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Cloud Updates (Mar 2013)

THAILAND: 1800MHZ BAND REALLOCATION APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE BY TELECOMS COMMITTEE

29 March 2013: An auction of the returned spectrum Regulator NBTC approved a proposal to reallocate spectrum in the 1800 MHz band after the expiration of existing build-transfer-operate (BTO) concessions in Sep 2013 and the spectrum returned by the private operators. An auction of the returned spectrum was tentatively set for the third quarter of 2014. The regulator intended to package the reclaimed frequencies into 4G-suitable licenses. A panel would be formed to oversee the process. State operators had been lobbying to be automatically granted the 1800 MHz spectrum when the rights to the frequencies expired.

INDIA LETS BROADBAND PROVIDERS OFFER VOICE SERVICES

29 March 2013: The Telecom Ministry said the Telecom Commission agreed to allow Indian wireless broadband providers to offer voice services over their broadband services if they paid an additional USD 306m in fees. This would enable the holders of broadband wireless access (BWA) licenses to compete in the already crowded voice market in the country. Previously, BWA spectrum holders could only provide data services. Six private players currently held BWA licenses and were expected to deploy LTE services, of which only two were previously permitted to provide voice under their unified access license.

NEW ZEALAND: NZD5.5 MILLION (USD4.6 MILLLION) FOR CALL CENTER FOR AUCKLAND CITY

29 March 2013: It will be paying Vodafone/TelstraClear that amount to consolidate its call center footprint over next 5 yrs.

THAILAND: THE DRAFT AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPUTER CRIME ACT WOULD BE SUBMITTED FOR THE CABINET'S CONSIDERATION

29 March 2013: The ICT Ministry indicated it would speed up its submission of the draft amendments to the Computer Crime Act for the Cabinet’s consideration to address issues stemming from new technologies. The fight against computer crime was regarded as a national priority, with the Electronic Transaction Development Agency (ETDA) preparing a policy to prevent cyber crime, and the ministry establishing a National Cyber-Security Committee. Regulator NBTC also held activities to increase awareness of crime through mobile devices, especially when people conducted transactions through smart phones.

INDIA QUASHES 2G LICENSE APPEALS

25 March 2013: The Supreme Court rejected appeals from operators to overturn its decision revoking 122 2G licenses, denying the petitions on the grounds that they were all not valid. The Court ruled that all spectrum vacated by operators must be put up for sale in the coming auctions. Operators who had been granted permission to continue providing service must cease operations unless they intended to bid for spectrum in March. The Department of Telecommunications had also issued notices to several operators for additional spectrum usage fees dating back to 2008.

THAILAND: ADOBE LAUNCHES CREATIVE CLOUD SERVICES

25 March 2013: Adobe has launched its Adobe Creative Cloud service tailored for Thai SMEs. The membership-based service, priced at USD840 (THB25037.88) per user annually, provides users with unlimited access to Adobe desktop apps such as Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge as well as game developer tools, and integration with Photoshop Touch apps.

NEW ZEALAND: DC DEVELOPMENTS

25 March 2013: IBM experienced a 48-hour outage at its NZD80 million Auckland cloud DC affecting NZ Virtual Server Services. This hurt 25 of Eagle Technology's clients.
Wellington City Council will host its IT equipment in Revera’s Trentham DC

AUSTRALIA: GLOBAL PERSONAL CLOUD MARKET TO REACH USD43.5 BILLION IN 2018

25 March 2013: The global personal cloud market will grow from USD6.6 billion in 2013 to USD43.5 billion in 2018 representing a CAGR of 45.61% from 2013-2018, according to Markets and Markets.

INDONESIA: BILL TO GUARD BUSINESSES FROM FOREIGN COMPETITION

22 March 2013: The House of Representatives was finalizing a draft Industry Law that would guard businesses from foreign competition. The existing 1984 Industry Law was deemed lacking in the flexibility to cope with free trade and economic globalization. With a fast growing economy, the new and stronger regulations were expected to lay the foundation for a competitive, export-oriented, sustainable and environmentally-friendly industry. The House had been urged by some to drop some provisions in the bill seeking to increase the consumption of domestic products.

