ACCC approves Optus HFC NBN deal

AustraliaIT News — The competition regulator has given the go-ahead to Optus’ agreement to transfer its HFC cable network to the NBN, clearing one of the final regulatory roadblocks to the rollout of the Coalition’s multi-technology mix network. The approval also comes two months after the ACCC gave its approval to Telstra’s revised definitive agreements to hand over its copper and HFC networks to NBN.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/408541,accc-approves-optus-hfc-nbn-deal.aspx

Bangladesh cuts internet bandwidth prices by 41%

BangladeshBangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) announced the price cut on Monday, saying the internet gateways will get 1MBPS bandwidth at Tk 625 from Tuesday, down from Tk 1,068. Managing Director Md Monwar Hossain said the reduced prices would be applicable for 10GBPS (gigabyte per second) slab. Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar will initially enjoy the privilege.

http://bdnews24.com/business/2015/08/31/bangladesh-cuts-internet-bandwidth-prices-by-41

Superloop announces AU$1.19m loss for FY15 as network construction continues

AustraliaZDNet — Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has released its first annual results report for the financial year ending June 30, 2015, recording a net loss of AU$1.19 million due to the costs of developing the new business and expanding its fibre-optic network across Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, as well as a lack of customers.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/superloop-announces-au1-19m-loss-for-fy15-as-network-construction-continues/

Vodafone plans 4G push to counter Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio

IndiaTimes of India — New Delhi: The entry of Mukesh Ambani’s 4G vehicle Reliance Jio by the end of the year is prompting incumbent telecom operators to announce competing plans on the high-speed network. Days after Bharti Airtel laid out a comprehensive national 4G plan, close rival and the country’s second-biggest mobile operator Vodafone also said that it will offer the services by the end of this year.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Vodafone-plans-4G-push-to-counter-Mukesh-Ambanis-Reliance-Jio/articleshow/48712895.cms

Service outage reporting should apply to subsea networks, too, Wheeler says

APACFierce Telecom — The FCC plans to extend mandatory reporting on service outages to submarine cable systems by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) during its monthly meeting in September. It will consider a draft NPRM that proposes to require submarine cable licensees to report significant outages in appropriate detail through the FCC’s Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), where other wireline and wireless communications providers already report outages.

http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/service-outage-reporting-should-apply-subsea-networks-too-wheeler-says/2015-08-28

NFV paving the way to the IoT utopia

APACTelecom Asia — A world where machines do all the work – Considering the pace of technological innovations today, this vision is close to being a reality. Analyst firm IDC projects that the number of IoT installed bases in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) will include 8.8 billion devices by 2020.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/nfv-paving-way-iot-utopia

Interoute launches U.S. to Hong Kong network route to support global cloud platform

Hong KongThe Stack — Interoute has opened two new trans-pacific network routes connecting Los Angeles and Hong Kong to bolster its position as Europe’s ‘biggest cloud service platform.’ The operator said that the independent routes mark ‘the final step in creating a fully meshed global network,’ lowering latency for customers in North America and Asia.

https://thestack.com/cloud/2015/08/28/interoute-launches-u-s-to-hong-kong-network-route-to-support-global-cloud-platform/

Harmonize 1800MHz airwaves: Operators, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Top mobile operators have urged the telecom department (DoT) to speed up harmonization of 1800MHz airwaves, an exercise that will free up an additional 10MHz of contiguous 4G services spectrum in the band in the run-up to the next auction likely in March next year.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Harmonize-1800MHz-airwaves-Operators/articleshow/48695142.cms

TPG opens Layer 2 FTTB product for wholesale

AustraliaIT News — TPG is now offering wholesale partners the opportunity to access its fibre-to-the-basement network through a Layer 2 product for $27 per month, as demanded by the government’s carrier license conditions. Last December the government revealed carriers, such as TPG, who compete with the NBN would need to offer non-discriminatory wholesale access to their networks and structurally separate their retail and wholesale businesses.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/408415,tpg-opens-layer-2-fttb-product-for-wholesale.aspx

ZTE 6-Month Net Profit Rises 43.2% as 4G LTE Network Revenue Surges

ChinaBusiness Wire — SHENZHENL: ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, announced that first-half net profit rose 43.2% as the company increased sales of 4G LTE network equipment to carriers. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company jumped to RMB 1.62 billion (US$252 million) in the first six months, according to the results announcement posted by ZTE today. Basic earnings per share climbed to RMB 0.47, while revenue increased 21.8% to RMB 45.9 billion.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150826005626/en/ZTE-6-Month-Net-Profit-Rises-43.2-4G#.Vd4MIiyqpBc

Submarine Cable Systems in Asia: Where should investments go?

