iiNet will build and operate Victoria’s free wi-fi network under a $6.7 million deal with the state government and Melbourne City Council. The telco pushed go on the first three wi-fi regions – in the Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo CBDs – today, adding to the list of cities across the country where the ISP has been contracted to roll out free wi-fi networks under various digital economy-boosting schemes. It has already won similar jobs in Perth and Canberra, and its subsidiary Internode will do the same for the Adelaide CBD.
Microsoft today held a launch event for the arrival of its Azure cloud platform in Australia and announced would offer its “ExpressRoute” dedicated fibre connections to its local data centres in partnership with Telstra and Equinix. Microsoft Australia’s US parent last week jumped the gun on the local subsidiary’s launch announcement, revealing Azure would go live in Sydney and Melbourne this week.
As many leading mobile phone manufacturers are based in Asia, the continent will play a leading role in shaping mobile technology, said Ericsson Chief Technology Officer Ulf Ewaldsson in Singapore recently. Because of APAC region’s dominance in subscription growth, this region will lead in LTE technology adoption, he added, citing numbers from the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.
Taiwan’s direct Internet connection with 17 countries (including Hong Kong and Macao) reached total bandwidth of 1.422Tbps as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, increasing 0.64% on quarter and 21.87% on year, according to the latest quarterly survey conducted by the government-sponsored Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC).
Huawei has revealed its software-defined networking and network function virtualisation strategy at the OpenFlow World Congress in Germany. Based on the concepts of cloud computing, SDN, and NFV, Huawei developed the “future-oriented” telecom network architecture strategy, SoftCOM, which aims to help reconstruct the telecom industry from the perspectives of network architecture, network functions, as well as service and Observation and Measurements models.
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap), under the direction of the UN, expects its member countries to enter a pact on what it dubs the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway by 2017 to speed up the process of regional integration. The initiative aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband internet across Asia-Pacific and strengthen internet infrastructure in the region.
According to Indonesian news outlet Tempo , the local government launched a nationwide high-speed internet access initiative yesterday. The goal of the program is to boost economic competitiveness throughout the archipelago. Titled the 2014-2019 Indonesia Broadband Plan, it will require Rp 278 trillion (US$23.2 billion) in financing. Minister of the National Development Planning Agency Armida Salisah Alisjahbana claimed that the program will have a positive impact on locals by increasing work productivity and hopefully reducing economic gaps in the long run.
Acer on October 14 announced a strategic partnership with Octon, a Cayman Islands-registered Taiwan-based provider of contact center software solutions and services, to launch abPBX plus, a communication switch solution for use by enterprises. With the abPBX plus, enterprises can easily use business social networking, chat rooms, video conferencing and other communication services at low cost, Octon said.
Telstra will acquire Brisbane-based network solutions and information security specialist Bridge Point as part of an ongoing effort to bolster its network applications and services business. The 14 year-old Telstra partner counts 75 employees on its books and services government and enterprise clients including Queensland Health, Transport and Education, as well as Suncorp, Virgin Australia, Tatts Group and BP, according to its website.
The Philippine government is introducing wireless internet connectivity to 600 more remote areas by next year using unassigned television frequencies. This is part of the Department of Science and Technology’s nationwide project to improve internet connectivity, so that citizens can benefit from e-government services in the long run, Undersecretary Louis Casambre told FutureGov in a separate interview.
The Indian government has committed to extend broadband connectivity to 50,000 villages by next March, announced Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and Information Technology. The government plans to roll out wifi connectivity to an additional 100,000 rural areas in each of the next two fiscal years.
SEOUL, Oct 12 — Samsung Electronics Co said it has developed a Wi-Fi technology that can increase data transmission speeds by five times the maximum rate possible with existing consumer electronics devices. The 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology will enable a one gigabyte movie to be transferred between devices in less than three seconds while allowing uncompressed high-definition videos to be streamed in real time, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in an e-mailed statement today.
The Asia America Gateway (AAG) consortium recently selected Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) for a 100G expansion to significantly enhance its trans-Pacific cable network to address the growing demand for anywhere, anytime broadband access. Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions will add multi-terabit data capacity, and enable AAG’s network to reliably meet the demands of on-demand data networking services and traffic growth driven by mobile applications, high-definition video and cloud computing.
SINGAPORE: The Republic has joined the likes of South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ranks for Asia Pacific when it comes to Internet broadband speeds. According to the quarterly Akamai State of the Internet report issued on Wednesday (Oct 1), the average connection speeds in Singapore exceed 10Mbps, against the global average of 4.6 MBps. Mr David Belson, editor of the report, said that this is the first time global average connection speeds went above the 4 Mbps “broadband” threshold.
The cable operator said the weld started at 11.15pm on October 1 and finished at 7.45am on October 2. International channels have been restored 100 percent. On September 15, the AAG cable broke at a site 64 km from Hong Kong. This incident affected Internet services in Vietnam, especially connections to other countries. On September 30, the second break was reported, 68 km from the Hong Kong mainland station.
AAG said welding of the first breaking point, 64km from the landing station in Hong Kong, will be finalized at 10am on September 28 and completed the next day. At the second break recently discovered, the first welding is expected to be completed at 8pm on October 1. By 7am on October 10, the break will be repaired and the transmission line will be restored. By 10 am on October 3, the cable will be buried and repairs completed by noon on October 5, two days later than previously scheduled.
China’s InnoLight Technology announced today via a press release that it has closed a US$38 million round of Series C funding led by Google Capital and Lightspeed China Partners. “We are very excited to have world class investors like Google Capital and Lightspeed China Partners,” said InnoLight board chair Dr. Hsing Kung. “We look forward to working with them closely to [help] InnoLight to become a world class optical component company.”
Google Capital and Lightspeed China Partners have led the charge to invest in Cloud computing optical transceiver company InnoLight. The company has just closed a series C investment of $38 million. Google Capital general partner, Gene Frantz, said InnoLight’s technology was uniquely suited for next generation datacentre environments, and its vision and execution have been excellent.
YANGON, Sept 28 — From navigating gridlocked city roads to playing a favourite national sport, new homegrown apps are blossoming in Myanmar as cheap mobile technology ignites an Internet revolution in the once-isolated nation. Myanmar web surfers were once paradigms of patience and ingenuity as they dodged and weaved through the former military regime’s communications blocks in decrepit backstreet Internet cafes.
BEIJING: Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, said it would invest more than US$4bil (RM13.02bil) in fixed broadband technology research and development (R&D) in the next three years. Huawei, which has shifted its focus to the mobile device market in recent years, said in a statement on Thursday that fixed broadband — the pipes connecting homes and offices — remained a “key direction for strategic investment.”