Can China Unicom be reborn through its BATJ partnership?

Though China’s telecommunications sector remains under strict government control, the country’s No. 2 operator, China Unicom, has been stepping up efforts to move to a mixed ownership structure.

As part of the program, Unicom has forged an alliance with four internet giants, hoping to leverage the ties to establish a whole new business model, rather than remain content with just selling connectivity to users.

Last week, Unicom announced approvals for the appointment of new board directors, helping bring in top executives from Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and, the so-called BATJ firms.

The expanded Unicom board now includes Lu Shan, a senior executive vice president of Tencent; Robin Li, the chairman and CEO of Baidu; Liao Jianwen, the chief strategy officer of; and Hu Xiaoming, a senior vice president of Alibaba.

Their appointment follows a move by Unicom to introduce Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and as strategic shareholders as part of a mixed ownership reform.

Unicom has been under huge pressure from key competitors China Mobile and China Telecom, as the company failed to boost its market share in both the mobile and fixed-line segments.

China Mobile has been dominating the mobile market on the mainland for a long time. Meanwhile, latecomer China Telecom has been catching up with Unicom in terms of total mobile users.

In the fixed-line broadband business, Unicom is also challenged by China Mobile as the latter aggressively rolled out service on the back of China Teitong’s network.

From the consumer market perspective, Unicom is no doubt an underdog, and it is not easy for the firm to win back market share from rivals.

But now, the company hopes to improve the situation by taking advantage of its alliance with the four Chinese internet giants.

Leveraging on the strategic partnership with BATJ, Unicom is in a good position to implement service fee reform by waiving all the data usage fees on specific applications, and also move in line with the government’s policy of “reducing service fees whilst boosting the network speed”.

For example, Unicom can provide “data-free” service plan for services like Weixin, online games, online shopping, video streaming and other related services provided by BATJ. With launch of such new service plans, the telecoms firm should be able to attract a number of youngsters.

When more users opt for such plans, Unicom can work out a revenue sharing model with its partners to create “win-win” situation for both sides.

If such free data plans are successful, rivals like China Mobile and China Telecom would also follow afterwards, which should benefit all mobile users in the market.

As a smaller player in the market, Unicom needs to streamline its business operation and prepare for completely online operations, especially as the Chinese government could launch mobile number portability to all users in 2020.

When across-the-board portability is in place, it could provide a great opportunity for Unicom to win users from China Mobile, helped by service innovation and technology support.

Drawing on the experience of Alibaba and Tencent in e-commerce marketplace, Unicom should quickly develop its own pure-online sales platform before the number portability launch, enabling customers to register and select service plans and have the SIM cards delivered quickly anywhere.

Right now, mobile users in rural or inland cities in China don’t have a real choice in terms of service providers, due to the lack of retail outlets other than those of China Mobile. The people are forced to join China Mobile services.

In this situation, if Unicom launches an online platform with the help of BATJ, it can help transform the telecoms firm’s operation and facilitate service subscriptions over the Internet.

Apart from the consumer market, Unicom can also seize opportunities in the enterprise market, drawing on the expertise of the Internet firms in big data analytics and cloud computing services.

Unicom has already teamed up with Alibaba’s Aliyun service in China to provide public cloud service to enterprises in a bid to tap the opportunity arising from new government rules which required that public cloud services should be provided by state-owned firms.

Also, Unicom’s Wo Cloud service is using Alibaba’s cloud infrastructure, something that should help the operator to strengthen its service offering as a whole.

Unicom’s alliance with the BATJ firms may not translate into concrete financial gains for the telecoms operator in the short term, but it can surely pave way for a host of new possibilities in the long run, helping the firm accelerate its growth with an innovative business model.

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Biometric Security Among Features of Alibaba’s Cloud-Based Olympics Platform

“Other applications of the platform’s AI-driven technology highlighted in Alibaba’s announcement include using immersive technology to enhance the spectator experience, leveraging deep learning to optimize athletes’ training regimens, and storing media in easily searchable cloud servers.”

