Changes in telephone area codes show poor planning by ministry

VietnamBusinesses have been complaining about the planned changes in the telephone area codes, saying they would cost them a lot of money. Under a new decision by the Ministry of Information and Communication, the telephone area codes of 59 of the country’s 63 provinces and cities (under central government) would be changed. Meanwhile, the 11-numeral mobile subscription numbers will be replaced by 10-digit numbers.

SKT ordered to stop ads on 3-band LTE-A service

KoreaThe Seoul Central District Court ordered SK Telecom to halt advertising its tri-band LTE-A mobile wireless technology, a court spokesman said Friday. Since Jan. 9, SK, the country’s top mobile carrier, has launched a marketing campaign claiming its new wireless technology provides a downlink speed of up to 300Mbps. The court decision will be effective immediately.

Digi introduces new logo and strategy

MalaysiaDigi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd has just embarked on a rebranding exercise by introducing a new logo along with a new strategy. According to Albern Murty, chief operating officer of Digi, the company has identified three strategic pillars on which to strengthen its business, namely by providing Internet for all at an affordable price, by being a source of inspiration for its customers and by increasing the efficiency of its operations.

SKT, KT in tit-for-tat over subsidies

KoreaSK Telecom accused KT of offering illegal subsidies to steal customers from other mobile carriers, Thursday. “Since Jan. 21, KT has been providing huge rebates to its retail stores to lure more customers in a breach of the Telecom Law. We strongly urge KT to immediately stop this as this hurts fair market competition,” SK said in a statement. It said a local KT outlet provided up to 550,000 won for each customer who wanted to change their mobile carrier.

SK Telecom-Nokia test 5G network in 2018

KoreaSK Telecom said Thursday that it has agreed with Nokia to jointly develop superfast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology. The collaboration calls for both companies to construct a test bed for wireless solutions that can activate within the 5G network by the end of this year. The test bed will be installed in SK Telecom’s technology center in Bundang, on the outskirts of Seoul.

SA govt finalises $525m telco panel

AustraliaThe South Australian government has settled on a group of telecommunications providers that agencies will be required to buy from for up to nine years. The state’s Office of the CIO completed the $525 million deal at the end of last year, following a three-year market testing process for the whole-of-government procurement panel. It yesterday officially named the six suppliers making up the new panel – revealing it had re-appointed the same six providers from the previous buying scheme.,sa-govt-finalises-525m-telco-panel.aspx

With new look, Singtel wants to make every day better

SingaporeTELCO giant Singtel has launched a new brand identity, its first in 16 years, with the promise of ‘Let’s make everyday (sic) better.’ The new tagline is intended to reflect a new phase in the telecommunications provider’s transformation strategy to grow beyond its traditional business and into multimedia and ICT services, it said in a statement.

Tasmania to overhaul authentication in new network deal

The Tasmanian government is looking to make life easier for its staff, who currently struggle with a multitude of professional logins, as part of a revamped networking deal set to replace arrangements with Telstra and a number of other providers. The state government revealed in late 2013 that it would take the end of the contracts as an opportunity to rethink how it operates its network infrastructure.,tasmania-to-overhaul-authentication-in-new-network-deal.aspx

Verizon Extends Its 100G Network in Asia-Pacific

NEW YORK – Verizon has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology on the Verizon global network. This deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometers) to the company’s extensive 100G network. These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s U.S. network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network.

Samsung to release superfast Galaxy Note4

Samsung Electronics will release an updated Galaxy Note 4 this week with the world’s fastest tri-band LTE-A wireless technology. A tri-band LTE-A wireless network is three times faster than the current LTE-A service, with download speeds of 300Mbps; meaning just 28 seconds will be needed to download a 1 GB movie. The release comes at a time when three domestic mobile carriers are embroiled in a dispute over SK Telecom’s claim that it has succeeded in offering the tri-band LTE-A service.

