Connect-World’s Digest – Issue  68– November 2017

Editorial Manager’s Eye, by Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications.

Welcome to the Connect-World eDigest, which provides a summary of the ICT trade events and news items that have recently caught my eye as Editorial Manager.

For more information on the news items, please visit our press releases webpage detailed below. https://connect-world.com/category/page-content/press-releases/

 

Trade Events

AfricaCom 2017

Cape Town, South Africa, 7-9 November 2017

AfricaCom is part of the Connecting Africa series of events that expose delegates, the media and the savvy, to the latest advancements and opportunities in technology and the digital ecosystem., AfricaCom is now in its 20th year.   AfricaCom is Africa’s largest technology, media and telecommunications conference & exhibition.  The conference programme covers the most strategic issues affecting companies in Africa’s digital market – services, efficiency, profitability, customer experience, partnerships, policy and more – and features several co-located events: LTE, TVC & Mission Critical Africa.

Ref: https://www.cnbcafrica.com/sponsored/2017/09/25/africacom-2017-celebrating-20-years-africas-telecoms-technology-journey/

Trustech 2017

Cannes, 28-30 November 2017

TRUSTECH is the largest global event dedicated to trust-based technologies. Offering exceptional networking opportunities and internationally renowned keynote speakers, the exhibition centres on two events: the CARTES&TRUSTECH show and TRUSTECH CONFEX.

The opportunity for three days of Innovation, Business and Networking!

TRUSTECH focuses primarily on start-ups and fintech companies, all showcasing their latest innovations for Payment and Identification!

Over 13,000 Professionals from more than 125 countries, 49% of whom are Top-level management over 350 Exhibitors and Sponsors over 250 Speakers and 100 Talks

Ref: http://www.promosalons.com/cartes-secure-connexions267.html?lang=en

Press Releases

Thursday 30th November

Hong Leong Bank enables merchants to accept WeChat Pay

Hong Leong Bank Berhad (“HLB” or “the Bank”) announced today that it has received the approval from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to enter into an agreement with Tenpay Payment Technology Co Limited, a subsidiary of Tencent (“Tencent”), to provide WeChat Pay payment solution.

This collaboration will allow Chinese tourists to continue using their WeChat accounts when visiting Malaysia. This offering marks the start of business collaborations with the Chinese technology giant and more digital payment solutions in the near future.

The partnership between HLB and Tencent using WeChat Pay enables online and offline (O2O) digital payments from retail merchants in Malaysia with an easy-to-adopt, fully integrated cross-border payment solution.

With a simple user interface, users benefit from this quick, mobile app based, QR code payment tool to make purchases in Malaysia in RMB and other currencies.

Launched in 2011, WeChat Pay provides fast and reliable payment services to its users and has rapidly become one of the most popular mobile payment services in China..

Tieto establishes a Blockchain pilot program in the Nordics – introduces a global identity network for secure digital interactions

To help its customers pursue the opportunities enabled by the emerging blockchain technology, Tieto has established a new Blockchain Solutions business unit. The purpose is to help organisations in various industries to renew their business by providing technology consulting and full stack services through an extensive ecosystem of partners. One of the first steps is to introduce a global identity network for Nordic customers together with Evernym – a leading developer of self-sovereign identity technologies.

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies enable businesses, public organisations and individuals to form trust relationships and transact over the Internet more efficiently, without involving middlemen. Various industries are increasingly starting to reap the benefits of the ground-breaking technology, which Gartner recently named as one of the top 10 strategic technologies for 2017.

Wednesday 29th November

Norwegians can now pay their bills via Facebook Messenger

Norwegians can now pay their bills via Facebook Messenger

Nordea launches the first Nordic bank service via Facebook Messenger. Powered by Nets, it initially allows for payment of Norwegian bills via an e-invoice in Facebook Messenger – anytime and anywhere.

“Paying bills has never been a fun task,” says John Sætre, Head of Consumer Market Services, Nordea Norway. “Now, we are making it very easy for our customers to pay their bills via a platform that many of them are already active on.”

First 5G Life Campus to Open in Belgium

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Corda Campus are launching the first 5G Life Campus in Hasselt, Belgium. The 5G Life Campus will be located at Corda Campus, a technology park, and will be fully connected to Ericsson’s R&D center in Aachen, Germany, where 5G development and international pilot projects are executed.

By jointly implementing the first Belgian 5G Life Campus, Ericsson and Corda Campus aim to provide industry players with a test environment to develop and trial new applications using the latest technologies for the next generation of mobility, potentially years ahead of the expected commercial launch of 5G in Belgium.

Raf Degens, Director of Corda Campus, says: “Corda Campus is a high technology campus, where more than 200 innovative companies work on new products and services every day. With Ericsson, this 5G Life Campus will provide industries a way to prepare for the future and grow faster.”