APACOver the past couple of decades we have seen how modern submarine cable systems help global economies flourish by providing global connectivity through fiber optic cables traversing all continents. Globally, undersea cables contribute around 99 percent of total international broadband connectivity.

http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/tele-talk/Submarine-Cable-Systems-in-Asia-Where-should-investments-go/855

Infrastructure Report: Demand for mobile data surges

New ZealandNZ Herald — Spark saw a surge in the amount of data traffic humming through its cables and airwaves earlier this year. Chief operating officer David Havercroft says though the company anticipated and planned for an increase in data demand and had invested in the necessary infrastructure, the jump was sudden. “We worked on the assumption there would be a 100 per cent year-on-year growth in data. That’s more or less been the case,” Havercraft says.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11499153

NTT: NFV and SDN are transforming enterprise networks

JapanNetwork Aasia — Integration of cloud, data center and network assets riding onsoftware-defined networks and virtualization technology will be the biggest trend to happen in the next few years. Networking vendors and service providers, such as NTT Com Asia, have recognized that the NFV and SDN trend is imminent and have begun incorporating these new technologies as complementary capabilities to their existing platforms, thus driving more innovations.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/ntt-nfv-and-sdn-are-transforming-enterprise-networks.1440468297

MecTel joins the discount fray, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times  — The “Shwe Myinttar” plan will allow for on-net calls at K21 per minute, off-net calls at K22 per minute, and internet at K6 for 1 megabyte. The plan is only slightly cheaper than its existing fees of K22 per minute on-net, K23 per minute off-net and K3 for one minute of internet, which has been in place since August 12. Its rates were previously as high as K50 per minute for calls. MecTel users can sign up by texting “SMT” to SMS number 233.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/16055-mectel-joins-the-discount-fray.html

TIME dotCom Q2 2015 revenue up 5.2%

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — TIME dotCom Bhd posted revenue of RM163.8 million for the three months ended June 30 2015, 5.2% higher than the previous year’s corresponding period of RM155.7 million. [RM1 = US$0.24] In a statement, the company attributed this to strong overall revenue contributions from its data, data centre and voice products, despite lower contributions from global bandwidth sales and non-recurring contracts.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/business/time-dotcom-q2-2015-revenue-up-5pc

China Mobile profit dips under tough competition

ChinaWant China Times — Chinese telecom giant China Mobile’s net profit dipped 0.8% to 57.3 billion yuan (US$9 billion) in the first six months of the year as it faced fierce competition, it said on Thursday. Revenue was up 4.9% to 340.7 billion yuan (US$53.3 billion), while its subscriber base rose to more than 810 million, up 3.4%, including 190 million 4G users, the company said in a filing to the Hong Kong bourse, where it is listed.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150821000051

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.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/gsma-lowpower-network-initiative-to-boost-iot-growth

China Unicom, China Telecom setting up FDD LTE networks, say reports

ChinaDigi Times — China Unicom and China Telecom have been actively establishing FDD LTE networks in China since they obtained FDD LTE licenses in late February 2015, and aim to complete installing 500,000 and 460,000 base stations, respectively, by the end of 2015, according to China-based media reports.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150821PD201.html

Uber partners Airtel to offer free Wi-Fi in cabs

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: US-based taxi-hailing app Uber has signed an agreement with telecom major Bharti Airtel to offer free high-speed internet in its cabs across the country.  Besides, Airtel will also become Uber’s official telecom partner across India by offering mobile, data and device plans to Uber driver-partners.  The service, which has been launched in Mumbai, will soon be extended to other cities.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Uber-partners-Airtel-to-offer-free-Wi-Fi-in-cabs/articleshow/48578924.cms

Telstra Air users complain of big drop in speeds

AustraliaIT News — Telstra is investigating complaints from some of its customers that activating the Telstra Air service causes a sudden and dramatic decrease to the speeds they receive on their home broadband service. Complaints about the issue have surfaced on both the Whirlpool discussion board as well as the Telstra’s own crowd support page. The issues emerged after the company officially launched the network in June, following a free trial that began in November last year.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/408172,telstra-air-users-complain-of-big-drop-in-speeds.aspx