This week is going to be an interesting week for Singapore Tech Scene. A lot of tech news and announcements are going to happen in Singapore.
For a Start, it’s CommunicAsia 2011.
Nokia will be returning to CommunicAsia after missing for 11 years. And they will be returning to CommunicAsia with a big bang. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, EVP Mobile Phones Mary T. McDowell and Senior VP, Developer & Marketplace Nokia Marco Argenti will be in town for Nokia Connection 2011. Expect Nokia to announce new products at Nokia Connection like they have been doing for the past few years in Singapore. I’m guessing we will be seeing Nokia’s new Windows Phone 7 and MeeGo phone. (or at least one of them)
Social gaming company Zynga will be at CommunicAsia for the first time. Zynga will be demonstrating their games including Hanging With Friends which was launched recently.
Research in Motion, the Canadian company that makes BlackBerry, will also be at CommunicAsia 2011. Expect to see the PlayBook and also the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9900 with OS 7.
Huawei will be showing their LTE technology at CommunicAsia. Perhaps we will also see their new MediaPad on the show floor.
This is the first year that CommunicAsia is going to be held at Marina Bay Sands. Broadcast-Asia will be held at Suntec City.
Although Sony Ericsson is not taking part in CommunicAsia 2011, they will be having a Global Media Launch event here in Singapore on Wednesday. Not sure what phone they are launching yet. Maybe the Xperia X10 Mini Pro 2 or the Xperia Duo that have been circulating rumor mills lately.
Besides CommunicAsia and the product launches, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be having the Second Public Meeting of the year this week. Many crucial issues that would be discussed by ICANN during the week long meeting in Singapore. Perhaps one of the most widely anticipated is the ICANN’s Board of Directors voting on whether to finalize the Applicant Guidebook for Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD). If the Board approves the Guidebook as final, it will path the way for gTLD and we should expect to see hundreds of gTLD by 2013. Wait a minute…. I thought ICANN has already approved gTLD long time ago. Hmmmmm…..
Anyway, it’s going to be a very interesting week for Singapore Tech scene. I’ll be attending Nokia Connection and Sony Ericsson launch this week. So keep a lookout for my twitter updates for the latest news.