Telecoms and banking sectors most advanced when it comes to digital

Ovum’s latest ICT Enterprise Insights program found that across 14 industries, the telecoms and banking sectors are most mature in the drive for digital transformation. The program was based on primary interviews with over 6,300 enterprises globally, asking senior ICT executives to rate their organizations against nine steps identified by Ovum as key to digital transformation.

These ranged from tackling cybersecurity, to developing digital skills, creating the necessary organization structure & culture, to digitizing processes, creating digital services, to having a clearly articulated digital strategy.

Thursday 23rd November

Smartphone voted as most life-changing tech of the past 25 years

The launch of the smartphone and wider “connectivity” are seen as the most significant technology breakthroughs during the past 25 years, a survey has revealed.

Telecommunications company TSI asked people to share their views on what tech has made the biggest impact since the 1990s, how it is used, and what the future holds.

An overwhelming 60% said the smartphone – which debuted in 1992 as the “Simon Personal Communicator” – has had the biggest impact. And a staggering 90% use the internet in all its forms for more than four hours every day, which equates to 1,460 hours or 61 days every year.

Scotland beginning to Crack Opportunity to be the Global Cyber Leader

A leading figure in the cyber security sector believes Scotland has the potential to become the world leader in the industry.

Martin Beaton, one of the nation’s most influential cyber figures, believes that the country has all the factors required to become a standard-bearer for the critical industry.

On a business level over the past five years there has been a staggering 500% growth in the number of specialist cyber security firms in Scotland, from 12 in 2012 to 70 currently operating.

Those firms have been able to be part of £3 billion worth of investment to start up cyber security businesses – part of a £230 billion industry worldwide.

Highlighting the attraction to investors, every new Scottish cyber company in the past three years has received external investment.

Wednesday 22nd November

Isle of Man Launches SingularityU Douglas Chapter | Fintech Finance

The Isle of Man will tomorrow launch its SingularityU Chapter in Douglas in partnership with Singularity University, in a bid to address global challenges through the power of exponential technology and pioneering collaborations.

Singularity University is a global learning and innovation community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to help solve humanity’s grand challenges and build an abundant future for all.  Its collaborative platform empowers individuals and organisations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology.

Monday 20th November

Africa – Technology: Satellite and terrestrial are the two key infrastructures that will drive successful digital transition.

Digital homes in Africa will grow to 75 million by 2021. Satellite and terrestrial are the two key infrastructures that will drive successful digital transition

It has been two years since the digital migration deadline set by the ITU for Africa expired and yet only six African nations have completed digital transition. This slow progress is largely due to the steep challenges faced by countries with a large landmass, mountain ranges or islands that typically remain beyond range of terrestrial network, or with interferences issues in border regions, as well as by the question of funding.

In most cases a terrestrial/satellite solution beats standalone terrestrial in terms of cost effectiveness and speed. Homes within a satellite coverage can receive DTT channels immediately without having to wait for new investment in terrestrial infrastructure and its gradual deployment across a territory.

Tuesday 14th November

Huawei Creates a Smart City Nervous System for More Than 100  Cities with Leading New ICT.

Huawei is participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 (SCEWC) in Barcelona under the theme of “Leading New ICT, Creating a Smart City Nervous System,” highlighting how a Smart City can be like a living organism that works seamlessly to continuously learn and enhance the city’s services. Together with its global partners, Huawei is demonstrating joint ICT solutions to connect the digital and physical worlds across city administration, public services, and industrial economies. Using new ICT including cloud computing, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), these solutions drive unified coordination, cross-sector collaboration, and intelligent analysis for effective management of city services.

Monday 6th November

SEAT and Telefónica reach an agreement to promote digitalisation in the automotive industry

SEAT President Luca de Meo and Telefónica de España President Luis Miguel Gilpérez today have signed an agreement that aims to promote a joint effort to develop innovative initiatives in the automotive industry. The agreement reached, which makes Telefónica a strategic IT supplier to SEAT, is set within the framework of SEAT’s strategy to position itself as a benchmark company in connected, digitised mobility solutions.

In this sense, the agreement between the companies reflects the collaboration in three major areas of work: the shared use of insights (information extracted from anonymised aggregated data) to design optimised approaches to solutions for mobility; the application of 5G connectivity in the connected car and developing digital transformation projects as an integral part of the car manufacturing process.

Thursday 2nd November

UK Digital Minister Will “strain every sinew” to Cover Britain in FTTP Broadband

The Government’s Digital Minister, Matt Hancock, has told the Broadband Stakeholder Group 2017 Conference that existing hybrid fibre FTTC services are “not fit for the future” and that they will “strain every sinew” (wrong fibre Matt) to get “full fibre” (FTTP/H) ultrafast broadband rolled out in Britain.

For more information on the news items, please visit our press releases webpage detailed below. https://connect-world.com/category/page-content/press-releases/

 

Anthony Weaver

Editorial Manager

Connect-World Magazines

United Kingdom

Email: anthony.weaver@connect-world.com

Web: www.connect-world.com