Etisalat to launch new Internet of Things services leveraging ThingWorx® IoT development platform

UAEM2M Now — ThingWorx, a PTC business and an Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider, announced that Etisalat, a Telecommunications provider operating in the Middle-East, Africa and Asia, has signed a Group Framework Agreement to deploy the ThingWorx IoT Development Platform to enable new innovative IoT and M2M services throughout the regions that it serves.

http://www.m2mnow.biz/2015/07/30/35453-etisalat-to-launch-new-internet-of-things-services-leveraging-thingworx-iot-development-platform/

SoftBank CEO: the average person will have 1,000 internet-connected devices by 2040

JapanTech in Asia — SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has high hopes for the burgeoning internet-of-things movement. “Each individual, on average, will have more than 1,000 devices that are connected to the internet by 2040,” he told the audience at SoftBank World yesterday. “There will be no devices that aren’t connected.”

https://www.techinasia.com/softbank-son-iot-1000-devices-2040/

New M1 plans make recontracting cheaper

SingaporeNetwork Asia — Following their Data Passport announcement, M1 launched new mobile plans for customers in Singapore who do not need a new mobile phone when they recontract. The company said that the rationale behind is was that Singapore consumers today have access to a wide selection of smartphone models at affordable prices even without contract. This has given consumers even more flexibility over the smartphone they want to use, and how often they wish to upgrade it.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/new-m1-plans-make-recontracting-cheaper.1438309813

RCom enterprise arm launches direct access to AWS via GCX’s Cloud X Fusion

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Reliance Communications’ enterprise arm, Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has launched a direct access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) via GCX’s Cloud X Fusion in Sydney, with the ability to establish additional interconnections across multiple locations and offer enterprise customers fast, flexible access to the cloud.

http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/enterprise/enterprise-services/rcom-enterprise-arm-launches-direct-access-to-aws-via-gcxs-cloud-x-fusion/48296260

BSNL to set up 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, invest Rs 6,000 crore

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will invest Rs 6,000 crore over the next three years to set up some 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, its chairman-cum-managing director Anupam Shrivastava has said.  “We are now thinking of rolling out Wi-Fi hotspot through capital expenditure model also. We are in the process of having our tender ready. We will be floating our tender and put our own equipment. We will be doing everything,” Shrivastava told IANS in an interview.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/BSNL-to-set-up-40000-Wi-Fi-hotspots-invest-Rs-6000-crore/articleshow/48281699.cms

China seeks leading role in developing 5G technology

ChinaWant China Times — China is seeking to take a leading position in the development of 5G wireless communication technology, with the government and businesses both investing heavily on research and development, according to China Economic Weekly. On July 22, Zhang Feng, chief engineer and spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said the country plans to increase its R&D in 5G technology, while continuing expanding 4G fiber optic networks.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150729000069

Viettel reaching out over Africa

VietnamVietnam Net — Viettel’s mobile signal and optical cables are gradually covering more parts of Africa, with three networks already in place: Nexttel in Cameroon, Lumitel in Burundi, and Halotel in Tanzania. Its foreign investment in the continent is thriving. Only a short period after obtaining license it has quickly developed its infrastructure in the three markets.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/137029/viettel-reaching-out-over-africa.html

Telecom operators set the record straight on USD flows

MyanmarMyanmar Times — “[I’d like to talk] a little bit about the ongoing discussion on how telecom operators in Myanmar are influencing the economy, and to touch upon a few facts,” he said at a media briefing last week. His comments come as the Central Bank of Myanmar launches an investigation into the use of US dollars by banks and corporations following a dollar shortage in Myanmar over the past few months.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/15758-telecom-operators-set-the-record-straight-on-usd-flows.html

Ericsson, SK Telecom commit to network slicing as part of 5G initiative

KoreaFierce Wireless — Any way you dice or slice it, operators will be incorporating network slicing in their 5G networks, and Ericsson’s deal this week with South Korean operator SK Telecom only solidifies the companies’ commitment to the technology.Ericsson and SK Telecom signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/ericsson-sk-telecom-commit-network-slicing-part-5g-initiative/2015-07-29

Operators Alone Not Responsible For Call Drops – Assocham, from IN

IndiaRTN Asia — Expressing concern over steadily deteriorating situation with regard to call drops in mobile networks, ASSOCHAM today pointed out it is unfair to put the blame on the operators only since many of the critical factors causing the problem are not within the control of the telecom industry.

