In The Spotlight
Huawei Technologies announced collaboration and partnerships with 20 key industry peers at this year's Huawei eco-Connect conference, held in conjunction with CommunicAsia 2017. The series of partnerships, announced over the course of the three-day trade conference from 23 to 25 May at Sands Expo & Convention Center, Singapore, reinforced Huawei's continued stronghold of the cloud ecosystem in the Southern ASEAN and Oceania region.
“In order to differentiate, telecommunications operators must address the trend of bringing connectivity to remote locations,” said Stephane Palomba, Vice President of Global Cellular Services at Speedcast as he spoke at CommunicAsia in Singapore today. During his presentation titled, ‘Growing the Potential of VSAT: Deep-diving on Cellular Backhaul Capabilities,’ Palomba described the growth opportunities presented by recent improvements in VSAT technology, including cellular backhaul capabilities.
The organizer of Asia’s largest technology and digital media event has said the conference is specifically designed to help organizations and companies become ‘future-ready’ and ‘future-proof’ in order to adapt to the on-going digital transformation that he claims is the most critical component in Asia’s future.
CommunicAsia 2017: Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim has claimed that ‘Digitalization’ will power Singapore into its next phase of growth. Dr Ibrahim was delivering his keynote address at the Infocomm Media Business Exchange opening ceremony at CommunicAsia which was held in The Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore.
SK Telecom successfully showcased its AR·VR platform - 'T Real VR Studio' at Google I/O 2017, held in Mountain View, California from May 17 to 19.'T Real VR Studio' is an integrated AR VR service platform utilized in multiple VR platforms including Daydream, Google's VR platform. SK Telecom has interlocked 'T real', its AR VR service platform, with Google Daydream to provide opportunities for all to easily create, share, and play the virtual content.
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.
Telecom Review secured an exclusive interview with ZTE Director of Wireless Innovation Solutions, Summer Chen, in order to find out where the company stood in relation to implementing 5G technologies and establish what projects it's currently working on to ensure the transition from 4G to 5G.