Kelajuan Internet penting dalam memacu ekonomi digital



KUCHING: Kesalinghubungan atau connectivity adalah penting dalam usaha Sarawak untuk memacu bidang ekonomi digital.

Perkara itu termasuk penyediaan kemudahan dan infrastruktur terkini seperti tahap kepantasan internet yang tinggi serta menara telekomunikasi di lokasi sesuai.

Ketua Menteri Sarawak Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg berkata Kerajaan Sarawak sudah memperuntukkan dana bagi tujuan tersebut.

“Ini adalah sasaran kami untuk menghubungkan rakyat yang berada di negeri tercinta ini,” katanya dalam sidang media selepas Majlis Perasmian Forum Ekonomi Islam Dunia (WIEF) di Pusat Konvensyen Borneo Kuching (BCCK).

Turut hadir, Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Awang Tengah Hassan dan Pengerusi Yayasan WIEF Tun Musa Hitam.

Apabila ditanya tentang bagaimana Sarawak bercadang untuk meningkatkan kerjasama serantau dalam bidang Ekonomi Digital, Abang Johari menjawab hubungan kerjasama itu sudah sedia terjalin.

“Sebagai contoh hubungan dengan Kalimantan Barat, yang mana kami (Sarawak) sudah mengeksport tenaga hidroelektrik kepada mereka.

“Saya percaya model kerjasama seperti ini boleh diperluas ke serata rantau Asean dan seterusnya mengukuhkan Ekonomi Digital yang ingin dipelopori,” kata beliau.



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Axiata Digital Challenge An opportunity for Malaysian tech start-ups to shine



KUALA LUMPUR: Axiata Digital, the digital services arm of Axiata Group Berhad, will extend the services of its Application Programming Interface (API) platform, known as Mobile Internet Fulfilment Exchange (MIFE), to Malaysian businesses as a gateway into the regional marketplace across its footprint countries in ASEAN and South Asia.

Collaborating with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) via its Malaysia Digital Hub initiative, the extension of Axiata Digital’s MIFE platform will enhance regional market access for Malaysian businesses consisting of domestic and global tech companies.

MDEC’s Malaysia Digital Hub provides start-ups and tech entrepreneurs the connections and dynamic workspace to achieve rapid growth. It also offers incentives for growth to start-ups, investors, global tech companies, accelerators, and talent builders to help businesses achieve scale.

Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Digital, Mohd Khairil Abdullah said, “We are excited to partner with MDEC and jointly fast-track the digital transformation amongst Malaysian businesses”.

Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC said “through this collaboration with Axiata Digital, Malaysian digital and online businesses can offer better consumer experience and better monetisation opportunities.”

About the Axiata Digital Challenge

The Axiata Digital Challenge was conceptualised with the sole intention of unearthing innovative solutions and ideas from Malaysian tech start-up community.

The objective was for tech start-ups to present their ideas on effective utilisation of MIFE’s APIs from a concept to a functioning product, to a panel of judges.

The Challenge was first announced at the Introduction to MIFE event on August 22, 2017.

Participants of the Axiata Digital Challenge were expected to comply with the following criteria:

  1. Clear demonstration of business idea
  2. Pitch to demonstrate quality and innovation of business idea
  3. Compelling use of MIFE’s APIs to demonstrate tools and technologies
  4. Passion and commitment to drive and accelerate market growth as part of market reach expansion strategies

The panel of judges consisted of representatives from MIFE, Axiata Digital, Axiata Digital Innovative Fund (ADIF), and WORQ.

Leading to the Challenge, MIFE organised a Technical Deep Dive that attracted the participation of 50 start-ups. A series of demonstration and consultative sessions were organised for the participants.

Participants had the opportunity to learn more about MIFE’s Access Gateway (MAG), and the sandbox that would allow them to experience MIFE’s APIs in a test-bed environment.

MAG is an online self-service gateway which allows start-ups to sign-up, purchase packages, and utilise services such as SMS, Voice, Direct Operator Billing, and soon, Mobile Money.

