Huawei Rated as Top SDN and NFV Supplier for the Second Consecutive Year in Survey Conducted by Current Analysis

SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei today announced that it has been rated as a top supplier for Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions for the second consecutive year by leading telecoms operators, according to a 2014 survey conducted by analyst firm Current Analysis.

Telcos to go ahead with delayed Tasman Sea cable

Telstra, Spark and Vodafone today reaffirmed their intention to build the Tasman Global Access (TGA) Cable for US$70 million (A$86 million), albeit with several changes to the original business plan. Spanning 2300 kilometres, the cable will land at Oxford Falls in Sydney and Raglan in the Waikato in New Zealand where it will connect to Vodafone’s existing Acqua Link infrastructure, and have a starting design capacity of 20 terabit per second.,telcos-to-go-ahead-with-delayed-tasman-sea-cable.aspx

Telstra eyes up Pacnet for acquisition

Telstra is in discussions with cable operator and telecommunications provider Pacnet over potential acquisition, the telco confirmed today. Australia’s largest telecommunications company today informed the Australian Stock Exchange it was in negotiations with Pacnet to potentially acquire the company, but said there was no certainty a transaction would eventuate.,telstra-eyes-up-pacnet-for-acquisition.aspx

Indonesian telco Indosat launches ATM card to go with ewallet

Indonesian telco company Indosat, in collaboration with Qatar National Bank (QNB), launched a mobile money ATM card this week, CNN Indonesia reports. The card is integrated with Indosat’s ewallet feature Dompetku, which now claims to be the first mobile money provider in Indonesia with a parallel ATM service feature.

Telstra hit with $102k penalty for ‘misleading’ iPhone 6 ad

Telstra has been forced to pay $102,000 for misleading customers about the true cost of one of its iPhone 6 plans. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today said it had issued an infringement notice against Telstra over an ad placed by the telco in a newspaper in late September for the smartphone. The consumer watchdog said Telstra had advertised the iPhone 6 plan as costing $70 per month, neglecting to highlight an extra $11 customers would have to pay for the handset itself.,telstra-hit-with-102k-penalty-for-misleading-iphone-6-ad.aspx

Will the 4GX mobile network of Telstra Corporation Ltd see it win big in 2015?

Australia’s leading telecommunications business Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) has announced that it has switched on its latest 4GX mobile service in parts of central Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. Telstra says that for customers with compatible devices it is now delivering some of the fastest commercial mobile speeds in the world, with Melbournians generally getting improved data download speeds and more reliable networks.

Vietnamese-made tech products sell overseas, but not in Vietnam

“Our products always receive compliments from foreign clients, from Australia to North America. However, they are not welcomed in the home market,” said Nguyen Trung Kien, director of the technology product development management board, which belongs to VNPT Technology at a workshop held on December 4 in HCM City. VNPT Technology is known for its hardware products bearing Vietnamese brands, such as SmartBox, Modem ADSL and Vivas Lotus, a smartphone model.–but-not-in-vietnam.html

Telstra hands over copper, HFC in new $11bn NBN deal

Telstra will hand over ownership of its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks while remaining committed to its structural separation under renegotiated definitive agreements with NBN Co that retain the $11 billion value of the 2011 deal. Telstra and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the re-signing of the landmark deal, which will see NBN Co continue to pay Telstra $5 billion in infrastructure payments, $4 billion in disconnection payments and $2 billion in Commonwealth agreements.,telstra-hands-over-copper-hfc-in-new-11bn-nbn-deal.aspx

Philippine gov’t warns telcos of penalties for throttling ‘unlimited’ data users

When you sell “unlimited” data plans and put speed limits on them, there’s something seriously wrong. The Philippines’ Justice department told mobile operators this in an advisory today, warning them of penalties for throttling supposedly unlimited data plans when subscribers use the internet too much. The practice of throttling or reducing internet speeds makes it difficult to perform tasks like navigating using GPS or watching a video.

Digitimes Research: Global TD-LTE user base estimated at 96.1 million in 2014

The total number of TD-LTE subscribers around the world will keep increasing to 96.1 million at the end of 2014, accounting for 21.6% of the global total number of LTE (4G) users. 81.8% of the total will be users in China, 8% in Saudi Arabia and 6.9% in Japan, according to Digitimes Research. Of the number of LTE networks around the world, 87% will be FDD LTE networks and 13% TD-LTE networks in 2014, Digitimes Research indicated.

