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Here are your key ICT trends and insights this week: WhatsApp to share user account data with Facebook; Singapore launched an autonomous taxi service; and how will the European Commission’s landmark tax ruling against Apple impact EU/US tech relations?


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ICT Trends

Competition: The European Commission has concluded that Ireland gave Apple “undue tax benefits” of up to EUR13 billion. What impact will this have on Ireland and the tech sector?

Digital Finance: Banks may have to move fast to protect their market share from rapidly rising 'fintech' startups. Financial technology groups from 20 cities plan to form a global federation of fintech hubs. Meanwhile, APAC investments in fintech ventures, largely in China, reached $9.62 billion by July 31 and China’s banking industry IT solutions market is expected to hit USD9.2 billion in 2020.


Roaming in Cuba: AT&T is the latest US telco to sign a roaming agreement with Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) for voice, texts and data. Telecommunication remains a priority sector for ongoing warming of relations between the two countries.

Encryption: French and German interior ministers will push for a Europe-wide law to force operators to provide access to encrypted messages to law enforcement agencies, “whether or not they are based in Europe.” Analysts question if an EU agreement is necessary, or possible.



Bitcoin: a development game-changer? Blockchain’s disruptive potential could change the way business, development and finance are conducted in developing countries, promoting financial inclusion and transparency. But it is not without its drawbacks, as Naki B. Mendoza explains.

Will Africa be the ‘new China’? Africa is embracing mobile technology faster than any other part of the world and may “serve as a classic staging ground for new technologies,” according to Frost & Sullivan.

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