BSNL, Micromax partner to drive data usage in India

NEW DELHI: Micromax, India’s second largest samrtphone player, Tuesday partnered with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to drive data growth in the country.  Under this partnership, Micromax and BSNL will extend unique reverse bundling handset offers of free data usage of up to 2GB per quarter to the Indian consumers.

Will Vietnam ever take its internet seriously?

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.

Chunghwa Telecom introduces 4G deals for student users

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Aiming at the younger demographic, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT, 中華電信) recently announced three student-specific post-paid service plans for its fourth-generation (4G) long term evolution (LTE) service. Those enrolled in NT$587 and NT$787 data plans before Jan. 1 2015 will be granted five free hotlines and have 50 smartphone models to choose from, while those who opt for NT$987 plan are allowed free intra-network air time.

How Openstack May Offer Asia An Edge In The Cloud

The OpenStack cloud platform is gaining momentum around the world, according to Mirantis, a pure-play OpenStack vendor. In an announcement earlier this month, Mirantis says it has become the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry, with a customer list that includes the likes of AT&T and Orange. Also identified as customers were Pacnet, headquartered in Hong Kong, and China’s Huawei.

3 reasons to like Telstra Corporation Ltd and TPG Telecom Ltd

Tech stocks are always interesting to follow and in some cases can be can be quite profitable for investors. Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) and TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPM) are up 45% and 201% respectively over the last two years. However, that isn’t the end of the story. Here are three reasons why you should like what both companies have planned in the near future. If you don’t have a tech stock in your portfolio already, one of them may be a good addition.

NBN Co targets unserviceable premises in Tasmania

NBN Co has signed a new contractor in Tasmania as part of its effort to reduce the number of customers counted as passed by fibre but unable to order a service through the national broadband network. The national network builder earlier this month revealed it would appoint a second partner in the state alongside existing contractor Visionstream, as part of a renewed effort to target unserviceable premises.,nbn-co-targets-unserviceable-premises-in-tasmania.aspx

NBN Co offers incentives for battery-free fibre connections

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.,nbn-co-offers-incentives-for-battery-free-fibre-connections.aspx

Telcos gear up for 3G deployment, prepare for 3.5 and 4G, from VN

MobiFone said it had upgraded 1,000 3G BTS (base transceiver station) to raise the 3G speed to 42 Mbps in Hanoi, HCM City and Dong Nai province. It plans to put into operation another 1,000 BTS in Da Nang and Can Tho cities by the end of September, raising the total number of 3G 42Mbps BTS to 2,000. The maximum speed on a BTS or a cell is 42Mbps. It can be accessed on a customer device when the entire BTS serves only one device. The three network operators have all announced that the 3G access speed will be improved sixfold.–prepare-for-3-5-and-4g.html

Optus crowns new CEO

Optus has flown in former head of SingTel’s Digital L!fe group, Allan Lew, to become its new CEO. The announcement comes seven months after former CEO Kevin Russell departed the country’s second largest telco in March, after two years at the helm. A SingTel veteran, Lew has been with the company for more than 30 years, first joining the Singapore owned telco in 1980. In this time he has moved back and forth between Australia and Singapore, serving as COO of SingTel’s regional mobile arm AIS, CEO of SingTel’s local operations, and managing director of Optus mobile and of Optus’ consumer business.,optus-crowns-new-ceo.aspx

Asia telecom Power Systems Market (2014-2019): Forecast By Powering System and By Country

Telecom towers are among the key entities in network service and telecom infrastructure, with the growth in telecom services subscriber base and launch of new service features, new tower installation activities started getting uproar. Telecommunications industry has shown tremendous growth in past few years due to value added service features, advanced technologies such as 3G and 4G, increase in number of industry participants, increasing sales of smart phones and telecom service subscriber base, and rising disposable income of individuals.

Telecoms told to boost 3G quality – Vietnam

The Government wants internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile phone operators in Viet Nam to ensure a minimum 90 per cent success rate and 10-second delay for 3G internet service. The new regulation from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), contained in a circular entitled “The National technical specification requirement for mobile internet services on IMT-2000 standard,” takes effect on March 1, 2015. MT-2000 is the term which the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is using for a set of globally harmonised standards for third generation (3G) mobile telecommunication services and equipment.

