Japan is advancing digital transformation efforts to build a digital society. Adopting a top-down approach, the Japanese government started to modernize its IT infrastructure and services and build a digital workforce to support a future-proof digital society, bridge the digital gap between urban and rural areas and drive economic growth.

Read more: Japan to Revive Tech and Semiconductor Competitiveness

How Southeast Asian Telcos Are Bolstering Their Cyber Defenses Amid the Push for Digitalization

In 2023, cybersecurity laws will be high on the agenda for many governments across the world as they continue to deal with growing pressure to protect their people and infrastructure from cyberattacks, according to mobile industry group GSMA.

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5G promises new and innovative capabilities that bring marked improvements to enterprises. Apart from being the improved version of preceding mobile communication technology, 5G enables new applications across enterprise sectors, taking IoT and industrial applications to unprecedented levels. These new capacities allow enterprises to create new digital services, new business opportunities and viable monetization models to raise their overall competitive edge in a fast-evolving business landscape.

Read more: Advancing Enterprise 5G to Sustain Growth and Transformation

Global smartphone shipments have dipped sharply by 18.3% to 300.3 million units in the last quarter of 2002, reported IDC, making the holiday quarter the worst decline in a single quarter in 2022 and the fourth consecutive quarter for declined shipments. With smartphone shipments totaling 1.21 billion units in 2022, last year saw the lowest annual smartphone shipment since 2013, when shipments have slumped 11.3%.

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The healthcare industry has witnessed a big leap with IoT technology. The ability of the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect real-time data with users — together with the emergence of ultra-low latency, high bandwidth 5G — is a game-changer for the healthcare industry.

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The tech war between the US and China continues to gain momentum. To counter a move by the US to disrupt China’s semiconductor technology supply, China is allocating $143 billion to boost its capabilities in advanced chip design and manufacturing. As one of several measures, this fund will provide financial subsidies and incentives for Chinese chipmakers to develop and acquire the required semiconductor technology.

Read more: US Continues to Limit China’s High-Tech Sector With Fresh Bans

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