip in ranking is not due to poorer cybersecurity competency in Thailand, as its overall score improved, it's just that other countries have done better," said Surangkana Wayuparb, president and chief executive of the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA).

Vietnam

HCM City moves closer to setting up Information Security Centre vietnamnews.vn 1st Jul 2019
The HCM City Information Security Centre will be set up at the High-tech Park in District 9, according to People’s Committee vice chairman Trần Vĩnh Tuyến. The Sài Gòn Industry Corporation has been assigned to work with High-Tech Park management to lease land for the center, he said.

HCM City to set up pilot 5G network vietnamnews.vn 1st Jul 2019
The Military Industry-Telecoms Group Viettel and MobiFone will provide a pilot 5G network in HCM City at 10 locations near Viettel's building in District 10, and at 12 MobiFone's locations in district 1 and 7. Ngô Vĩnh Quý, deputy director of Viettel, said the company would kick off the pilot in the early third quarter. The company and the city will work together to identify the number and locations of satellite stations operating in a frequency band range from 3,400 to 3,800 MHz.

Minister urged YouTube's advertising platforms to get in order vietnamnews.vn 1st Jul 2019
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng urged internet platforms like YouTube to respect Vietnamese laws and block ad revenues to channels that contain “toxic” and anti-State contents. “Compliance with local law is the prerequisite of an upright business,” minister Hùng said in a Wednesday meeting with State agencies and local businesses as Vietnamese authorities ramp up efforts to require Google and YouTube to stop featuring Vietnamese companies' ads on contents deemed undesirable.

RoK firms want to invest in Vietnam’s digital transformation Voice of Vietnam 1st Jul 2019
Many leading groups and corporations of the Republic of Korea, which operate in banking, finance, electricity, retail sales, and technology, have expressed their interest in cooperation with Vietnamese partners, including FPT Corporation, in the fields of new technologies digital transformation. The Korean businesses mentioned their intention at a recent meeting between FPT Corporation and 20 leading groups of the East Asian country, during which they discussed cooperative opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

HCM City signs deal with Cuba on science-technology cooperation VietNamNet 29th Jun 2019
The People’s Committee of HCM City and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba on June 28 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in development and managing science-technology zones. Under the MoU, the two sideswill share professional knowledge and best practice in setting up, managing anddeveloping scientific-industrial parks and incubators.

Vietnamese firms hit with Industry 4.0 warning vietnamnews.vn 27th Jun 2019
Business can grow quickly if they stay up to date with technology, but they risk falling behind if they stay stuck in the past, an expert has said. Lê Xuân Đình, Editor-in-Chief of the Ministry of Planning and Investment's Economy and Forecast Review, gave the warning at a conference in Hà Nội on Wednesday. The event discussed how to help Vietnamese entrepreneurs make the best use of opportunities and apply new technology successfully.

Viettel launches Digital Services Corporation VietNamNet 27th Jun 2019
The Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel) on June 26 officially launched the Viettel Digital Services Corporation (VDS), its 8th subsidiary company. The establishment of the VDS aims to create a foundation for Viettel’s digital transformation process and development strategies in a new period of digital society creation.

Concerns persist over taxation of foreign e-commerce firms vietnamnews.vn 25th Jun 2019
The passing of the amended Law on Tax Management by the National Assembly is expected to improve the taxation on e-commerce activities. The amended law, which was passed on June 13 at the 14th National Assembly’s seventh meeting, will come into effect on July 1, 2020. Under the new rule, the Ministry of Industry and Trade is required to work with the Ministry of Finance to provide data and relevant information on organisations and individuals partaking in e-commerce activities

PM asks for improvement in legal system amid Industry 4.0 Voice of Vietnam 25th Jun 2019
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has underlined the need to accelerate the building of a digital government, digital administration and smart urban system, affirming that the application of new technologies will contribute to speeding up policy response and promptly detecting shortcomings in law enforcement. Speaking at a national workshop on legal issues for building and improving Vietnam’s legal system amid the fourth Industrial Revolution in Hanoi on June 24, the Government leader said training legal human resources must keep pace with new trends of technology development.

Viettel suggests legal framework for access to personal data The Saigon Times 25th Jun 2019
Local telecoms firm Viettel Group has proposed issuing a legal framework for technology firms to access personal data in the digital age and at the same time, not to infringe users’ personal data protection rights. The absence of regulations on personal data use and protection currently serves as a major hindrance to the operations of companies in the field, according to Nguyen Viet Dung, head of the Strategic Study Department at Viettel Group, at a seminar on June 24, featuring discussions on Vietnam’s legal issues in the Industry 4.0 era.