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Singapore’s IMDA and IBM join hands to train tech professionals

Singapore’s IMDA and IBM join hands to train tech professionals

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Singapore’s IMDA and IBM join hands to train tech professionals

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has partnered with IBM to provide digital upskill training to the Singaporean workforce as part of the country’s effort to equip its citizens with the adequate tech skills for a post-pandemic digital transformation. 

In a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) signed by both parties, IBM will hire and train 300 Singaporean professionals under the company’s Future-Ready Intelligent Digital Workforce Program and the Singaporean Government’s TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) Company-Led Training program and the TeSA Mid-Career Advance program.

Professionals will be given training in on-demand areas in tech, including cloud, cybersecurity, AI, blockchain, and IoT technology.

“As we push forward with our national digitalisation movement, the ICT sector continues to hold promise for job creation,” said IMDA Assistant Chief Executive and EDB Executive Vice President, Kiren Kumar.

This initiative is part of the IMDA’s investment in a pipeline of local tech talent to push for digital transformation in the country. Mr. Kumar also urged more companies in Singapore to participate in the effort to create more jobs and opportunities for all Singaporeans.

Digital Industry Singapore (DISG), a joint tech development institution between the IMDA, Singapore’s Economic Development Board and Enterprise Singapore, will also be involved in the collaboration.

“The global pandemic has forced businesses to speed up their digital transformation – in many cases, completing in weeks what may have in the past taken months or even years. IBM will continue to collaborate and co-create with our clients to go beyond ‘random acts of digital’,” said Lee Hui Li, Managing Partner of GBS ASEAN at IBM Services.

The new hires will be assigned work with cross-functional local, regional, and global teams in a variety of projects to gain practical experience.

“IBM is delighted to partner with IMDA and DISG to fulfil our clients’ demand for deep digital and technical skills and also to support Singapore’s nation building efforts to uplift the overall local talent pool,” added Hui Li.

The Singapore Government recently launched a new working visa to attract foreign tech talent along with spending $3.5 billion on information and communications technology in 2020 to accelerate digitalisation and support businesses.

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Thailand’s AIS to develop 5G solutions at Bangkadi Industrial Park

Thailand’s AIS to develop 5G solutions at Bangkadi Industrial Park

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Thailand’s AIS to develop 5G solutions at Bangkadi Industrial Park

Advanced Info Services (AIS), Thailand’s largest mobile network operator, will be building and developing 5G network solutions in Bangkadi Industrial Park at the Pathum Thani province.

AIS signed a MoU that will see the upgrade of the Park’s IT infrastructure to attract foreign investments into the country.

“We hope to bring the capabilities of a robust digital infrastructure to benefit the country, particularly in support of the industrial sector, as a crucial mechanism to revive Thailand,” said Somchai Lertsutiwong, CEO of AIS.

AIS will bring in its 5G technology as well as fixed and mobile technology to connect and aggregate data, and support front and back end development. 

“The potential of 5G technology will efficiently speed up the process of adaptation in the management of various departments, increasing productivity and reducing costs,” said Mr. Lertsutiwong.

This year, AIS put aside network investment budgets of about US$1.1 billion (35 billion baht).

“The potential of AIS’ digital infrastructure, both fiber optics and 5G technology, will play a part in the process of adapting technology to support our work, and will efficiently increase the capabilities of factories in various industries at this location. It will also lead to entirely new and improved work processes,” commented Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Chairperson of Bangkadi Industrial Park.

Bangkadi Industrial Park was founded in 1990 as the first private Industrial Park in Thailand to support foreign investors, expand the manufacturing base in Thailand and create jobs for Thai people. It currently contains over 40 factories employing over 20,000 people.

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Vietnam leads Asia Pacific in rapid digital transformation progress, says GSMA

Vietnam leads Asia Pacific in rapid digital transformation progress, says GSMA

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Vietnam leads Asia Pacific in rapid digital transformation progress, says GSMA

Digital transformation efforts in Vietnam have made the biggest progress amongst other countries in Asia Pacific, according to GSMA Intelligence.

