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…
The US Department of Commerce (USDOC) has granted the CES Asia 2016 "Official Trade Fair" certification. The show is owned by the US Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which is responsible for the annual CES show in Las Vegas. It is co-produced by Intex Shanghai and will run from May 11 to13 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center. The Trade Show Certification program is a cooperative partnership arrangement between private sector show organizers and the US government to increase US…

Federal Data Centers Face New Requirements

Written on Thursday, 07 April 2016 06:32
U.S. government data centers will have to meet tough new energy efficiency standards or else face closure under a new plan pushed by federal CIO Tony Scott. The draft Data Center Optimization Initiative is planned to supersede the 2010 Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, which sought to promote the use of "green" IT and reduce duplication and inefficiencies in the feds' use of data centers. The draft memorandum takes advantage of new authorities granted to federal CIOs by the Federal…
The Indian Government is to issue eight experimental licenses in the 470-582MHz band for trials of white space technology. The move has been welcomed by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a global organization advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization.
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