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Sarawak launches logo, welcomes global tech community to World Congress on Innovation and Technology 2023

(L2R): Launch of WCIT 2023 Logo with SDEC CEO Sudarnoto Osman, SDEC Chairman Amar Mohamad Morshidi, Premier of Sarawak Abang Johari Openg, WITSA chairman, Dr Abang Johari Openg and Pikom chairman, Ong Chin Seong.

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) welcomed the unveiling of the official logo of the World Congress on Innovation and Technology 2023 (WCIT 2023) which will take place on October 4 – 6, 2023 in Kuching, Sarawak. Kuching takes over the hosting from another Malaysian city, Penang, which hosted the 2022 congress last Sept. 

Officiated by the Premier of Sarawak Abang Johari Openg, the event also saw the announcement of key partners that are joining the effort to organize the 27th edition of WCIT that was first staged in 1978 in the United States.

WCIT 2023 is hosted by the Sarawak Government, organized by the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation Bhd, co-hosted by the Sarawak Multimedia Authority and Sarawak Information Systems Sdn Bhd (SAINS), with The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) as the Host Association.

At the launch, Abang Johari highlighted the role of innovation in advancing the new economy through applications such as algae as a source of energy, data and AI in disrupting conventional means of production. He hoped WCIT 2023 would bring to Sarawak new innovations, data and technology to impact the energy industry, the circular economy and digital transformation.

A signature event of WITSA, WCIT 2023 is an event for the global tech industry, bringing together leaders, experts and stakeholders to discuss, deliberate and challenge the latest tech and innovation trends. The congress will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities with delegates from around the world.

WITSA aims to bring its member economies and global tech leaders to attend WCIT 2023 to experience the diverse and exotic culture as well as take advantage of all the investment and business opportunities that Sarawak, Malaysia and the broader ASEAN economies have to offer.

WITSA Chairman Dr Sean Seah said, “WITSA is the leading recognized voice of the global tech industry which is the key driver of global economic growth. Delegates from around the world will experience the diverse and exotic culture while fostering collaboration in various technology, innovation and business sectors.”

WITSA CEO Dan E Khoo added, “With the host organizers’ aims to leverage innovation and technology for prosperity, inclusivity and sustainability, WCIT 2023 is set to be the catalyst of a sustainable future for the tech industry.”

WCIT offers a global perspective on fulfilling the promise of the digital age and its ability to draw users, providers, media and academia from around the world to focus on technology for societal good. WCIT expects to bring together more than 2,000 global leaders in business, government and academia from over 80 countries to impact economic and social development through the exchange of policies, practices, trends and ideas on tech.

Xiaomi resolves patent disputes with IP Bridge, Orange, Siemens

Xiaomi today announced that it has ended long-standing patent disputes with IP Bridge, Orange, and Siemens. The company said that it resolved the disputes through an “innovative patent licensing transaction” that will allow it to license multiple technologies from the three companies.

“This unique transaction structure lets Xiaomi customers enjoy benefits of inventions from 3 companies, efficiently.” Siemens is a leading technology company focusing on technology with purpose. “For us, protection of innovation by patents is of high importance. We highly welcome this agreement, as it constitutes a mutually very satisfactory solution over litigations and appreciates the solution-oriented approach of all parties involved in the deal,” said Rudolf Freytag, Head of Licensing and Technology Acceleration at Xiaomi, in a press statement.

While Xiaomi has ended patent troubles with other companies, it continues to face trouble in the Indian market with the government. In April last year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seized Rs 5,551.27 crores belonging to the company for alleged violated foreign exchange regulations. Xiaomi has denied the charge.  ED claimed that Xiaomi remitted large amounts of money abroad to entities related to the company. The amounts were royalties paid for services, but no service was rendered, according to the ED.

At the time, Xiaomi countered this by saying that 84 per cent of the seized amountwas due to be paid as royalties to Qualcomm. According to the company, Xiaomi India is an affiliate and one of the Xiaomi Group companies has entered into a legal agreement with the Qualcomm Group to license intellectual property for manufacturing smartphones.

Nasdaq Listed Equinix To Build USD41 Million Data Centre In Malaysia

Nasdaq listed Equinix, Inc. the world’s digital infrastructure company has announced its market entry into Malaysia with plans to build a new International Business Exchange TM (IBX) data center located in Johor, called JH1. 

The initial investment is to be approximately $40 million equivalent to RM180 million. The centre is scheduled to begin operations in Q1 2024, providing 500 cabinets and 1,960 square meters of colocation space. The IBX data center is aimed to support local companies and multinationals doing business in Malaysia with access to Platform Equinix to bring together and interconnect the foundational digital infrastructure that powers their success.

Malaysia’s digital economy is forecast to reach $34 billion in Gross Merchandise Value by 2025, 1 with the country on course to achieve a digital economy contribution to Gross Domestic Product of at least 25.5% the same year. 

