ICT Happening Updates Week 2 of May 2013

The most significant news for week 5 of Apr 2013 was TM signed submarine cable system consortium - Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG).

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • OOredoo, Qatar deployed Tata Comms' IP-based backbone for mobile broadband.
  • SAP introduces SAP HANA® Enterprise cloud.
  • HTC One sets to launch across the world.
  • Brocade and EMC deliver Software-Defined storage for fibre channel SANs.
  • WeChat the No.1 most downloaded free app for 6 consecutive weeks.
  • Singaporeans doing more with fibre broadband.

New York & Mumbai – May 9th 2013 – Ooredoo, Qatar launches first live IPX+ enabled network in the Middle East with Tata Communications

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, today announced that Ooredoo, Qatar, formerly known as Qtel, has launched the first IPX+ enabled network in the Middle East using Tata Communications’ IPX+ platform to enable mobile broadband service delivery and management.

Basically, what it means is Ooredoo deployed Tata Comms' IP-based backbone solutions to enable mobile broadband (data traffic) for its mobile broadband solution. It had previously successfully deployed voice over IPX+.

The benefits of Tata Communications’ IPX+ connectivity platform include driving network efficiency, reducing costs for managing specialised, bilateral, isolated interconnects, enhancing customer experience and enabling a faster time to market for new services. IPX Connect is a key component of the LTE Roaming service, and supports data roaming from GRX to IPX.

Underpinning Tata Communications’ IPX+ connectivity platform is the company’s global MPLS network supported by its wholly-owned fibre optic subsea cable ring around the world which brings the reach and reliability needed to interconnect mobile service communities globally. The company is a Tier I top 5 IP carrier with reach to 74 IPX On-Net PoPs across 40 countries.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — May 8, 2013 - SAP Introduces SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud to Deliver Fast Time-to-Value and Maximum Choice

Building on the momentum of its January 2013 launch of SAP Business Suite Powered by SAP HANA, SAP has unveiled the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, a new deployment option to combine the power of real-time with the simplicity of the cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is a managed cloud service that provides highly available, secure, mission-critical operations with cloud elasticity and fast time to value.

The new offering is the fastest and most flexible way to unlock the value of SAP HANA for SAP Business Suite and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse customers. Additional value comes from lower total cost of ownership and reliability from the world’s leading enterprise application software provider.
Dr. Vishal Sikka

The cloud-based software market will command 20 percent of IT budgets by 2016, according to IDC. SAP is investing to enable greater breadth and depth of SAP HANA market adoption. The company is also taking an open approach with its ecosystem of partners as key to fulfilling this demand globally.

“With SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, we are addressing a fundamental customer need that we have seen since we first launched HANA,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, Technology and Innovation.

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MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur, 7 May, 2013 — HTC One Sets to Launch Across the World

HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced the successful roll out of its flagship smartphone, the new HTC One, across major global markets in Asia, EMEA and North America.

The new HTC One was introduced to great fanfare at media and consumer launch events in mainland China, Malaysia and Indonesia, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Cincinnati Bell in the United States, after successful introductions in the United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan, Australia and Singapore. This marks the first time that HTC is mounting a massive global sales and integrated marketing campaign in response to unprecedented consumer demand for the new HTC One superphone.

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LAS VEGAS (EMC World)—May 7, 2013 - Brocade and EMC Deliver Software-Defined Storage for Fibre Channel SANs

Brocade, the leader in fabric networking solutions, today announced its Gen 5 Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) solutions are integrated with the new EMC® ViPR™ Software-Defined Storage Platform. This approach helps eliminate data center cost and complexity by improving policy-based automation of EMC and non-EMC storage infrastructures, creating a modern storage architecture for future application deployments. This solution will allow more than 50,000 joint EMC and Brocade customers to immediately realize the virtualization benefits of the new EMC ViPR software-defined storage platform within highly virtualized cloud environments.

SAN (Storage Area Network) is a technology which caters for high-speed network storage.

Brocade has always been leader in the SAN industry.

On Mar 27, 2013, Brocade announced Brocade® Fabric Vision™ technology - SAN (storage area network) hardware and software which is based on Gen 5 Fibre Channel and delivers up to 16 Gbps performance. It also launched a new SAN switch; the Brocade 6520 Switch.

Brocade has started commitment to developer solutions based on Gen 6 Fibre Channel industry standard and working closely with OpenStack industry open standard.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 7 May 2013 – WeChat the No.1 Most Downloaded Free App for 6 Consecutive Weeks

WeChat, a leading mobile social communication application with 300 million registered user accounts worldwide, holds on to the top of the free app chart for six consecutive weeks as the no.1 most downloaded mobile social application on Google Play and App Store in Malaysia. WeChat now boasts a 60% penetration rate in Malaysia amongst its smartphone users. If you walk by a smartphone user engaged in an online conversation or posting a picture, it is likely that they are having a WeChat conversation. And it is no wonder, as the high uptake of the app is due to the innovative ecosystem created by WeChat to set itself apart from its competitors.

“WeChat is not only a messaging app that allows friends to connect with each other, it also allows brands to directly interact with their customers creating a personalized two-way channel for brands to speak and listen to its users. We have free SDK and API for developers to develop apps on WeChat. WeChat aims to create a unique ecosystem where users can connect socially and indulge in interactive functions, making it an all-in-one app, to serve the different needs of our users.” said Poshu Yeung, Vice President of Tencent international business during his visit in Malaysia earlier this month.

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(L-R) Mr Mark Blake, CEO, OpenNet  with first prize winner Jai Ong Hee Tat

Singapore, 7 May 2013 – Singaporeans doing more with fibre broadband

OpenNet today announced the winners of their “Tell Us Why You Love Fibre” contest in Singapore. Mr Mark Blake, CEO, OpenNet presented the prizes to all three winners. Conducted through OpenNet’s FibreXchange portal (www.fibrexchange.com.sg), the online contest invited current fibre broadband users to share why they love their fibre connection and how it has brought about changes in their daily lives. The contest entries offered a peek into the reality of fibre-enhanced entertainment, e-learning and work from home experiences.

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