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Singapore awards four data centre operators with 80MW of new capacity
An AirTrunk-Bytedance consortium, Equinix, GDS, and Microsoft have won the right to develop new data centre projects in Singapore, as the country prepares to end a four-year moratorium. Following more than 20 bids, the four data centre operators have been provisionally awarded 80MW of capacity for the new facilities. “We aim to allocate more capacity... Read More

Security a key factor in choosing a cloud vendor, Alibaba survey reveals

In a survey of 1,000 Asian businesses across the APAC region, respondents said that security concerns were the top factor in their choice of cloud vendor. Respondents to the survey commissioned by Alibaba Cloud said security was number one for 69% of businesses, outweighing other considerations like availability (58%) and cost (55%). Security was also… Read More

Alibaba Cloud expected to be ‘as big as’ Alibaba Group, says CEO Zhang
Alibaba has announced a significant restructuring, with plans to spin off its cloud division as a separate, publicly listed entity. This follows tightening regulations on China's technology sector. The spinoff of the Cloud Intelligence Group was approved on Thursday via a stock dividend distribution to shareholders. The company aims to publicly list the Cloud Intelligence... Read More

CloserStill Media’s Tech Shows Secure Three AEO Excellence Awards Nominations

CloserStill Media’s Tech Show London and Tech Week Singapore have been shortlisted in three categories for the upcoming 30th AEO Excellence Awards, marking a significant achievement in the event industry. Tech Show London garnered significant recognition, earning a finalist spot for two categories. First, the Best Conference UK award, in which two other CloserStill Media… Read More

Vietnam data centre market grows in importance following cybersecurity laws
With cybersecurity and storage laws increasing demand for data sovereignty, Huawei has set its sight on the Vietnam data centre market. Huawei's Data Center Product Manager, Do Van Chung, told Nikkei Asia that Vietnam has the 'opportunity to be a hub' for data centre business, as the population's Internet and social media usage booms. Huawei... Read More

Fujitsu set to sell Japan’s first domestic quantum computers in 2023

A partnership between technology firm Fujitsu and the RIKEN Research Institute is on track to produce the first commercialised domestic quantum computer in Japan.

Research reveals use of web content tools is expected to grow as internet restrictions continue to tighten

New research has found 82% of internet users in countries with some of the world’s harshest internet censorship regulations expect the need for web access tools to grow in the next year.

Chinese AI tool can ‘check loyalty of party members’

Developed by researchers at Hefei Comprehensive National Science Centre, the tool is supposedly able to analyse facial expressions and brainwaves to accurately determine the extent to which the person is receptive to “thought education”.

Apple supplier Japan Display looks to sell LCD factory

Leading smartphone screen manufacturer and iPhone supplier Japan Display (JDI) is reportedly in talks with Apple and Sharp for the sale of its primary smartphone factory in Hakusan City, western Japan.

The factory may sell for as much as $820 million USD, according to estimates from Nikkei. Japan Display said it was considering all options for the plant, which may include a sale to Apple or Sharp, or a bailout from an asset management company.

JDI also stated that it is currently running a comprehensive equipment and infrastructure assessment at the facility, in advance of a decision on the Hakusan plant’s future.

Defence Secretary says Huawei behaviour will determine 5G decision

A decision on whether or not to allow the use of Huawei telecoms equipment in parts of Britain’s new 5G networks is not just technical – but also about behaviour, the Defence Secretary has said.

Ben Wallace was speaking at the defence and security arms fair DSEI, when he revealed the Government would publish a decision soon, but stopped short of providing a date.

Data centres in China set to consume more energy than the whole of Australia

The energy consumed by data centres in China is projected to exceed that consumed by Australia last year, a new report has claimed.

Greenpeace East Asia and the North China Electric Power University, which jointly penned the report, estimate the sector’s electricity consumption to jump to 267 terawatt-hours (TWh) by 2023, surpassing the 261 TWh consumed by Australian homes and businesses in 2018.

Keppel in talks to build floating data centre off the coast of Singapore

Keppel Corp is in discussions to construct a floating hyperscale data centre off the coast of Singapore. 

Two years ago Keppel Data Centres, a subsidiary of the communications conglomerate, invested $10 million into Nautilus Data Technologies, a Californian floating data centre startup that in December filed a proposal to moor a facility at Ted Russell Dock in Ireland.