MPT holds lead but telecom rivals are expanding

MyanmarQatar-based Ooredoo and Norway’s Telenor were awarded licences to operate in Myanmar in February last year. Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), formerly the country’s monopoly provider, initially struggled to keep up, but then rebounded with support from Japanese firms KDDI and Sumitomo. The two foreign providers initially made rapid inroads by gathering up the low-hanging fruit presented by urban markets. But most of the population is in rural areas, where infrastructure is weak, slowing the pace of mobile penetration, U Thar Htet, managing director of Zwenexsys company, told The Myanmar Times yesterday.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/14189-mpt-holds-lead-but-telecom-rivals-are-expanding.html

iiNet board gives TPG chance to raise bid, from AU

AustraliaiiNet’s board has today given TPG an opportunity to raise its $1.4 billion bid for the company to either match or better rival M2’s $1.6 billion offer. M2 sparked a potential bidding war for iiNet this week when it revealed it had exceeded TPG’s March offer with an all-scrip $1.6 billion bid for the in-demand internet service provider. The deal would see iiNet shareholders receive 0.803 of an M2 share per iiNet share and a 75c special dividend.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403329,iinet-board-gives-tpg-chance-to-raise-bid.aspx

Number of 4G users in China continues to surge

China4G users in the world’s second largest economy continued to surge and charges for the telecom service are expected to fall in the future, official data showed on Tuesday. 4G clients in China added about 60 million in the first quarter, including 23.88 million in March, to 162 million, according to statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Wen Ku, an MIIT official in charge of telecommunications, expects the country’s total 4G users to reach 250 million by the end of the year.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150429000112

Hon Hai subsidiaries invest NT$2bn in 4G infrastructure

TaiwanTaiwan-based telecom operator Asia Pacific Telecom and 4G service operator AMBIT, both affiliates of electronics contract manufacturing giant Hon Hai (Foxconn), will jointly invest NT$2 billion (US$65 million) for 4G base stations and equipment in Taiwan, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. Four major telecom equipment providers — Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Huawei — are among the bidders for this tender. The report said Huawei and Ericsson did not offer prices.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150429000066

Australia’s telcos in early battle over regional 4G auction

AustraliaAustralia’s second and third largest telcos Optus and Vodafone are arguing for the Government to restrict market leader Telstra from increasing its regional advantage in the upcoming 1800MHx spectrum auction. The ACCC was earlier this month directed by the Communications department to advise on whether the Government should introduce limits to the ACMA’s November auction for licences covering parts of the 1800MHz band in regional Australia.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403278,australias-telcos-in-early-battle-over-regional-4g-auction.aspx

StarHub starts transformation to open, cloud-based network using SDN

SingaporeStarHub has started transforming its existing core and access networks to open, cloud-based networks using software-defined networking (SDN) technology. This forms part of StarHub’s aim to enhance its network operational capabilities, enabling the company to better respond to its corporate customers’ business needs as well as to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives.  This came after StarHub recently finalized the design of its SDN environment and identified various strategic partners, including Cisco and Huawei who will be involved in the development of StarHub’s SDN ecosystem.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/starhub-starts-transformation-open-cloud-based-network-using-sdn.1430272504

Repair of AAG undersea cable will take at least 3 weeks

VietnamThe Asia-American Gateway (AAG) submarine cable was cut again on April 23 morning. The breakdown is located in SH1 segment, about 300km offshore Vung Tau, which is a turn from the international line via Hong Kong (China) to Ho Chi Minh City. The incident will affect internet bandwidth from Vietnam to international destinations. Viettel, FPT and VNPT have taken some measures to restrict effects on Internet users in Vietnam. Earlier in 2015, the AAG submarine cable was cut on January 5 and it took two weeks to resolve the issue.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/129168/repair-of-aag-undersea-cable-will-take-at-least-3-weeks.html

AAG submarine cable breaks again, from VN

VietnamThe breakdown is located in SH1 segment which is a turn from the international line via Hong Kong (China) to Ho Chi Minh City. The incident will affect internet bandwidth from Vietnam to international destinations. Earlier in 2015, the AAG submarine cable was cut on January 5 and it took two weeks to resolve the issue. The AAG is a 20,000-kilometre long submarine communications cable system, connecting Southeast Asia with the US mainland, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/129004/aag-submarine-cable-breaks-again.html

M2 pledges to keep iiNet brand alive, from AU

AustraliaM2 CEO Geoff Horth has promised to maintain the iiNet brand as a standalone operation and preserve its much-touted customer advocacy should its $1.6 billion offer for the company be accepted. The ISP today made a play for its rival following TPG’s March all-cash offer to take over iiNet for $1.4 billion. In its own offer, made public today, M2 took heed of shareholder concerns about the future of iiNet’s customer service and advocacy should the offer from low-cost operator TPG be accepted.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403208,m2-pledges-to-keep-iinet-brand-alive.aspx

M2 makes $1.6bn play for iiNet, from AU

AustraliaInternet service provider M2 Telecommunications has sparked a bidding war for iiNet, coming in with a higher, all-scrip offer than TPG’s March offer of $1.4 billion.  M2’s play at iiNet today offered $11.37 per share, giving the company an enterprise value of $2.25 billion. Excluding $1.37 per share of estimated synergies, the deal sits around $1.6 billion. TPG in March offered to take over iiNet in an $1.4 billion all-cash deal. M2 today said it would operate iiNet as a standalone brand, and had extended an offer for two iiNet directors to join its board, should the deal go through.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403203,m2-makes-15bn-play-for-iinet.aspx