Biometric Security Among Features of Alibaba's Cloud-Based Olympics Platform

China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba is offering biometric security to Olympics organizers, among other things, as part of its Alibaba Cloud ET Sports Brain suite of services.

In a statement announcing the platform, Alibaba explained that it can offer cloud-based biometric identification for venues in the Olympics and other sporting events, not only for security and access control but also for crowd management. It’s a little late to deploy these solutions at the current PyeongChang Olympic Games, of course, but Alibaba is taking the opportunity to make its pitch to stakeholders in future events, noting that host cities can also use Alibaba Cloud ET Sports Brain’s big data analytics to find the optimal locations as they plan their events.

Other applications of the platform’s AI-driven technology highlighted in Alibaba’s announcement include using immersive technology to enhance the spectator experience, leveraging deep learning to optimize athletes’ training regimens, and storing media in easily searchable cloud servers. And this is just the beginning, Alibaba says, with CMO Chris Tung asserting, “Over the next ten years, Alibaba Cloud services will serve as the foundation of our efforts to drive the digital transformation of the Games, creating a more efficient and enjoyable experience for all audiences.”

As for Alibaba Cloud ET Sports Brain’s biometric capabilities, Alibaba’s announcement did not go into detail about the modalities supported, but it is worth noting that the company announced at the end of last year that it would deploy facial and voice recognition technologies to enhance the traveller experience on the Shanghai subway system.

February 12, 2018 – by Alex Perala


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The Era of Big Data

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – THE most valuable resource around now is actually no longer oil or any other natural sources, but rather data. Indonesian companies, the government, and the public ought to realize that.

In the midst of this digital-based industrial revolution, every business opportunity can now be detected and predicted through processing information on trends, consumer behavior and profiles, as well as from a range of other data, often referred to as ¡®big data¡¯. The availability of, and opportunities to make, profits can even be created through its accurate analysis.

Big data is not just statistics. It is a range of data and behaviors collected from Internet users, accessed from computers or smartphones. Whenever someone accesses a Google or Waze map, Google’s smart machines will record that user’s habits: where they are going to, when they go, and other information. It is not surprising, then, that Google and Waze maps can estimate which roads have very heavy traffic or not. Whenever someone surfs in cyberspace, Facebook and Google’s big data engines record the sites they frequently visit, the news they like, and their favorite holiday destinations.

Whenever someone uses the Go-Jek application, for example, that company’s big data engine records information so it can then predict what snacks in a particular area-for instance South Jakarta-are most ordered at weekends, say martabak or fried bananas. If Go-Jek wants to, it could also estimate the increased demand for flour and margarine for martabaks every weekend.

Scary? Hold on: consider all the big data Facebook has. Facebook Indonesia, with its 115 million users in 2017, may well have more complete data about those users than the Ministry of Home Affairs. It knows where someone went to school, where they work, their mobile phone number, and even their political affiliations just from analyzing the news often shared on their Facebook pages.

We need not then be surprised if the expansion of industry titans like Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Facebook, Microsoft, and Alibaba appear to be unstoppable. They are able to read trends in consumers’ needs, then either form a new company or acquire one to meet those needs. This is what convinced website founder Jack Ma that the data business will be the biggest one in future. His company expanded into Indonesia through the many businesses now utilizing big data here, such as Indonesia’s top online shopping sites Lazada and Tokopedia. Indonesian companies must not get left behind in adopting this technology. There are 132 million active Internet users in Indonesia.

It is very important that the government is not too hasty in regulating the use of big data. It should not just arbitrarily prohibit it, as it did with regulating online taxis. It is enough for the government to remain as a referee of the business players.

Companies’ use of big data must also be done with respect for the rights of their customers. Consumers’ privacy should not be abused. Apple Inc demonstrated its dedication to this: the US-based company refused requests from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2016 to access Apple’s data of users the Bureau considered had violated the law.

