The National — ABU DHABI: High-speed Wi-Fi will be available in TransAD’s fleet of Mercedes Vito compact vans, to coincide with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hired Cars said the service would be available from November 27.
Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has announced the acquisition of Cinenet Systems for AU$3 million, with the broadcast media network to provide Superloop with an avenue to enter both the media industry and the US market. The AU$3 million acquisition will consist of AU$1.5 million in cash and AU$1.5 million in Superloop scrip.
The plan would see Megaport expand into another 45 data centres in key connectivity points around the globe. It has identified some of those locations as: New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. The plan will increase the existing Megaport network from 34 data centres to 79 data centres. Once the expansion is complete, Megaport will be a significant competitor to the likes of Equinix, CenturyLink and other SDN providers in the market.
PRNewswire — BRISBANE, Australia: Megaport, a leading software-based elastic connectivity provider today announced that it had lodged a Prospectus with the Australian Securities Commission (ASIC) to raise $25 million and has applied to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Megaport was founded in 2013 by one of Australia’s leading technology entrepreneurs and the Company’s Executive Chairman Bevan Slattery with the aim of becoming a global leader in the fast-growing elastic interconnection services market.
Telecom Asia — Japan’s NTT DoCoMo will today commence providing mobile network consulting services to overseas mobile operators, starting with an arrangement in the Philippines. The operator has been contracted to provide network consulting services to Smart Communications, focused on improving and optimizing radio network quality in capital city Manila.
Tech in Asia — The number of internet users in India will reach 402 million next month, nearly 50 percent more than what it was last year, according to a study by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International. With the latest surge, India will overtake the US to have the second-largest internet user base in the world, next only to China. This will be music to the ears of mobile and internet-based businesses targeting the fast-growing digital market in India.
Myanmar Times — The bidding process comes as part of a broader national satellite program, with the government aiming to address existing needs in the market and to eventually fill the country’s slot in the sky with a Myanmar satellite. Myanmar has pursued a satellite program for five years now, with the country following the lead of others, according to Post and Telecommunications (PTD) director U Than Htun Aung.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom ministry has issued notices to state-owned BSNL, MTNL and India Posts after union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad personally took note of citizen complaints over service quality on social media since July. Prasad, who has over 4.65 lakh followers on Facebook, received the complaints relating to the three departments under his ministry.
Financial Review — Tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery’s latest business Megaport has filed a prospectus with the ASX, as it prepares to list in December with a market capitalisation of $87.5 million. As revealed by Street Talk last week,Megaport, which allows businesses to buy technology networking capacity on a pay-per-use basis, is hoping to sell 20 million shares at $1.25 each. It will raise $25 million to accelerate its United States rollout and to fund other expansion opportunities.
Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), industrial computing solution provider Advantech and information, network, telecom integration service provider HwaCom Systems on November 19 signed an MoU for cooperation to offer a 4G-based ITS (intelligent transportation system) solution, according to Advantech.
Digital News Asia — TWO of Malaysia’s ‘Big Three’ mobile operators have taken their gloves off, and the stakes are bragging rights – or customer experience, if you prefer – over Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) superiority. Digi.Com Bhd fired the first salvo about a month ago when it declared that with its 50% population coverage, it had the “widest 4G LTE network” in the country.
Myanmar Times — U Thaung Tin said his ministry will not deter operators from using more advanced technology. “If operators want to launch a 4G network for their subscribers, we are ready to support the spectrum,” he said. The 4G Long Term Evolution, or LTE, networks are faster than their third-generation, or 3G, counterparts. They also require more expensive handsets and use up more data, requiring users to add credit to their phones more often.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Fitch Ratings has slashed the telecom sector’s outlook to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’ for 2016 and said the impending entry of Reliance Jio will increase the competition and pressurise credit profiles of top-four telcos. The agency expects data tariffs to fall by at least 15-20% as incumbents compete on price with Jio, which is likely to offer cheaper tariffs to build market share and voice average revenue per user (ARPU) will decline on lower usage as rising data usage will cannibalise voice.
PRNewswire — LONDON: Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM) today announced a partnership with Broadcast Media Communications (BMC UK). The announcement follows last week’s successful broadcast of Spain vs England match from Rico Perez Stadium in Alicante, Spain to ITV London studios.
IT News — The Perth to Singapore leg of the troubled SeaMeWe3 data cable appears to have been finally repaired after multiple outages over the last two months. Vocus general manager of engineering Rick Carter tweeted overnight that SeaMeWe3 had “been up most of the day” after the faulty repeater R346 on the cable was repaired yesterday.
Myanmar Times — Roland Berger will be hired to help a local special purpose vehicle, or SPV, pick an international partner, said U Than Htun Aung, director of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Posts and Telecommunications Department. The joint venture formed between the local consortium and an international firm should become Myanmar’s fourth nationwide telecoms operator.
Mobile World Live — Pakistan’s campaign to verify the SIM cards of all mobile subscribers has sharply reduced serious crimes in Karachi, the police commissioner of the capital said during Telenor’s IoT Expo. The biometric verification campaign, which started at the beginning of the year and was completed in April, has significantly reduced crime rates because criminals haven’t been able to communicate anonymously to ask for ransom or extortion money, ProPakistani reported.
RCR Wireless — India and China are often thought of as the fastest-growing mobile markets, but the latest Ericsson Mobility Report shows the rest of the Asia-Pacific region growing faster than these two giants combined. Excluding China and India, the Asia-Pacific region added 26 million new mobile subscriptions in the third quarter, while India added 13 million and China added 7 million.
Telecom Asia — Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, has expanded and upgraded its network across Australia and New Zealand with four new points of presence (PoPs) in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland. GCX said the move will enhance the company’s global network and hybrid cloud capabilities to meet the increasing demand for global connectivity in the region.
Digi Times — According to Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), there were 755 million LTE mobile communication subscribers around the world at the end of June 2015. Digitimes Research forecasts the global LTE user base will increase to 945 million at the end of 2015 and 1.466 billion in 2016. From the beginning of commercial operation of the first network in the world to a global user base of one billion, it took over 12 years for GSM (2G), nine years for 3G and will take only six years for LTE, Digitimes Research indicated.