Vodafone New Zealand will reportedly take a controlling interest in Sky television under a NZ$3.44 billion (US$2.44billion) deal, the pay-TV operator said Thursday. Sky said the deal, which will combine New Zealand's largest subscription television service with the country's second biggest telecommunications carrier, was a ""transformational strategic step"" for the company.
GoDaddy, which claims to be the world's largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, has expanded its hosting services to offer cloud servers and Bitnami-powered cloud applications in Asia. It says the new offerings are designed to help individual developers, tech entrepreneurs and IT professionals to quickly build, test and scale cloud solutions.
Kubota Corporation, one of Japan's leading manufacturing corporations, has teamed up with the country's largest telco NTT to develop IT solutions designed enhance Japan's agricultural competitiveness.
The Internet Society's Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau has released the findings of a study that explores the behaviors and preferences of mobile Internet users in the region, saying it shows the shift in using the mobile Internet for purposes other than basic communication is yet to happen.
South Korean satellite pay TV provider KT SkyLife has chosen Ericsson to expand its Ultra High Definition (UHDTV) service. It will deploy Ericsson's HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) encoders to bring consumers better picture quality. The deal marks KT SkyLife's fifth UHD channel launch to date.
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications arm of NTT) is to absorb NTT's Atlas IT subsidiary in a bid to develop a strong leadership position in global managed network, infrastructure and applications services.
Geostationary satellite operator, SES, has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Sky Cable, the largest cable television provider in the Philippines, under which Sky Cable will broadcasting direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV channels via SES satellites at 108.2 degrees East, the SES-9 and NSS-11 satellites.
VNPT-Vinaphone has signed a letter of intent with GlobeOne to offer GlobeOne mobile banking services in Vietnam. GlobeOne claims to be well positioned to capture Vietnam's huge cohort of digital natives converting to smartphones and enable Vinaphone to provide people with mobile-based access to meaningful and affordable financial services from their member banks, and the patent-pending income-building SocialBoost program.
Pakistani telco Warid Telecom is deploying Syniverse's IPX diameter signaling services to enable its subscribers to access LTE services around the globe, and to provide LTE service to visiting inbound roamers throughout Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, Pakistan had more than 26.1 million 3G and LTE subscribers at the end of February, up from just 24.7 million in January.
IBM and Korean IT services company SK Holdings C&C have made an agreement to develop cloud solutions and services for enterprises across a variety of industries. Jointly, the companies intend to drive over $200 million in revenue as a result of this collaboration over the next five years.