Network consolidation for customer convenience Borneo Bulletin Online 4th Sep 2019
Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) Interim CEO Ahmad Jefri bin Abdul Rahman yesterday underscored the benefits of the consolidation of the telecommunications network infrastructure under Unified National Networks Sdn Bhd (UNN) which will bring better rates and mobile services for consumers.
UNN takes over all telco infrastructure in Brunei The Scoop 3rd Sep 2019
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Unified National Networks (UNN) has taken over all telecommunications infrastructure in Brunei as of September 1, following the transfer of assets from the country’s three telcos: TelBru, DST and Progresif.
Deal inked, improves connectivity, creates employment in IT industry – Borneo Bulletin Online 29th Aug 2019
Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) signed a commercial agreement with leading end-to-end IT services company DXC Technology (DXC), in an effort to improve its End User Computing (EUC) experience delivering towards its Fit for Future strategy to deploy digital solutions for better business outcomes.
Cambodia 5G set to leapfrog ASEAN rivals with Huawei and ZTE Nikkei Asian Review 5th Sep 2019
The race to launch fifth-generation network services in Cambodia is heating up, with major telcos rolling out 5G base stations backed by Chinese tech vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE and earmarking hundreds of millions of dollars in related investment.
Gov't Re-opens Internet Access in More Papua's Districts Tonight Tempo 10th Sep 2019
The Indonesian government has decided to re-open internet access in two Papua districts, namely Mimika and Jayawijaya. The government initially closed internet access throughout much of Papua and West Papua after rioting in the region, citing wanting to stop the spreading of "hoaxes" on the internet and social media. There remain a few regencies/cities that do not have internet access, but the internet has been re-opened in the majority of regencies/cities in both Papua and West Papua.
More local companies migrate to cloud computing to boost business efficiency The Jakarta Post 10th Sep 2019
Cloud computing, the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, is becoming more popular among business players in the country, from the most profitable bank in the country to retail start-ups. The technology not only provides large storage capacity but also speeds up data processing, thereby improving cost efficiency. The Government of Indonesia has simultaneously passed legislation requiring data centers to be located within the country. Although there are reports that the government is drafting revisions to the law.
Govt, private companies push for digital transformation of MSMEs The Jakarta Post 7th Sep 2019
The government and private sector actors such as banks and financial start-ups are making fresh efforts to further promote the digitalization of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), which have become the backbone of the country’s economy.The Industry Ministry recently launched Startup4Industry, an application that gives MSMEs easier access to affordable and feasible technological solutions from technology start-ups.
As payments become more digitalized, cyber security is paramount: BI The Jakarta Post 5th Sep 2019
Bank Indonesia (BI) continues to campaign for a '"less-cash society" with the recent launch of a centralized QR standard and further development of the national payment gateway, implementing “international security standards” to contain cybersecurity risks. Starting January next year, the Quick Response Indonesian Standard (QRIS) will integrate existing QR-based payment apps such as Go-Pay and OVO to boost cashless transactions and promote financial inclusion in the country, said BI payment system policy executive director Pungky P. Wibowo.
KT rolls out epidemic prevention app in Laos ZDNet 9th Sep 2019
South Korean telco KT has launched its epidemic prevention app in Laos, the company announced. The mobile carrier has been working with Lao health authorities and their counterparts in South Korea to launch the Global Epidemic Prevention Platform (GEPP) in Laos. GEPP will alert Laotians of nearby contagions, their symptoms, and how to avoid contracting them. Civilians that have visited affected areas can also report their symptoms to nearby health centres through the app. The project will also allow the Laos government to collect data from GEPP app so that it can monitor contagion progression.
Gobind: Malaysia well-positioned in SE Asia for AI research and development Malay Mail 12th Sep 2019
Malaysia, uniquely located at the heart of Southeast Asia, is well-positioned to be a leader of research in and development of the ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today. “It is important that we build the necessary data and AI capabilities to ensure our industries, government and people are able to take advantage of the opportunities being offered,” he said in his speech at the launch of the Next Big Tech Asia 2019 annual conference and exhibition on AI and Data here today.
Zuraida: Malaysia ready for smart cities in five years Malay Mail 11th Sep 2019
It will be another five years before most of the country is ready for the “smart city” concept, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said today. Speaking to reporters after launching the 2019 Smart Cities Asia Annual Conference and Exhibition, the minister said that the concept is currently being developed for the elite and high-income group instead of the masses. At the same time, she said that before it can be introduced to some of Malaysia’s more rural townships and B40 communities, residents there must be educated to ensure that they will take care of the high-technology facilities and gadgets provided for them.
