2G spectrum auction gets SC’s go-ahead

IndiaNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has said that even as it has found inconsistencies in the stand taken by the government, it is allowing the auction of 2G telecom spectrum from March 4. It added that the outcome will not be finalized without its permission. While staying the February 12, 2015 interim order of Tripura High Court, the apex court bench of justice Dipak Misra and justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that no bidder, if successful, shall claim any equity in the bidding process.


Ruling by March 3 on spectrum auction cases: SC, from India

IndiaNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked high courts which have admitted petitions from some telcos challenging clauses in the spectrum auction rules not to proceed with them, saying that it will rule by March 3 on all such matters related to the sale guidelines. A top court bench, comprising justices Dipak Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goel, said that it would rule on a petition filed by the central government seeking transfer of all pending cases in different high courts to clear the way for the auction.


India at the bottom in global 3G usage: Facebook

IndiaNEW DELHI: Only 13% of subscribers in India are using 3G and 4G networks even as high speed mobile data services are being around for over two years, a study by Facebook-led Internet.org said today.  According to the report, India stands at the bottom when it comes to mobile data usage.  Internet.org aims to brings together a global partnership of tech leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect two thirds of the world that do not have internet access.


Hong Kong gets more public Wi-Fi hotspots

Hong KongResidents and visitors in Hong Kong can now get easier access to free Wi-Fi. The number of hotspots for the public Wi-Fi.HK service has increased to 12,000. “The number of Wi-Fi.HK hotspots has been increased from the original 5000 at the launch of the scheme [in August] to the current figure of over 12,000″, said a spokeperson from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer.


Tata Teleservices, Aircel can’t bid for new airwaves: DoT

IndiaNEW DELHI: Tata Teleservices and Aircel — the only two telcos that have declared a negative net worth for next month’s spectrum auctions — are allowed to only top up their existing holdings and can’t bid for new airwaves, the telecom department has said. A senior official of the Department of Telecommunications explained to ET that the auction rules require an operator to have a net worth of at least Rs 100 crore to make it eligible to either expand its geographical coverage or buy airwaves in a new band in circles where it holds spectrum.


Delhi is the worst city to access internet: Report

IndiaNEW DELHI: Finnish firm F-Secure said it is in discussions with state governments, including Delhi, on the role that it can play in offering secured Wi-Fi access across hotspots located in various cities.  “Governments are looking at offering free Wi-Fi across cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. As more cities adopt Wi-Fi, government has to be careful as public Wi-Fi can be misused by cybercriminals,” F-Secure country manager India and Saarc Amit Nath told PTI.


Defence satellite upgrade added to trouble list

AustraliaDefence’s satellite communications overhaul has been formally added to its project blacklist, with the expected completion now an anticipated five years behind schedule. The Defence Materiel Organisation yesterday revealed phase 3F of the satellite upgrade, known as joint project 2008, had been added to its ‘project of concern’ list as a result of “significant technical, schedule and cost risks”.


Telstra to build 22 new WA mobile towers

AustraliaTelstra will build 22 new mobile phone towers across regional Western Australia after the state government announced it would invest $45 million into boosting mobile coverage. The funding will cover the construction of 85 mobile phone towers overall, starting next month, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.


Singapore space startup Astroscale raises $7.7M series A round

SingaporeAstroscale, a Singapore-based startup developing satellites to remove space debris from Earth’s orbit, has raised a US$7.7 million series A round, it announced last week. Founded by Japanese entrepreneur Mitsunobu Okada, the company’s new round also consists of investors who are heavyweights in the Japanese tech industry.


MYTHIC submarine set to compete, from Maynmar

MyanmarCampana Group, based in Singapore with a Yangon subsidiary, will deliver international connectivity, a reliable submarine network and massive capacity at an economical price, U Myo Myint Ohn said. The firm’s MYTHIC cable project joins others currently in the works and aims to disrupt the effective monopoly state-owned incumbent Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) enjoys in doling out international capacity. The telco, as part of a consortium, currently runs the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable, which connects Myanmar to 33 other countries around the world. Soon, MPT will operate SEA-ME-WE 5, which will link up with 17 other countries.