http://rtn.asia/t-t/13566/operators-alone-not-responsible-for-call-drops-assocham

NTT Com, Fortinet to jointly provide capabilities in cloud security, network risk management

JapanNetwork Aasia — NTT Com Security and Fortinet have entered into a formal partnership to provide security advice and security solutions to organizations worldwide. The partnership includes incorporating the broad range of Fortinet security solutions into NTT Com Security solutions to help protect customers across the globe, irrespective of size or sector. The new global security partnership is another step in the long-term business and technological relationship between the two companies.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/ntt-com-fortinet-jointly-provide-capabilities-cloud-security-network-risk-management-0

India is critical to Telenor’s global portfolio

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Uninor may have faced existential challenges in India but all those are behind and the telecom operator is looking to grow its presence in the country through sharing and trading of airwaves, said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, outgoing CEO of the company’s Norwegian parent Telenor.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-is-critical-to-Telenors-global-portfolio/articleshow/48266035.cms

Singtel upgrading 4G network to hit 337Mbps in Singapore

SingaporeZDNet — Singtel has said it is the first telco in Southeast Asia to offer a tri-band 4G network using LTE-900, with the upgrade promising to provide customers who own compatible mobile devices with improved 4G coverage, most notably underground and in indoor areas. “Demand for data is growing exponentially, and we are always looking for ways to improve the mobile experience for our customers. Our goal is to deliver the most reliable and seamless connectivity,” Singtel’s VP of mobile marketing Diana Chen said at the launch on Tuesday.

Ericsson and SK Telecom Collaborate on 5G Network Core Slicing

KoreaConverge Digest — Ericsson and SK Telecom have signed agreed to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.  The idea behind slicing is to use logical instead of physical resources to provide networks on an as-a-service basis. The instantiation of the network slicing will use the Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core solution.

http://www.convergedigest.com/2015/07/ericsson-and-sk-telecom-collaborate-on.html

NTT Communications Wholly Acquires PT. Cyber CSF, Indonesian Data Center Service Provider

IndonesiaVirtual Strategy — NTT Com, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT, announced today that it signed an agreement recently to wholly acquire PT. Cyber CSF (Cyber CSF), a data center service provider headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Cyber CSF, founded in 2012, is Indonesia’s largest data center service provider. It operates a high-quality facility equipped for 24 MVA of power and 2,800 racks in 7,700 square meters of space in the heart of Jakarta.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2015/07/28/ntt-communications-wholly-acquires-pt-cyber-csf-indonesian-data-center-service-provider#axzz3hHyGp7AA

Telcos seek time to gather resources for 700MHz auction

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom service providers have called for an auction of airwaves in the fourth-generation band of 700Mhz, but after two years so there would be enough time to prepare and the ecosystem to mature. Industry executives said they wanted time to make their business strategy to play in a fairly new band. They expect the 700MHz band to be very expensive to buy, further straining the books of telecom operators who are sitting on about Rs 3 lakh crore of debt.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Telcos-seek-time-to-gather-resources-for-700MHz-auction/articleshow/48248339.cms

Tender started for fourth mobile licence, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The winning proposal will ultimately be partnered with a foreign company, and will likely compete head to head against Telenor, Ooredoo and MPT, which have all received integrated licences already. Speculation has surrounded which companies would receive a fourth licence that was first announced in passing in state media in June 2013.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/15708-tender-started-for-fourth-mobile-licence.html

APAC FTTH subscribers up 35% in one year

APACIT Wire — This new data was released by the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific and IDATE and shows that the figures, which include subscribers up until December 2014, show that ‘there are now 115.8 million fiber subscribers in Asia and 338 million homes passed,’ representing ‘an increase of 35% and 36.8%, respectively.’

http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/68794-apac-ftth-subscribers-up-35-in-one-year

IoT to generate massive data, help grow biz revenue

APACZDNet — Fueled by increasing broadband adoption and access speeds, Internet of Things (IoT) will churn more than 20 zettabytes, or 20 trillion gigabytes, of data by 2025. Growing multi-device ownership also has been identified as a key driver of IoT and cloud adoption, according to research from Seagate Technology. The storage vendor said broadband speeds in the Asia-Pacific region were projected to be the fastest worldwide, quadrupling to 87Mbps in 10 years. Across the globe, broadband access speeds would average at 72Mbps.

60Tbps internet cable from Asia to America will plug into Telx barn

APACThe Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/28/telx_joins_faster_cable_consortium/