OPERATORS OPPOSE INDIA'S PROPOSED LICENSE FEE FOR INTERNET SERVICES
22 March 2013: Telecom operators opposed a government proposal to impose a license fee on Internet services. They informed the telecom regulator that Internet penetration in the country was still very low and, therefore, imposing a fee would be detrimental to the cause of reaching broadband to the masses. The Government had proposed to collect a percentage of the revenue from Internet services towards license fee as part of the to-be-launched unified license regime, where ISPs might have to pay 6% of their annual revenue compared to nothing at the present.

MALAYSIA: MINISTRIES, AGENCIES TOLD TO BEEF UP CYBER SECURITY

22 March 2013: The Chief Secretary to the Malaysian Government directed all departments and ministries to raise the level of security of their websites to prevent hacking, following a hacking of the Information Department’s website. He asked the agencies to be alert to the hacking threats at all times.

THAILAND: TRUE INTERNET LAUNCHES CLOUD BASED SERVICES

22 March 2013: True Internet, the online arm of True Corporation, has partnered with Hatari Wireless and Cisco Systems to provide cloud-based digital services to capitalize on the expanding cloud computing market in Thailand. The company aims to target retail shops that are likely to interact with customers through mobile devices.

THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IS SET TO HOST THE PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT WEBSITES

22 March 2013: The Philippines government was considering directing the Department of Science and Technology to host all government websites to curb the growing number of hacking attacks and ensure greater safety of the websites.

NEW ZEALAND: SILVERSTRIPE WINS ALL-OF-GOVT WEB OPEN SOURCE PLATFORM DEAL

22 March 2013: The single platform will let govt agencies share and reuse common features and will achieve savings of NZD50,000 (USD41,707) per web project procurement. Revera will manage the infrastructure using IaaS.

AUSTRALIA: DC DEVELOPMENTS

22 March 2013: UK cloud company ElasticHosts is renting DC space from Vocus in Sydney to expand its service in the region.
* NAB has launched a new DC in Deer Park, Victoria. It is built by Digital Realty and will house NAB’s private cloud to be built by IBM.
* Global Switch has begun the first stage of construction on a AUD300 million (USD308m) 24,000 sq m facility to be located in East Sydney.
* ADC is fitting out a 3000 sq m DC in Mitchell, ACT.

'ANONYMOUS INDONESIA' LAUNCHES CYBER ATTACK ON GOVERNMENT SITES
20 March 2013: Hackers defaced numerous government websites in Indonesia following the arrest of an alleged 20-year-old hacker in East Java who was said to have defaced the Indonesian President's official Internet homepage. Analysts said weak security and strong solidarity among underground hacker networks was at the heart of the problem. In one of the world’s most social-media savvy countries, the online group ‘Anonymous Indonesia’ had been drawing attention in recent days. The recent string of attacks was labeled "Operation Free Wildan", named after the hacker arrested in East Java.

EMKOR SET TO TAP THE 10 MILLION INDIAN SMB MARKET WITH ITS BFAAS OFFERING

20 March 2013: The eighteen-month-old Indian startup, Emkor Solutions, targeting the emerging and mid-market Indian enterprise segment, has introduced a Business Function as a Service (BFaaS) offering, which is an end-to-end offering of many core business functions, powered by partnerships with established technology vendors like Microsoft, Dell, Citrix, QlikView and more.

MALAYSIA: CLOUD MUSIC PROVIDER TO LAUNCH SERVICES
20 March 2013: Taiwanese cloud music provider Kkbox will launch its online music service in Malaysia as it expands into South East Asian market. Free registration for trial services have begun and the service will be priced at MYR14.9 (USD4.83).

THAI UNIVERSITY DEPLOYS GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION
20 March 2013: Mae Fah Luang University has recently adopted Google Apps such as Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Groups, and Google+ for education; bringing 14,000 students, teachers and personnel to the cloud. The university has been running a campaign “MFU goes Google” to promote the efficient use of the apps.

PHILIPPINES: GLOBE ADVANCES NEW DATA CENTER, CLOUD COMPUTING SOLUTION
20 March 2013: Globe Telecom's corporate arm Globe Business, announced the expansion of its flagship MK2 data center to address the increasing demand for data center and cloud services in the country. The company also conducted a test drive of its new cloud computing solution called "game-changer". The system is up and running and is currently installed in the data center in Los Angeles California and MK2 facility. Located in Magallenes, Makati City, MK2 occupies a two storey building with each floor occupying 700 square meters of data center space.