Out of 11 Asia Pacific, Vietnam saw the highest increase in its digital society index scores between 2016 and 2019. The latest rating stood at 49 points for 2019, up 12 points from three years ago.

GSMA Intelligence attributed this to notable improvements in the connectivity component of the index, following the launch and rapid expansion of 4G networks. The pandemic has also accelerated the country’s digital transformation plans, with the Vietnam Government approving a National Digital Transformation Roadmap 2025, setting further targets and guidelines for Vietnam’s digital transformation.

“It was also driven by improvements to the digital identity, digital citizenship and digital lifestyle components,” the report added.

Vietnam is pursuing a national Industry 4.0 strategy that includes infrastructure and human resources, as well as e-government and innovation.

Nonetheless, Vietnam ranked eighth overall, among of the 11 markets surveyed. This could be hampered by 5G mobile technology plans, which is expected to make up 5% of wireless connections in Vietnam by 2025, well below the Asia Pacific average of 23%. GSMA also identified challenges in digital commerce component, as there are weaknesses with regard to policies to support innovative startups.

The rankings were topped by four ‘advanced’ economies, with the Republic of Korea in pole position at 78 points followed by Singapore, Australia and Japan.

The report classed Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia as ‘transition’ countries, while Pakistan and Bangladesh are considered ‘emerging’ countries.

The gap between these countries remains significant, underlining the need for countries in the emerging countries to do more to accelerate progress.

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LG to build second R&D center in Vietnam

LG to build second R&D center in Vietnam

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LG to build second R&D center in Vietnam

LG Electronics is set to build a research and development center in Vietnam’s Da Nang Technology Park to further expand into the Southeast Asia market.

LG and Trung Nam Land JSC signed an agreement that would see LG build its second R&D center in Vietnam.

“I am so impressed with the development of Da Nang’s leadership vision. It’s the reason we decided to build our second R&D centre in Da Nang after the one we opened in Hanoi four years ago,” said Jung Seung Min, Director of LG Vehicle Component Solutions Development Center.

As with the first R&D center, the second R&D center will focus on software research and production. LG hopes this will be the biggest R&G center for the company in Vietnam.

Realising Vietnam’s Silicon Valley dream

Vietnam’s state government has been taking significant steps to realise the country’s ‘Silicon Valley’ dream, and Da Nang city’s Technology Park is at the heart of the country’s digital transformation.

The Park is currently home to 75 IT businesses from over 25 countries, providing employment to more than 2,400 people.

In mid-October, Da Nang began construction on its second Software Park worth US$30.2 million.

LG ended all of its smartphone manufacturing operations in its home country South Korea in 2019, and has since moved its tech expertise to Vietnam.

LG’s presence in Da Nang is in line with the government’s embracing of the Industry 4.0 Revolution, and is expected to attract more tech corporations from South Korea to invest in Vietnam.

LG’s first R&D center in Da Nang Technology Park was agreed upon in a memorandum of understanding signed in early October 2020.

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ABB and Ericsson to power Thailand’s Industry 4.0 transformation with 5G

ABB and Ericsson to power Thailand’s Industry 4.0 transformation with 5G

By | Digital Transformation, News

ABB and Ericsson to power Thailand’s Industry 4.0 transformation with 5G

ABB and Ericsson have agreed to drive Industrial 4.0 transformation using 5G in Thailand, a ‘first in Asia Pacific’.

In a MoU signed by both parties, Ericsson will become ABB’s ‘Preferred Connectivity Partner’ in Thailand, and provide ABB with 5G solutions to accelerate the customers’ digitalisation and growth in the country.

“ABB and Ericsson have long partnered on research projects in Europe to study the role and benefit of 5G in flexible automation and production,” said Gianandrea Bruzzone, Country Managing Director of ABB Thailand.

