Phnompenh Post — Entering Cambodia’s oversubscribed telco sector, new entrant and Chinese-owned Southeast Asia Telecommunications is placing its bets on a 100 per cent 4G network, as it looks to differentiate itself from the Kingdom’s already-established telecom providers. Southeast Asia Telecommunications, or Seatel, officially launched its operations yesterday in Phnom Penh, despite having entered the country last year.
Myanmar Times — State-owned Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) said they had closed sales to focus on “expanding capacity” and increasing broadband speed. Despite their efforts Myanmar’s internet remains frustratingly slow. The country is ranked 159 out of 198 by Net Index for consumer download speed, averaging five megabits per second (MBps).
IT News — It’s been likened to a David and Goliath battle – two small ISPs fighting tooth and nail to fend off attacks by TPG’s Goliath in an effort to create a new company that would significantly shake up the Australian telco market. Vocus and Amcom were prepared to do whatever it took to get the merger through to completion.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning another bumper auction of telecom spectrum that may even surpass record sales in March. Likely to be held early next year, this will include frequencies in the 2G, 3G and 4G bands. Spectrum in the prized 700MHz band for 4G may also be on offer for the first time ever. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Next-spectrum-auctions-likely-in-2016/articleshow/48234946.cms
Times of India — MUMBAI: India’s diversified major Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) will roll out its ambitious 4G mobile-cum-broadband service Jio in December through 1,000 retail stores, a senior company official said. “We will start extensive beta testing of our telecom infrastructure, including network across the country in the ensuing weeks to commence operations in December,” RIL chief financial officer V. Srikanth told reporters here on Saturday.
Trade Arabia — Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan will be the leaders in commercialising 5G, edging out their US and European counterparts, according to a new analysis. A part of Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Service programme, the new analysis ’The Global Advent of 5G in Cars’ by Frost & Sullivan, pointed out that with the penetration of long-term evolution (LTE) connections being fairly strong across Asian countries – nearly 63 per cent in South Korea and 44 per cent in Japan – the available infrastructure can easily support 5G.
Digital News Asia — M1 Ltd said its net profit after tax for the first half of 2015 increased 3.8% year-on-year to S$90 million (US$65.7 million), on the back of service revenue of S$408.6 million (US$298.3 million). Mobile data rose 9.5 percentage points year-on-year to 43.1% of service revenue, the company said in a statement on the unaudited group financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2015.
PR Newswire — NEW YORK: Telx®, a leading provider of global interconnectivity, data center solutions and cloud enablement services, today announced support for the FASTER transpacific cable system – a submarine network that will seamlessly connect the west coast of the U.S. to major Asian cities including Chikura and Shima in Japan.
Phil Star — MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom recently opened its third and largest Generation 3 (GEN3) Store to date in Cebu, boosting its retail presence in the Visayas region and giving Cebuanos a new retail experience that is up to par with international retail outlets worldwide.
Times of India — KARACHI: The Pakistani government plans to shut down BlackBerry Ltd’s secure messaging services by December 1 for “security reasons”, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said. Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is plagued by militancy, criminal gangs and drug traffickers.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Reliance Jio, the soon-to-be- launched telecom and content business of Reliance Industries, may sell its own branded 4G-enabled handsets when it commercially starts operations by December. “We are in discussions with all the leading handset makers for RelJio launch. Already, our retail arm ReConnect sells over 100 electronic products, including mobile handsets now.
Want China Times — Chinese telecom operators have begun planning for the arrival of the fifth-generation (5G) wireless telecommunication technology, which is expected to be commercially launched in 2020, Chinese web portal NetEase reported. Although China only began offering 4G services at the end of 2013, telecom companies are already planning for the introduction of 5G, the standards for which will be established in 2016, the web portal said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel rolled out fourth generation (4G) trials in four cities on Friday, a company statement said here. The cities are Rourkela in Odisha and Manipal, Udupi and Tumkur in Karnataka. With these launches, the company now offers 4G in 44 cities in India. The company first launched its 4G services in Kolkata in April 2012.
Fierce Telecom — Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more service providers and content providers continue to purchase capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, coming close to $30 million in sales. In 2014, the service provider, in partnership with its consortium partners, began building the new submarine cable linking Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and California.
RTN Asia — Vodafone said it continued to face pressure in its voice business in India in the April-June quarter, but an explosion in data was helping it maintain margins. It also said it had put in 1,100 new 3G towers during the quarter and has started 4G trials. It also added 1,000 2G sites. Many Vodafone customers in places like Mumbai have sporadically reported seeing 4G signal from the operator.
Your Communication News — The GSMA’s largest-ever mobile industry event, Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWC), attracted more than 35,000 attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and press/analysts from all over the world. During the event, Billion’s outdoor fixed wireless 4G LTE CPE equipment, fleet tracking and in-vehicle telematics system were showcased by Sierra Wireless, who has announced Billion to become its official partner in Asia.
Tech In Asia — For years, China’s telecom industry has been dominated by the three state-owned giants: China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile. So there was a lot of excitement when, last year, it seemed like internet companies would be given the chance to run their own telecom networks. Granted, these new virtual telecom operators would still have lease network infrastructure from one of the “big three,” but many felt that it would still be good to get some new blood in the telecom industry – especially after Xiaomi became one of the companies granted a license.
Myanmar Times — “The biggest surprise for Telenor is that 55 percent of our customers are data users on a monthly basis – most on smartphones,” he said. “Yes, Myanmar people like to talk – they are talking more and more. But more interesting is that the growth of data is much quicker than the growth of voice. Voice traffic grew 93pc from January to June, but data usage grew 196pc over the same period.”
China Unicom recorded a fifth consecutive decline in mobile service subscribers in June, attributed by analysts to the company’s lagging fourth-generation network infrastructure, according to the China Business News. China Unicom saw its total number of subscribers fall 999,000 in June to 289 million, continuing a decline that has seen it lose a net 10 million subscribers since January, the newspaper said.
Global mobile data traffic is set to reach 52 million terabytes (TB) in 2015, an increase of 59% from 2014, according to Gartner. The rapid growth is set to continue through 2018, when mobile data levels are estimated to reach 173 million TB. Gartner analysts advise communication service providers (CSPs) to rethink their data caps to meet consumer needs and win market share.