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China will invest US$14.6 bil to develop digital economy

chinaChina will invest 100 billion yuan (about US$14.6 billion) for developing the digital economy in the next five years, according an agreement signed at the International Conference on the Digital Economy and the Digital Silk Road.

The investments will go to projects on big data, internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, smart cities and the digital Silk Road, according to an agreement signed by China Development Bank and the National Development and Reform Commission.

The development of the digital economy has been listed as an important task for building modern economic set up in China and to achieve high quality development.

China has achieved much progress in this area over the past few years, by way of rolling out a raft of measures, which included a national big data strategy.

A report released by Cyberspace Administration of China said the country’s digital economy grew to 27.2 trillion yuan last year, up 20.3% year-on-year, and accounted for 32.9% of  its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The two-day International Conference on the Digital Economy and the Digital Silk Road, held in Hangzhou, a scenic city in east China’s Zhejiang Province, opened  on Tuesday.

source: ww.theedgemarkets.com

Vodafone claims UK’s first live holographic 5G call

vodafone efVodafone showed off its 5G prowess on Thursday by conducting what it claims is the U.K.’s first ever live holographic call using 5G technology.

The call was carried out between the telco’s Manchester office and Newbury headquarters, and featured England women’s football captain Steph Houghton appearing on stage in hologram form to give football tips to a young fan.

It would be easy to dismiss the demonstration as a gimmick, but Vodafone insisted that it points to exciting possibilities that next-generation mobile technology can bring to sport, such as remote coaching and training, as well as opportunities for richer interaction with fans.

“Vodafone has a history of firsts in UK telecoms – we made the nation’s first mobile call, sent the first text and now we’ve conducted the U.K.’s first holographic call using 5G,” said Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery, in a statement.

Of course, holographic 5G calling is only possible when there is a network in place, and with that in mind, Vodafone shared plans to roll out infrastructure in Cornwall and the Lake District next year, and to have 1,000 5G sites up and running nationwide by 2020.

In addition to showcasing 5G, Vodafone also launched new initiatives and tariffs targeted at small businesses and entrepreneurs.

These include a new digital incubator in Manchester; a £300,000 Techstarter award for innovative technology with a social purpose; and a mentorship programme in partnership with Oxford University Innovation called Bright Sparks.

Meanwhile, Vodafone UK’s retail and contact centre staff will be given the opportunity to learn coding via the operator’s new Code Ready scheme. The company is also launching the Vodafone Digital Degree, which combines a computer science degree from the University of Birmingham with a tech apprenticeship at Vodafone.

For small business customers, Vodafone on Thursday launched what it calls a self-optimising tariff that automatically moves subscribers to the most cost-effective plan. It also unveiled Gigacube, a mobile WiFi hotspot that supports up to 20 connections. Vodafone is pitching it to pop-up businesses like shops and restaurants, and companies setting up temporary satellite offices.

“The initiatives we’ve launched today are designed to ensure that everyone can benefit from the digital technologies transforming how we live and work. From our customers and employees, to university students, digital entrepreneurs and businesses, we want to help people across the UK get ready for a digital future,” Jeffery said.

source: www.totaltele.com

GSMA: Free Flow of Data across Borders Essential for Asia’s Digital Economies

GSMAGovernments in Asia can expand the region’s digital economy and unlock further socio-economic benefits for their citizens by removing unnecessary restrictions on the movement of data internationally, according to a new report released by the GSMA today at the Mobile 360 – Digital Societies conference in Bangkok. The study, ‘Regional Privacy Frameworks and Cross-Border Data Flows’, reveals that striking the right balance in the region’s data privacy regulations could significantly enhance economic activity and future innovation in 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Over the past decade, international data flows have increased global GDP by 10.1 per cent, and their annual contribution to global GDP has already surpassed US $2.8 trillion1 – a larger share than the global trade in goods. The ability to transfer, store and process data enables commerce, spurs innovation, and drives the development of new technologies, platforms, services and infrastructure.

Although the Asia Pacific region has made good progress in the development of data privacy frameworks that protect consumers while also allowing data to flow across borders, the report highlights that variances in data privacy laws across countries is holding back trade and innovation. The report also calls for better links at a regional level between Asia’s two main privacy frameworks – the ASEAN Framework on Personal Data Protection and the APEC Privacy Framework – to enable cross-border data flows.

“The immense economic opportunities arising from the digital economy and data flows are indisputable,” said Boris Wojtan, Director of Privacy, GSMA. “Working towards a pan-Asian approach to data privacy is critical to protecting the rights of individuals and unlocking this economic potential, not only in Asia, but around the world. Regulating people’s personal information by a patchwork of geographically bound privacy laws will only restrict how Asian companies can innovate and bring better products and services to consumers in the future. Now is an important time for all countries to take actions to bridge the differences in their privacy regulation and achieve greater alignment.”

The study evaluated various regional data privacy frameworks and their key principles, while diving down into individual countries to identify national approaches to privacy regulation. It highlights specific steps that all countries, including less developed states, can take to support greater alignment across Asia. Some of the key recommendations included in the report are:

  • APEC and ASEAN governments should consider the options outlined in the study to bridge the differences between their respective privacy frameworks and seek interoperability with other regional frameworks;
  • Countries should advance the alignment of national-level privacy regimes by conducting a landscape analysis to see where they stand in terms of data privacy and reviewing the experience of other governments in the region to understand common paths forward;
  • Policymakers in government and privacy enforcement authorities should support deeper collaboration and cross-learning across the region; and
  • Governments should also draw on non-government privacy experts in the private sector and academia to inform their approaches.

The GSMA also today released its report, ‘Cross-Border Data Flows: Realising Benefits and Removing Barriers’, which describes the benefits of global data flows for individuals, businesses and governments, and explores the damaging impact of increased data localisation measures, which can either require companies to store data locally, or even prohibit companies from transferring personal data altogether. The report calls for governments globally to commit to removing unnecessary localisation measures and enable data to flow cross-border through improved approaches to protecting people’s data.

The ‘Regional Privacy Frameworks and Cross-Border Data Flows’ report is available here in English.

The ‘Cross-Border Data Flows: Realising Benefits and Removing Barriers’ report is available here in English.

source: https://business.financialpost.com

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GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Russia & CIS: Empowering the Digital Economy

GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Russia & CIS is a regionally-focused event drawing on global case studies for senior-level leaders from government & regulatory bodies, the international ICT industry and other economic sectors to address the implementation of the region’s digital economic plans (Moscow, Russia on 30-31 October 2018).

As one of the world’s largest mobile markets, the launch of GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Russia & CIS has arrived at a critical time for the digital development of the Russia & CIS region.

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The pervasive nature of mobile continues to create new opportunities for extending the benefits of digital around other industries. Now is the time for the whole ecosystem (including government, regulators, mobile operators and adjacent sectors) to recognise the role technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Digital Identity, IoT and 5G play in driving the digital transition and increasing consumer engagement.

From the organisers of Mobile World Congress Barcelona, GSMA Mobile 360 – Russia & CIS is a regionally focused event for senior-level leaders from government & regulatory bodies, the international ICT industry and other economic sectors to address the implementation of the region’s digital economic plans.

Day one features a forward looking and balanced agenda of keynotes, panel discussions and global case studies focused on the theme: Empowering the Digital Economy. Day two is comprised of half-day conference presented by Huawei as well as a variety of side meetings presented by GSMA.

Register to attend event at www.mobile360series.com/russia-cis