NEW DELHI: Successful spectrum bidders, including Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone, have made over Rs 7,000 crore towards upfront payments — a move that will help the government narrow its fiscal deficit target for the fiscal ending. Also, others telecom firms such as Reliance Jio and Tata Teleservices that won airwaves in the recent spectrum auction have committed to pay by evening today. Airtel has paid about Rs 5,000 crore while Idea Cellular deposited around Rs 2,000 crore as part payment for spectrum they acquired in auction last week. Vodafone has also paid some amount but the exact number could not be ascertained.
NBN Co has earmarked a further 550,000 premises across Australia where work is to be started by September 2016. It brings the targeted number of premises where work will commence by September next year to more than 3 million, as outlined last year in NBN Co’s 18-month construction plan. At its most recent financial results briefing, NBN Co had over 748,000 serviceable premises, with an average weekly run rate of 10,200.
Huawei – which was backed by Britain last week despite repeated claims that the Chinese company’s network kit could endanger national security – saw a 33 per cent leap in net profit for 2014. The privately held, employee-owned telecoms giant reported its full-year results this morning, when the firm’s rotating CEO Ken Hu trumpeted Huawei’s “heavy investment” (¥40.8bn, or £4.4bn, R&D last year) in technology such as 5G, cloud computing and big data.
NBN Co today announced the commercial launch of its fibre-to-the-basement technology, with 2000 premises across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne set to receive the first connections. More than one million premises are slated to receive FTTB technology, with 44 retail service providers now able to sell services on FTTB, the company said. Around 2000 premises in apartment blocks across NSW, Victoria and the ACT are ready for service today.
NewSat has been forced to halt trading on the Australian Stock Exchange as it continues to battle to have funding for its Jabiru-1 satellite project reinstated. The company revealed mid-last year that financing for the satellite project had been put on hold over “alleged technical or documentary breaches of financial facilities” related to the drawdown of its loan from Ever Tycoon.
The United States and Russia announced a joint effort to construct a new space station to replace the International Space Station (ISS), but festering geopolitical tensions might yet undo this plan. The announcement made March 28 in Moscow by the Russian Federal Space Agency or Roscosmos is being hailed as a welcome move despite stubborn tensions between Russia and the U.S., especially over the war in Ukraine.
The Australian Government has signed off on $180 million to pay for a fleet of new satellite receiver terminals for the nation’s Defence Force, with Raytheon and subcontractor L-3 Communications set to take the lion’s share of earnings. The Raytheon/L-3 partnership will deliver ground-based transportable satellite receiver terminals throughout Defence’s Australian sites. The large terminals will have the transmission capacity to support deployed ADF headquarters.
Taiwan’s National Communications Commission will offer 2,600MHz frequency band units with total bandwidth of 190MHz for 4G mobile communication operation through open-bid competition in September 2015. Competition in the upcoming bidding process is expected to be less intense than that of last time for 700MHz, 900MHz and 1,800MHz band units in October 2013, according to Taiwan Mobile (TWM) president James Jeng.
Gemalto has announced that China Telecom has selected its UpTeq Multi-tenant NFC SIMs to deploy secure NFC transport services in China’s two largest cities – Shanghai and Beijing. China Telecom is a leading operator in the country with more than 183 million subscribers. According to the digital security services provider, this deployment will enable up to 45 million daily commuters to ride their metros and pay for their everyday purchases with a simple tap of their smartphones.
TAIPEI–Taiwan Mobile Co. (台灣大哥大), the country’s second-largest wireless service provider, said Thursday it will establish Taiwan’s fastest fourth-generation (4G) mobile network next month after integrating its current frequency bands. The company said it recently gained approval from the National Communications Commission (NCC, 國家通訊傳播委員會) to use a 5-megaherz (MHz) block of the 700 MHz frequency band that it purchased from Ambit Microsystems Corp. last September.