IR4.0: Manufacturing sector urged to step up cyber security The Malaysian Reserve 4th Sep 2019
AS A forefront of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), the manufacturing industry is urged to strengthen its security systems to facilitate smart Internet-connected manufacturing in the future. Trend Micro Inc VP of security research Rik Ferguson (picture) said the manufacturing sector particularly is not used to being connected, as they are usually an isolated factory environment where its prime importance is safety.
The good, the bad, the ID: Tech experts weigh in on Putrajaya’s new national digital identity Malay Mail 29th Aug 2019
Putrajaya’s plan to implement a National Digital Identity (ID) is a good idea to make digital transactions seamless, but several tech observers are questioning its security and viability. Speaking to Malay Mail, they raised concerns as to whether government infrastructure is ready and robust enough to protect the entire nation’s personal data, and whether there is a need for a separate system from the existing national identity card MyKad.
Malaysia and Turkey to boost tech trade OpenGov Asia 11th Sep 2019
Malaysia and Turkey are targeting RM20.87 billion of annual trade by 2025, as the two nations seek to deepen economic ties in various sectors. Leaders of the two countries have already engaged in discussions to boost trade in defence, an area which has seen rapid growth for over a decade in Turkey, following the Malaysian Prime Minister’s visit to Ankara earlier in July.
Malaysia to fully adopt 5G by 2023 | Malay Mail Malay Mail 10th Sep 2019
JAKARTA, Sept 10 — Malaysia is currently working to fully adopt 5G technology by 2023, said Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya.
Armed with smartphones, Myanmar e-sports players battle power outages Borneo Bulletin Online 1st Sep 2019
Myanmar’s video gaming scene is mushrooming, but frequent power cuts are holding players back in the emerging democracy. More than 60 per cent of people in Myanmar still live without reliable electricity after a political transition in 2010 that sought to pull in foreign investment after decades of junta rule. Mobile penetration stood at just seven per cent in 2012, but demand has skyrocketed and the figure now sits at more than 80 per cent. Players competing on mobiles can stay logged on when local grids go dark.
Tech firm sells majority stake in IT provider for P501M in cash Inquirer.net 11th Sep 2019
Technology firm Xurpas Inc. has given up its majority stake in IT solutions provider Yondu Inc. and its celebrity-themed mobile gaming business under Xeleb as part of its group-wide restructuring. Xurpas sold back 51 percent of its shares in Yondu Inc. to partner Globe Telecom for P501 million in cash, returning Yandu as a fully-owned subsidiary of Globe.
DICT eyeing 4th, 5th telco player in PH – Honasan Inquirer.net 11th Sep 2019
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan said the government is eyeing a fourth and a fifth telecommunications company (telco) to further improve the quality of services in the country. Speaking with reporters at the Senate before the Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmed his ad interim appointment as DICT chief, Honasan said a fourth and fifth telco would mean cheaper and more efficient service for Filipinos.
A beginner’s guide to automation The Manila Times 8th Sep 2019
Many Southeast Asian countries are focusing on advanced Industry 4.0 technologies to automate and revolutionize their industries, and with good reason. According to McKinsey & Company, these innovative technologies could help the region capture up to $627 billion in productivity gains by 2025. While such countries as Singapore and Malaysia lead the way in automation adoption, the Philippines is still in its “planning phase.” According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), in 2016 the country registered a robot density of just three robots per 10,000 employees, which is well behind Singapore (488 robots), Thailand (45), and Malaysia (34). Ranked sixth out of eight Southeast Asian countries by the INSEAD Global Innovation Index 2018, it is clear that the Philippines has significant room for improvement in its Industry 4.0 preparedness.
3D-printing on the rise in PH The Manila Times 8th Sep 2019
Additive manufacturing (AM), more commonly known as 3D printing, is fast gaining attention in the Philippines thanks to increasing government support, as well as several entrepreneurial ventures. According to the white paper study titled “Additive Manufacturing: Adding Up Growth Opportunities for Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations),” which was recently launched by global engineering giant thyssenkrupp, the Philippines’ AM scene is on the fast track. The creation of new Fab Labs in Argao, Danao and Tuburan in 2018 and the arrival of global printer networks such as 3D Hubs, makexyz and PrintLab, are expected to stimulate the burgeoning AM market in the country.
Data protection penalties in Singapore hits over a million dollars so far in 2019 Singapore Business Review 11th Sep 2019
Singapore has seen a 47% increase in the number of data investigations since 2017 handing out over one and a half million dollars in fines, affecting companies from almost every industry A recent notification from the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) of Singapore outlined a number of penalties incurred by six Singaporean companies for breaching the Personal Data Protection Act. Financial penalties ranged from $5,000 to $1m and were caused by a number of infractions including not having a Data Protection Officer to the unauthorised disclosure of clients’ personal data.