This MoU is part of a global partnership agreement signed between both companies in 2019.

“Our partnership in Thailand means we will work together to accelerate the full potential of 5G for industrial manufacturing, opening the door for new digital opportunities in support of Thailand’s adoption of Industry 4.0,” Mr. Bruzzone continued.

The partnership will see Ericsson deploy high-speed, low latency 5G in several of ABB’s key business areas, including its Robotics and Discrete Automation, Industrial Automation and Motion Services, as well as its Ability Platform Services.

“Our partnership with ABB will enable us to take the full benefit of 5G connectivity to enterprises across industries including manufacturing, airports, ports, oil and gas and mining,” said Nadine Allen, Head of Ericsson Thailand.

The collaboration will cover 5G enabled Augmented Reality Lenses for remote commissioning in manufacturing environments.

“We are proud and honored to be able to support Thailand on its journey towards Industry 4.0. Given our experience in deploying 5G across 61 live networks; we are well placed to transform and digitalise the local manufacturing sector,” Ms. Allen added.

ABB has been working in Thailand for more than four decades, with the advent of the first motor delivery to Siam Cement, while Ericsson has been present in the country for 114 years.

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Report: Philippines connectivity improved significantly since 2018

Report: Philippines connectivity improved significantly since 2018

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Report: Philippines connectivity improved significantly since 2018

Connectivity in the Philippines has seen tremendous improvement in the last two and half years, according to the latest report published by mobile network research firm OpenSignal.

The report investigated five main islands in the Philippines and found that the average Internet speed across all five regions has increased considerably.

Globe and Smart lead in mobile network services

Globe Telecom and Smart Communications were the leaders in enhancing overall latency experience, seeing a 14% average increase across the regions.

For users of the two main telecom providers, 4G availability had risen above 80% in North and Central Luzon and South Luzon, and above 90% in the NCR.

In terms of user video experience, Globe and Smart users in all five regions saw an increase of more than 19%.

Globe President and CEO, Ernest Cu, attributed these improvements to continual upgrades on mobile network infrastructure in the country.

“We are aggressively rolling out fiber to the home in order for the country to catch up in the pervasiveness of home broadband. In fact, as of August 2020, we have already reported 51.4% higher fiber rollouts versus the entirety of 2019,” reported Cu.

The Faster Internet, the Smoother Digital Transformation

Major improvements on network speed means that the Philippines is becoming better equipped to embrace digital transformation.

Knowing very well the inevitable force of cloud technology, Globe recently partnered with local digital innovations company Apper.ph to accelerate the adoption of 5G and multicloud, including cloud gaming.

Globe is expected to use Apper’s Engage platform to migrate its operations onto the cloud and utilise its cloud consulting solutions.

“Cloud platforms provide businesses with greater agility, and access to cutting edge technology, which are two aspects required to pivot into the digital realm,” commented Diwa Del Mundo, Co-founder and Chief Principal Architect at Apper.

The five regions researched by OpenSignal were Mindanao, the National Capital Region (NCR), North and Central Luzon, South Luzon and the Visayas, and the two mobile network providers researched were Globe Telecom and Smart Telecommunications.

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Private equity firm KKR invests in Philippines telecom tower construction

Private equity firm KKR invests in Philippines telecom tower construction

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Private equity firm KKR invests in Philippines telecom tower construction

American private equity firm KKR announced it will invest in Pinnacle Towers to build a ‘leading independent telecom tower platform’ in the Philippines.

At a time when Filipino mobile users increasingly demand reliable data-rich, high-speed, affordable connectivity, Pinnacle aims to strengthen and expand the country’s telecom infrastructure.

“KKR’s investment comes at a pivotal time: the Philippines – and Asia more generally – is one of the world’s fastest-growing and most dynamic mobile markets. Improving telecom infrastructure has become a key priority, especially in our current environment,” said Patrick Tangney, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle.