The public, too, must be aware that all their activities are recorded in big data. This is the price we must pay for convenience in this digital industrial revolution era. All our information and activities are recorded whenever we use Internet-based gadgets. Welcome to the big data era, and welcome to the information tsunami.

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Using big data to analyse e-commerce trends

KUALA LUMPUR: The government wants to use big data to analyse trends in the e-commerce scene to spur the country’s e-commerce activities under the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) initiative.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the move will enable the government and e-commerce players to look at products that are popular in the different markets and grasp demographic information and sales volume.

“Today we’re having our National eCommerce Council meeting and one area is looking at data collection. With the Alibaba platform, we have 24/7 real time data. We can know who’s doing well and we can have analysis of products that will be good for Matrade (Malaysia External Trade Development Corp) and the government to know what products (are popular) and where (are the markets). If sales are low, we would know which segment we should do more promotion. It’s an important spin-off of the digital economy and the Alibaba investment in Malaysia,” he told a media conference at the Malaysia Digital Economy Forum today.

Mustapa also chaired the first National eCommerce Council, which monitors the progress of implementation of the National eCommerce Strategic Roadmap, for the year.

More than 2,000 SMEs have registered with the Alibaba group platform under the the DFTZ initiative, which the government is targeting for 10,000 SMEs to be on the platform by year-end.

Malaysia’s digital economy has seen exponential growth and to date, 58,824 online businesses have registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia. The digital economy accounted for 18.2% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, while the share of e-commerce in the national GDP stood at 6.1%.

Mustapa said nine out of 10 business establishments in Malaysia are SMEs. About 28% of these have online presence and 15% already use that presence for export purposes. The government is committed to undertake initiatives that will further push these numbers.

He said the launch of the DFTZ Pilot Project by the prime minister last year saw growing interest among local and international e-commerce players. The government will work towards ensuring the sustainability of SMEs that are already DFTZ-listed and assist more SMEs to list, in line with the national aspiration of ensuring SMEs are future-ready and equipped to venture into cross-border e-commerce.

In the national digital economy agenda, the DFTZ provides a sustainable platform for SMEs and enterprises to conduct their businesses online. A growing number of companies have started to export via the DFTZ and this will only increase as more and more players understand the value of participating in this initiative.

The DFTZ has been successful in institutionalising some of the trade facilitating measures undertaken by the government, including reduced cargo clearance time from six to three hours in KLIA Air-Cargo Terminal 1, KLIA as well as further simplified documentation procedures.

Going forward, the DFTZ could be the first of many more institutionalised trade facilitation measures expanded to other parts of the country, which will only serve to facilitate local businesses sourcing from third country markets.

Complementing the physical and soft infrastructure provided through DFTZ is the Matrade’s eTrade programme, incepted in 2014 to push Malaysian companies’ exports through e-commerce platforms. In 2017, of the 1,998 companies recruited under the DFTZ initiative, 1,378 are eTrade participants.

This year, DFTZ’s expansion will include trade by sea. The first phase of this expansion will include locations within Malaysia, such as Port Klang and Bukit Kayu Hitam.


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Alibaba partners with big data GPU database startup SQream to deliver cloud database in China

Alibaba Cloud is partnering with Israel-based big data GPU database startup, SQream Technologies, to bring rapid query capability and large scale data analysis to Alibaba Cloud customers. SQream is a provider of the GPU database that consistently provides fast access and analysis of extremely large and growing data stores at a fraction of the cost. On Wednesday, the company announced a collaboration agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Through the partnership agreement, the companies will work together to enable SQream’s GPU database as a cloud service offering to customers of Alibaba Cloud.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Alibaba Cloud. The coupling of our leading GPU database together with Alibaba Cloud’s global infrastructure will enable enterprises around the globe to meet rising challenges in accessing and analyzing rapidly growing data stores,” said Ami Gal, CEO of SQream.

