Digi activates expanded LTE services in Penang

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — DIGI Telecommunications Sdn Bhd said it has rolled out expanded LTE (Long-Term Evolution) services in the northern Malaysian state of Penang. “We welcome Digi’s efforts to bring fast, reliable mobile Internet services to Penangites, and opening up new ways for them to benefit from greater access to knowledge, information and economic prospects,” said Penang state.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobility/digi-activates-expanded-lte-services-in-penang

NBN to offer TV connections through fibre for greenfields

AustraliaIT Web  — NBN will give developers the opportunity to ditch aerial cables for free-to-air television in their greenfields developments by offering the infrastructure through fibre. The national network builder today revealed it was working on a TV infrastructure offering for new developments, which it is planning to make available in the first quarter of next year. NBN would charge for the service on top of the fees it levies on developers to connect their apartment blocks and estates with fibre.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/405955,nbn-to-offer-tv-connections-through-fibre-for-greenfields.aspx

Airtel to invest $16 billion in networks, Digital India

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel will spend $16 billion to build deeper IT infrastructure to offer telecom services to Indian citizens in rural and urban parts of the country, the chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said during the launch of Digital India week.  “Digital India has power to transform the country in shortest time, also digitally native Modi the right man to lead the drive.” Mittal said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/airtel-to-invest-16-billion-in-networks-digital-india/articleshow/47897489.cms

Bharti Airtel Expands Its 3G Networks With Nokia

IndiaLightr Rading — NEW DELHI — Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa , has selected Nokia Networks to roll out its 3G network in 5 new telecom circles and network expansion in 3 existing telecom circles. Under the 4-year contract, the company will provide its radio elements and services expertise to power Bharti Airtel’s infrastructure.

http://www.lightreading.com/mobile/3g-hspa/bharti-airtel-expands-its-3g-networks-with-nokia-/d/d-id/716677

Optus set to be first with voice over wi-fi

AustraliaIT News — Optus is set to take the lead as the first Australian carrier to deliver a commercial voice over wi-fi service to its consumers. The carrier has committed to launch a voice over wi-fi service within weeks. “Optus is always looking at ways to enhance our customer experience and we’re currently working on exciting developments for wi-fi calling which we expect to announce mid-2015,” an Optus spokesman said.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/405817,optus-set-to-be-first-with-voice-over-wi-fi.aspx

NBN lumped with new data sharing rules despite opposition

AustraliaIT News — The national network builder will soon be controlled by a new license condition dictating how it shares information on the rollout with retail service providers, despite protestations against the move. Earlier this year the government asked the ACCC to consult with the industry on whether to introduce a new carrier licence condition for NBN (formerly NBN Co), which would govern the rollout information it provides to RSPs.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/405920,nbn-lumped-with-new-data-sharing-rules-despite-opposition.aspx

Nokia, SKT open 5G research center

KoreaKorea Times — Nokia, the global leader in telecom equipment, and SK Telecom jointly opened a research center in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Monday. It will use the facilities, located in the new Nokia Korea headquarters, to develop technology focusing on fifth-generation (5G) networks, Nokia Korea said. Nokia has teamed up with SK Telecom, the nation’s top mobile carrier, to operate the center.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/06/133_181814.html

Broadcom expands strategic collaborations in China

ChinaDigi Times — Broadcom has announced a series of MoU agreements with several China-based companies, including Hangzhou H3C Technologies, Inspur and StarTimes. The signing of these agreements reflects Broadcom’s ongoing commitment to expand strategic relationships in Asia and drive further innovation in home entertainment and the digital home, the chip vendor said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150626PR202.html

Sri Lanka Telecom deploys Ruckus Smart WiFi nationwide with Alepo

Sri LankaMSI-ASIA — Sri Lanka’s national ICT solutions provider, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), has deployed Ruckus Smart WiFi products and technology across the Indian island nation with the help of Ruckus’ channel partner Alepo. According to Ruckus, SLT is combining its Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points (APs), centrally managed with the Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG), with Alepo BSS/OSS software infrastructure to help create a seamless, high-performance Ruckus Smart WiFi network.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/sri-lanka-telecom-deploys-ruckus-smart-wifi-nationwide-with-alepo/

Google’s 60Tbps Pacific cable will have highest-ever capacity across Pacific Ocean

APACMIS-ASIA — With bottles of bubbly and a purification ceremony, a Google-backed undersea cable was given a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, a critical step in building the highest capacity data link in the Pacific ever created. The 9,000-kilometer FASTER cable will have a peak capacity of 60 terabytes per second (Tbps) when it enters operation next year, joining Japan with Oregon on the West Coast of the U.S.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/googles-60tbps-pacific-cable-will-have-highest-ever-capacity-across-pacific-ocean/