Together with KKR, Pinnacle looks to further their goal of providing high-quality telecom infrastructure solutions that improves the lives of mobile users in the Philippines and other relevant markets in Asia Pacific.

This is KKR’s second infrastructure investment in the Philippines and their fourth overall investment with a focus on the market.

“The telecommunications sector in the Philippines has grown rapidly in the past few years amid the increasing demand for connectivity. This has led to a resource imbalance and the need to expand existing infrastructure to allow operators to provide better service and coverage to their customers,” said David Luboff, Partner and Head of Asia Pacific Infrastructure at KKR.

The mobile market remains an extremely attractive business venture in the Philippines, as DITO Telecommunity and NOW Telecom aim to disrupt Globe and Smart Telecoms’ market dominance, with their launch as the country’s newest telecom providers.

“Our investment in Pinnacle reiterates our commitment to addressing this need and supporting the Philippines’ transition to a connected, digital nation. We look forward to assisting the Pinnacle team to deliver the benefits of a more digitally enabled economy to the Filipino people, especially in growing regions such as Visayas and Mindanao,” added Mr. Luboff.

Pinnacle Towers owns Frontier Tower Associates Philippines, which was one of the first telecom infrastructure providers in the Philippines that obtained a provisional license to build and operate independent cell towers in the country.

KKR made its investments through its infrastructure fund, but they did not disclose the total amount of the telecom investment.

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Hitachi Announces Lumada Alliance Program for quality of life innovation; AWS, Cisco, Google Cloud, Microsoft and Salesforce join

Hitachi Announces Lumada Alliance Program for quality of life innovation; AWS, Cisco, Google Cloud, Microsoft and Salesforce join

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Hitachi Announces Lumada Alliance Program for quality of life innovation; AWS, Cisco, Google Cloud, Microsoft and Salesforce join

Hitachi has launched the Lumada Alliance Program, a new global partner program to spur economic, social, environmental and quality of life innovation.

The Lumada Alliance has been joined by global giants, including AWS, Cisco, Google Cloud, Microsoft and Salesforce.

“This program will allow us to pursue collaborative creation and build a value-generating ecosystem together with all our diverse partners across industry lines, utilizing the technologies, expertise, and ideas,” said Toshiaki Higashihara, President and CEO of Hitachi.

The Lumada Alliance aims to bring together industry-leading partners from the domains of information technology, operational technology, vertical industries, academia, and government.

“This will facilitate further acceleration of social innovation. I am convinced this ecosystem initiative can contribute to solving various social issues and improving people’s quality of life, as well as mutual growth. With all our partners who support the vision of this program, we will do our utmost to realize a sustainable and affluent society together,” said Mr. Higashihara.

Through its Social Innovation Business strategy, Hitachi aims to create new value and resolve social issues. The new Lumada Alliance will focus on co-creating digital solutions that combine Hitachi’s deep expertise in IT, energy, mobility, smart life, and industry, with the unique capabilities and technologies of Lumada Alliance members.

“The need for digital strategies to address the global challenges in sectors such as transportation, energy, health and safety, global trade and supply chains, and environmental sustainability have never been more pressing,” said Hitachi.

Hitachi will continue to expand the program globally through its digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary Hitachi Vantara, which plays a key role in serving the worldwide Lumada business.

“AWS is pleased to be a strategic collaborator in the Lumada Alliance Program … to support the Alliance in developing strategies to accelerate digital transformation for customers,” said Cam McNaught, the Director for AWS Partner Core at Amazon Web Services.

Hitachi observed that digital technologies like cloud computing, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, smart spaces, and edge computing are converging with more traditional operational and industrial technologies to create opportunities for a new generation of digital solutions that can deliver increased productivity, connected ecosystems, and faster innovation.