Wireless charging module makers to offer dual- or multi-mode solutions, say Taiwan makers

TaiwanWireless charging module suppliers have geared up efforts to develop dual- or multi-mode models in order to cope with the rising popularity of wireless charging applications, according to sources at Taiwan’s supply chain. Nearly all major smartphone brands, including Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, HTC and BlackBerry have all launched devices supporting wireless charging standards.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150424PD200.html

Airtel may soon launch 4G services in Delhi

IndiaNEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel may soon launch 4G services in Delhi as it has got the go-ahead in this regard from the Department of Telecom (DoT). Airtel’s 4G launch in Delhi has been mired in a legal case. The telecom major had got the required spectrum for 4G services through acquisition of Wireless Business Services Pvt Ltd (now Airtel Broadband Services).  The DoT had raised a demand of Rs 436 crore from Airtel for merging Airtel Broadband Services (ABSPL) with itself. The company opposed it and approached TDSAT regarding the matter.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Airtel-may-soon-launch-4G-services-in-Delhi/articleshow/47037580.cms

Rural internet users to grow five-fold by 2018, from IN

IndiaMUMBAI: The share of rural internet users will increase nearly fivefold to touch 28 crore by 2018, signalling higher online purchasers going forward from rural India, says a research report. By 2018, the country will have “as many as 55 crore internet users, of which 28 crore would be from smaller towns and cities, expanding at close to 40% a year from six crore in 2014,” forecasts a report on digital consumption by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Rural-internet-users-to-grow-five-fold-by-2018-Report/articleshow/47027454.cms

Telstra to push out Pacnet SDN worldwide

AustraliaTelco giant Telstra has moved quicklyto make the most of its $US697m acquisition of Asian telecommunications provider Pacnet, announcing global availability of what it describes as Asia’s first Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform. The telco said the move will enable high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN (Points of Presence) worldwide. Darrin Webb, chief operating officer, Global Enterprise & Services at Telstra, said the new global PEN Platform leverages Telstra and Pacnet’s combined high-quality infrastructure assets for global connectivity options.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/latest/telstra-to-push-out-pacnet-sdn-worldwide/story-e6frg90f-1227316814965

Telstra pushes PEN: first globally connected on-demand networking platform

AustraliaTelstra has wasted no lime leveraging Pacnet’s assets and has today announced ‘Asia’s first Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Platform will now be available to customers globally, enabling high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN Points of Presence worldwide.’ The PEN Platform is built on Telstra’s global network, which the company boasts is one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced with terabytes of capacity, and says it has been designed to adapt to customer demands.

http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67769-telstra-pushes-pen-first-globally-connected-on-demand-networking-platform

NBN Co reveals active service dates for 1000-node trial sites

AustraliaNBN Co will start offering active services to premises within its 1000-node construction trial of fibre-to-the-node technology from September. Last June, the network builder announced it had partnered with Telstra to test out the planning, design and construction of FTTN in 1000 nodes across Queensland and NSW. The pilot has been designed to inform the best way to tackle a large-scale rollout of FTTN, which has become the default access technology of choice under the Coalition’s multi-technology mix NBN.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402955,nbn-reveals-active-service-dates-for-1000-node-fttn-trial-sites.aspx

Smartphone market in China becoming overcrowded

ChinaManufacturers in different industries are jumping into the smartphone business in China, resulting in fiercer competition and a less profitable market, reports the Beijing Morning Post. Over the past few months, several Chinese hardware and software makers alike, including 360 Security, LeTV, Gree Electric, Meitu, Datang and others, announced the launch of smartphones. The newcomers are carrying their brands from different industries hoping to make as much money as existing players.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150420000002

NBN Co to start second FTTN trial, from AU

AustraliaNBN Co has embarked on a second trial of fibre-to-the-node technology for 200 end-users to test the network ahead of the commercial launch of an FTTN product. The trial follows NBN Co’s first pilot of FTTN technology at NSW’s Umina Beach. In a test agreement published today – as first reported by NBN watcher jxeeno – NBN Co revealed it had begun work on a new FTTN trial on March 31. The trial will run until November 31 unless extended, the company said.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402928,nbn-co-to-start-second-fttn-trial.aspx

NBN Co to trial faster fixed wireless, from AU

AustraliaNBN Co will next month begin a trial of faster speeds on its fixed wireless network in regional areas, offering retail service providers a new speed tier of up to 50Mbps down and 20Mbps up. The trial represents a doubling of the highest wholesale speed tier – capped at 25Mbps – currently on offer for those selling services on the fixed wireless network. The new pilot speeds will be available to all customers on the 25Mbps plan, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the CommsDay Summit in Sydney today.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402910,nbn-co-to-trial-faster-fixed-wireless.aspx

Google raises cloud storage transfer fees, from AU

AustraliaGoogle will start charging for data transfers between regions and continents from July this year, bucking a recent trend that has seen cloud storage providers slash their pricing.  Starting July 15, data transferred between buckets (the basic containers that hold all customer data) located on the same continent but in different regions will cost US$0.01 per gigabyte. Buckets located in different continents will also be subject to data egress rates from July.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402879,google-raises-cloud-storage-transfer-cost.aspx