The European Commission continues to shine a light upon Alphabet Google and its alleged monopoly abuse. EU regulators brought a third antitrust charge against the online search giant on Thursday, July 14, accusing Google of blocking rivals in the lucrative online search advertising market. The European Commission has once again highlighted the fact that Google, the world’s most popular internet search engine, favors its own shopping service in search results, resulting in an unfair market for its competitors to operate…
The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has called on all smart mobile and device users and warned them about playing online electronic games that request for their geographical locations, which could be used against them for criminal activities. The warning was issued in the light of the growing popularity of online games such as Pokemon Go, which according to the TRA, invades the privacy of users and allows criminal elements like hackers to spy on them and know when they…

UAE’s telecommunications sector leads the Arab community

Written on Thursday, 14 July 2016 13:25
The UAE is ranked ahead of all Arab states in the 2015 Networked Readiness Index (NRI) issued by the World Economic Forum, and twenty-third among all 143 countries assessed, moving up one position from twenty-fourth place in 2014. International indices ranking a range of information and communication technology (ICT) indicators demonstrate the robust nature of the UAE’s telecommunications sector and the government’s success in leveraging advances in information and communication technologies to drive economic productivity and social development. Internationally, the…

IBM bets on blockchain in Singapore

Written on Thursday, 14 July 2016 09:53
IBM in conjunction with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is to set up a Center for Blockchain Innovation in Singapore in which IBM researchers will work with government, industries and academia to develop applications and solutions based on enterprise blockchain, cyber-security, and cognitive computing technologies. IBM says the center will also engage with small and medium enterprises to create new applications and grow new markets in finance and trade. The vice president…
The launch of 5G is supported by many major telcos, including 20 that have promised to introduce 5G in the European Union by 2020 under one condition: governments must weaken net neutrality rules. The coalition, including Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, Vodafone and BT, have outlined their plans in a seven-page document called ‘5G Manifesto’ which details how the companies will introduce 5G across Europe over the next five years. But the document also warns that if European governments don’t allow more…
Fifteen communities have joined together as part of a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities initiative. The goal is to create a national network of Smart Gigabit Communities that will leverage next-generation Internet and Smart City technologies to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and economic conditions. US Ignite is providing the 15 participating communities with relevant information, education and resources for funding and deployment in order to help realize the new program’s goals. With US Ignite’s help, each community is…

Hong Kong touts itself as Asian ‘Technology Hub’

Written on Thursday, 23 June 2016 06:22
Hong Kong is promoting itself as an innovation and technology hub for companies looking to tap into the Asian market. The Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London, Ms Priscilla To, said: “Entrepreneurs from around the world and renowned research and technology institutes choose Hong Kong as a regional base for developing their ideas and innovations, making use of facilities just across the border to develop prototypes over a few days, and Hong Kong's connectivity and network,…
On June 14, the new Radio Equipment Directive came into force in Europe. This major update of Europe’s single market rules for radio equipment was published in May 2014. ETSI’s Harmonized European Standards, developed in support of the Directive, are the preferred means for manufacturers to comply with the regulation. Equipment which complies with the Harmonized Standards for this Directive is presumed to comply with the requirements of the Directive. In August 2015 the European Commission requested ETSI (European Telecommunications…
Following a recent report about an announcement by the government of Singapore to cut off internet access for government work stations within a year for security reasons, Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, has defended his country's controversial decision, calling the move "absolutely necessary" to keep information systems secure. "Are we happy? I don't think so, because it will slow us down in terms of day-to-day productivity,” the prime minister told Singapore media during a recent visit to Myanmar.…

New Zealand eyes Vietnam’s technology market

Written on Sunday, 12 June 2016 06:33
New Zealand is hoping to boost its technology trade with Vietnam: it has opened a new Kiwi technology center at Quang Trung Software City, in Ho Chi Minh City, to act as a hub for New Zealand technology companies investing in and doing business in Vietnam and the ASEAN region. The development is headed by New Zealand software services business Augen Software Group, which last year became the first New Zealand company to win a Vietnam IT Excellence award Health-related…
Singapore confirmed Wednesday June 8 that it would cut off internet access for government work stations within a year for security reasons, a surprise move in one of the world's most wired countries. The decision will not disrupt government operations, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said after local daily The Straits Times reported that some 100,000 computers would be affected. "We have started to separate internet access from the work stations of a selected group of public service officers, and…
Ahead of CommunicAsia2016 held in Singapore, the island nation’s Minister for Communications and Information, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, spoke at the Infocomm Media Business Exchange’s Ministerial Forum on ICT on Monday. He talked about all of the progress that Singapore has made as a ‘Smart Nation’ which will include the world’s first data centers designed to cater to tropical climates. Dr. Ibrahim went into further detail about how he has partnered with other players in the industry to launch testbeds for…
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