TAIWAN'S SYSCOM FORGES CLOUD JOINT VENTURE WITH JAPAN'S TOKAI
20 March 2013: Taiwan-based Syscom Group, a system integration company, announced a joint venture with Japan's Tokai Communications Corp. (Tokai-Com) in cloud computing that will target the greater China market. The two sides will each invest 200 million Japanese yen (US$2.14 million) to set up a new company in Taiwan in April, Syscom President James Liu said at a news conference in Taipei. The new venture will provide cloud computing, healthcare cloud, data centre and digital communications solutions, as well as system integration services, Liu said.

NEW ZEALAND: CLOUD GUIDANCE FOR SMES FROM PRIVACY COMMISSIONER
20 March 2013: Guidelines help SMEs protect personal information on the cloud knowing that they are still responsible for their customers' info. See www.privacy.org.nz/using-the-cloud/.

BROADBAND CHINA 2013 SPECIAL TASK FORCES IS SET TO ADD 100 MILLION 3G USERS BY THE END OF 2013
20 March 2013: The Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) held a meeting for the deployment of 'Broadband China 2013 Special Task Forces'. China planned to establish 180,000 new 3G base stations and add 100 million 3G users by the end of 2013. To achieve this goal, it was announced at the meeting that 6 special projects would be established, covering urban and rural broadband plans, rural school broadband access plan, application promotion plan, experience enhancement plan and broadband product R&D plan. The three major carriers also articulated their own plans at the meeting.

AUSTRALIA: ADDITIONS TO GOV'T. CLOUD PANEL
20 March 2013: The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has added 14 new approved suppliers for its DC as a Service panel including AAPT and Dimension Data. Suppliers now number 49.
* AGIMO says the whole-of-govt desktop panel has saved the govt AUD27 million (USD27.7 million). 90 agencies have used the panel to buy AUD120 million (USD123 million) worth of computers. The whole-of-govt DC panel has saved the govt AUD24 million (USD24.7 million). AGIMO has started work on a replacement agreement with Microsoft for when its contract with govt expires in Jun 2013.
* Australia.gov.au has 1.9 million citizen accounts, with 1.3 million linked through Centrelink, Child Support, Medicare, eHealth, and Veterans Affairs.
* Environment Dept plans to set up an ICT service providers’ panel with tender doc request closing by 25 Mar.

JAPANESE POLICE TEAMS UP WITH HACKERS TO FIGHT CYBERCRIME
18 March 2013: The National Police Agency (NPA) planned to adopt a new approach to fight cybercrime, including teaming up with hackers to catch criminals. The program was initiated after a case last year where 4 individuals were wrongly arrested after their PCs were hacked and used to post threatening messages. The police would join hacking communities and create relationships with hackers to collect the necessary information on activities. It would employ more staff with technical knowledge and send teams for training, as well as consider adopting new policy measures.

SINGAPORE PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION COMMISSION ISSUES ADVISORY GUIDELINES
18 March 2013: The Personal Data Protection Commission issued consultation papers on its proposed regulations and advisory guidelines. They were intended to help organizations get ready for the phased implementation of the new privacy law, and sought to provide greater clarity by elaborating on specific requirements, obligations and interpretations under the law. The draft regulations included positions relating to requests for access or correction of data, and requirements for transfer of data out of Singapore. The guidelines included interpretation of key terms and the obligations of organizations.

TELKOM TO INSTALL 100,000 WI-FI HOTSPOTS IN SCHOOLS ACROSS INDONESIA
18 March 2013: State telecom operator Telkom planned to install WiFi hotspots at select schools across the country this year. Each institution would have 3-4 hotspots and installation would cost about $1k to $1.5k per school for access to Internet at 1 Mbps. The company would offer credits to the schools under its IndiSchool program, intended to evenly connect both urban and rural schools with Internet, and support lessons plans with access to educational content. The program was expected to be launched by the second semester of 2013.

INDIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES CLOUD INITIATIVE
18 March 2013: The Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) in India has launched GI Cloud, a national cloud initiative to help the government leverage cloud computing for effective delivery of e-services. The project, initiated to support the implementation of the National e-Governance Plan of India (NeGP), aims to create a private cloud environment for the use of government departments and agencies at the center and state levels. A roadmap to GI Cloud was released by DeitY last month, assessing the ICT infrastructure currently in place in India and defining an implementation plan for GI Cloud. The roadmap declares that cloud computing environments will be established at the national and state levels, starting with one National Cloud, using new and existing data centers. The National Cloud will provide services such as computing, storage and network infrastructure, backup and recovery, and application development, supported by the State Clouds.

