Vietnam’s FPT Software has opened a new office in Bangkok, Thailand. Part of the company’s global expansion plan, the branch is expected to address the increasing demand for digital transformation in Thailand. It will allow […]
Phuket commissions Tencent and Thipparath to build COVID-19 care platform
Thaliand’s Phuket Provincial Administration has commissioned a project to develop a central platform for managing COVID-19 care. Entrusted to Thipparath Business Group and Tencent Cloud to build, the platform serves as an online central communication […]
Thai 7-Eleven operator improves customer service with conversational AI
Handling 240,000 calls a day is no mean feat. It’s a massive challenge for any call centre. CP All, the sole licensed operator of the more than 11,000 7-Eleven stores in Thailand, has turned to […]
Thai research agency builds SEA’s largest HPC system
Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) is serious about its mission to accelerate science, technology and innovation development in the country. It is deploying a whopping 704 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs for […]
Mahidol University powers drug discovery research with NVIDIA platform
Thailand’s new AI Center at Mahidol University (MU) is powering drug discovery research with the NVIDIA DGX A100 systems and the NVIDIA Clara platform. Housed at the university’s Salaya campus, the centre will initially support […]
Brightcove and ByteArk take video services to Thailand
Brightcove and ByteArk have teamed up to support customers in Thailand looking to use video to connect with viewers all over the world. They will empower media organisations, content owners using over-the-top platforms and enterprises […]
YouTrip partners with Visa to accelerate SEA expansion
YouTrip has inked a six-year partnership with Visa to accelerate its expansion into Southeast Asia (SEA). With presence in Singapore and Thailand, the fintech startup plans to establish bases in Malaysia and the Philippines. Malaysia […]
NVIDIA and Thai universities collaborate on AI and HPC
NVIDIA and a consortium of Thai universities have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on driving research and accelerating scientific breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) and high performance computing (HPC). The partnership will help spur […]
Siriraj hospital develops X-ray imaging solution to save more lives
Thailand’s Siriraj Hospital has developed a chest X-ray imaging solution for tuberculosis that greatly reduces the time needed to analyse scans and expedites decision-making to save more lives. The solution is developed on and powered […]
CMKL University deploys NVIDIA DGX POD as central node in Thailand
Thailand’s CMKL University will be deploying an NVIDIA DGX POD artificial intelligence (AI) accelerated computing infrastructure will be the central computing node connecting research and university nodes across the country. As part of Thailand’s AI […]
Vivo summits Thai smartphone market in Q2
In a battle of the China smartphone makers, Vivo slid ahead of Oppo in Thailand’s smartphone market in Q2. According to IDC, Vivo reached top spot with 19.5 percent market share, thanks to its focus […]
Chulalongkorn Uni strides towards Thailand 4.0 innovations
Photo by Franck V. on UnsplashIndochina is certainly becoming a happening place for innovations. Just a week after Vietnam’s VinAI announced that it was using the new NVIDIA DGX A100 for natural language processing research, Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University is now turning to the same system to power its Thailand 4.0 innovations.
Facebook plays matchmaker
Singapore has joined 18 other countries, including Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, that can access Facebook Dating, the social media platform’s dating feature.
Thailand to trial Huawei 5G
Thailand has bucked an attempt by the United States to block Huawei by letting the Chinese telecom giant trial 5G in the country.
China tops IDC’s smart cities awards
China has emerged tops with five out of 19 winners in the 2018 IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA). Taiwan and Singapore were next with four and three awards respectively across 12 functional categories.
Myanmar startup Goama launches mobile gaming app in India
Myanmar startup Goama has launched its “Netflix of Games” mobile gaming subscription app in India. Called Go|Games, the Android app has more than 700,000 subscribers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Go-Jek goes regional
Go-Jek will be heading to the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in the next few months.
Razer Game Store on Lazada for Southeast Asia
Razer has teamed up with Lazada to put its newly-launched Razer Game Store on the e-commerce platform for Southeast Asia.
Facebook to add ads to Messenger
As if we don’t already have enough of ads. Facebook has announced that it will start rolling out ads to Messenger. With 1.2 billion users, the social media giant does have immense appeal for advertisers. It […]
Xenith iCafe opens with 100 NVIDIA GeForce GPU-Powered PCs
Gamers in northern Thailand, specifically Chiangmai, will get to enjoy premium gaming experience with the opening of Xenith iCafe in the city.
All its 100 PCs are equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 GPUs, which deliver advanced performance, power efficiency, and realistic gameplay based on the latest NVIDIA Maxwell technology. They also come with high quality Razer gaming gear – mouse, keyboard and headset – all tailored to give gamers the best experience.
Situated near Chiangmai University , the modern and trendy Xenith iCafe features two gaming zones – a comfort zone and a VIP zone to cater to gamers’ needs as well as to host gaming events. This is a new trend in the iCafe market where owners can better balance cost, performance and functionality while delivering the gaming experience that their customers demand.
