International News: May 2009

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Vietnam to Improve IT sector

Prime Minister of Vietnam has approved a two-year plan (2009-10) to enhance information technology application at all government agencies. The plan also aims to create an online working environment among state agencies nationwide and get officials accustomed to working on the networking environment and computer-assisted systems instead of paper documents. It envisages preparing the ground for e-governance by completing a special date transmission network for Party and State agencies, building and upgrading the local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) for government agencies.

Thailand Ministry Plans to Launch Five-year e-Government Roadmap

The Information and Communications Technology Ministry of Thailand plans to launch an e-Governance Road Map that will be used as a framework for e-Government developments over the five years from 2010 to 2014. The draft version of the roadmap would be submitted to the Cabinet Ministry for approval before sending to all government agencies. The roadmap consists of four stages .

Wireless going Green in China

Australia based Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s (CSIRO), ICT Centre Wireless Technologies Laboratory is trying to make next generation of wireless communications in China that would be more environmentally friendly. The centre will facilitate joint research projects between the two countries, the exchange of scientists and students, and the uptake of Australian wireless communications technologies by the world market.

Urban EcoMap offers Climate Change Info

Cisco, and the County of San Francisco, have collaborated to start a pilot project called Urban EcoMap, that will educate people about climate change and to spur a shift to climate-friendly social behavior in cities.  Urban EcoMap is an innovation and a key element of the Connected Urban Development framework for Connected and Sustainable Cities.

The Dubai Police wins Tejari eLEADER Award

The Dubai Police has been awarded with eLEADER status in the ‘Power Buyer’ category for having achieved an exceptionally high online purchases rate using Tejari online marketplace. The Dubai Police achieved estimated value of auctions of more then $26m within three months from November 2008 till February 2009 and continued online purchases in March and April 2009 with additional 33 new tenders conducted via Tejari online marketplace.

12 Ministries in Bangladesh start e-Services

12 Ministries from the Bangladesh Government have started to provide E-service including paying utility and land bills through the Internet to the people. People from rural areas have started to get information related to livelihood through Union Information Centre (UIC) and Agriculture and Communication Centre (AICC). Besides, the people can pay their land phone bills through SMS and know information about railway, polling centres and market prices through Internet and necessary government forms are also available on Internet.

China up 11 places in index of information technology

According to recently published World Economic Forum report, China has improved its information technology infrastructure by receiving 46th position globally this year on the Networked Readiness Index (NRI). It also replaced India to take the leading position among the BRICs (China, Brazil, Russia and India), according to the Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009 released by the World Economic Forum and business school Insead.

Malaysian WiMax operator pushes for 2010 rollout

Local Wimax service provider has partnered with Samsung to provide to implement its WiMax network across the country over the next five years. However, it will take at least 14 months before the high-speed mobile broadband service from YTL’s subsidiary, YTL e-Solutions, is expected to be rolled out nationwide in July 2010. The company will invest over US$279 million over the next 12 months ahead of its July 2010 launch. Under the agreement, Samsung will implement a WiMax network that includes base stations, multimedia service offerings and a range of mobile Internet devices. YTL e-Solutions has identified 2,000 sites nationwide for the base stations. The network is designed to support 14 million customers and will cover about 70 percent of the population.

PayMate, UAE’s Mashreq Bank Launch Mobile Services

PayMate, India’s mobile commerce company has tied up with the UAE-based private bank Mashreq to launch mobile payment services in UAE. The joint venture would include services such as paying for over-the-counter shopping, utility bills, online purchases via mobile as well as mobile applications enabling purchase of movie and flight tickets. The service would be available for the 3.5 million credit card users in the UAE as well as half a million Mashreq Bank account holders. The customers can punch their card details on the mobile application or simply enter the PayMate PIN for making any mobile transaction.

N S N Murthy
Director, Sales

In India, we are going to align ourselves with the projects under National eGovernance Plan and in parallel will work with state governments on specific solution areas.

How do you see MphasiS addressing Government requirements end-to-end?

Governments across the globe are consolidating the number of vendor’s taking care of its requirement.  The single reason is moving from just project-based application automation to a complete “Transformation” of the Department.  This is a much mature and holistic approach to achieve the end-objective(s) of the Government. Our “Transformation Services” covers Application Services, IT Services and Business Process Services.  This enables us to partner with our clients in not only addressing their current needs but also making them agile to respond to future requirements.

What are the areas of e-Governance you are looking to tap in the years to come?

MphasiS, has been working on several government area’s along with its parent organization EDS an HP Company worldwide.  As a group we have been providing solutions & services for Defence, Finance & Tax, Agriculture, Municipalities, Customs, Homeland Department, Tourism, Social Welfare, Healthcare, Education and several others. In India, we are going to align ourselves with the projects under National eGovernance Plan and in parallel will work with state governments on specific solution areas.

You are known for your Portal expertise in several industry segments, would that be a focus offering in Government too?

Yes definitely, we have strong credentials globally in the area of Portals. We have already started working with several Government Clients and PSUs on this service offering and we have received a very good response too.  We have also developed our own Portal Framework called MFrame. It is our solution offering to help clients readily build cross-channel Portals using a vendor neutral framework that facilitates the integration of best of breed products to quickly deploy eGovernment capabilities.

What is your opinion about the developments in e-Governance arena in India as compared to Global Scenario?

India is extremely well placed today to leap frog several other nations in the eGovernance Implementation.  Recession, increasing citizen expectations, availability of cutting edge technology and most importantly a positive mindset from both bureaucrats and political parties is going to speed up the transformation of government services.  It is exciting as well as challenging time for every IT Solutions & Service Provider in India; exciting because there are plenty of opportunities to work on and challenging because government clients are extremely intelligent now.  They no longer are looking for plain computerization of department but results-oriented transformation, which will enable them to increase their own internal efficiencies and service their end-customers better. 

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