Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) August 2016 • Volume 33, Issue 7 - Page 12

12 NEWS & VIEWS August 2016 Frost & Sullivan celebrates Asia-Pac’s best ICT firms SINGAPORE – Frost & Sullivan is continuing to recognise best practices and outstanding performances by technology firms in Asia-Pacific. At the 2016 Frost & Sullivan ICT Awards ceremony held in June this year in Singapore, 37 awards were presented to some of the leading ICT firms operating in Asia-Pacific. Andrew Milroy, senior vicepresident, digital transformation, Asia-Pacific, Frost & Sullivan, said: “We are excited to host the annual awards for the 13th time and will continue to host them in the years to come, as these awards play an important role in recognising best practices by ICT firms in Asia-Pacific. We hope that this recognition will help ICT firms to continue to push the boundaries of excellence.” The contenders for the Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific ICT Awards were evaluated on a variety of actual market performance indicators, which include revenue growth, market share and growth in market share, leadership in product innovation, breadth of products and solutions, major cus- tomer acquisitions, and business and market strategy, among other category-specific criteria. One of the award-winners this year is Hong Kong’s PCCW Media. Its over-the-top (OTT) service, Viu, received the Asia-Pacific Telco Helen Sou, senior vicepresident of digital media, PCCW Media, receiving the Asia-Pacific Telco Digital Service Provider of the Year award for Viu, PCCW’s OTT service. Pictured with her is Manoj Menon, partner and Asia-Pacific managing director, Frost & Sullivan. The 2016 Frost & Sullivan ICT Awards recognised best practices and outstanding performances by technology firms in Asia-Pacific. Digital Service Provider of the Year award. Cris Duy Tran, consulting analyst, digital transformation, Frost & Sullivan, explained: “Viu’s ability to anticipate and meet market demand through service quality and strategic execution has enabled it to grow sustainably in the competitive industry. “The successful engagement to three important factors — flexibility, content and coverage — has solidified the company’s position in product leadership in the digital service industry.” Other award recipients include Telstra, Orange Business Services, ChungHwa Telecom, Telkomsel, Penta Security, Arkadin, Amdocs, Symantec, Huawei and BroadSoft, which scooped the Asia-Pacific Hosted Telephony and Cloud UC Platform Provider of the Year award. Expressing his delight at the win, Jonathan Reid, managing director, Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets, BroadSoft, added: “We have been investing significantly in the Asia-Pacific region and enabling our service provider partners to take advantage of the growth we are seeing in unified communications in our markets. “We believe our award-winning BroadWorks and BroadCloud software platforms and UC-One services are resonating very well with our customers, as is our service provider-focused go-to-market approach.” Public service broadcasting retains relevance LONDON – Public service broadcasters (PSBs) in the UK still account for more than half of broadcast TV viewing; more importantly perhaps, around three in four viewers are satisfied with their services, Ofcom has reported. In the UK regulatory and competition authority’s new PSB Annual Research report, Ofcom wrote that the five main public service channels provided by PSBs — BBC One, BBC Two, Channel 3 services (ITV, STV, UTV), Channel 4 and n AUGUST Channel 5 — reached 84% of the TV population in a typical week, and accounted for 51% of all broadcast TV viewing in 2015. However, overall TV viewing continues to fall; comparatively, PSBs held a 70% share of viewing a decade ago. Viewers are now watching 26 minutes less a day than in 2010 and while the average viewer watched three hours and 36 minutes of TV per day in 2015, there is a widening generational gap in the viewing habits of the November 16-18 March 23-25 August 24-27 INTER BEE 2016 CCBN 2017 CIEC, Beijing, China index.asp# November 29 - December 1 BIRTV 2016 Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, Japan DVB ASIA 2016 China International Exhibition Centre Beijing, China html InterContinental Hotel Bangkok Thailand n APRIL RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands n DECEMBER n OCTOBER IABM ANNUAL INT’L BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2016 Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, Nevada, USA n SEPTEMBER September 9-13 IBC 2016 October 4-6 APSCC 2016 Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 20-22 BROADCAST INDIA 2016 Bombay Exhibition Centre Goregaon Mumbai, India December 1-2 UK n n 2017 n n 2017 NAB SHOW n MAY May KOBA 2017 n MARCH COEX Exhibition Centre Seoul, South Korea 6 - 9 March May 23-25 ABU DBS 2017 n NOVEMBER Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 7-10 March 21-23 CASBAA CONVENTION 2016 CABSAT 2017 Studio City, Macau April 22-27 Dubai World Trade Centre BROADCASTASIA / COMMUNICASIA2017 Suntec Singapore / Marina Bay Sands Singapore youngest and oldest audiences. Viewers under 25 are watching around a quarter less broadcast TV than in 2010, while the average viewing of those aged 55-64 has only declined by 5%. Viewers in the 16-24 age group in particular have embraced on-demand services, and spend around a third of their daily viewing time watching free or paid on-demand services. Live TV accounts for 36% of daily viewing in this age group, a 14% point decrease in two years. Jane Rumble, director of market intelligence at Ofcom, concluded: “Our research shows that UK audiences still watch and value public service broadcasting. But there are significant differences in the viewing habits of older and younger audiences. “As media and technology continue to evolve, it is important that broadcasters respond to these changes, so they can keep meeting the needs and expectations of viewers.” White Paper @ v Future-proofing media workflows through software-defined storage The soaring demand for high-resolution video content across the entire media ecosystem is placing immense pressure on production workflows and media storage infrastructure. To adapt and thrive in the new high-resolution era, organisations need advanced media storage that streamlines workflows and simplifies file management. In this white paper, Frost and Sullivan explores the storage challenges facing organisations and production teams alike. The paper also discusses how new software-defined storage can help media organisations adapt to unpredictable changes — and keep production moving.