Carriers seek to develop 4G networks

Speaking at a Vietnam Internet Day in HCMC last Friday, Mo said they could start 4G services next year. Experts said at the event that it is the right time for Vietnam to provide 4G services. Thieu Phuong Nam, general director of Qualcomm Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said prices of devices that can run on the 4G network have dropped. On the other hand, 4G has grown fast in Southeast Asia and the world as a whole, making it possible to lower the cost of the service.

Govt gives ISPs four months to develop piracy code

The federal government has warned ISPs they will need to agree on an industry code for tackling online copyright infringement by April next year or have one forced upon them. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis today published a letter to ISPs informing them they will need to agree on a process to notify customers of allegations of copyright infringement and advise them how to access legitimate content within 120 days.,govt-gives-isps-four-months-to-develop-piracy-code.aspx

Philippines’ Globe Telecom Partners with iDirect to Provide Best-in-Class Satellite Communications to Corporate Clients

HERNDON, Va. — VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that leading Philippine telecommunications service provider, Globe Telecom will leverage iDirect’s Evolution platform coupled with its X3 remote to offer corporate clients robust, flexible, and high speed connectivity that can meet their critical business needs and allow them to widen their reach in the Philippines.

The time has come! Indosat, XL, and Telkomsel to introduce 4G in Indonesia

Following local mobile provider Telkomsel’s launch of its 4G long-term-evolution mobile internet service in Jakarta and Bali, the archipelago’s two other major telco players, XL Axiata and Indosat, followed suit with their own announcements, CNN Indonesia reports. Indosat says it will soon commercialize its own 4G service, which is still currently in the preparation stage. All customers who want to enjoy 4G coverage will need to change their SIM cards.

Yangon network not complete, says exec

The Norwegian telco’s top executive, who tested out Telenor’s coverage during a visit to Yangon last week, in part pinned “capacity constraints on the existing number of base stations” on traffic generated by crowds of customers. He also called rolling out base stations the firm’s top priority, followed by providing sites “the necessary energy to fly the capacity”. The company anticipates putting up 8000 mobile towers nationally in the next five years, according to Telenor Myanmar representative Ko Soe Thu Tun.

Telecom, finance ministries fight over spectrum price

NEW DELHI: In a war of words between two key wings of the government, the telecom secretary has snubbed his counterpart at the finance ministry for picking faults in a note to an inter-ministerial panel which will decide on the reserve price for an upcoming auction of airwaves.  In a letter dated December 5, Rakesh Garg, the telecom ministry’s top bureaucrat, cited established procedures while rejecting finance secretary Rajiv Mehrishi’s views that the former needs to submit to the inter-ministerial panel the Department of Telecommunications’ views — not that of its internal panel — on the reserve price suggested by the telecom regulator.

Viettel, Vietnam’s largest telco, wants to bring international products into Vietnam

In Vietnam, it’s tough to break into the local market with new products. On the legal side, it’s hard to get licenses for specific types of business, to get investment, and to navigate the murky realm of government policy. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t options. How is it that companies like Starbucks, McDonald’s, Samsung, IBM, and Intel are here? These international firms made it work by developing the right relationships. Finding the right partner can go a long way. Viettel, Vietnam’s largest telco is well aware of that, and is eager to team up with international partners to bring new technology to Vietnam.

Three Korean Carriers Team With Huawei For 5G Development

Huawei’s product and solution CTO Li Sanqi revealed that the company has reached a close cooperation with three major South Korean telecom companies, SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus, for the research and development of fifth-generation network services. During the closing ceremony of Startup Nations Summit 2014 held in Seoul, Li said that Huawei will work together with telecom service suppliers to develop a stable 5G network.

Telstra to move biggest clients to new billing system

Telstra has begun shifting 30 of its largest customers off a 15-year old internally-built billing platform onto a new managed solution provided by CSG. The first unnamed customer has been moved on to CSG’s Singleview platform, the telco said today. It will gradually transition around 30 of its biggest enterprise and government customers onto the new system “over time”.  Since the late 90’s these customers have been operating off a SQL-based billing system built internally by Telstra.,telstra-to-move-biggest-clients-to-new-billing-system.aspx

KVH and Cyan Recognized for Carrier Ethernet Project of the Year in Telecom Asia Readers’ Choice & Innovation Awards

KVH Co., Ltd., Asia’s leading information delivery platform headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, announced today that the company, together with its technical partner, Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), has won the Carrier Ethernet Project of the Year award in this year’s Telecom Asia Readers’ Choice & Innovation Awards. This award recognizes KVH and Cyan’s collaboration on KVH etherXEN as the best Carrier Ethernet Project of the Year for its scalability, virtual functionality, SDN capabilities, management, global reach and as a solution central to the delivery of Carrier Ethernet.