To boost the economy and support businesses recovering from COVID-19, the Singapore government will spend an estimated $3.5 billion on ICT procurement in Financial Year (FY) 2020, an increase of 30 % from FY2019’s projected spend of $2.7 billion. The increased spending will help the government accelerate digitalisation as technology becomes increasingly vital in enabling citizens and workers to resume normal activities, and businesses to reopen safely after the COVID-19 “Circuit Breaker” (CB). Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be eligible to participate in 80% of these potential procurement opportunities.
New Delhi has said it will let Chinese telecoms giant Huawei take part in trials for the rollout of 5G services in the huge Indian market, giving the firm a major boost as it battles US sanctions.
Two COVID-19 inactivated vaccines have just been approved to go into clinical trial by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) of China.
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As many operators around the globe have or are preparing to deploy and launch 5G networks and devices, the 3.5 GHz band has emerged as the de-facto band for most deployments, which has created economies of scale for devices and network equipment.
The United States has threatened to cut off Beijing-controlled China Telecom from serving the US market because of legal and security risks, announced the Justice Department.
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen voiced scepticism over involving Chinese tech giant Huawei in the rollout of Europe's 5G networks amid concerns its equipment could be used for spying by Beijing.
Facebook on Tuesday blocked the page of an anti-government website in Singapore following a demand from authorities but slammed the "disproportionate" use of a controversial law against online misinformation.
In remote Indian Kashmir people have been offline since August, queuing for hours to pay bills or using government "internet kiosks". As protests rage in other areas of India, it's something people outside the Himalayan region are also getting a taste of.
Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom giant and daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained in the Canadian city on a US warrant in late 2018. Her arrest put the 47-year-old at the center of the US and China's battle over Huawei's growing global reach. Hearings into whether she can be extradited to the United States began on January 20 in Vancouver, in a case with potential repercussions for ties between the US, China and Canada.
Singapore has defended a controversial new law against misinformation that it has wielded against Facebook, after an opposition party launched a withering attack on the legislation.