Equinix’s expansion in Malaysia is in line with the MyDIGITAL initiative launched by the Malaysian Government, which aims to provide a blueprint for the country to accelerate growth of digital products and services. Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi, Chief Minister of Johor, said: “While the digital economy represents a catalyst for the Malaysian economy, data centers are integral in supporting digital ecosystems and their sustained growth. We welcome this investment by Equinix, along with the global expertise they bring to Johor, as well as the rich digital experiences and outcomes that will benefit this state and the country. We are looking forward to working together, in transforming Malaysia into a digitally driven, high-income nation at the forefront of this region’s digital economy.”

This expansion marks Equinix’s second foray into ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) following the recently announced plans to expand into Indonesia, allowing the company to address digital infrastructure demand critical to the region’s digital growth. Jeremy Deutsch, President, Asia-Pacific, Equinix, commented: “Establishing a presence in Johor strengthens Equinix’s leadership position in Asia-Pacific within a strategic market such as Malaysia, one of the most requested markets in Asia-Pacific by our global customers.

Huawei Malaysia Sets New Benchmarks With Its Huawei Mate50 Series Launch

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia), through its Consumer Business Group, unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the next generation of the Mate series – the Huawei Mate50 Series, providing Malaysians the opportunity to avail themselves of the leading innovative and sophisticated technologies that Huawei has on hand.

The latest addition to the flagship series features the latest and powerful EMUI13 equipped with new features to provide users a ‘Super Device Experience’ with the goal of creating a seamless, productive and efficient user interface – while being a smartphone with an aesthetic and functional design that is flawless. It also comes with new features for a more user-friendly experience.

Huawei has also elegantly designed the Mate50 Series with the best-performing mobile camera imaging technology, the Ultra Aperture XMAGE Camera, through its four technical pillars: optical system, mechanical structure, imaging technology and imaging processing.

The new Mate50 Series also boasts a 4,700 mAh large capacity battery with 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge. This comes with a revolutionary low power emergency mode which allows users to have 12 minutes of talk time or more than 2 hours standby time with only 1% remaining battery life. This feature will enable users to fully utilise the phone’s capabilities and strike a balance between battery life, fast charging, and portability.

The launch was officiated by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Huawei Malaysia, Mr Michael Yuan. Also present was the Country Director of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Malaysia, Mr Victor Xu.

The CEO of Huawei Malaysia, Mr Michael Yuan, said the launch showcases Huawei’s technological ingenuity and product breakthroughs with the Mate50 Series, the tenth generation in its series.

“The Mate50 Series continues to innovate and be the pioneer in offering the best in technology and innovation to consumers. With its state of the art ‘Ultra Aperture XMAGE Camera’, exciting AppGallery, splash, water and dust resistant capabilities, as well as a more private and secure operating system, these are but a few of the advanced features you will witness today,” said Mr Yuan.

Country Director of Huawei Consumer Business Group Malaysia, Mr Victor Xu, added: “We are glad that we are not just launching the Huawei Mate50 Series. We are increasing the portfolio of super devices to Malaysian consumers with the Huawei Nova 10 Series; the Huawei Watch GT 3 SE and the Huawei MatePad Series. We will further improve our Super Device Scenario portfolio to enhance product efficiency and productivity.”

The Huawei Mate50 Series is available in three colours and variants – orange, silver and black while maintaining the classic space ring design with a delicate touch of the Clous de Paris pattern and Durable Kunlun Glass which provides 10 times the drop resistance. It comes with either 256GB, or 512GB storage.

Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and regions and are used by a third of the world’s population. The company has integrated more than 30 years of experience in power electronics technologies in the ICT field, leading digital technologies such as its 10-year development history of the Mate series, with the Huawei Mate50 Series one of its latest technological innovations.

Samsung wants to sell 270 million devices next year with a big focus on foldables

Samsung is expecting to sell around 260 million smartphones this year and aims to sell about 270 million units in 2023, according to a new report out of its home of Korea. The company’s device sales peaked back in 2017 at 320 million units, and it’s not gone over 300 million ever since.

The current estimate of 260 million units sold in 2022 is about 10 million more than last year, and the company wants to grow that by 10 million again next year. In order to do this, it will reportedly focus a lot on foldables, which can help it grow its profitability rather than sheer sales volumes overall.

Instead of giving up on profitability by trying to move as many cheap devices as possible in 2023, it will allegedly change gears to “defend profits” by increasing the proportion of premium products it sells. This is where foldables are as of yet unrivaled for the company, with it forecasting an average annual growth rate for them of 80% by 2024. Samsung aims to ship 60 million units of its premium S and Z series, and 210 million units of the A series next year.

Regarding foldables specifically, however, its plans may be derailed if one or more Chinese smartphone makers finally decide to launch their foldables internationally, where Samsung currently rules unencumbered. Those competitors can and most likely will challenge Samsung’s reign on pricing grounds, and thus may force it to issue some cuts in those all-too-delicious profit margins.

The report goes on to mention that next year’s Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Fold devices will come with improved designs, better durability, and a less noticeable screen crease.