MALAYSIAN BOOK RETAIL CHAIN CHOOSES OFFICE 365
18 March 2013: Malaysian book and magazine publisher and retailer MPH Group has chosen Microsoft Office 365 as part of its plan to simplify information-sharing among its staff. MPH Group [MPH] assistant general manager Lee Kim Hock said the cloud driven office suite would be used by about 1000 staff [300 staff at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor and other offices, and more than 700 retail staff in 32 stores in Malaysia and Singapore], which "often struggled with its email system, particularly when it comes to sending emails with graphic and video file attachments."

VIETNAM: DA NANG CITY TO BUILD NEW DC
18 March 2013: Da Nang is planning to build a DC as part of the city administration’s vision to become a 'smarter city'. The smarter city vision stems from the city’s partnership with IBM to develop IT infrastructure.

PHILIPPINES: IP-CONVERGE AND SYMANTEC PARTNER ON CLOUD BACKUP SERVICE
18 March 2013: Local Internet DC operator IP-Converge, a subsidiary of PLDT, has partnered with Symantec to launch IPC Backup Cloud, a cloud based enterprise data backup service. The service allows companies to backup data for a monthly fee based on the amount of data backed up. The service will be targeted at SMEs, to help them quickly recover from disasters. Data loss from disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, and fires, has been reported by 89% of companies in a recent survey by Symantec

TAIWAN: TAIPEI CITY TO OPEN TENDER FOR CLOUD COMPUTING SCIENCE PARK
18 March 2013: Taipei City will open bidding for a cloud computing science park for the Taipei City Hall Municipal. Construction for the science park is expected to begin in Apr 2014, and be completed in 2017, where it is expected to attract 210,000 enterprises to offer system apps for cloud computing.

NEW ZEALAND: 700 MHZ AUCTION TO TAKE PLACE IN Q3 2013
18 March 2013: The government announced it would auction digital dividend spectrum at 700 MHz in Q3 of 2013, with spectrum to be issued in Jan 2014. The spectrum would be organized into blocks according to the APT band plan. Meanwhile, Chorus, the company tasked with building 75% of the government’s Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network said that its part of the network would cost $300m more than initially expected. More than 134k homes and businesses in NZ were now able to connect to UFB, and fiber deployment was underway in 24 of 33 town centers that would connect to UFB.

CHINA NATIONAL INFORMATION SECURITY REVIEW COMMITTEE HAS INITIATED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT
18 March 2013: Chinese government formally initiated a policy process to explore the creation of a "China National Information Security Review Committee" and to establish an information security review mechanism. While the establishment of the Committee would take time, the formulation of the security review mechanism had been kicked off, with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) leading the policy process in the Chinese government. The security review mechanism focused on user privacy protection, requiring IT vendors who had access to and collected user information to self-declare such behavior to both users and regulators through ways to be defined by related standards to be set.

CLOUD COMPUTING TRIAL TO BE LAUNCHED IN AUSTRALIA
18 March 2013: The five trials are for Email-as-a-Service, ERP-as-a-Service, IaaS, Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), and Collaboration-as a-Service. ServiceFirst has issued RFI for messaging as a service and DaaS. Find out more at: HERE and HERE

CLOUD COMPUTING SET TO SOAR IN THAILAND
18 March 2013: The Thai cloud market is expected to increase by 22% from THB1.9 billion (USD64 million) to THB2.3 billion (USD77 million) this year, according to the Kasikorn Research Centre. This is due to the arrival of 3G wireless broadband and big data analytics services. The main segment adopting cloud will be medium size companies (organizations with 50-100 employees).

THAILAND ESTABLISHES CENTER TO AID IT MASTERPLAN DEVELOPMENT
16 March 2013: A group of IT professionals have opened a research centre in Thailand to aid the country's information and communication technology (ICT) masterplan, Smart Thailand. The center's director, Thanachart Numnonda, said that the centre is aimed at reorganizing the country's data storage system to meet international standards, The Bangkok Post reported. This is because Thailand is lacking a quality ICT database to help policy makers develop the IT masterplan, he explained. It is positioned as a "brain sharpener," to hone IT skills, support startup firms, and improve the country's IT competitiveness, Numnonda noted. He also acknowledged that Thailand has a lower number of software companies using cloud technologies, compared to the other Southeast Asian nations. The center also signed a two-year deal with the Association of Thailand ICT Industry (ATCI) to conduct market research and provide training in areas such as cloud computing and mobile development. It also aims to train at least 1,000 people in the first year of operation, and provide a matching service to help new companies and smaller firms find partners.

