The Australian government buying back the copper network from Telstra almost 20 years after selling it to the public is a way for Telstra to move away from fixed line services, according to CEO David Thodey. Under the framework for a revise agreement between NBN Co and Telstra, the former government-owned incumbent telecommunications company will progressively hand over its copper and HFC network assets to NBN Co that will be used as part of a “multi-technology mix” model of the NBN that includes HFC and fibre to the node, in addition to the existing fibre to the premises, fixed wireless and satellite services.
NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided against a proposal of carriers to charge customers for using popular messaging services like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and others. The carriers had proposed to make companies that offer these popular services share part of their revenue with them or the government. The Trai has also shelved plans to initiate a consultation process as it feels that operators are able to offset their losses through growth in data revenue.
NBN Co and Telstra have pushed back the disconnection of copper services for 58 areas in which fibre has been rolled out. The two companies had originally slated for copper services in the 58 fibre servicing area modules (FSAMs) to be disconnected in the Christmas and New Year period, but now say they want to make sure affected users are around to be notified of the disconnection. An NBN Co spokesperson said the dates had been deferred “so everyone can enjoy their summer holiday period”.
Internet service provider iiNet passed $1 billion in revenue for the first time in history during its fiscal year 2014, the company revealed today. The ISP attributed the milestone result to a return to organic growth following a string of recent acquisitions. The growth saw 40,000 new broadband customers join the company over the past 12 months. “The most pleasing aspect of these results is our return to organic growth,” iiNet’s new CEO David Buckhingam said.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia has chosen equipment vendor Ericsson to build its new core network, and plans to be Australia’s first telco to offer voice services over a 4G network. The partnership forms part of an effort by the telco to replace a network hobbled together as a result of its 2009 merger with Hutchison,. The patched network was blamed for service issues resulting in a customer exodus following the ‘Vodafail” movement in 2010. The deal will run for five years and is understood to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Indonesia’s largest information and communication company, Telkom, shocked the nation’s startup ecosystem last week with its announcement of a US$200 million fund via its CVC (corporate venture capital) to invest in tech startups. The CVC, partnering with multiple VCs, aims to invest globally, with US and Indonesian startups as its focus. One of Telkom’s CVC partners is US-based Fenox VC (Disclosure: Fenox VC is also an investor in Tech in Asia. See our ethics page for more information).
SINGAPORE: SingTel on Tuesday (Aug 19) said its street-level coverage for its 4G LTE-Advanced network now extends to more than 55 per cent of the island. In a joint statement with Ericsson, the mobile network equipment provider engaged for the deployment, SingTel said its coverage now includes areas such as Orchard, the Central Business District, Shenton Way, Tampines, Jurong and Woodlands. The service will offer download speeds of up to 300Mbps, an earlier Ericsson press statement said.
Telstra announced today the launch of its global cloud-based unified communications service, the latest offering in its long-term partnership with networking giant Cisco. The service will be delivered through Telstra’s cloud infrastructure, which extends to seven locations around the world, including the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Telstra’s global solution, launched in partnership with Cisco last year, is now available across four continents in 25 countries, and is delivered over Telstra’s worldwide network extending to more than 2,000 point of presence according to Telstra global enterprise and services director of marketing Nathan Bell.
The change in business for Telstra Corporation Ltd (OTCPK:TLSYY) from what originally was Australia’s public telephone company to an increasingly international telecom and enterprise service company can be seen very easily within its latest 2014 full year results. As the market leader in Australian home phone, broadband and mobile phone service, the $64.3 billion company is known for its solid dividend payment, which currently has a yield of 5.1%.
The decision of China’s telecommunication regulator to curb the marketing expenses of the country’s top carriers will hurt Samsung and Apple in the world’s largest phone market but boost local players, reported Bloomberg. The report quoted anonymous sources saying that the Assets Supervision and Administration Commission told national carriers to cut costs because they overspent on subsidies and advertising for devices such as iPhone.
The aims of the plan are to continue VNPT’s development, focus on production and trading of telecom, information technology and multi-media products and services, improve the competitive ability and efficiency in production and business, and maintain a key role in the telecom industry of Viet Nam. Bui Quoc Viet, director of VNPT Information and Public Relation Centre, spoke about these issues.
TOKYO–Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank’s failed bid for T-Mobile marked a rare defeat for its brash billionaire founder, but few expect it to sideline a man intent on building “the world’s number-one company.” After years of scooping up companies big and small, Masayoshi Son’s voracious appetite for acquisitions hit a snag amid reports earlier this month that the firm’s U.S. unit had abandoned a US$32 billion offer for T-Mobile in the face of regulatory opposition.
The NSW Procurement Board has directed state agencies to send all proposed telecommunications deals worth more than $100,000 past the state’s IT procurement working group. The formal directive is a response to findings by the state’s Auditor-General that many major agencies were not getting the best price for their telco deals. From Monday, NSW agencies will need to abide by a new procurement direction for the next two years.
BEIJING: Apple Inc has begun storing personal data for some Chinese users on servers provided by China Telecom, marking the first time that the company has stored user data on mainland Chinese soil. Apple attributed the move to an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its service. It also represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google Inc, which has long refused to build data centres in China due to censorship and privacy concerns.
AUG 14 — On August 8, the country’s largest telco Telekom Malaysia (TM) launched its first 4G (Fourth Generation) wireless broadband offering, known as TMgo, in the northern state of Kedah. As reported by Digital News Asia (DNA), TMgo is TM’s effort to provide what in industry parlance is known as fixed-mobile broadband – or nomadic broadband – through the use of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology and specialised mobile dongles and modems.
He will replace Mai Van Binh who was appointed as the company’s chairman on June 26 by the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT). Tra, born in 1961, graduated from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology. He has been working for the second largest Vietnamese mobile network operator for more than 20 years. Tra was MobiFone’s deputy general director and director of the company’s mobile centre in HCM City before his appointment as general director.
Our smartphones connect us to the internet and millions of apps, but it is our telecommunications providers that allow the connection to take place at all. It makes perfect sense that the companies behind our handsets would be keen to aid tech startups, because people don’t just buy smartphones for specs – they buy them to access the must-have apps that keep us glued to our screens. NTT Docomo and KDDI – Japan’s first and second-largest wireless carriers by user base, respectively (or first and third , if one accounts for group companies) – are on the front-lines of startup investment with multi-million dollar funds and seasoned incubation programs.
Telstra’s Network Applications & Services (NAS) business grew by 27.8 percent in the 2014 financial year, totalling $1.9 billion in revenue. While the NAS unit only accounts for eight percent of overall products sales revenue, the carrier’s IT services business is growing fast – the unit has added $635 million in revenue since 2012. That growth is coming from three areas: managed network services are the big driver, increasing by 55.7 percent in the 2014 financial year. A key win was a Department of Defence contract during the year.
Taiwan Star Cellular (台灣之星) yesterday rolled out a 31-day 4G free trial program, allowing users to test the company’s 4G service before it is formally launched at the end of next month. With yesterday’s announcement, Taiwan Star Cellular became the fourth telecommunication company in Taiwan to provide 4G service. There is no cap limit on data usage during the free trial, and a new registration is all that is required to try the service, the longest 4G trial program in Taiwan.
Indonesia’s tech startup scene gets a boost of confidence today as the country’s biggest information and communication company Telkom (IDX:TLKM) announces its plan to invest US$200 million in tech startups, as reported today by Okezone . “As a CVC (corporate venture capital), Telkom is the first one in ASEAN,” says Telkom’s president director Arief Yahya. It will also be the biggest fund to ever come out of Indonesia for tech startups.