Singapore speeds up processing time for tech patent application Singapore Business Review 11th Sep 2019
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) announced a series of initiatives in support of ASEAN Industry 4.0 and signed six MOUs during the IP Week @ SG 2019 conference. IPOS announced in a press release that Singapore and eight other ASEAN IP offices will prioritise patent applications in fintech, cybersecurity, and robotics, with a pilot project of two years that began 27 August. Through this initiative, applicants can enjoy a turnaround time of six months for the first office action under the new ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation Acceleration for Industry 4.0 Infrastructure and Manufacturing (ASPEC-AIM) initiative.
While aware of cyber-security threats, many here still not adopting defensive practices: Survey The Straits Times 11th Sep 2019
A nationwide study by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has found that while nearly half of its respondents had experienced a cyber-security incident and that awareness of its dangers are high, some are complacent. In the release of the third edition of the annual Cybersecurity Public Awareness Survey on Wednesday (Sept 11), CSA said 48 per cent of the 1,105 respondents had experienced at least one cyber incident in 2018.
Putting the ‘app’ in appointment: More opting to teleconsult a doctor The Straits Times 8th Sep 2019
If you are feeling under the weather, getting well again is as easy as picking up the phone to teleconsult a doctor and having medication delivered straight to your doorstep. More people are saying goodbye to long queues at the clinic, opting instead for medical care from the convenience of their home, office, or even on the train. The draw is the quick and convenient service that lets patients skip the commute and the queue at the clinic, said companies that provide telemedicine services.
New international association launched to promote use of technology in legal profession The Straits Times 5th Sep 2019
The Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (Alita) is the first organization in the Asia-Pacific to promote collaborations and information sharing in the legal technology sector. The new organization was launched during TechLaw.Fest. The conference also highlighted not only how lawyers can benefit from increasing their use of technology, but also how the law must adapt to fit the change technology brings about. Sir Tim Berners-Lee stated in his keynote address that "Technology and policy must always be developed together. If you develop one without the other, that's where you're going to have a lot of trouble."
Digital integration keys in Asean Bangkok Post 11th Sep 2019
Southeast Asia can be a poster child for digital integration but it needs both top-down and bottom-up momentum for that to happen. It also requires regional leadership. Can Thailand play that role? Southeast Asia's digital economy was worth US$31 billion in 2015, and is forecast to grow to $200 billion by 2025. But this figure could be a substantial underestimate if the region reaches an agreement on a common set of standards for data handling and digital commerce.
Building a startup Silk Road Bangkok Post 11th Sep 2019
Cultivating a startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia has become a priority in a world where innovation and creativity increasingly hold the keys to prosperity. According to CB Insights, US$208 billion has been invested in technology-based startups across Asia Pacific since 2012. Southeast Asia, in particular, has become increasingly attractive for investors. Forbes magazine noted last year that the potential of the region's tech sector is "no longer a secret". The FTI has been holding classes to "teach innovative skills to tycoons in our industries". It has also hosted hackathon projects in universities to inspire students who may want to form startups.
Digital Thailand Big Bang 2019' to showcase benefits of technology The Nation 4th Sep 2019
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) will jointly host "Digital Thailand Big Bang 2019," between October 28 -31 at Hall EH98-104, BITEC Exhibition and Convention Center on Bangna-Trat road, Bangkok. The event is an international digital technology symposium under the concept of Asean Connectivity, in line with Thailand’s chairmanship for the 34th-35th Asean Summit.It will feature three prominent zones - Digital Economy, Digital Society and Creativity, aiming to raise awareness of digital transformation and draw Thais closer to the technology and innovation.
Govt agencies hold major ‘hacking’ event for online tax solutions The Nation 4th Sep 2019
The Revenue Department, Finance Ministry, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), the Digital Economy Ministry and the society have joined hands to set up a campaign to promote the use of technology and digital innovation in tax services.
Science ICT ministry seeks 17.3% hike in national R&D budget for 2020 The Nation 29th Aug 2019
The Ministry of Science and ICT said Thursday that it has proposed a 17.3-percent on-year increase in the national research and development budget for 2020 to allow the country to strive for independence in critical technologies.The proposal, which is subject to parliamentary approval, set aside 24.1 trillion won ($19.8 billion) for R&D, up from 20.5 trillion won from 2019.
6G, quantum computing among agency highlights Bangkok Post 5th Sep 2019
5G and 6G cellular networks, quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and mobility service are among the key technologies that will have the most impact on the public in the next five years, says the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). "The advancement of science and technologies will improve people’s lives and reduce social inequality, while making an economic impact," Narong Sirilertworakul, president of NSTDA, said at the agency’s annual technology conference on Thursday. The 5G mobile network is not only 20 times faster than 4G, but also helps connect other technologies, namely AI, big data, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT).
