This week, and not for the first time, one of Vietnam’s major internet cable was cut by accident. That’s in a country with only five internet cables and over 93 million people. By contrast, Singapore, a country of just over five million people, has 21 internet sea cables connecting it to the world. This is ridiculous. This is at least the third time that an internet cable has been cut in Vietnam. Last time, it caused the internet to slow down to a near halt for an entire week before returning to normal.
NBN Co has quietly introduced a scheme that gives retail internet providers an incentive to supply customers with fibre connections without battery back-up units, despite warnings that consumers could be put at risk. The national wholesale network provider has told the competition regulator that it intends to provide retail service providers (RSPs) with a credit for connecting customers to its fibre network without a battery back-up.
Nintendo announced the special demo version of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire that allows players to transfer some content into the full game on Friday. The Japanese game company said the demo consist of “gameplay that players won’t experience anywhere else.” Nintendo didn’t further explain what exact details they’ll add but teases a familiar Pokemon creature that can now Mega Evolve can be obtained while playing the demo.
The NanoDragon satellite will be entirely designed and manufactured by Vietnamese experts, said Tuan. Last year, VNSC also successfully launched a micro satellite called Pico Dragon weighing 1kg. After infrastructure system of VNSC in Hanoi’s Hoa Lac area is completed, a 50kg satellite called MicroDragon will also be developed and is expected to be launched in 2018, he added. According to Tuan, by 2020, Vietnam will be capable of manufacturing and operating LOTUSat 2 – a commercial satellite weighing 500kg.
The Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) have paired up to buy a the region’s first next-generation satellite-aided search and rescue (SAR) system that will speed up the location of vessels in distress. France’s Orolia Group owned subsidiary McMurdo Group Techno Sciences has won the €13 million (A$18.3 million), ten year deal [PDF]. The contract is as part of AMSA’s cooperation with its equivalent agency across the Tasman, Maritime New Zealand, and the Kiwis will chip in A$11.3 million for a ground station and operational costs.
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE:NTT) Group, announced today the details of the IP connection service it provided to Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (TBS), one of Japan’s nationwide terrestrial broadcasters, for high-quality, low-latency news—both live and prerecorded—of Japan’s national football team during the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
KVH Co. Ltd., Asia’s leading Information Delivery Platform headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, announced today that it has further expanded its network in the United States. KVH added new Point-of-Presence (PoPs) in Los Angeles and New York and new routes between Los Angeles and Tokyo, Chicago and New York, and between New York and Chicago. These routes will go live on September 24th.
Sources from the Ministry of Information and Communications said that the Department of Telecommunication has told Viettel to stop the program to provide a fiber optic Internet connection for the education sector in the northern province of Ha Nam, called FTTH EDU. The agency said that the program violates the regulations on price management and promotion in the field of telecommunications. Reportedly, Viettel not only has to stop this program in Ha Nam, but also across the country, and to report on this issue to the Ministry.
Ngo Duy Tan, deputy director of the Small Satellite Operation and Exploitation Center, has confirmed that the satellite was saved from a possible accident as the center successfully adjusted its orbit. According to Tan, JSpOC (Joint Space Operations Center), the US command and control weapon system sent information that a possible collision would occur at 8.26 pm Hanoi time on August 15 with the probability rate of 0.279 percent. The center also said that the object which the satellite might collide with was moving at a speed of 14,000 meter per second.
A section of optical fiber cable connecting Horinger county in Inner Mongolia and Beijing was deliberately cut, reports the state-run China News Service. China Telecom’s Hohhot branch has reconnected the cable and launched an investigation into the incident. The cable was being tested in preparation for the creation of the largest cloud computing information park in Asia, set to become one of China’s backbone networks. Around 300 km of the 700 km cable was installed in Inner Mongolia.
Google announced that carriers from various countries, including China Mobile, China Telecom, and France’s Global Transit, will jointly invest in a trans-Pacific high-speed Internet cable system named “Faster”. The total investment of this Faster project is estimated to be about USD300 million and participating companies include China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, Google, Japan’s KDDI, and Singapore’s SingTel. This project is expected to be completed and put into operation before the second quarter of 2016.
Google has joined Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean telcos in a project to build a new subsea cable between Japan and the United States West Coast. The A$325 million FASTER project involves a six fibre-pair cable which will enter service in the second quarter of 2016. Initial design capacity for FASTER is 100 wavelengths at 100 gigabits per second each – with six fibre-pairs, the cable will have a total capacity of 60 terabits per second. That capacity makes FASTER the largest design-capacity cable across the Pacific.
NEW DELHI: The ethernet switch and router market in India grew 7.24 per cent to over $ 226.4 million in the first quarter, indicating stronger demand ahead after seasonal lows and a slowdown, research firm IDC today said. According to IDC, the ethernet switch, router and wireless LAN market (all combined) stood at about $ 226.4 million in Q1, 2014 compared to $ 211.1 million in Q1, 2013. It was at $ 177.7 million in the last quarter of 2013.
The Information Age will finally come to Myanmar as 68 of its cities and towns acquire access to high definition calls and high speed Internet access starting August 15. A press statement by Ooredo Myanmar quoted their mobile telecoms operator firm as saying that the launch of this service marks the very first time such services will be available to people in the country.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Southeast Asia Fiber Optic Test Equipment Market” report to their offering. This research discusses the fiber optic test equipment market in Southeast Asia. The market is currently at a growth stage. Government directives to increase national broadband applications are among of the main drivers of this market. The research provides a forecast and analysis of the key fiber optic product segments, end-user verticals, countries, and applications that will be driving the growth of the market.
Listed satellite company NewSat has been asked by the Australian Stock Exchange to explain a sudden drop in the company’s share price, following reports of a series of recent financial setbacks. The company was asked last Thursday to reveal any material information that could explain why its share price had fallen from $0.26 to $0.19 on July 30. Company secretary Michael Hewins on Friday [pdf] attributed the share price drop to a Eureka Report story that contained “negative commentary on the company, its corporate governance, capital structure and earnings expectations” – commentary the company “disagrees with”.
According to Pham Kim Son, Director of the municipal Department of Information and Communication, the Wi-Fi service will be provided for free at least until the end of 2016 and then the city will charge the users who want to improve their internet line quality. With about 330 base transceiver stations, Wi-Fi access points have been installed on lighting poles in inner city and public buildings in key locations across the city including universities, tourist sites, apartments and 29 state departments and agencies.
Telecommunications giant Ericsson will manage the ground systems of NBN Co’s upcoming long-term satellite service under a new bundle of work worth over $300 million, added to its 10-year, $1.1 billion contract with the national network builder. Ericsson had already won a contract to build and manage the fixed wireless component of the NBN’s rural and regional deployment in mid-2011.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (Marketwired) — 07/29/14 — Midokura , a global company focused on network virtualization, today announced that KVH Co. Ltd. of Japan, Asia’s leading information delivery platform provider, has selected Midokura’s MidoNet network virtualization technology to use for its new private cloud offering, Private Cloud Type-S. Now, KVH has the ability to easily add virtual network services, such as virtual load balancers and virtual firewalls, to its private cloud solutions.
The Asia America Gateway has announced to complete the repair of the Vung Tau – Hong Kong Internet cable at 12pm on Sunday, July 27. Internet connection from Vietnam to the world via the AAG cable, therefore, was fully restored from 12.15pm the same day, after 12 days of interruption and three days earlier than expected. The repair started on July 26 and it was scheduled to complete on July 30. The submerged cable was broken on July 15 off Vung Tau’s coast, causing widespread disruption in supplying telecommunications services throughout the region, including Vietnam.