Nick Holden, the Vice President for Strategic Partner Organization at Cisco, said: “Customers are coming to Cisco and Hitachi as they navigate their digital transformation journey — to seek better data utilization for various use cases, across all industry segments and verticals.  “Data is driving this journey and that requires secure connectivity for data movement — from sensor to cloud. Our partnership is building capabilities that help customers in each aspect of their edge to core to cloud journey. Cisco is excited to be part of the Lumada Alliance Program as we chart our customers’ future together!”

The Lumada Alliance aims to accelerate the convergence of information technology and operational technology.

Dominik Wee, Managing Director Manufacturing and Industrial, Google Cloud said this is a ‘collaborative effort to drive tangible innovation, and the efforts that Hitachi has taken to unite key players within the industry is a step in the right direction’.

The Lumada Alliance will include three tiers of partners: Solution Providers, who develop, integrate, and deliver digital solutions; Technology Partners, who provide advanced products and technologies for use in developing and managing solutions; and Innovation Partners, who provide deep expertise in vertical industries, government and public infrastructure, and research and development. 

“Through this alliance, Microsoft Japan will continue to strengthen its collaboration and contribute to the digital transformation of customers using Lumada Solution Hub and Microsoft Azure,” said Taro Hiyama, Managing Executive Officer of One Commercial Partner at Microsoft Japan.

The Alliance is an umbrella program that enables partner engagement across Hitachi business units and geographies. It will include partners that share a need for digital technologies to be both an engine for economic growth and an essential strategy for social and environmental innovations that enhance quality of life.

“We sincerely hope that the Lumada Alliance Program will help solve social issues, improve people’s quality of life, and contribute to the sustainable development of society and the economy in the Lumada Ecosystem,” said Yasuhide Inoue, Vice President for Alliance and GTM Innovation at Salesforce, who will provide technology, know-how and ideas developed through their collaboration with Hitachi to even more customers and partners.

Lumada is the name of Hitachi’s advanced digital solutions and services for turning data into insights that drive digital innovation.

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Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce has signed an agreement with Huawei Technologies (Thailand) to further drive digital transformation in the country through technology courses.

The Ministry’s Department of International Trade (DITP) and Ministry of Commerce signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese tech giant, which will see the development of digital literacy courses to boost competitiveness in Thailand’s business sector.

“Thailand is going through a period of transition. This is a critical point where companies must adapt to survive. Businesses now depend on digital. Entrepreneurs who adapt quickly to the latest technologies will be more likely to succeed,” said Jurin Laksanawisit, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce.

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“For any business, constant development is vital. Efficiency can be improved by using the latest available technologies such as cloud, big data, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence,” added the Deputy Prime Minister.

A new digital technology course for 250 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) was also launched as part of the MoU. The program aims to involve 1,000 SMEs in the future.

“Huawei is deeply honored to forge a successful partnership with NEA to jointly develop digitally focused courses designed for entrepreneurs and startups. This partnership with the Ministry of Commerce is part of our long-standing mission to help the country achieve Thailand 4.0 through digital transformation,” said Abel Deng, Managing Director of Huawei Technologies Thailand.

Huawei has already offered over 3,000 digital technology courses through its Huawei ASEAN Academy under Huawei Thailand.

“With our expertise in developing cutting-edge technology courses that cover a full range of ICT fields, we are convinced that the knowledge and know-how we impart can provide a competitive advantage to our participants. Graduates will acquire the necessary computer skills to enable them to seize new opportunities in the digital age,” Mr. Deng concluded.

Prior to this, Huawei introduced a synergy cloud, AI, and IoT ecosystem to supercharge digitalisation in Thailand.

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Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has partnered with the UK Government to launch the Smart City Handbook, a blueprint to promote the development of smart cities between the two countries.

The UK will offer its expertise to help Thailand’s ongoing urban planning efforts that aim to create smart cities. This will include research and innovation, the deployment of energy efficient buildings and electric vehicles, and renewable energy research.

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