SingTel Partners with Huawei to Launch 5G Innovation Program

SingTel and Huawei announced the plan at the 2014 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBB Forum) held in Shanghai, China. MBB is supported by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT, GSMA and Huawei. The new program will serve as a research hub that aims to advance development of 5G mobile broadband technologies.

BT invests in new services across Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa

BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, today announced new cloud services aimed at supporting the expansion plans of its customers in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and helping them orchestrate the most recent technology to deliver great business outcomes. Backed by its global network infrastructure and leveraging its position as a leading provider of unified communications and collaboration services, BT launches the following new cloud services in the AMEA region:

ACCC urges Federal government to split and sell NBN Co

NBN Co must be split up and sold off to provide a platform for future infrastructure based competition, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman, Rod Sims says. Speaking at an industry event, Sims said the ACCC supports the Vertigan Panel’s focus on the benefits of infrastructure-based competition. “The ACCC has been a long-term advocate of efficient infrastructure-based competition as a means of delivering economic efficiency and benefits in the long-term interests of end users,” he said.

Connaught Place gets public Wi-Fi, from India

NEW DELHI: Visitors to Connaught Place can now enjoy free Wi-Fi connectivity.  Telecom company Tata Docomo has joined hands with the NDMC for providing the service in the commercial hub in the heart of the national capital.  “NDMC has partnered with Tata Teleservices to provide Wi-Fi service, which will cover the inner and outer circles of one of the most significant business and leisure centres in the city,” Tata Docomo said in a statement.

Turkish cellphone producer said to partner with Hon Hai

TAIPEI–Telpa, a Turkish mobile phone supplier, is planning to work with Taiwan-based high-tech giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海) to roll out mobile phones and tablet computers in Turkey, according to Reuters. Cited in the report, Telpa Chief Executive Sebahattin Yaman said that while Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, plans to invest in Turkey to produce cellphones and tablets, the Taiwanese firm is also considering moving production of other gadgets to the country.

Huawei partners AIS to build mobile broadband network in Thailand

Chinese telecom solutions provider Huawei, together with AIS, a Thailand-based mobile operator, has announced the deployment of the Huawei Active Antenna Unit (AAU)-based Easy MacroTM solution in Thailand. The solution will be deployed across the AIS network, with an aim to build the best Mobile Broadband (MBB) network in Thailand and enhance user experiences. Over the last few years, MBB has developed rapidly in Thailand, mainly driven by the high penetration of smartphones and tablets.

Malaysia’s ICT outlook: Cloud disappointment, 4G lag

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 ― Malaysia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry can be best described as a silver cloud with some grey linings, registering a healthy growth overall but marked by dismal showings in key technologies such as cloud computing adoption and Fourth-Generation (4G) mobile take-up.  These apparent inconsistencies also comes from the fact that Malaysia is a hard economy to categorise ― advanced in  some areas, but very much a developing market in others, said Andrew Milroy, senior vice president of the ICT Practice at research and analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.

Viber to be put under strict control for paid services

The circular stipulates that OTT (over the top) services will be under control. Viber will be most affected because it provides internet-based text and voice services, both free and paid. The draft circular says that foreign firms will be allowed to provide paid internet-based text and voice services in Vietnam if they cooperate with Vietnamese telcos which have the license to provide the services.

Optus undertakes major OSS upgrade

Optus is six months into a three-year effort to upgrade its operational support systems (OSS) in order to consolidate the suite onto one platform. The project – Optus’ first significant OSS upgrade in a decade – will deploy technology from NEC subsidiary NetCracker Technology across all Optus services: wireless, broadband, data, voice, ICT services and IP telephony services for both business and consumer customers.,optus-undertakes-major-oss-upgrade.aspx

Telstra deploys Matrixx for real-time data usage alerts

Telstra has deployed a new solution based on Matrixx technology that will allow it to provide near instantaneous alerts to customers when they reach specific data usage thresholds. Australia’s largest telcos were required to start alerting customers when they had reached 50, 85 and 100 percent of their mobile voice and data quotas by September 1 last year under a revised Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) Code. The code specifies that telcos are required to send the alerts within 48 hours of users reaching the thresholds.,telstra-deploys-matrixx-to-offer-real-time-data-usage-alerts.aspx

