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ASEAN prime IT, telecom market

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:data centre? power? broadband? telecom?

The data centre sector in Malaysia is able to sustain its growth and is expected to contribute $786 million to the country's gross national income by 2020, this according to The Minister for Human Resources, Datuk Dr S Subramaniam.

On the key issue of power, encompassing everything from costs to quality to regulation, Malaysia was the highest ranked country. Malaysian power costs can be as much as half of prices charged in Europe, and significantly cheaper than other Asian countries, consulting firm BroadGroup reports.

The Malaysian government views the data centre sector as a significant contributor to the country's future economic growth and is embarking on a programme to create awareness of, and encourage overseas enterprises entering Asian markets, to consider Malaysia as a primary IT infrastructure location.

Another rising Southeast Asian star is Vietnam. Le Thi Ngoc Mo, Deputy Director of the Telecommunication Agency under the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) spoke during a recent conference that despite challenges in implementation, broadband development in Vietnam is on a steady upward pace. Doan Quang Hoan, Head of the Radio Frequencies Department of MIC, said mobile broadband would soon establish its dominance as more consumers require wireless connections and utilise video communications, seeing a rise in 3G subscriptions.

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