MPT picks up speed in telecoms race, from Myanmar

After signing a partnership with Japan’s KDDI Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation, it has quickly moved to modernise its operations and launch new tariff deals. Its latest mobile plan, Swe Thahar, cuts voice and SMS prices and changes the way MPT charges customers for internet usage, from by-the-minute to by-the-megabyte.  KDDI Summit Global Myanmar (KSGM) managing director Takashi Nagashima, MPT general manager Khin Maung Tun, chief technical officer Kenichi Ono and other company officials sat down with a small panel of journalists

Internet connection to be resumed on January 24

According to the latest notice of the AAG operator sent to Vietnamese Internet service providers, the repair began on January 17 and will finish on January 28. However, Internet connection between Vietnam and the world will be resumed on January 24. Earlier, on January 8, the operator said the repair would complete on January 23. The AAG submarine cable was cut at 8:04 am on January 5, at a point about 117km from the landing station in Vung Tau.

Bangladesh shuts down messaging services to quell violence

DHAKA – Bangladeshi telecoms authorities Sunday shut down smartphone messaging and voice services Viber and Tango, which have become a popular communication medium for supporters of the anti-government protests now in their third week.  The Bangladesh Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission closed down the apps “for the time being” on orders from law enforcement and security agencies, a commission spokesman told AFP.

MobiFone gets approval to add 2 million numbers

The approval, granted on January 9, means the Mobifone network will now have an additional two million 10-digit numbers with the ‘0901′ and ‘0931′ prefixes serving the domestic market. While mobile phone number prefixes have been diversified in Viet Nam, mobile network operators see ‘090′, ‘091′ and ‘098′ as popular ranges that are also considered strong brands. Following the Ministry’s approval, the company can now expand its subscriber base.

Telstra to sell 100G service on subsea cables

Telstra will offer 100 gigabit per second connectivity on several subsea cables to meet the need for increased international capacity, particularly the large amounts of bandwidth required for high definition video and ultra-high definition (UHD) television. Telstra’s 100G Wavelength Service is available today on the company’s exclusive access fibre pair that runs between Hawaii and the United States West Coast on the Asia-America Gateway system.,telstra-to-sell-100g-service-on-subsea-cables.aspx

SK Telecom expands investment in big data

SK Telecom said Friday that it will increase its investment in big data-related platforms in order to diversify its revenue streams amid an era of the Internet of Things (IoT). The company, Korea’s top telecom carrier, identified IoT as its what’s next to offset growing concerns by investors for corporate sustainability to beat out saturation in the local telecom market.

India’s Internet governance model to balance public, private interests

NEW DELHI: India’s Internet governance model will be consistent with the role private firms play in widening Internet’s reach and the pre-eminent role of government in public welfare, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today. In recent times, issues related to privacy, content regulation and barrier to access Internet or Internet based services have been in the spotlight.

Facing unclear regulations, Xiaomi can’t guarantee the release of 4G smartphones in Indonesia

After the launch of 4G LTE mobile networks in Indonesia by three of the nation’s largest telcos, cheaper access to 4G should presumedly serve as a strong incentive for smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi to sell compatible devices in the archipelago. But it’s not that simple for the company’s VP of international Hugo Barra, local media portal Detik reports.

India’s Internet governance model to balance public, private interests

NEW DELHI: India’s Internet governance model will be consistent with the role private firms play in widening Internet’s reach and the pre-eminent role of government in public welfare, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today. In recent times, issues related to privacy, content regulation and barrier to access Internet or Internet based services have been in the spotlight.

Idea, Microsoft Mobiles tie up for billing purchases

NEW DELHI: Microsoft Mobiles, maker of Lumia smartphones, has tied up with Idea Cellular for enabling the telco’s 34 million data users to purchases apps and pay for them through monthly bills or prepaid balances. Idea Cellular’s customers will be able to make the purchases from Microsoft’s Windows Store, the companies said on Monday. Partnerships where telcos team up with app stores may work better in India where credit card adoption and use for making payments over mobile is far less than net banking or debit card usage.