ZTE Blade S7 designed for selfies
Looks like ZTE believes that Thais love to take selfies. The newly-launched ZTE Blade S7, which is designed for selfie lovers, will first be made available in Thailand before hitting the rest of the region.
The smartphone features a five-inch full HD LTPS screen with a 445 PPI Super Retina display for 178-degree full viewing angles. Housed in an aluminum alloy frame with thin bezels, Blade S7 offers a 72.1 percent screen-to-body ratio and is protected with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 on both the front and back.
Just 7.2mm thick and 67mm wide, it comes with a powerful 13-megapixel front-facing camera with a front flash and phase detection autofocus, as well as functions for panorama shots and 14 different beautification options. At the back is another 13-megapixel rear camera that supports professional and auto shooting modes, selective focus, and laser auto focus for fast and accurate shooting in low-light conditions.
India leads growth in Asian smartphone market in Q3
The smartphone market continued to grow in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan in Q3, albeit at a modest six percent quarter on quarter, according to IDC.
During this period, India led with 23 million units shipped, and added around five million units to the market over Q2.
Emerging markets in the region also surged ahead with 23 million units shipped, accounting for 22 percent growth as tier-1 Chinese vendors extended their reach outside China.
AIS picks Huawei for mobile broadband network
Thailand mobile operator AIS has deployed Huawei innovative Active Antenna Unit (AAU)-based Easy MacroTM solution across its network. Over the last few years, mobile broadband has developed rapidly in Thailand, predominantly driven by the high penetration […]
APAC PC market matches Q2 expectations
APAC PC market dips for 8th consecutive quarter
The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market declined eight percent sequentially and 11 percent year-on-year in 2014 Q1 to reach 23.8 million units, according to preliminary results from IDC.
Elections in some of the bigger markets contributed to the region’s overall decline. In India, an ongoing large education project was postponed due to the upcoming elections, shaving off about half a million units from the commercial PC segment. In Thailand, political unrest continued to have an adverse impact on the economy, while in Indonesia, government funds were diverted in the run-up to the elections, resulting in lower commercial spending in PCs there this quarter.
“However, as these markets stabilise after the elections, IDC expects commercial activity to resume in the second half as a result of pent-up demand,” said Handoko Andi, Research Manager for Client Devices of IDC Asia/Pacific. “On the consumer side, ongoing distractions from smartphones and tablets as well as cautious channel intake impacted most markets in the region, especially in Southeast Asia.”
APAC PC market shrank 10% in 2013
The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market declined 10 percent in 2013 to reach 108 million units, according to preliminary results from IDC.
The economic sluggishness in big emerging markets in the region adversely affected buying sentiments, with education sector projects being a lone bright spot in the commercial space, without which the region could have dropped even further. On the consumer side, smartphone and tablet distractions spread throughout the region this year, further contributing to the sharp decline in the PC market.
In Q4, the market came in two percent below IDC’s initial forecasts with a nine percent year-on-year decline. While most of the region was generally in line with forecasts, Thailand stood out as an exception, as the market there was plagued by the ongoing political turmoil. Shipment volumes this quarter will likely be the lowest in Thailand in the last four years.
SEA smartphone sales up 61% in first three quarters
Southeast Asia consumers bought 41.5 million smartphones, spending US$10.8 billion in the first three quarters of this year, according to GfK Asia.
Indonesia led the way with sale of 14.8 million smartphones worth more than USS3.33 billion. Thailand and Malaysia were next with 7.2 million and 6.4 million units sold respectively. However, in terms of smartphone sales revenue, the ranking of these two countries are switched with Malaysia garnering US$2.25 billion while Thailand raked in US$1.96 billion in January to September.
“The increasing affordability of smartphones, particularly in the developing markets is helping many consumers in these countries make the switch from their basic feature phones to own their very first smartphone,” said Gerard Tan, Account Director for Digital Technology of GfK Asia. “It is worth highlighting the significant milestone of September being the month whereby sales penetration reached the halfway mark; where one in every two mobile handsets purchased in the region is now a smartphone.”
Thailand’s PC market declines 20% in Q1
Sluggish demand in Thailand’s consumer market helped drive PC shipment down 20 percent in Q1, compared to the same period last year.
According to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker, PC shipment reached only 800,000 units in Q1.
IDC: Fiercer competition after 3G rollout in Thailand
The launch of new 3G data plans by all three Thai mobile operators will introduce broad changes to the competitive dynamics among mobile operators, particularly in how they deal with the mass market segment.
IDC issued this warning after a review of the price plans and potential market share of the three mobile operators after the release of their 3G service plans.
IDC believes the industry is set for a slew of promotional and pricing competitive pressures in the next six months, possibly resulting in significant churn among the customer base if one of the telco operators does not keep its defenses up.