Government Plans A Super Regulator For Communications Sector

NEW DELHI: A super regulator for telecom and broadcasting sectors may be on the unveil as the Department of Telecommunications revives the Communications Convergence Bill. The DoT is working on the idea of establishing a single regulatory framework for multi-faceted communications, IT and multi-media, sources said.

StarHub now offers 4G data roaming in 21 countries

STARHUB customers now have access to 4G data roaming services on 25 mobile networks across 21 countries – the largest number of roaming destinations so far, the telco said on Monday. The 4G data will have the same roaming rates as the existing 3G ones. The rates range from S$15 to S$30 a day on StarHub’s DataRoam Daily Unlimited plans, depending on the country in question.

China man sues state firm over Google block

BEIJING: A Chinese man threw a rare official spotlight on the country’s Internet controls when he sued a state-owned telecom operator for denying him access to US search engine Google, documents and reports showed Friday.  Authorities in China impose strict limits on the Internet, censoring domestic content and blocking foreign websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using a system known as the “Great Firewall”.

Now, one smart SIM to do the trick for different devices, smartphones

NEW DELHI: What kind of SIM card do you have — nano, micro or regular? New-generation smartphones and devices use any one of these variants, making it difficult to switch cards among handsets and tablets, although adapters are available for about Rs 150-200 from the retail market but this can be a bit of a hit and-miss affair. Now the phone companies are offering a similar solution known as the Smart SIM — a nano card that can be increased in size with the use of two jackets.

Decline Of Mobile Users Doesn’t Dent China Telecom’s Revenue

Chinese telecom operator China Telecom published its semi-annual performance for 2014, stating that the company’s operating revenue reached CNY166 billion during the first half of 2014, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.3%. Though its 3G users saw a net increase of 4.13 million, accounting for about 60% of its total users, the company’s mobile users decreased by 5.34 million to 180 million.

South Asian Mobile Carrier Selects Teclo Networks for Super-Fast Mobile Internet

Zurich, Switzerland – 4 September 2014 – Teclo Networks, the leader in TCP data optimization, today announced that its TCP optimization solution, the S-Series, has been chosen by a leading mobile operator in South Asia. Teclo Networks accelerates data networks by up to 60 percent and millions of subscribers across the country will now benefit from lightning-fast mobile Internet. Taking up just a single industry-standard rack server, the S-Series delivers unrivalled mobile Internet speeds through TCP/IP acceleration.

Telehouse’s New York Internet Exchange Now Available Throughout CoreSite’s New York Market

Telehouse, the global leader for data centers, international Internet exchanges and managed IT services announces today that its New York Internet Exchange (NYIIX) is now available to CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR), a leading provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center solutions, via its “NY2″ facility in Secaucus, NJ. Telehouse’s NYIIX, the largest public peering exchange in New York, is already available in CoreSite’s “NY1″ facility in Manhattan. The added availability of NYIIX to NY2 provides access across CoreSite’s entire New York Market.

Vinaphone, Vodafone clinch strategic partnership

Under the partnership, the Vietnamese mobile service provider hopes to benefit from Vodafone’s technology as well as its established systems to improve service quality and competitiveness. Customers will have the opportunity to enjoy useful services that have been deployed worldwide by the UK firm. “Vodafone’s seasoned customer care policy will be very helpful to enhance effectiveness of Vinaphone’s customer care service and help us meet customers’ increasing demands. The cooperation will also make the Vinaphone brand more popular around the world,” said the State-owned firm’s spokesman Doan Xuan Hop.–vodafone-clinch-strategic-partnership.html

Telstra takes 85k requests for user data in 12 months

Telstra received just under 85,000 requests for customer information from government agencies in its 2014 financial year, the telco revealed in its first full year transparency report released today. Telstra had previously reported receiving 40,644 requests for information from law enforcement agencies, regulatory bodies and emergency services organisations in the six months to December 2013.,telstra-takes-85k-requests-for-user-data-in-12-months.aspx