CHINA: DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR MOBILE NETWORK OPERATOR BUSINESS TRIAL
16 March 2013: On Jan 8, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published a draft for comments on a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) trial program which would allow domestic private companies to play in the MVNO space. After a two-year trial period, MIIT would then release the official guidance on commercial mobile operations based on the feedback of these trial initiatives. The stated aim was to create an impartial environment and increase competition of mobile services over the telecommunication infrastructure.

AUSTRALIA: AGIMO AT ODDS WITH CONROY'S CLOUD VISION
16 March 2013: The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) opted to retain direct control of the policy around cloud computing, abandoning the idea of industry-led cloud certification. The Office had sought a standardized approach to certification, but ruled out a Government-managed accreditation scheme for cloud providers to avoid costs. AGIMO also did not trust the industry to manage a self-certification scheme ‐ even if third party regulation provided a baseline assurance ‐ as it would "not provide sufficient assurance to meet Australian Government security requirements".

MALAYSIA: MAXIS NOW OFFERS 4G LTE FOR SMARTPHONES
16 March 2013: Malaysia reached a milestone in its mobile landscape with the introduction of 4G LTE by Maxis in selected parts of Klang Valley in Jan 2013. Maxis was reported to be the first operator in the country to introduce the new service allowing its subscribers to enjoy speeds of up to 75 Mbps, with typical average speeds of 10-30 Mbps on the LTE network. The competitive mobile telecommunications market in the country continued to intensify, with operators taking steps to retain their customer base, including keeping 4G prices comparable with 3G services.

INDONESIA FINALLY KICKS OFF AUCTION FOR MORE 3G SPACE
12 March 2013: The Ministry of Communication and Information was getting ready to auction off two blocks of 3G spectrum in the 2100 MHz band. The selection process was reported to be underway, with the auction planned to take place in March 2013. Several of the country's major players had indicated an interest in the frequencies, though there were suggestions that a single operator could possibly walk away with both spectrum blocks. Some operators had indicated the need to examine the costs involved before committing to the participation in the auction.

SOUTH KOREA: GOVERNMENT RESTRUCTURING AND ICT POLICY IN KOREA
12 March 2013: The incoming administration started to unveil information regarding the restructuring of government bodies. Among the expected changes was the establishment of a new Ministry of Future, Creation and Science, which regulator Korea Communications Commission appeared likely to be moved under, potentially with its role reduced with regards to the promotion of broadcast and promotion matters, and its focus limited to regulatory work in communications and IT sector. A Vice-Minister level official was expected to lead the ICT department under the new Ministry. Parts of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security might be affected as well.

THAILAND: NEW LAW ON CYBERCRIMES TO DEAL WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY
12 March 2013: The ICT Ministry indicated it would speed up its submission of the draft amendments to the Computer Crime Act for the Cabinet’s consideration to address issues stemming from new technologies. The fight against computer crime was regarded as a national priority, with the Electronic Transaction Development Agency (ETDA) preparing a policy to prevent cybercrime, and the ministry establishing a National Cyber-Security Committee. Regulator NBTC also held activities to increase awareness of crime through mobile devices, especially when people conducted transactions through smart phones.

AUSTRALIA: ACMA OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR DIGITAL DIVIDEND AUCTION
12 March 2013: Regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced it was accepting submissions from parties interested in taking part in the upcoming digital dividend auction, set to begin on 16 Apr 2013. Prospective bidders had until 24 Jan to submit an application with an AUD 25k (USD 26,245) registration fee. The regulator was expected to announce the applications at the end of January for affiliations between bidders to be declared. The regulator confirmed that spectrum in both 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands would be offered, with each lot comprising a paired 2x5 MHz block of spectrum.

PHILIPPINES GEARS UP FOR 3G SPECTRUM AUCTION
08 March 2013: Regulator NTC would be issuing the bidding rules for 3G frequencies that was surrendered earlier by incumbent operator PLDT belonging to acquired operator CURE, a condition of the PLDT’s acquisition of Sun Cellular operator Digital Telecommunications. Operators such as Globe and San Miguel Corp earlier expressed interest in bidding for the frequencies which could help expand their broadband offerings. NTC was in the final stages of finalizing the terms of reference of the bid, and indicated that the process would likely be a sealed bid, with a floor price set by the regulator.

