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Weekly News Round Up: Asia (22- 28 October, 2009)

South Korean delegation calls on A. Raja, the Union Communications and Information Technology Minister, India
22 October 2009
A nine-member South Korean delegation, headed by Dr. Kwak Seung-Jun, met Union Communications and Information Technology Minister A. Raja here today to explore possibilities of cooperation in the field of information technology and services...

Budget 2010, Signal Of Sustainability In Developing ICT Industry, Malaysia
23 October 2009
The Government is signalling that making sustainability is part of the equation in building the ICT industry is the only way to move forward, say industry players. "It's imperative for the government to continuously encourage the industry to drive concrete actions by extending incentives for green technology," said Autodesk Malaysia Country Manager Tan Choon Sang in a statement...

Mobile, Internet usage growing fast in Pakistan
25 October 2009
Pakistan is among the five dynamic economies of developing Asia in terms of increased penetration of mobile phones, internet and broadband, says the Information Economy Report, 2009 published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Among the five countries in terms of mobile penetration, Pakistan is placed at number three followed by Sri Lanka and Bhutan. Iran and Maldives remain at the top positions, respectively...

Centre plans broadband connectivity for 6.5 lakh villages, India
25 October 2009
To make the rural population a part of the worldwide web, the Centre has set a target to provide broadband connectivity to more than 6.5 lakh villages in the next three years, said Union Minister of State for Information Technology and Communications Sachin Pilot, while speaking on the ‘Role of IT in national development’ at the Tata Consultancy Service Auditorium on Saturday...

DepEd, UNESCO bat for better ICT in education, Philippines
25 October 2009

The Philippines is hosting this week’s First Philippine Conference on Information Communications Technology in Teacher Education. With it, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus is hopeful that the integration of ICT in education will soon be realized. “Investing in ICT will improve our teaching learning practices and ease school management,” Lapus said...

India to Launch Long-Awaited Auction of 3G Telecom Bandwidth
26 October 2009
India has said that a long-delayed auction of radio bandwidth for third-generation telecommunications services will start in January and will be open to foreign companies. The auction will start on Jan. 14, with bids to be submitted by Dec. 21, the Department of Telecommunications said in an announcement posted on its Web site. It added that the schedule could be revised. The auction of 3G radio spectrum for mobile services will put India’s cellular market — the fastest-growing in the world — on track for a new level of wireless telephony, experts say.

ICT Ministers meet for speeding-up delivery of e-Services gets underway
27 October 2009
Over 55,000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) of the 1, 00,000 planned, have been rolled out by various State Governments across the country, under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). Department of Information Technology (DIT) has prepared a plan to position additional 1, 50,000 CSCs to cover all Panchayats bringing the total number to 2,50,000. This was stated by Shri A. Raja, the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology while addressing a conference of ICT Ministers here today. The Minister said these CSCs will deliver services under Bharat Nirman and provide support to other flagship programmes such as National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Rural Health Mission etc...

India to be test-bed for Qualcomm PC
28 October 2009
Last November, US-headquartered Qualcomm announced it was working on a low-cost personal computer (PC) alternative project, codenamed ‘Kayak’ — a sleek, simple yet very fast boat used by American Indians. Ever since, India has been on the company’s radar because of the low PC penetration and opportunity for selling low-cost PCs to price-sensitive consumers. The company is now set to test-sail the Kayak ‘PC alternative’ model in India, which is expected to be priced under Rs 10,000...

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