Vodafone labels ACMA data request report “inaccurate”

AustraliaA yearly report compiled by the communications regulator on the number of requests law enforcement agencies make to carriers for user metadata is “unnecessary”, “inaccurate” and should be scrapped, according to Australia’s third largest telco Vodafone. Vodafone’s general manager of industry strategy and public policy Matthew Lobb made the comments today as part of a hearing into the Government’s proposed data retention scheme.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399834,vodafone-labels-acma-data-request-disclosures-inaccurate.aspx

Huawei bids for emergency network deal

ChinaHuawei said Wednesday it wants to participate in the Korean government’s project to establish a public emergency communication network. The Chinese network equipment company underlined that its products will help the country to quickly respond when the public is in danger. “Huawei’s public safety broadband network is easy to deploy and has various customized features based on the company’s expertise in narrowband network technology,” said Huawei Technologies’ long-term evolution (LTE) product line Vice President Wang Qingwen during a press conference at the Lotte Hotel in central Seoul, Wednesday.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_172596.html

KVH Delivers Ultra-Low Latency Exchange-to-Exchange Connectivity with “JPX-SGX Co-Location Direct”

JapanKVH Co., Ltd., Asia’s leading Information Delivery Platform headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, today announced an agreement to launch “JPX-SGX Co-Location Direct”, an exchange-to-exchange ultra-low latency connectivity solution between two of Asia’s premier stock exchanges, Japan Exchange Group, Inc. (JPX) and Singapore Exchange (SGX). The service is a result of a strategic alliance between these two exchanges.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3288359

Taipei to upgrade its public Wi-Fi to superfast 4G network

TaiwanTaipei plans to improve the connectivity and speeds of its free Wi-Fi service, the Mayor has announced, trying to catch up with some of the region’s leaders. The city will improve speeds by integrating the existing Wi-Fi service with 4G networks which can reach speeds up to 100 Mbps. It plans to collect data at every hotspot in the city and use this information to improve the Wi-Fi connections, said Mayor Ko Wen-je.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6087-taipei-to-upgrade-its-public-wi-fi-to-superfast-4g-network

Singtel, Ericsson partner to test 5G technologies

SingaporeSINGAPORE: Local telco Singtel and networking giant Ericsson on Tuesday (Jan 27) signed a deal to collaborate on testing technologies for the deployment of 5G networks in the future. Both companies inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore 5G networks and the possible applications that can be rolled out to meet the needs of consumers and industries. They will also study how the next-generation mobile network can support Singapore’s vision of being a Smart Nation, according to its press release.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/singtel-ericsson-partner/1618182.html

NewSat defaults on $26m in overdue Lockheed payments

AustraliaLockheed Martin has issued NewSat with a termination notice over a failure to make US$21 million (A$26.5 million) in payments for the construction of NewSat’s Jabiru-1 satellite. NewSat has struggled to get the project off the ground since mid-last year, when it revealed funding for the satellite had been put on hold over “alleged technical or documentary breaches of financial facilities” related to the drawdown of a loan from Ever Tycoon.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399715,newsat-defaults-on-26m-in-lockheed-satellite-payments.aspx

Datawind to unveil mobile phones with free basic Internet

IndiaNEW DELHI: Low cost mobile device maker Datawind has earmarked about Rs 150 crore to launch mobile phones with free basic Internet services for one year to start with.  These phones will cost Rs 3,000 per unit. “We are in talks with a private operator to launch mobile phones with free basic Internet services for one year to start with. It should cost around Rs 3,000 a unit.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/datawind-to-unveil-mobile-phones-with-free-basic-internet/articleshow/46017661.cms

China tightens Internet control by blocking VPN services

ChinaChina is clamping down on unrestricted access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship. Several foreign-based operators of virtual private network (VPN) services said Friday that access to their services in China had been disrupted as a result of the crackdown and users are facing a harder time getting to some foreign websites.

Virtual private networks work by establishing an encrypted pipe between a computer or http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/564689/china-tightens-internet-control-by-blocking-vpn-services/

Dimension Data helps HK beverage company migrate to a UC platform

Hong KongDimension Data has been selected by a leading beverage manufacturer in Hong Kong to migrate its traditional PABX systems to a unified communications (UC) platform, said the global ICT solutions and services provider in a statement. The UC platform will enhance employee mobility and their communication productivity by an expected 30%, Dimension Data said.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/industries/dimension-data-helps-hk-beverage-company-migrate-to-a-uc-platform/

China cracks down on VPN

ChinaBEIJING — China is blocking VPN services that let users get around online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, according to technology specialists.  The virtual private network provider Golden Frog wrote on its blog that the controls had hit a wide range of VPN services. The popular provider Astrill informed its users this week that its VPN protocols for Apple mobile devices to access services such as Gmail had been blocked.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/world-updates/459828/great-firewall-fortified

