In The Spotlight
Investment by a series of Chinese vendors has resulted in strong growth in the Indonesian smartphone market. Chinese smartphone manufacturers have expanded sharply in the region in the last twelve months, but that strategy resulted in dramatic decline in market share for local manufacturers.
Japanese telco KDDI has deployed a new solution, Kentik Detect, for real-time network operations and planning efficiencies. With Kentik, KDDI gains the ability to make faster operational decisions and frees up engineering teams to spend more time on business innovation.
The CEO of Western Digital Corp is set to meet a number of prominent officials from the Japanese government in the latest attempt to resolve the long-running feud with Toshiba Corp over the sale of its lucrative chip business. CEO of Western Digital, Steve Milligan confirmed that he will meet Japanese representatives that have been recently appointed to senior positions in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Samsung Electronics announced an expanded strategic partnership with PayPal, adding PayPal as a payment method within Samsung Pay wherever Samsung Pay is accepted – in-app, online and in-store. Access to PayPal will be available for all Samsung Pay users in the United States and will expand to other countries soon. Additionally, through Braintree, a PayPal service, merchants will be able to accept Samsung Pay as a method of payment in-app and online.
ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, announced the company supported China Unicom in the operator’s successful first 5G NR (New Radio) field test.
SES unveils the soft launch of its newly-formed data-centric business unit, SES Networks, at CommunicAsia 2017 – Asia’s annual premier ICT exhibition and conference -- in Singapore. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with EVP, Product, Marketing & Strategy at SES Networks, John-Paul Hemingway, at the event, where he disclosed the company’s plans for future growth in Asia, the thought process behind the new division - and the organization’s objectives for the rest of 2017.
The 5G race in Asia is underway, with the region’s powerhouses, Japan and South Korea, going head-to-head. Both countries have major international sports showcases coming up, giving local telcos the chance to flex their muscles. South Korean providers are working towards early deployment of 5G for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018; while Japanese providers have the opportunity to showcase full-fledged 5G at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Singapore has announced that it will invest over $100m in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) in an effort to get its Smart Nation vision back on track. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong publicly voiced his concerns over the project a number of months ago - and conceded that the Smart Nation initiative was moving much slower than initially expected. Prime Minister Loong claimed that the private sector really needed to do more in order to kick-start and propel the initiative forward.