The partnership will provide Alibaba Cloud’s customers with reliable, scalable and on-demand access to large-scale data storage ranging from 10 Terabytes up to several Petabytes. Leveraging the global reach and accessibility of Alibaba Cloud, customers will have unparalleled data access available to them in an offering that is both cost-effective and easy to activate.

“GPU databases provide an innovative and cost effective choice for enterprises to setup, access and analyze data at massive scale,” said Chaoqun Zhan, Director of Alibaba Database Business. “Partnering with SQream will enhance the capabilities of our global technological ecosystem, empowering growing enterprises world-wide.”

SQream develops and markets SQream DB, a SQL analytical database, harnessing the power of thousands of parallel processing cores in GPUs. The solution allows users to easily ingest, store and analyze tens to hundreds of terabytes of data with significantly reduced infrastructure and manpower resources. The result is unparalleled power and flexibility when exploring and analyzing big data. The latest investment reinforces the rising challenge facing enterprises to take full advantage of the rapidly growing data stores.

Founded in 2010 by Ami Gal, Kostya Varakin and Razi Shoshani, SQream Technologies delivers the most flexible database for huge dataset analytics. Global enterprises use SQream DB to analyze more data than ever before. SQream DB delivers business intelligence acceleration for smart, informed, near real-time time decision making based on large data sets, in the age of immense amounts of data.

SQream Technologies has created SQream DB – a GPU database for analyzing enormous data-sets. With minimum cost, hardware and infrastructure changes required, anyone can ingest, compress, store and analyze enormously large data-sets in near real-time. SQream works using broadly adopted production standards like SQL, Java and Python. Consequently, we integrate easily with industry standard connectors. SQream DB can run on-premise or on the cloud.

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Fusionex wins data management contract with Malaysia Airlines

Fusionex has won a data management contract with Malaysia Airlines Berhad (“MAB”).

In a contract of unspecified, yet “significant” value, Fusionex will provide a group-wide data management platform that aims to increase work efficiency and ease internal communications for staff.

The platform aims to address a challenge thousands of MAB employees currently face – to work and communicate efficiently.

Fusionex’s platform will allow for collaboration within the company and also facilitates messaging and information sharing between employees. With all employees using the same platform, any communication, whether textual or imaging would be accessible quickly and easily.

Dato’ Seri Ivan Teh, Fusionex CEO, comments, “Coordinating thousands of employees with a huge amount of data across the globe is no small feat.”

“This win showcases the vast potential for data management and data technology to empower a variety of sectors including aviation towards digital transformation, and we are delighted to be a part of this journey with Malaysia Airlines.”

MAB will also use the platform to help employees establish an optimal work-life balance, reinforcing its objective to promote a strong and united corporate community.

The platform includes an enterprise social network feature which will be deployed for staff to use as a social collaboration tool

Teh adds, “This initiative is applauded as it is targeted to bring Malaysia Airlines’ corporate performance to greater heights, as well as to foster closer communication among MAB employees.”

Fuisionex is a software solutions provider specializing in Big Data Analytics (BDA), the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.

This new contract follows the company’s recent announcement that it will establish an AI and IoT focused partnership with Alibaba Cloud.

The collaboration will see Fusionex deploy its big data solutions on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure and become the key Alibaba Cloud go-to-market partner in the ASEAN region.

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Alibaba’s Still Sliding—but Big Data Can Save the Day

Alibaba’s “customer management revenue” jumped 39% in the fiscal third quarter, mostly because the company earned more per click, though it also attracted a higher volume of clicks. As with any platform that integrates artificial intelligence, the platform only gets more valuable as it accumulates data.

“We’re seeing higher average spending on our customer-management services by an increasing number of merchants,” said Alibaba Chief Financial Officer Maggie Wei Wu on the company’s postearnings conference call.

That’s the kind of thing that can keep paying off, argues Benchmark analyst Fawne Jiang.