SK Telecom-Nokia test 5G network in 2018

KoreaSK Telecom said Thursday that it has agreed with Nokia to jointly develop superfast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology. The collaboration calls for both companies to construct a test bed for wireless solutions that can activate within the 5G network by the end of this year. The test bed will be installed in SK Telecom’s technology center in Bundang, on the outskirts of Seoul.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_172216.html

‘Full Wi-Fi coverage in top 20 Indian cities by 2015′

IndiaNEW DELHI: At a time when the country is launching another round of spectrum auctions in February and telecom operators are vying for allocations, global telecom infrastructure provider UTStarcom is confident that India’s top 20 cities will be fully Wi-Fi enabled by the end of 2015. “Wi-Fi will compliment data offload applications, which is something that all operators are implementing worldwide. India also has started (on this). By the end of 2015, Wi-Fi will be a reality in India. It will be there in top 20 cities in India, full coverage,” Rahul Pandey, director – sales (SAARC Countries) at UTStarcom, told IANS.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/full-wi-fi-coverage-in-top-20-indian-cities-by-2015/articleshow/45992434.cms

Aussie study aims to capture true value of public wi-fi

AustraliaRMIT senior research fellow Dr Ian McShane expects Australia to experience a resurgence in community-based telecommunications as the ambitions of the national broadband network are gradually scaled back. McShane and his RMIT colleagues are 12 months into a multi-year study on the rollout of public wi-fi in Australia and its policy and economic implications, funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399657,aussie-study-aims-to-capture-true-value-of-public-wi-fi.aspx

Hong Kong launches domain monitoring service to protect online brands

Hong KongHong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) has launched .hk WATCH, the first .hk domain name monitoring service for brand owners around the world. With this new service, HKIRC will protect brand owners from possible abuse of their brands. Cyber security incidents have continued to increase in recent years. According to the latest Global State of Information Security Survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the number of security incidents detected climbed to 42.8 million this year, an increase of 48 percent from 2013.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/hong-kong-launches-domain-monitoring-service-protect-online-brands-2117333006

Akamai: Vietnam’s Internet traffic second slowest in Asia-Pacific

VietnamIn the Asia-Pacific region, Hong Kong had the fastest Internet connection, followed by Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and China. According to the report, the average Internet connection speed in Vietnam was 2.5 Mbps in the third quarter of last year, down 12% quarter-on-quarter, while the highest speed to be recorded was 16.6 Mbps. Compared to the same period of 2013, the average and the highest speeds in Vietnam inched up, with respective increases of 22% and 38%.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/121754/akamai–vietnam-s-internet-traffic-second-slowest-in-asia-pacific.html

Samsung to release superfast Galaxy Note4

Samsung Electronics will release an updated Galaxy Note 4 this week with the world’s fastest tri-band LTE-A wireless technology. A tri-band LTE-A wireless network is three times faster than the current LTE-A service, with download speeds of 300Mbps; meaning just 28 seconds will be needed to download a 1 GB movie. The release comes at a time when three domestic mobile carriers are embroiled in a dispute over SK Telecom’s claim that it has succeeded in offering the tri-band LTE-A service.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_171993.html

Level 3 to Enhance Networking Capabilities and Resilience in Singapore

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has launched two additional points-of-presence (PoPs) in Singapore to address the growing demand for enhanced network and cloud connectivity within the Southeast Asian business hub. The PoPs feature access to Level 3’s global network and extensive portfolio of Internet protocol (IP), virtual private network (VPN), content delivery network (CDN), broadcast (Vyvx), cloud and collaboration solutions.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3280374

Internet connection to be resumed on January 24

According to the latest notice of the AAG operator sent to Vietnamese Internet service providers, the repair began on January 17 and will finish on January 28. However, Internet connection between Vietnam and the world will be resumed on January 24. Earlier, on January 8, the operator said the repair would complete on January 23. The AAG submarine cable was cut at 8:04 am on January 5, at a point about 117km from the landing station in Vung Tau.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/121472/internet-connection-to-be-resumed-on-january-24.html

Megaport Offers Interconnection Services to Google Cloud Platform as a Google Cloud Platform Authorized Technology Partner

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 19, 2015 (Antara/PRNewswire) — Megaport, a leading software-based communications provider, announced today that it has become a Google Cloud Platform Authorized Technology Partner to offer interconnection services to Google Cloud Platform. With GCI enabled, Megaport users and affiliates will be able to reach the Google Cloud Platform via Enterprise-grade connections to Google’s network edge, from wherever their data or their consumers reside.

http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/97418/megaport-offers-interconnection-services-to-google-cloud-platform-as-a-google-cloud-platform-authorized-technology-partner

Telstra to sell 100G service on subsea cables

Telstra will offer 100 gigabit per second connectivity on several subsea cables to meet the need for increased international capacity, particularly the large amounts of bandwidth required for high definition video and ultra-high definition (UHD) television. Telstra’s 100G Wavelength Service is available today on the company’s exclusive access fibre pair that runs between Hawaii and the United States West Coast on the Asia-America Gateway system.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399479,telstra-to-sell-100g-service-on-subsea-cables.aspx