Competitiveness: Singapore’s big communication meet to high-light the troubled Nokia

To some, the problem for Nokia is really that Samsung and Apple customer service has more sexy chicks helping troubled

  • By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist

Nokia is a troubled company, most people familiar with the communications device industry agrees.

In fact, Nokia is very much lost of words as what to do about its future-apart from something about device operation system. So I was surprised to read in the following press release from a communications show in Singapore, high-lighting Nokia’s address to the big international meet.

All the hype right now surrounds, not Nokia, but Apple. And the hype at Apple is new devices with built-in cloud computing.

Cloud computing is where data storage is done off the device itself, but is kept at a central location-a service offered by many. For a long time, cloud computing have been around. But it was not very popular with consumers.

But perhaps, the Nokia executive could turn the Apple “Tsunami Wave” to benefit Nokia. Nokia have been around the communications industry for many years. While it underestimated Apple’s impact, perhaps it has a solution to its troubles to share at the Singapore meet.

And that brings Thai Intel to Thailand’s future in the electronics industry.

Funny thing is, I am thinking about how cloud computing will impact the hard disk maker Seagate. Thailand off course, is Seagate main production hub. And so Seagate accounts for a very big chunk of Thai electronics and computer parts exports.

But Apple is changing much of that, and planning to integrate cloud computing access into its consumers electronic devices.That means off course, that the storage needs of devices, namely hard disk for data storage, becomes less.

But there is still many opportunities for hard disk makers such as Seagate. Technological advancements have meant that new “leap-Frogging” alternatives are available.

The bottom line here appears to be between cloud and very advance on-location data storage devices. If Seagate is able to adapt these new technology, Thailand off course, will perhaps get a new wave of investment from Seagate.

The following is from ACN News:

CommunicAsia2011 Sees Growth in Participation from International ICT Players
Singapore Exhibition Services (SES) (ACN Newswire)

Singapore, June 6, 2011 – ( ACN Newswire ) – Visitors will witness innovative showcases and live demonstrations of ICT breakthroughs at CommunicAsia2011 as companies converge at Asia’s premier business event for the global ICT industry.

In a press conference held today by Singapore Exhibition Services (SES), Mr. Victor Wong, Project Director for Communications Events, shared sourcing budget projections, exhibitor numbers, and key highlights for the event taking place on 21 to 24 June 2011. Also in attendance was Mr. Harith Menon, Head of Marketing & Corporate Affairs, APAC South & Indonesia, from Nokia Siemens Networks, who gave attendees a preview of what the company will showcase at CommunicAsia2011.

“2011 marks the 22nd edition of CommunicAsia and the positive response we have seen for this year’s event is testament to the continued relevance and importance of the show,” said Mr. Victor Wong. “With a seven per cent increase in exhibitor participation, we see more companies investing in CommunicAsia as their platform of choice to grow their business in Asia and beyond.”

New venue at the Marina Bay Sands

In response to the evolving needs of exhibitors, CommunicAsia2011 will be held at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands where purpose-built conference, seminar and hospitality suite facilities will enable focused networking and knowledge-sharing on and off the exhibition show floors. Exhibitors who have taken up hospitality suites include Dialogic, Irdeto, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Zynga. Huawei, CommunicAsia2011’s largest individual exhibitor and Gold Sponsor of the event, has also grown its participation by taking up additional meeting rooms and hospitality suites to host interactions with customers, partners and visitors.

International companies expect to strike new deals at CommunicAsia2011

CommunicAsia2011 has recorded healthy interest from visitors. In fact, CommunicAsia2011’s total sourcing budget submitted by registered visitors in the year to date has increased by 12 per cent compared to the same period in 2010.

This growth has been spurred by debut and returning exhibitors alike. Newcomers to the show include AsiaSat, FiberHome, Tata Communications, VeriFone, Vu Telepresence, and Zynga; whilst returning exhibitors include CommScope, Fluke Networks, GlobeCast, Ericsson Television, Huawei, Inmarsat, Irdeto, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, PCCW Global, Research In Motion (BlackBerry), ZTE and more. Many of these companies are returning with bigger booths or participating beyond the show floor by taking up hospitality suites and speaking at the CommunicAsia2011 Summit.

Also returning to CommunicAsia is Nokia, and Executive Vice President of Sales, Mr. Colin Giles, will deliver the Visionary Address on the second day of the Summit (Wednesday, 22 June). Titled “Vision for the Mobile Industry”, delegates will have an exclusive opportunity to listen to his opinions on the future of the global mobile industry, Mr. Giles will also share valuable insights on challenges for enterprise and consumer markets, and new trends in the mobile industry, including location-based services and interlaced social networking activities.

National ICT capabilities on display at CommunicAsia2011

CommunicAsia2011 will host 26 group pavilions, many of which have increased their presence at the event compared to previous years. For example, the Chinese contingent will span more than 50 companies, and the largest group represented by Zhongguancun will return 150 per cent bigger compared to 2010. The Malaysia group pavilion led by MCMC will return 29 per cent larger.

Making their first appearance at the show are four group pavilions from Thailand, Sri Lanka and Korea. They will be led by The Association of Thai Software Industry (ATSI), the Telecommunications Research and Industrial Development Institute (TRIDI), the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, and the Goyang Industry Promotion Agency (GIPA) respectively.

Singapore to unveil strong contingent at CommunicAsia2011 show floors

Over 200 companies from Singapore will participate in CommunicAsia2011 to garner greater awareness and forge new partnerships with potential stakeholders and buyers from abroad. These include well-known brand names such as Aztech Technologies, Ecquaria, EON Reality, NCS, CrimsonLogic, ST Electronics, ST Teleport and SQL View.

Additionally, more than 85 companies will promote their business competencies and showcase revolutionary products, solutions and technologies under the umbrella of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) and the Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation (SMa), supported by International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore).

For further information, visit the official CommunicAsia2011 website at, follow event updates on Twitter – @CommunicAsia and Facebook –

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