National Telecom targets Q2 2020 Bangkok Post 5th Sep 2019
The new company formed by the merger of TOT Plc and CAT Telecom is expected to start operating by the second quarter of next year, says the Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry. DE Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said the merger plan was formulated last year as a solution by the government to keep the two state-run telecom enterprises afloat, after a previous plan to create two new companies from the two organisations faltered. Under the plan, the two will merge into a new company, National Telecom Co (NT). The merger plan has been approved by the State Enterprise Policy Office.
The reach and liabilities of the Personal Data Protection Act Bangkok Post 3rd Sep 2019
Earlier this year, Thailand enacted its Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), which was published in the Government Gazette on 27 May 2019. Most parts of the PDPA will become effective one year after this, on 27 May 2020. As the PDPA will have broad impact across multiple aspects of most businesses—including their human resources operations—lawmakers provided this one-year period for those affected to prepare for compliance with the PDPA.
NBTC mulls payment reprieve following 5G spectrum auctions Bangkok Post 3rd Sep 2019
he telecom regulator is considering allowing a three-year grace period for licence payments for the upcoming auction on a series of spectrum ranges meant for 5G development to attract them to invest in network infrastructure. Two sets of multi-band ranges are set to be put on auction. The first batch, scheduled to be auctioned early next year, comprises the 2600-megahertz band and the remaining portions of the 700MHz and 26-28GHz bands.
DE Ministry wants news rules to chime with global forum Bangkok Post 30th Aug 2019
The Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry is working to iron out a framework for fake news detection that is compatible with the practices upheld by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a forum for fact-checkers worldwide. The IFCN is hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in the US. It was launched in 2015 to support a booming crop of fact-checking initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges in the field. The DE Ministry wants to ensure that the fake news detection guidelines are compatible with international standards used by global online platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.
Digital economy for an inclusive ASEAN Community vietnamnews.vn 11th Sep 2019
A few days ago, ride-hailing firm Grab unveiled an ambitious plan to invest US$500 million in Việt Nam over the next five years, just a month after it announced an investment of $2 billion into Indonesia. Grab’s investment decisions are manifestations of the potential development of the digital economies of the two ASEAN countries which have “similar characteristics” as stated by Grab’s president. These two nations are seen as holding the most promise due to their youthful, internet-savvy population and emerging middle-class. Indonesia is set to become Southeast Asia’s largest digital economy over the next few years while Việt Nam is also working on a project of national digital transformation which will position itself as a leading digital economy of ASEAN by 2030. The project is scheduled to be submitted to the Government for approval in November this year.
New app on job placement launched The Saigon Times 11th Sep 2019
A new human resources app, called The gioi tho, was launched today, September 9, featuring some 20,000 jobseekers, available for full-time or part-time work. So far, the app has focused on 12 fields, including refrigeration, power, water supply and construction. Tran Minh Tuan, deputy general director of The gioi tho, stated that the unemployed can find jobs through the app, which runs on the sharing economy trend, connecting customers and workers. Customers can immediately ask for workers or book them in advance. Payments are accepted in cash or through e-wallets and other online payment services.
Over 7,000 cyberattacks hit Vietnam this year - Over 7,000 cyberattacks hit Vietnam this year The Saigon Times 9th Sep 2019
Vietnamese websites were hit by more than 7,000 cyber attacks, in the form of malware, phishing or website defacement, between January and September this year, noted Tuoi Tre Online. According to the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT), there were over 2,500 phishing attacks, 4,200 defacement incidents and 242 instances of malware
Database technology needed to boost tourism - Database technology needed to boost tourism The Saigon Times 5th Sep 2019
The tourism sector is in dire need of database technology to reform its services and products to attract more tourists and create leverage for its growth in the coming period, heard attendees at a forum on tourism startups on September 4.
Việt Nam puts priority on artificial intelligence development Vietnam News Agency 5th Sep 2019
In the development of the fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence (AI) has made significant progress and is expected to make breakthroughs in the next ten years. Following the global trend, the Vietnamese Government aims to turn AI into a driving force of development and make it a top priority in growth policies. One of the most important tasks is developing human resources, including improving higher education training quality, building 4.0 technology training institutes, encouraging technological application, renovation at businesses; and investment in science-technology research. According to Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngọc Anh Việt Nam has advantages in start-up innovation and technological development, especially in AI. With an open business climate and labour force interested in technology, the application of AI in various sectors has made progress, connecting parts of the nation’s AI ecosystem.