AWS opens Apac region in Hyderabad; UK to investigate Apple, Google browser ‘stranglehold’; Amagi acquires Streamwise
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Amazon Web Services yesterday announced the launch of its second Indian data centre facility in Hyderabad, called the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region. The first was opened in Mumbai in 2016. Britain’s top competition authority will launch an investigation into the Apple-Google duopoly in the web browser market after many developers and businesses in the country complained of harmful restrictions imposed by the tech giants. And SaaS broadcast tech provider Amagi has acquired Streamwise, a company in the US. Notes: Amazon Web Services yesterday announced the launch of its second Indian data centre facility, which it calls an infrastructure region, in Hyderabad. The new data centre facility, AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, “is part of our long-term investment in the country since opening our first office in 2011,” Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at Amazon Data Services, said in a press release. Amazon established its first Indian data centre facility in Mumbai, in 2016. AWS plans to invest an estimated $4.4 billion (about Rs. 36,300 crore) in India by 2030 through the new Hyderabad facility. Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority said in a statement yesterday that it will launch an investigation into what it called the “stranglehold” that Apple and Google have on the internet browser market. The UK’s top competition authority consulted on launching a market investigation alongside its Mobile Ecosystem Market Study report, which found that Apple and Google have an effective duopoly on mobile ecosystems that allows them to exercise a stranglehold over operating systems, app stores and web browsers on mobile devices, according to the statement. Responses to the consultation, which were published yesterday, reveal substantial support for a fuller investigation into the way that Apple and Google dominate the mobile browser market and how Apple restricts cloud gaming through its App Store, according to the statement. Web developers have complained that Apple’s restrictions, combined with suggested underinvestment in its browser technology, lead to added costs and frustration as they have to deal with bugs and glitches when building web pages, and have no choice but to create bespoke mobile apps when a website might be sufficient. Sarah Cardell, interim Chief Executive of the CMA, said in the statement: “Many UK businesses and web developers tell us they feel that they are being held back by restrictions set by Apple and Google.” “When the new Digital Markets regime is in place, it’s likely to address these sorts of issues. In the meantime, we are using our existing powers to tackle problems where we can. We plan to investigate whether the concerns we have heard are justified and if so, identify steps to improve competition and innovation in these sectors,” she added. Amagi, a SaaS technology provider for the broadcast and connected TV businesses, has acquired Streamwise, an early-stage data aggregation and reporting platform for content distributors, the company said in a press release. Streamwise specializes in automating and standardizing data collection for streaming platforms. The acquisition will help Amagi enhance its data solutions capabilities with comprehensive reporting and dashboards, it said in the release. Theme music courtesy Free Music & Sounds: https://soundcloud.com/freemusicandsounds
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