Net neutrality: RCom bats for

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: As a debate rages on about the net neutrality and the role of Facebook’s platform, the social networking giant’s Indian partner for this programme Reliance Communications (RCom) said it has brought on board one million Indians to experience internet. “We piloted this for six months in seven circles. And in six months, I am happy to share with you, we brought nearly one million people to come on the internet and experience the internet,” Reliance Communications’ consumer business CEO Gurdeep Singh told the company shareholders here.

Global 2Q15 semiconductor equipment billings reach US$9.4 billion, says SEMI

TaiwanDigi Times — SEMI has reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.4 billion in the second quarter of 2015. The billings figure is 1% lower than the first quarter of 2015 and 2% lower than the same quarter a year ago.  Worldwide semiconductor equipment bookings were US$10.2 billion in the second quarter of 2015, SEMI disclosed.

GSMA: Smart city tech could save Bangkok $1B per year

ThailandRCR Wireless — In a new report, the GSMA projects the city of Bangkok could save some $1 billion per year by implementing intelligent transport systems common in so-called smart cities. Researchers found that introducing intelligent transport systems would yield economic benefits equivalent to $1 billion each year through a combination of reducing traffic congestion and travel time, cutting harmful carbon dioxide emissions and helping avoid traffic accidents.

Big benefits for Bangkok if Intelligent Transport Systems used: GSMA study

ThailandDigital News Asia — DEPLOYING Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the capital city of Thailand could reduce travel times, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and road accidents, driving social and economic benefits of up to US$1 billion per year, according to the GSM Association (GSMA). Citing its new research report, Building Digital Societies in Asia: Making Transportation Smarter, the association said that ITS can also potentially result in long-term positive changes in commuter habits and encourage citizens to use safe and environmentally friendly ways of commuting.

Net neutrality: IAMAI opposes zero-rating plans

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Opposing zero-rated plans of any type, Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said such plans will harm online content and also allow telcos to discriminate certain web services over others.  In its submissions to a Department of Telecom (DoT) report on net neutrality last week, IAMAI said it clearly and unambiguously opposed zero-rated plans of any type.  Thursday was the last date to submit comments on the DoT report.

GSMA’s low-power network initiative to boost IoT growth

APACDigital News Asia — THE GSM Association (GSMA) has established the ‘Mobile IoT Initiative,’ a new project backed by 26 of the world’s leading mobile operators including Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), Ooredoo and Telenor, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), as well as chipset, module and infrastructure companies. The project is designed to address the use of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions in licensed spectrum, the GSMA said in a statement.

Citizens fight for net neutrality on

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: There is widespread support for net neutrality on the government’s citizen engagement platform where a majority of people have voiced their concerns against zero-rated plans.  There are nearly 70,000 comments on the website with just a day to go before the end of the participative process and most of these seek unfettered and non-discriminatory access to the internet.

AsiaPac telco community gets a spectrum slap from GSMA

APACDigital News Asia — The GSM Association (GSMA) said it is disappointed that the Asia Pacific telecommunications community has not identified sufficient spectrum to meet growing consumer demand. This comes after the final meeting of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity’s Conference Preparatory Group (APG) in Seoul, ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).

Facebook India goes to users to keep alive

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook is mustering support of its users in India to defend its platform, with just a week left for public comments on a DoT panel’s report, which says free internet services like that of the social network’s violate net neutrality principle. Facebook has started the public campaign to make a case before lawmakers for allowing free internet access platforms like

GSMA Disappointed by Lack of Progress Made by Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Ahead of WRC-15

APACBusiness Wire — John Giusti, Deputy Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, commented on the outcome of the final meeting of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s Conference Preparatory Group (APG) in Seoul, ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15): The GSMA is disappointed with the APG’s decision to date to identify only 51MHz of additional spectrum for mobile broadband at WRC-15.

Rapid cloud adoption marks end of the beginning

APACInquirer Net — The Cloud has won. In Asia, for instance,   Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and South Korea were tagged as the leaders in cloud readiness by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), based on its 2014 Cloud Readiness Index. These countries, according to the ACCA report, retained or even extended their lead by fostering innovation and fresh approaches toward next generation technology and cloud computing services.

Tagging Data For Exchange

APACLife Hacker — As the Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, May-Ann Lim works with a number of the largest cloud service providers in the region, dealing with all sorts of different issues. The association’s mission is to be the voice of the technology community and accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the APAC region. As an independent body, the ACCA’s membership includes major companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and EMC.

Government committed to net neutrality: Ravi Shankar Prasad

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The government today reiterated its commitment to provide non-discriminatory access to internet for all in the country and stick to the ‘fundamental principles’ of net neutrality. “Government is committed to the fundamental principles and concept of net neutrality and strives for non- discriminatory access to internet for all citizens of the country,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written statement to the Rajya Sabha.

KT Chairman stresses carrier-manufacturer collaboration for 5G

KoreaKorea Times — KT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu met with leaders of the global telecom industry and sought cooperation over the next-generation network and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2015. Hwang attended the board meeting of the Global System for Mobile Telecommunication Association (GSMA) in the host city, Tuesday, and stressed the importance of collaboration between telecom operators and network equipment makers.

Zero-rating plans must be open to all users: DoT panel member

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Zero-rating platforms, which offer free browsing to consumers on select websites that have paid for it, have to be open to mobile subscribers of all telecom companies, a member of the government-appointed committee on net neutrality has said. V Umashankar, a key member of the six-member panel, has also said that Bharti Airtel’s ‘Zero’ plan “completely violates” the principles of net neutrality.

Mobile World Congress Heads East, from IN

APACNew Indian Express — SHANGHAI:  Mobile World Congress (MWC), an annual event organised by Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) in Barcelona, is turning to India and China which has lately seen explosive growth in the mobile telephony sector. GSMA is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardising, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system.

Mobile industry contributes $1.1 trillion to Asia Pacific economy: Study

APACTimes of India — SHANGHAI: The mobile industry in Asia Pacific contributes more than $1 trillion per year to the region’s economy, fuelled by rising mobile broadband and smartphone penetration, a new report by GSMA said.  GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardizing, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system.

Jack Ma Selected Co-chairman Of Global Internet Governance Alliance Council

China.gifChina Tech News — The Global Internet Governance Alliance held its first general council meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group, was selected as a co-chairman of the alliance council. Ma is reportedly the only Asian representative to be co-chairman of the alliance council.

Telecom industry seeks revision in mergers and acquisitions policy

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom industry wants the regulator to take steps to revise the mergers and acquisitions policy to facilitate consolidation in an intensely competitive sector and help cut costs, improve services and reduce debt.

GSMA Introduces Additional Programmes for Mobile World Congress Shanghai

ChinaBusiness Wire India — The GSMA today announced the details of new programmes and exhibition features at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which will be held 15-17 July at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The GSMA also announced further exhibitors, sponsors and partners for the Shanghai event. “With just two weeks until Mobile World Congress Shanghai, we’re gearing up for our largest and most ambitious Asia event ever,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.