“Despite facing a high base from the one-year anniversary of its personalization initiative, we expect BABA’s core ecommerce growth to stay solid going forward,” Jiang wrote.


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‘Alibaba’s Mumbai data centre can support regional cloud needs for next 3-5 years’

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud-computing arm of Alibaba Group, opened its first India data centre in Mumbai last week. Alex Li, General Manager – Asia Pacific, Alibaba Cloud, told BusinessLine that the new data centre is a mega-scale one that could support the regional cloud needs for the next 3-5 years.

Why did you time your entry into the India so late? Is it because Alibaba is ready to enter the lucrative Indian e-commerce market and take on Amazon?

We are here to speak about the cloud business, and from that perspective, I can share that we aim to bring our technology expertise and comprehensive cloud offerings to empower Indian enterprises to unlock their business potential. India is on a journey to transform into a digital economy, which throws up tremendous opportunities for enterprises and SMEs to grow and become part of the global business environment. Indian SMEs are at the forefront of leveraging innovative technology more than ever before, to scale and grow their business. We believe that this is the right time to establish our presence in the market.

We have been providing services to a number of Indian companies across different sectors, through our data centres around the world. Now, we will be able to better service these existing customers, as well as offer localised services to address the increasing market demand from enterprises, internet and e-commerce companies, SMEs and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

Is the Mumbai data centre dedicated to customers in India or will it also serve the company’s customers outside of India?

Our data centre in Mumbai will cater to all companies looking for support in India. Specifically, the data centre will cater to India and regional customers in the Indian peninsula. It is a mega-scale centre that could support the regional cloud needs for the next 3-5 years.

How will Alibaba allay the fears of Indian customers about data security and privacy issues?

It has always been a priority at Alibaba Cloud to ensure the highest cyber protection and compliance standards to our customers. We comply with all applicable laws in every market we operate in. Our security standards have been recognised by a number of international organisations. For example, Alibaba Cloud is the world’s first cloud provider to complete the assessment for the Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue (C5) set out by the Federal Office for Information Security in Germany with the additional requirements. The British Standards Institute (BSI) awarded Alibaba Cloud the world’s first gold certification for cloud security. We have also achieved the Singapore Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) standard Level 3 and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

What cloud-computing will you offer in India?

Alibaba Cloud will provide a comprehensive suite of cloud-computing and data-intelligence offerings. The major categories include elastic computing, database, storage and CDN (content delivery network), networking, analytics and big data, containers, middleware, and security. We also look forward to bring our data-intelligence capability to India in the future. ‘ET Brain’ is Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary Artificial Intelligence programme that aims to help different verticals tackle real-world challenges and unleash their development potential. ET City Brain, ET Industrial Brain, ET Medical Brain, ET Environment Brain and ET Aviation Brain offer an array of services for clients in enterprise, city administration and other professions.


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Kuala Lumpur to adopt ‘City Brain’ for the use of artificial intelligence in traffic management

Earlier this week, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation(MDEC), the lead agency for driving the digital economy in Malaysia, togetherwith Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL or Kuala Lumpur City Hall), and AlibabaCloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announceda collaboration to develop Malaysia’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) ecosystemthrough the introduction of Malaysia City Brain.

This announcement is in line with Malaysia’s commitment todevelop the National AI Framework, which was announcedby Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, in2017. The National AI Framework is an expansion of the National Big DataAnalytics (BDA)Framework

Alibaba’s City Brain was deployed in Hangzhou, Chinain 2016, reducing traffic congestion and enabling faster response to illegalparking and traffic accidents, which are automatically detected. Accordingto Reuters,the system produced reports of traffic violations with up to 92 percentaccuracy, emergency vehicles reaching their destinations in half the time andoverall increase in traffic speed by 15 percent.