Disconnecting from the internet of stupid things, from AU

AustraliaIT News — Carwardine joined the Navy at 15 and spent the next 15 years on Naval destroyers and in submarines before deciding to pack it all in to write code for Qantas. Turns out being underwater and being a father were not compatible occupations. But there are a few parallels between manning a military vessel and heading up IT and network operations for a multi-channel telecommunications group.

http://www.itnews.com.au/CXOChallenge/405652,disconnecting-from-the-internet-of-stupid-things.aspx

India an example for world in digitization: John Chambers

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: “Call me John please,” John Chambers, 65, requested a journalist who addressed him as “Mr Chambers” at the press conference in New Delhi last week. Chambers is easily one of the most affable and engaging CEOs you will come across. At media meets, he makes it a point to go over to every single journalist in the room to introduce himself and hand over a visiting card.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-an-example-for-world-in-digitization-John-Chambers/articleshow/47829305.cms

Satellite technology cooperation puts Belgium, China to forefront

ChinaWant China Times — Increased collaboration between Belgium and China in the field of satellite technology can put both nations “at the forefront” of delivering vital information globally, according to Belgium’s State Secretary of Science Policy Elke Sleurs. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and China National Space Administration (CNSA) in the field of space science, technologies and applications was signed in Beijing on Tuesday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150625000150

Fault in submarine cable impacts internet services in Pakistan

PakistanPakistan Herald — “The International submarine cable SEA-ME-WE 4 has experienced a fault in the Arabian Sea, impacting internet services in the region including Pakistan,” PTCL said in a statement today. The fault impacted browsing speeds for users across most major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country, while causing problems for other countries in the region as well. “Restoration work has been initiated by the international consortium that manages the submarine cable systems,” said the PTCL statement.

http://www.pakistanherald.com/news/6490/26-june-2015/fault-in-submarine-cable-impacts-internet-services-in-pakistan

Vietnam ISPs plan new fiber optic networks

VietnamVietnam Net — So far this year, the AAG cable has been repaired four times. The latest repair was just completed last week. These incidents severely affected internet access in Vietnam. Last year, this cable was also broken several times. In this situation, domestic ISPs have been thinking of construction of new cables. Mr. Mai Tri Dung, Director of the International Business Center of Viettel Telecom Corporation, said that Viettel had increased the reserve capacity for 2015 in case the AAG was broken.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/133805/vietnam-isps-plan-new-fiber-optic-networks.html

Bharti takes stake in satellite firm OneWeb for $500 million

IndiaTimes of India — LONDON: In a bid to provide affordable internet access to all, Bharti has acquired a minority stake in OneWeb, which plans to offer communication services using satellites by 2019. OneWeb has received $500 million for the project from its investors and plans to launch services by 2019. OneWeb, founded in 2012, is building a communication network with an initial constellation of 648 low earth orbit satellites. Investors in the company include Qualcomm Inc, Virgin Group, Airbus Group and Coca-Cola Company.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Bharti-takes-stake-in-satellite-firm-OneWeb-for-500-million/articleshow/47815857.cms

SLT strengthens multiple global connectivity options

Sri LankaColombo Page — June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s leading ICT solutions provider and National Backbone operator, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is aggressively pursuing new markets in the region. Building international connectivity is a key aspect of this strategy. SLT’s global coverage was significantly strengthened via multiple undersea optical fibre cable systems: SEA-ME-WE 3, SEA-ME-WE 4, Bharat-Lanka (between India and Sri Lanka) and Dhiraagu (between Maldives and Sri Lanka).

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_15B/Jun23_1435038758CH.php

MPT mulls pricing cuts in telecoms race

MyanmarMyanmar Times — At the basic level, one minute of a voice call using MPT costs K35 with its Swe Thahar plan, except to three specific numbers where the cost is K25. Telenor and Ooredoo’s fees per minute have been slightly lower so far than MPT’s. The telcos also offer package deals with different quotas of internet and calls which allows for some lower prices. Speaking at the opening of the MPT shop in Nay Pyi Taw’s Myoma market on June 21, MPT official U Thein Hote said the price reduction is still being discussed.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/15195-mpt-mulls-pricing-cuts-in-telecoms-race.html

Is Airtel killing Smartbytes for mobile users?

IndiaTimes Of India — NEW DELHI: It looks like Airtel is killing its Smartbytes internet top-ups for postpaid users in Delhi. The product, which allows Airtel users to top-up their internet data packs if they use up their monthly allowance before their bill cycle date, is no longer available. A Delhi-based user informed TOI Tech that when he tried topping up his Airtel postpaid number after exhausting the monthly 2GB quota, the network returned a ‘service not applicable’ message.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Is-Airtel-killing-Smartbytes-for-mobile-users/articleshow/47802682.cms