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: India’s top three mobile operators scooped up almost 80% of the country’s airwaves in fierce competition, spending $13.6 billion in the latest round of spectrum auctions that raised a record $17.6 billion. The heavy bidding by the large operators underscores their big bets on the potential for mobile data in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market.The three operators bought airwaves worth a total 855.75 billion rupees ($13.6 billion), or about 78% of the total airwaves sold in the auction, telecoms minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.
MANILA, Philippines – Subscribers of Talk ‘N Text, Smart, and Sun Cellular can now access a suite of mobile Internet services for free through Facebook’s Internet.org app, which made its Southeast Asian debut in the Philippines last Wednesday. Subscribers with a data-capable device can access Facebook, Facebook Messenger plus 22 other websites — providing news, health, weather, and other services – by downloading the Internet.org application on Google Play or visiting http://www.Internet.org on their mobile browser. They can get more information by texting INTERNET to 9999.
Internet service provider TPG has posted strong customer and revenue growth as it works toward taking over rival ISP iiNet. TPG recorded an 18 percent rise in net profit for its first half of fiscal 2015, to $107 million. Its consumer broadband subscriber base grew by 38,000 to reach 786,000, buoyed by the addition of 17,000 customers on TPG’s own fibre-to-the-basement network and wholesale NBN plans, and 21,000 DSL customers.
WASHINGTON: Only 20 per cent in India have access to the internet at least occasionally while a mere 14 per cent own a smartphone, a new study conducted across 32 emerging and developing nations has found. The study by The Pew Research Center also found that 65 per cent of internet users in India said they use social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter while 55 per cent have used the internet to look for or apply for a job.
Metfone, Cambodia’s largest mobile phone provider by subscribers, will absorb Beeline, which has struggled to gain a foothold in the country’s fiercely competitive telecoms market, Beeline announced Thursday in a statement posted to its Facebook page. Beeline, whose parent company is Sotelco Ltd., was purchased by Cambodian businessman Huot Vanthan in 2013 from Amsterdam-based VimpelCom Ltd. Metfone is a subsidiary of Viettel, which is wholly owned by the Vietnamese military.
Telstra has revealed it has run out of IPv4 internet addresses, prompting warnings that its use of network addressing translation could impact the carrier’s ability to accurately collect customer metadata for the Government’s proposed data retention scheme. Carriers worldwide are being urged to move to the new IPv6 addressing system, which was created to overcome limitations to the quickly dwindling IPv4 address supply. IPv6 can create a theoretically inexhaustible supply of addresses, but it is not interoperable with the older IPv4 protocol.
NEW DELHI: The government’s telecom spectrum auction kitty today declined to Rs 1.05 lakh crore with provisional allocation of 88% airwaves at the end of day 15. The total amount of bids received for spectrum stood at Rs 1.09 lakh crore with 89% of the spectrum provisionally allocated to bidders. While auction witnessed renewed activity in the premium 900Mhz band, no activity was seen in 2100Mhz band, which is used for 3G services.
Residents of Georgetown city in Malaysia can now access free public Wi-Fi at twice the speeds. Penang state announced that the public Wi-Fi bandwidth has been increased from 75Mbps to 375 Mbps. This allows each user to enjoy speeds upto 1Mbps, up from 512Kbps in the past, in Georgetown city and across the state. The government will spend RM1.84 million (US$498,915) annually to run this upgraded service, an increase of RM300,000 (US$81,344).
Everybody in China has a mobile phone these days: that’s an exaggeration, but not as much of one as you might think. According to the latest numbers from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), China has reached 1.29 billion total mobile users. Given that the Middle Kingdom has an estimated population of under 1.4 billion, that means that well over 90 percent of the population has joined the mobile revolution.
The Norwegian telco has inked an agreement to spruce up traffic huts in Yangon and Mandalay, outfitting the booths with a Telenor logo and an LED screen displaying a set of traffic rules in Myanmar language. Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg said it has not paid any money to the authorities. “The only cost Telenor has is painting and fixing the booths, as some were in a pretty bad state,” he told The Myanmar Times last month.