Established in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) aims to accelerate the economic and social growth in the region through joint initiatives and partnerships between member nations. We look at key ICT developments in these countries, with strong focus on IT developments in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
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Global online population will hit 3 billion by end-2014, with two-third from developing nations and Asia-Pacific home to the largest population. Mobile subscribers will reach 7 billion.
Local merchants transacting on PayPal saw their online exports climb 38 percent in 2013, says the e-payment vendor, for whom overseas business now accounts for over half its total revenue. Mobile contributes 15 percent of its overall payment volume.
Two-third of organizations in Asia use some form of cloud--whether private, hybrid or public. Some 40 percent currently use infrastructure-as-a-service, 39 percent tap platform-as-a-service, reveals ZDNet study.
Comprising 11 Asia-Pacific mobile operators, Bridge Alliance introduces a new machine-to-machine alliance that aims to address interoperability issues and offer help to businesses deploying the technology.
Software vendor still needs to grow its channel capacity to support the delivery of Azure services and push more applications to be certified to run on its cloud platform, says Asia-Pacific exec.
Submissions for IdeaSpace's 2014 startup competition in the Philippines is open to all Southeast Asian startups, and closes on January 15.
More specifically, China, which can leverage its manufacturing hub and market size. However, e-commerce sites in the region should first resolve key challenges with user interface, service support, and logistics.
Asian programmers may be a common sight in Silicon Valley, but foreign entrepreneurs are practically a rarity, says Valley-based accelerator.
More sophisticated, targeted attacks on Asia-based firms should drive the evolution of internal culture and processes to combat such threats. There are significant hurdles to overcome, however, and the cyberthreat landscape remains fundamentally global.
Rocket Internet's car classifieds site is firmly camped in Myanmar, despite it having one of the world's lowest Internet penetration rates.
Once late to the mobile game, the social media giant now bets heavily on the platform which it says will ensure Facebook's continued growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
Harmonizing the 700MHz frequency band for mobile broadband services, shifting from analog to digital TV broadcast, and improving undersea cable resiliency, will be key areas for cooperation for Southeast Asia, following the 13th TELMIN meeting between ICT ministers.
Concerns over U.S. surveillance are apparently leading to a "de-Americanization" of IT environments in Asia-Pacific, specifically China, as governments ban the use of U.S. technology. Is the paranoia necessary?
Under the government-run project Silicon Valley Vietnam, two accelerators will be set up: one in Hanoi and another in Ho Chi Minh city. This is part of plans to groom startups and eventually link them up with venture capital.