TAIWAN: SUBMARINE FIBER-OPTIC CABLE LINKS TAIWAN, CHINA
08 March 2013: The first submarine cable directly linking Taiwan and China was completed on January 18th, with the consortium of the telecommunications operators consists of China Unicom and four members from Taiwan, including Chuanghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far Eastone, and Taiwan International Gateway (TIGC )who built it expecting it to improve cross-strait telecommunications quality and to cut communications costs. The Taiwan Strait Express-1, which links Fuzhou in China’s Fujian Province with Tamsui in northern Taiwan, is 270km long and consists of 8 optical fiber pairs. The design capacity of TSE-1 submarine cable system will be at least 5.12 Tbps. Builders adopted state-of-the-art fibre-optic technology for the system and routed it in a way that avoids the faultline region, to minimize the risks of possible damage from natural disasters such as earthquakes. In future, communications between Taiwan and China will no longer have to be rerouted via the Asia-Euro Under-sea Optical Cable, the China-US Cable Network or the Asia Pacific Cable Network 2.

HONG KONG: CYBER ALERT AS HACKING CASES SURGE IN SAR
08 March 2013: Mobile phone apps and cloud computing are prone to cyberattacks, experts have warned, as cases of hacking and web defacement rise in the SAR. The Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre, managed by the Productivity Council, said it handled 1,050 cybersecurity incidents last year, a surge of 30percent from 2011. Among them, hacking cases were up 29percent to 426 while web defacement, in which web pages are changed, rose 124 percent last year to 283. There were also 18 reported cases of smartphone security incidents last year, from none in 2011.

INDIA: TRAI INTRODUCES PENALTIES FOR BROADBAND PROVIDERS
05 March 2013: India telecom regulator TRAI introduced new rules aimed at ensuring transparency in broadband service in the country, making sure that broadband service providers honestly reported the quality of their service and met the set compliance regulations laid out by the authorities. The new Quality of Service Broadband Service (Amendment) Regulations 2012 would allow TRAI to impose penalties on defaulters. If the benchmark QoS was not met by an operator, the company would be liable to pay up to INR 50,000 (USD 913) per incident. The new regulations would come into effect in Jan 2013 and would act as a financial disincentive for broadband service providers who did not meet the government’s benchmark.

HONG KONG: GOVERNMENT CLOUD PORTAL LAUNCHED
05 March 2013: The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) launched a one-stop portal to promote the wider use of cloud computing services and technologies. The InfoCloud portal put together a shared pool of information and resources, including sample use cases, guidelines and best practices for achieving the desired benefits in adopting the cloud computing model. The aim was to provide useful reference tools for both cloud providers and consumers, especially SMEs, to facilitate their provision, selection and management of cloud services. The portal was developed in conjunction with the Guangdong province authorities.

SINGAPORE: SELECTED PORTIONS OF THE SINGAPORE PDPA 2012 CAME INTO OPERATION IN JAN 2013
05 March 2013: Selected portions of the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act 2012 came into operation in Jan 2013 with the formal establishment of the new Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC). This was part of the phased implementation of the new law. Apart from the establishment of the PDPC, the provisions that came into effect primarily set out the scope and interpretation of the Act, the establishment of the Data Protection Advisory Committee and the Do-Not-Call (DNC) registers by the PDPC. The DNC would come into force in early 2014, while the data protection rules would likely come into effect in mid-2014.

CHINA’S (MIIT) ANNOUNCED ITS INFORMATION SECURITY PRIORITIES IN 2013
05 March 2013: This sends a clear signal that China would tighten information security management. These priorities would include establishing a security audit system and security testing system for key IT products, developing information security standards, enhancing government information system security by setting up security check systems, and strengthening security audit in key sectors. Though details of the plan were not yet available, foreign industry players were concerned that the new security standards would lead to a prolonged product-to-market cycle and more barriers, and that more security audits in various sectors would lead to a de facto expanded enforcement of the current security certification scheme. MIIT would also put significant efforts in the supervision of Mobile Internet, Micro Media, Smart Terminal and App Stores, as well as implement the Broadband China Strategy in 2013.