Telstra, Australia's largest mobile operator, has been barred from participating in an upcoming digital dividend spectrum auction over concerns from the country's regulators that it could increase the company's dominance creating an unfair playing field. Telstra already owns more than 50 percent of the available low-band spectrum in Australia and has a 52 percent share of the country's mobile connections.

Read more: Australia's Telstra barred from upcoming digital dividend spectrum auction

A survey of 455 CIOs and senior IT decision-makers from nine countries in Asia Pacific, undertaken for Red Hat and Intel by Forrester Consulting, found enterprises in the region turning to open source vendors to innovate, reduce vendor lock-in, and get past the obstacles of security concerns that have been associated with it.

Read more: Open source on the rise in Asia Pacific enterprises

The Thai government is to cooperate with Alibaba on a range of initiatives to develop e-commerce in Thailand by providing training to SMEs and individuals and exploring ways to enhance the country's logistics capabilities to support Thailand 4.0 and Digital Economy strategies.

Read more: Alibaba to help Thailand build a digital economy

Telstra has released a ranking of the digital transformation status of 11 Asian nations '” prepared for it by the Economist Intelligence Unit '” saying the region is a long way from being a global leader in digital infrastructure skills and technology ecosystems '“ the building blocks of success in a modern economy.

Read more: Telstra & EIU rate Asian nations on digital transformation

Apple received a timely boost in China after a difficult number of months in the region '“ following the news that its iPhone 7 was the second best-selling phone in urban China. It has recently faced a public relations backlash after a consumer watchdog in Shanghai revealed that eight iPhones had combusted and exploded '“ although Apple moved swiftly to dismiss safety concerns over its products and said the flaming phones were caused by external factors, and refused to recall any of its units.

Read more: Timely boost for Apple in China as iPhone 7 sales increase

Vodafone, through its Vodafone Partner Markets arm, has renewed for a further three years its five-year old partnership with Singaporean mobile operator, StarHub, designed to facilitate global mobile communications for businesses and individuals.

Read more: Vodafone & StarHub extend partnership for three more years

A Japanese Telecoms company has agreed to invest a staggering $50 billion in business and job creation in the United States - following a deal which was brokered by incoming US president, Donal Trump. The president elect triumphantly told the assembled media in the lobby of Trump Tower, New York, that SoftBank had agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States which would create 50,000 jobs over the next four years.

Read more: 50,000 new jobs as Japanese Telecoms giant agree to invest $50 billion in US

IDC is tipping IT spending in the manufacturing sector in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region to exceed $US36 billion by 2020, representing a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.34 percent from 2016 to 2020. IDC says manufacturing related initiatives in China, India and the ASEAN countries will account for nearly 80 percent of this figure.

Read more: IDC tips Apac IT spend by manufacturers to top $U36b by 2020

China Telecom, ZTE and Inspur '” one of China's largest IT software and hardware companies '” have become the latest gold members of the OpenStack Foundation, the organization that supports and promotes OpenStack, the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds.

Read more: China Telecom, ZTE and Inspur become OpenStack Foundation gold members

Australia based global communications network operator, MNF Group, has expanded its TNZI global communications business (the former international arm of Telecom New Zealand, acquired by MNF in April 2015) by opening a new point of presence (PoP) in Hong Kong.

Read more: Australia's MNF group expands global net with Hong Kong PoP

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