China now has 632 million internet users, according to the latest report from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). These numbers for June 2014 reveal internet penetration in the country is still shy of the halfway mark at 46.9 percent. Mobile internet users continued to surge to 527 million from 460 million six months ago. 83.4 percent of netizens access the web via mobile device, which for the first time ever has surpassed those who access the web via PC at 80.9 percent.
NBN Co will provide a new satellite broadband service to up to 9000 premises in remote areas of mainland Australia to reach customers not covered by the over-subscribed Interim Satellite Service (ISS). The new NBN Co Satellite Support Scheme (NSS) will not be provided by the government-funded company. Instead, NBN Co has appointed IPStar to act as a wholesaler for regional internet providers. IPStar also provides satellites for the ISS. Reachnet and Active8me are participating in the NSS trial, with others expected to come onboard later, NBN Co said.
Vietnamese internet service customers began experiencing disruptions and slower speeds on the evening of July 15 caused by a severed submerged internet cable just off Vung Tau’s coast. VHost Company on July 15 quoted the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) sea cable management centre as saying that the incident has caused widespread disruption in supplying telecommunications services throughout the region, including Vietnam.
Setting on an ambitious space business, Japan’s NEC Corporation has opened a new facility for the assembly, integration and testing of satellites at its existing plant in Fuchu City, a suburb of Tokyo, the technology company announced on 14 July. The new “Satellite Integration Centre” adds to NEC’s Fuchu plant’s existing operations, and enables NEC to assemble as many as eight satellites in parallel, the company said in a statement.
Murata, a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of electronic components and solutions is the latest member to join the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. Murata joins a host of international companies, such as MediaTek, NICT, Google, Microsoft and Facebook, as the Alliance works to promote regulatory policies which will pave the way for innovative new wireless technologies, addressing growing wireless data challenges and bridging the digital divide.
Submarine cable builder SubPartners will land its APX-West and APX-Central cables in NextDC’s Perth P1 data centre, the company revealed today. The 5300km APX-Central cable will connect Perth and Sydney from the third quarter of 2016, with additional spurs planned for Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart. The 4700km APX-West will connect Perth to Changi North in Singapore with planned branches to Jakarta, Indonesia and Christmas Island.
According to the latest ‘State of the Internet’ quarterly report by content delivery network, Akamai, Viet Nam continues to lag behind in broadband adoption. It has the second slowest Internet speed in Asia and globally ranks 117th, behind Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. The Akamai report states that the average Internet connection speed in Viet Nam is 2 Mbps while the global average Internet speeds have reached 3.9Mbps, and the highest average peak connection speed was 21.2Mbps.
VietNamNet Bridge – Russia’s State Duma has approved an agreement on cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, Radio the Voice of Russia reported. The inter-governmental agreement was signed in Hanoi on November 7, 2012 during Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Hanoi. The deal creates an institutional and legal framework for cooperation programmes in joint specific areas relating to the exploration and use of outer space, as well as practical applications of space technology for peaceful purposes.
SINGAPORE: Orbiting in space, some 650 km above Earth, is Singapore’s first nano-satellite. Named VELOX-I, it was launched on Monday (June 30), in what is touted as a step forward for the country’s aerospace industry. Designed and built by students and researchers from Nanyang Technological University’s Satellite Research Centre, the satellite was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, on a space rocket owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation.
Hospital LAN Network implemented by Huawei team reduced downtime by 70 percent and increased productivity by 25 percent. Dubai – Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider — announced today the successful completion of a Local Area Network (LAN) deployment for UAE based Thumbay Group , allowing for it to provide a network across its range of hospitals across the Emirates. Thumbay Group , an international business conglomerate of companies, focusing mainly in the healthcare sector, commissioned Huawei to develop a LAN network that would link its four UAE GMC Hospitals.
The New Zealand government today announced it has signed up for capacity on the trans-Pacific Hawaiki data communications cable, and will become an anchor tenant once the link is constructed. Science and innovation minister Steven Joyce and communications and IT minister Amy Adams jointly announced the signing of the contract, which is worth NZ$65 million (A$60.5 million) over 25 years. The NZ government’s stake was acquired through the country’s Research and Educational Advanced Network (REANNZ) and includes the initial NZ$15 million contribution for Hawaiki announced last year.
SINGAPORE: The average Internet connection speed for Singapore during the first quarter of 2014 hit 8.4 megabits per second (Mbps), representing a 6.1 per cent jump month-on-month, according to the latest figures by Akamai Technologies. According to its State of the Internet report for the first quarter of 2014, which was released on Friday (June 27), Singapore was ranked fifth in the Asia-Pacific region based on its 8.4 Mbps average connection speed. It is behind South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong,and Taiwan, which were ranked first to fourth in that order, it added.
MUMBAI, INDIA/SINGAPORE: Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) today announced its latest investment into the Asia Pacific region. The new ICX cable infrastructure is part of the company’s strategy to provide a direct subsea route to bridge an important gap in the emerging markets corridor, specifically delivering a direct Mumbai-Singapore route to bypass current outage prone terrestrial routes between Mumbai and Chennai.
. Bui Trong Tuyen, head of the Small Satellite Project Management, and deputy head of the Vietnam Space Technology, an arm of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, spoke about the satellite’s capabilities in an interview given to Dat Viet newspaper several days ago. He said this was welcome news for the Vietnamese public who have heard recent reports that China is building a fake island on the Gac Ma Reef in the Vietnamese Hoang Sa Archipelago.
Google Inc. is weighing an investment in a new cable across the Pacific Ocean, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter. The move comes as technology companies send an increasing amount of traffic across private networks, the report said. (on.wsj.com/1isOMAv) Google took a stake in a similar $300 million cable in 2010, according to the report. The Internet search company would use the new subsea cable to connect data centers in Oregon and Japan, the report said.
SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) on Monday (June 16) announced a regulatory framework for the use of TV White Space (TVWS) spectrum, which would free up additional bandwidth for better Internet connectivity and open up business opportunities. In a statement, the IDA said the regulations will free up approximately 180 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum when they kick in from November 2014. TVWS, also known as Super Wi-Fi, refers to unused or underutilised radio spectrum in the TV broadcast bands that could be used for alternative wireless broadband communications.
ST Teleport, one of Asia’s leading full-service satellite, fibre and IP communications solutions provider, and Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, are combining their expertise to respond to high user demand for connectivity solutions for data and video services in Asia. The two companies have completed the installation of a new gateway at ST Teleport’s Earth Station complex in Singapore that connects to the EUTELSAT 70B Ku-band satellite, one of the most flexible satellites serving Asian markets and connecting to Europe and Africa.
LUXEMBOURG & HONG KONG: Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that it has established a strategic agreement to provide access to its global C- and Ku-band broadband mobility network to SpeedCast, the leading global satellite communications and maritime service provider. Under the multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide SpeedCast access to Intelsat’s global C-band and Ku-band satellite capacity as well as to its terrestrially managed network, IntelsatOne?.
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE:NTT) Group, announced today that the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) will be extended to Cambodia to provide reliable, high-capacity communication infrastructure for the increasing number of multinational companies operating in the Mekong region.
The 2015 deadline for the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) looms. The Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) envisions that the ambitious blueprint will transform the region into a single marketplace, one that is fully integrated into the global economy. With a few months to go before its slated completion, critics are sceptical of ASEAN’s ability to achieve its goal on time. The AEC aims to develop ASEAN as a single marketplace and production base, featuring the free flow of services and skilled labour, free flow of investment and freer flow of capital throughout all 10 ASEAN member states.