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AWS launches second infrastructure region in Australia

AWS is planning to invest an estimated US $ 4.5 billion ( A $ 6.8 billion ) in Australia by 2037 through the region , which is expected to support more than 2,500 full-time jobs .
“ Australia has a strong history of technical innovation , and the launch of a second AWS Region in Australia provides even greater resilience and enables more customers to develop cloud-based applications that help fuel economic development across the country ,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman , Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS .
“ The AWS Asia Pacific ( Melbourne ) Region adds to our ongoing infrastructure expansion and investments in Australia since we launched the AWS Asia Pacific ( Sydney ) Region in 2012 ,” he said .
“ We know how important access to secure cloud infrastructure is to Victorian businesses and providing more choice will deliver a boost to the economy , support innovation , and help to create new jobs locally ,” said Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment , Tim Pallas .

Amazon Web Services ( AWS ) has announced the launch of its second AWS infrastructure region in Australia – the AWS Asia

Pacific ( Melbourne ) Region .
With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific ( Melbourne ) Region , AWS now has 99 Availability Zones across 31 geographic regions , with announced plans to launch 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Canada , Israel , New Zealand and Thailand .

Boost has enabled Thai tourists to make payments in Malaysia

Boost , a leading regional full-spectrum FinTech arm of Axiata , and Payments Network Malaysia ( PayNet ), a national retail payments network infrastructure , have announced that Boost merchants in Malaysia can now accept cross-border payments from Thailand tourists via its DuitNow QR .

This new feature makes it easier for tourists to make cashless payments in the country with their own eWallets . Tourists will just need to scan the Boost DuitNow QR code , then receive a request to put in their purchase amount in Malaysian Ringgit ( MYR ). An automatic conversion will then be deducted from their country ’ s eWallet .
In the first phase , this feature is currently available for Thai tourists via participating financial institutions mobile payments applications from CIMB Thai , Siam Commercial Bank , Bangkok Bank , Krungthai Bank and Bank of Ayudhya .
“ At Boost , we have always been at the forefront of innovating our digital payments solutions to benefit our merchants and provide simplified payment options for local shoppers ,” said Sheyantha Abeykoon , Group CEO of Boost . “ Today , we are excited to offer this to regional tourists through our collaboration with PayNet ’ s extensive cross-border payment network . This novel offering in the market will provide our merchants with an edge to widen their network of customers , while tourists can enjoy simplified transactions in their own currency .” p
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