KT to present 5G strategy at MWC

KoreaKT Chairman and CEO Hwang Chang-gyu will unveil the company’s strategies on fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) in his keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Hwang believes 5G mobile technology and the IoT will help pick up the slack in the company’s recent weak performance. He will present his corporate vision on March 3, urging industries to join moves to establish standards for the IoT and 5G framework.


China’s ZTE To Hire 800 Engineers in China, Europe and USA

ChinaAs part of its plan to invest in 5G technology, Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE announced that it will hire about 800 new engineers in China, Europe and the United States. The hiring will take place as the company sets aside US$400 million to develop 5G technology, which, it said, is 1,000-times more powerful than the current 4G technology.


Asia Pacific mobile data traffic to increase 14-fold by 2019

APACMOBILE data traffic in the Asia Pacific region, excluding China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69% from 2014 and increase by 14-fold by 2019. According to the latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014-2019, the mobile data traffic in these Asia Pacific countries is growing 1.6 times faster than the global average, which is forecasted to increase by nearly 10-fold over the next five years.


ISPs agree to graduated warnings for pirates

AustraliaAustralian internet service providers have agreed to implement a graduated warning scheme for users engaged in online copyright infringement, as part of a draft industry code issued today. The Communications Alliance, the ISP representative body, today unveiled the draft code in order to meet the Government’s April deadline for an agreed industry plan for self-regulation.


New 4G permits for rival telcos, from China

ChinaCHINA plans to issue a second batch of 4G licenses nationwide this week to boost 4G development and heat up competition among the three telecommunications carriers, industry officials said yesterday. The FDD-LTE licenses will be issued to China Unicom and China Telecom on Thursday, Zou Xueyong, secretary-general of the China Virtual Network Operator Alliance, said on his Sina Weibo account. The telecom carriers declined to comment on the issue yesterday.


KVH and Ciena Run Successful 400 Gbps Field Trial – First in Japan

JapanTOKYO — KVH Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, in collaboration with Ciena, today announced the success of a field trial for 400 Gbps data transmission over KVH’s fiber-optic network between Tokyo and Osaka. This field trial represents the first successful data transmission at 400 Gbps over live fiber-optic infrastructure in Japan and solidifies KVH’s position as the leading innovator in Ethernet technology in the Japanese market.


Huawei looks to give indoor mobile speeds a boost with LTE-Advanced

ChinaHuawei Technologies has conducted a real-world trial of LTE-Advanced that shows that much faster indoor cellular speeds may be around the corner. The telecommunications equipment vendor conducted the trial with Singaporean network operator StarHub, using products capable of download speeds of up to 300Mbps. Early test results were promising, with users getting much faster downloads and better video quality than before, Huawei said without offering any details of the data rates achieved.


Internet traffic in India grew 74% in 2014

IndiaNEW DELHI: Mobile internet usage in India grew by 74%, driven by 3G traffic which more than doubled last year, says a study by Nokia Networks. “There has been huge growth momentum of data usage in India on wireless networks driven by 3G traffic. The data usage grew by 74% and 3G usage was up by 114% at end of 2014, compared to 2013,” Nokia Networks vice president and head of India region Sandeep Girotra said here. The 2G mobile internet usage grew by 41% in 2014, as per Nokia Network’s MBit Index study.


TPG puts FTTB plan back on sale

AustraliaTPG has put an NBN rival fibre-to-the-basement plan back on sale after being forced to stop taking new orders following the introduction of new carrier license conditions. The federal government introduced new conditions for providers like TPG last year, requiring them to open their FTTB networks to others for wholesale use by January 1, and structurally separate their retail and wholesale businesses by July 1.


iiNet edges closer to overtaking Optus

AustraliaInternet service provider iiNet is closing the gap between itself and Australia’s second largest broadband provider Optus after posting significant growth in both revenue and fixed-line subscribers in its first half. iiNet today reported a one percent rise in net profit for its first half of fiscal 2015 to $32 million, and a jump of 25,000 broadband customers. The increase in fixed-line users has pushed iiNet to a customer base of 975,000 – just 13,000 behind Optus’ 988,000 broadband customers.