The panel of judges have selected five winners who will stand to enjoy the following prizes:

  1. Two x 1 month Hot Desk memberships at WORQ per winner
  2. RM 1,000 worth of free APIs
  3. Mentorship by Axiata Digital and ADIF
  4. RM 2,000 cash prize

Winners of the Axiata Digital Challenge 2017 are:

  1. Vectory Innovation Sdn Bhd
  2. Silentmode Sdn Bhd
  3. PicHere
  4. Moneybay
  5. CanBoleh



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Visi Abang Johari laksana ekonomi digital dipuji



KUCHING: Visi dan inisiatif Ketua Menteri Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg untuk melaksanakan ekonomi digital dan teknologi dengan mencontohi kejayaan inisiatif e-kerajaan Estonia, dipuji.

Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Bukit Goram, Jefferson Jamit Unyat berkata teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi (ICT) kini menguasai dunia dan usaha untuk menjadikan Sarawak setara dengan negara maju seperti Amerika Syarikat, Jepun dan Eropah dalam bidang itu jelas merupakan visi yang praktikal dan bijak.

“Menjadi kompeten dalam ekonomi digital pasti akan memberi manfaat kepada negeri dan rakyat pada masa depan,” katanya semasa membahaskan Rang Undang-Undang Perbekalan 2018 pada persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak hari ini.

Jamit juga berkata Bajet Sarawak 2018 mencerminkan komitmen ketua menteri dan kerajaan negeri untuk meningkatkan taraf hidup rakyat terutama di luar bandar menerusi pelaksanaan pelbagai program dan projek yang sekaligus bakal meningkatkan ekonomi rakyat.

Katanya, bajet itu juga menyokong visi kerajaan negeri untuk memaksimumkan potensi teknologi digital apabila memperuntukkan RM1 bilion bagi infrastruktur dan program digital di bawah inisiatif Ekonomi Digital Sarawak untuk merealisasikan harapan ketua menteri bahawa satu hari nanti Sarawak akan dikenali sebagai s-Sarawak atau Smart Sarawak.

Jamit turut menyambut baik usaha kerajaan negeri untuk membantu pekebun kecil dan petani menerusi peruntukan RM223 juta bagi pelaksanaan pelbagai projek dalam Bajet 2018.

Beliau turut menyambut baik langkah kerajaan persekutuan memperuntukkan RM1 juta untuk kerja menaik taraf dan membaik pulih sekolah daif di negeri ini termasuk di kawasan diwakilinya.

Terdahulu, pada sesi soal jawab, Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur dan Pengangkutan negeri Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing semasa menjawab soalan Chiew Chiu Sing (DAP- Tanjong Batu) berkata kemajuan keseluruhan projek Lebuhraya Pan Borneo berjalan lancar dan dijangka siap pada 30 Jun 2021 seperti dijadualkan.

— BERNAMA



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Confronting digital disruption Register for COMMA now



KUALA: It is curtain raiser for Communications Asean: The Content Summit (COMMA), a two-day symposium organised and produced by Astro AWANI.

How do we define digital distruptor? The fear of cannibalisation? What holds business head honchos from plunging full throttle into embracing digital transformation?

Or is it the fear of the unknown, especially every media practitioners are embracing this whole wide world of digital realm.

The media and communication industry was the first to be impacted by the ‘digital disruptor’, said IDC for ASEAN Region Managing Director, Sudev Bangah.

Essentially, it is about thinking out of the box.

According to Bangah, it is about seeking for solutions to stay ahead of tech-savvy disruptor, who have remained frugal as they seek solution out of their paradigms.

“They (the media companies) were not able to solve that and ended being extremely competitive with the digital disruptor.

The only way to move forward and create a win-win situation is to get the media companies and the digital disruptor to co-exist.

“As that occur, users will be at the centre of the focus of the organisations as they present fresher and more relevant content,” he added. 

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations Malaysia, all major local newspapers have recorded huge drops in circulation. 

Harian Metro recorded a drop of 62.5 per cent – from 379,169 copies in 2012 to 142,262 in 2016.

The country’s oldest newspaper, the New Straits Times is steadily embracing the impact with circulation at 41.6 per cent from 93,321 copies at the end of 2012 to 54,490 copies at the end of last year.

Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian each saw their circulation figures fell by 30 per cent within similar period of time.

 

This was acknowledge by New Straits Times Press Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Hamid  who said that the digital disruption has affected the circulation and profitability of the company.

In fact he said the company has to stop their print circulation in Sabah and Sarawak as a move to cut costs.


 

 

If you’re keen to be part of the digital media camaraderie at COMMA, do register at www.comma.my or walk in to the registration desk at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
 



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