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. After more than five years, he hung up his radio engineering boots to try his hand at technology reporting at The Star , Malaysia's leading English daily, where he won several awards for Best Online Technology reporting. He left to start his own editorial consultancy and is now a freelance journalist for several publications, including ZDNet Asia. A self-confessed gadget geek, Edwin hopes his blog contributions will stir up deeper discussions within the Malaysian technology scene.

Latest Posts

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.

May 17, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


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.

April 4, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


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.

March 10, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


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.

February 18, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


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.

January 25, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


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.

January 3, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


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.

December 7, 2010 by Edwin Yapp


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.

November 9, 2010 by Edwin Yapp


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.

October 22, 2010 by Edwin Yapp