Malaysia is the first country outside of China to adopt theCity Brain. Malaysia City Brain offers a comprehensive suite of acquisition,integration, and analysis of big and heterogeneous data generated by adiversity of sources in urban spaces, through video and image recognition, datamining and machine learning technology. The City Brain is expected to enablecity council and urban planners to make better decisions for the community.

During the first phase of the implementation, Malaysia CityBrain will be used in traffic management to improve mobility in the city. Athree-fold outcome is expected including analysis of traffic conditions,optimisation of traffic signals and detection of accidents or trafficincidents. Malaysia City Brain will begin with a base of 382 cameras feeds andinput from 281 traffic light junctions, concentrated within central KualaLumpur.

Leveraging its massive cloud computing and data processingcapabilities, the City Brain can optimise the flow of vehicles and trafficsignals by calculating the time to reach intersections. It will also be able togenerate structured summaries of data, such as traffic volume and speedaccording to lanes, which can be used to facilitate other tasks includingincident detection.

Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO of MDEC said, “As a digitaleconomy nation, Malaysia should embrace AI revolution and make the most of thedata economy. The collaboration with DBKL and Alibaba Cloud is another leaptowards digitising Malaysia, where knowledge-sharing and the crossover of bestpractices transpire. As we set our sights on the future, we are excited aboutthe prospects this partnership will bring to our community, benefiting millionsof Malaysians,” said

She added that the introduction of Malaysia City Brain isjust the beginning. MDEC will continue to work on selected high-profile AIinitiatives and simultaneously develop the National AI Framework.

“At DBKL, our main priorities have always been tocontinuously provide improved services to our communities and businesses.Without a doubt, traffic congestion is one of the major challenges for ahigh-performing district like Kuala Lumpur. Through the advanced AI technologyof the Malaysia City Brain, we will be able to offer real-life information andintelligent solutions to the people of Kuala Lumpur,” said Tan Sri Hj. Mhd.Amin Nordin Abd. Aziz, the Kuala Lumpur Mayor.

“Cloud computing, data technology and AI has becomefundamental tools for all companies and organisations to operate effectively.Building on this partnership, we are happy to see Malaysia become the firstcountry outside of China to adopt the City Brain. Through the program, we aimto empower all Malaysian stakeholders in both the public and private sectors,with the tools to enhance efficiency, advance in innovation and to succeed inthe digital age. For Alibaba Cloud, this is the true meaning of inclusivetechnology,” said Simon Hu, President of Alibaba Cloud.

Developing an AI talent pool

The Malaysia City Brain initiative is also expected to attractand nurture world-class AI talent, and also pave the way for co-creation amongother ASEAN nations. Malaysia City Brain is an open platform, which will givebusinesses, startups, entrepreneurs, educational and research institutions theopportunity to access and leverage on the AI tools, and ultimately drive innovations.

In August 2017, Malaysia embarked on a proof of concept for theMalaysia City Brain, in partnership with ASEAN Data Analytics Exchange (ADAX).As part of the partnership, four Malaysian students from ADAX’sData Star program received the opportunity to experience the implementationof the Malaysia City Brain.

At the same event, Alibaba Cloud also announced the MalaysiaTianchi Big Data Program, a big data crowd intelligence platform, which bringstogether global data experts to collaborate and compete in developing solutionsfor real world problems. Supported by MDEC, the initiative aims to incubate1,000 data scientists and 300 start-ups in Malaysia by facilitating the use ofworld class data intelligence technology through Alibaba Cloud’s cloudcomputing infrastructure and artificial intelligence capabilities.

The Malaysia Tianchi Big Data Programme will be integratedinto Alibaba Cloud’s Tianchiglobal community, which has over 120,000 developers and 2,700 academicinstitutes and businesses from 77 countries and regions.

Alibaba has been working closely with the Malaysian Government. Last year, Malaysia’s Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) became operational with over 1,900 SMEs on board. It aims to facilitate seamless cross-border trade and enable local businesses to export their goods with a priority for eCommerce.


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