Edwin Yapp

An engineer by training, Edwin first cut his teeth as a cellular radio frequency optimization engineer in one of Malaysia's largest telcos. <br>After more than five years, he hung up his radio engineering boots to try his hand at technology reporting at <i>The Star</i>, Malaysia's leading English daily, where he won several awards for Best Online Technology reporting. <br>He left to start his own editorial consultancy and is now a freelance journalist for several publications, including ZDNet Asia. <br>A self-confessed gadget geek, Edwin hopes his blog contributions will stir up deeper discussions within the Malaysian technology scene.

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The end of unlimited data is nigh

The end of unlimited data is nigh

My thoughts this time come courtesy of several recent industry comments over whether wireless operators can continue to offer unlimited, flat-rate data packages, which many operators have been doing since the inception of data services a few years ago.In a report filed early this month on ZDNet Asia, Canalys' principal analyst Daryl Chiam noted it is no longer sustainable to offer unlimited access as "that is a very costly way of selling spectrum".

published September 14, 2011 by

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Mentoring global entrepreneurs

Mentoring global entrepreneurs

In my years covering the tech scene in Malaysia, I've waded in and out of interviews that touched on infocomm technology (ICT) entrepreneurship quite a few times.Conveniently coined as technopreneurship, this industry for Malaysia is still fairly nascent, with some tagging it to be about 16 years old, if we were to use the inception of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia as a reference point.

published August 14, 2011 by

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What's holding back LTE spectrum assignment in M'sia?

What's holding back LTE spectrum assignment in M'sia?

In a report I filed last week, the government is said to be still mulling over which operators should receive the spectrum to operate Long Term Evolution (LTE) commercial networks in Malaysia.This is not the first time I've written about such developments but it certainly is the latest information we journalists have received on record, that the government feels there is no rush to dish out the licenses since the technology is deemed to be still nascent.

published July 6, 2011 by

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iCloud: Tale of Apple's lock-in strategy

iCloud: Tale of Apple's lock-in strategy

In my last posting, I blogged about whether cloud computing will survive the storm, where I concluded that the cloud is not going to go away despite some high-profile outages that have hit the headlines recently.

published June 15, 2011 by

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Will cloud survive outage storm?

Will cloud survive outage storm?

First it was Amazon. More recently, Sony.The world has been recently rocked by news that tech giants suffered massive compromises to their companies' system functions and breaches in database respectively.

published May 17, 2011 by

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Ushering in age of fiber in M'sia

Ushering in age of fiber in M'sia

Much of last year in Malaysia was focused on telco players in the mobile wireless space, which is not surprising given that existing cellular players such as Maxis, DiGi Telecommunications, Celcom, and to a lesser extent, U Mobile, were all trying to ramp up their wireless products and services and outdo each other in the market.

published April 4, 2011 by

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What M'sian SMBs should emulate

What M'sian SMBs should emulate

A couple of weeks ago, ZDNet Asia released its SMB Handbook, a special report aimed at helping small and midsized businesses (SMBs) think through some of the recent technology issues and challenges facing the industry.It was an informative guide touching on topics such as SMBs and cloud computing, SMBs and social media, and SMBs and IT security.

published March 10, 2011 by

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The SMB age to move up the value chain

The SMB age to move up the value chain

For the past 10 years since I began covering the local tech scene, I've observed that pundits, analysts and vendors normally look into their crystal ball around this time of the year, aiming to predict what's going to happen in the tech landscape in the coming year.This year is no different, as I've received various prediction pieces in the last two months issued by notable industry analysts as well as multinational vendors.

published February 18, 2011 by

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My journey with Twitter

My journey with Twitter

July 2010. That was the month I joined Twitter.That would make it a little over six months since I've joined this social networking phenomenon that has rocked the world.

published January 25, 2011 by

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Spotlight trained on M'sia's corporate governance

Spotlight trained on M'sia's corporate governance

The new year normally begins with resolutions, promises of better times, and thoughts of transformation often in a positive light. However, as the year begins, I regret to find myself blogging about something negative, which has hit the telco scene in Malaysia over the last week of 2010.

published January 3, 2011 by

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Managing spectrum assignments transparently

Managing spectrum assignments transparently

The last couple of weeks have been busy for the telco scene, particularly for one WiMax player in town.YTL Communications launched its WiMax service, dubbed YES, but ran into problems immediately as its Web site was crippled and was not able to register users.

published December 7, 2010 by

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Does the wireless alphabet soup matter?

Does the wireless alphabet soup matter?

Three weeks ago, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) dropped the bombshell and issued a press statement declaring in effect that current wireless standards are not technically qualified as 4G systems."ITU's Radio Communication Sector (ITU-R) has completed the assessment of six candidate submissions for the global 4G mobile wireless broadband technology, otherwise known as IMT-Advanced," noted a press release from ITU.

published November 9, 2010 by

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M'sian budget lacks holistic emphasis

M'sian budget lacks holistic emphasis

Exactly a week ago, Prime Minster Najib Rajak unveiled the 2011 national budget and since then there have been literally hundreds of comments--a lot of which are negative--made on online news portals, blogsphere and the usual social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook.In a nutshell, the budget received a lot of attention primarily because there was a lot of proposed spending that didn't seem to resonate with ordinary Malaysians.

published October 22, 2010 by

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