IT News — Exetel has signed a two-year deal to purchase NBN carrier aggregation services through Optus Wholesale. Under the deal, Exetel will be provided access to all NBN 121 POIs (points of interconnect) through Optus Wholesale, including backhaul. The arrangement means Exetel can avoid the costs of servicing all 121 POIs on its own. For each region an RSP such as Exetel wants to serve, it needs to purchase a physical port at the POI to connect its backhaul to the NBN network.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Top telcos Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular’s decision to increase postpaid data rates in some markets signals attempts by incumbents to protect their data revenue realization levels to withstand a potential tariff war post Reliance Jio Infocomm’s entry later this year, say analysts and experts. The latest rate hikes, they said, are a pre-emptive bid to create a revenue cushion of sorts for absorbing imminent data tariff cuts closer to Reliance Jio’s launch in December.
The Star — KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd has signed a construction and maintenance agreement with a unit of TIME dotCom Bhd for a new submarine cable system, Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1 Malaysia (SKR1M). SKR1M will link Peninsular Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak and it will use the latest 100Gbps wavelength technology with initial capacity of 4 Terabit per second (Tbps) and upgradeable to a minimum of 12.8Tbps. It is a two fibre pair cable system with an estimated total length of 3,500 km.
IT News — The competition regulator is on a collision course with the telecommunications industry over its plan to measure the performance of fixed broadband services. At the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network’s (ACCAN) annual national conference yesterday, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims called on consumer advocates to lend their support to the proposal.
IT News — ACCC chairman Rod Sims has defended his decision to approve TPG’s takeover of iiNet, but admitted it was not a “black and white” issue. In a speech delivered to the ACCAN national conference in Sydney today, Sims also revealed a major decision on backhaul pricing determination was just “days away”.
eWeek — Singtel has officially closed its acquisition of security vendor Trustwave. When the deal was first announced in April of this year, the value was estimated at $810 million, which was adjusted on closing to $770 million to account for working capital and other adjustments.With the deal closed, Trustwave’s reach now expands globally alongside Singtel’s operations.
Business Wire — TOKYO: NTT Com, the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, announced today it will greatly expand Microsoft Dynamics AX on Enterprise Cloud, the cloud-based ERP solution provided on NTT Com’s Enterprise Cloud service. New features will be available by October 1 and include additional templates for five types of industries/purposes, strengthened support for deployment in 12 Asian countries/regions, and compatibility with hybrid clouds.
IT News — Australia’s telcos have put forward their proposals for the future of communications regulator ACMA, with the country’s two largest carriers recommending the regulator be severely wound back or scrapped altogether. In June the government announced it would conduct a root and branch review of the ACMA to determine whether the regulator was fit for purpose in a “rapidly changing” sector.
IT News — The competition regulator has given the go-ahead to Optus’ agreement to transfer its HFC cable network to the NBN, clearing one of the final regulatory roadblocks to the rollout of the Coalition’s multi-technology mix network. The approval also comes two months after the ACCC gave its approval to Telstra’s revised definitive agreements to hand over its copper and HFC networks to NBN.
Times of India — New Delhi: The entry of Mukesh Ambani’s 4G vehicle Reliance Jio by the end of the year is prompting incumbent telecom operators to announce competing plans on the high-speed network. Days after Bharti Airtel laid out a comprehensive national 4G plan, close rival and the country’s second-biggest mobile operator Vodafone also said that it will offer the services by the end of this year.
Times of iIndia — KOLKATA: Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel and No. 3 carrier Idea Cellular cornered maximum incremental revenue market share (RMS) in the fiscal first quarter 2015-16, riding on strong data services penetration and revenue growth. Market leader Bharti Airtel captured the highest incremental RMS of 34% in the April-June quarter, while Idea’s grew to 32.8%.
IT News — M2 Group chief executive Geoff Horth is on the prowl for potential acquisitions in both the telco and energy markets in the wake of TPG’s approved takeover of iiNet. The deal, described as “bittersweet” by iiNet founder Michael Malone, will see Optus, Telstra and TPG/iiNet claim a combined total of around 80 percent of the Australian broadband retail market.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Top mobile operators have urged the telecom department (DoT) to speed up harmonization of 1800MHz airwaves, an exercise that will free up an additional 10MHz of contiguous 4G services spectrum in the band in the run-up to the next auction likely in March next year.
Digi Times — Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has signed a strategic-alliance agreement with Microsoft for cooperation on Cloud Solution Provider and Cloud OS Network, with CHT responsible for providing Microsoft Office 365 cloud computing services on a rental basis for CHT’s enterprise and government subscribers. The available cloud computing services are private cloud and private/public hybrid cloud services covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, CHT said.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Country’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel has acquired wireless broadband firm Augere’s India operations, a move that will help the firm to augment its 4G presence in the country. The company did not disclose the deal value. With this acquisition, Bharti Airtel’s 4G services will now be available in over 300 cities and towns.
IT News — TPG is now offering wholesale partners the opportunity to access its fibre-to-the-basement network through a Layer 2 product for $27 per month, as demanded by the government’s carrier license conditions. Last December the government revealed carriers, such as TPG, who compete with the NBN would need to offer non-discriminatory wholesale access to their networks and structurally separate their retail and wholesale businesses.
Business Wire — SHENZHENL: ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, announced that first-half net profit rose 43.2% as the company increased sales of 4G LTE network equipment to carriers. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company jumped to RMB 1.62 billion (US$252 million) in the first six months, according to the results announcement posted by ZTE today. Basic earnings per share climbed to RMB 0.47, while revenue increased 21.8% to RMB 45.9 billion.
Digital News Asia — IN an industry first for Malaysia, Maxis Bhd has introduced a mobile phone purchasing scheme that removes the upfront payment for the device and lets subscribers upgrade their phones every 12 months instead of 24 months, turning it into a more flexible instalment payment programme. In a statement, Maxis said its new Zerolution plan removes all the hassles people usually associate with phone contracts.
NZ Herald — Spark saw a surge in the amount of data traffic humming through its cables and airwaves earlier this year. Chief operating officer David Havercroft says though the company anticipated and planned for an increase in data demand and had invested in the necessary infrastructure, the jump was sudden. “We worked on the assumption there would be a 100 per cent year-on-year growth in data. That’s more or less been the case,” Havercraft says.
Network Aasia — Integration of cloud, data center and network assets riding onsoftware-defined networks and virtualization technology will be the biggest trend to happen in the next few years. Networking vendors and service providers, such as NTT Com Asia, have recognized that the NFV and SDN trend is imminent and have begun incorporating these new technologies as complementary capabilities to their existing platforms, thus driving more innovations.