Qantas moves ERP out of IBM and into MacTel

Qantas has moved its core Oracle-based ERP platform out of IBM’s Sydney data centre in favour of a new software-as-a-service model hosted by Macquarie Telecom, as part of its push to cut $2 billion out of its costs in three years. IBM – Qantas’ key data centre partner since 2004 – had hosted the airline’s Oracle E-Business Suite R11 platform out of its Sydney data centre, with Tata Consultancy Services providing application support, until May this year. The airline has spent the last 12 months renegotiating its supplier contracts in an effort to save $150 million in three years as part of its broader cost reduction program.,qantas-moves-erp-out-of-ibm-and-into-mactel.aspx

Turnbull floats sharing of unused spectrum

Public and private sector bodies could be allowed greater access to spectrum that is reserved but not used under a proposal by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to address a shortage of wireless capacity. The Government earlier this year announced it would conduct a review into Australia’s outdated approach to spectrum – in conjunction with the Australian Communications and Media Authority – to bring it up to date with current technologies, markets and consumer preferences.,turnbull-floats-sharing-of-unused-spectrum.aspx

Keppel data-centre trust set for IPO

The first real estate trust comprising data centres will be listed here next month, promising to be one of the largest and most highly-anticipated initial public offerings (IPOs) of the year. Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation (Keppel T&T) aims to list Keppel DC Reit on Dec 12 once it has won shareholder backing at an extraordinary general meeting on Nov 25. The offering is estimated at $811 million, according to a circular released to the bourse yesterday.

Keppel T&T proposes mainboard listing of Keppel DC REIT

SINGAPORE: Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) is planning to list Keppel DC REIT on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange (SGX).  Keppel T&T Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pang said on Monday (Nov 10): “There has been a surge in demand for data centres, driven by a growth in e-commerce, cloud computing, and big data. “Increasingly, these new generation data centres are also required to adhere to high environmental and security standards, areas which require significant knowledge and investment.”

Telstra opens new datacentre to host VMware and Cisco

Telstra has opened a new 2000sqm datacentre in Clayton, Victoria, to host WMware Cloud’s service, VCloud Air. The 6MW datacentre will also be leveraged to host vendor Cisco’s cloud offering as well as internal IT infrastructure to support Telstra’s back office systems (Siebel etc). The opening follows last week’s vForum announcement it would host VMware’s hybrid Cloud service as part of its growing Cloud strategy. The datacentre will add more than 40 per cent to its datacentre capability and will consist of two 1000sqm data halls.

Telcos scramble to virtualise network functions

The goal of having all the dedicated hardware and software needed to operate a telecommunications network replaced by software running on standard servers – or ‘network functions virtualisation’ (NFV) – is proving to be the nirvana of the telecoms world. It is still early days for NFV. Gartner’s 2014 technology hype cycle does not even acknowledge its existence, but rather includes it in the category “software defined anything”, which it positions in the early stages of the journey to the ‘peak of inflated expectations’, and a good five to 10 years away from the ‘plateau of productivity’.,telcos-scramble-to-virtualise-network-functions.aspx

Maxis sends employees out to test its new network

As part of its ongoing network upgrade, Maxis Bhd recently sent out over 1,000 of its employees to test the company’s new network on the ground in an event the company dubbed the “New Network Test Drive.” The event had some 800 employees in Klang Valley and 200 employees in the other states going out on the streets and testing the company’s new network based on a number of criteria, namely download speeds, loading time of popular websites and YouTube streaming.

Who are your citizens talking to?

Which countries are your citizens calling? How many telephone calls do they make per person? And how fast is their broadband speed when compared to the number of citizens using the internet? A new globalisation study reveals the answers to these questions. The above map demonstrates outward telephone calls between countries. India is an information hub – and far outperforms China in this regard. Meanwhile, Singapore and Hong Kong perform strongly, while the Philippines also is notable for its global position, boosted by communications with Japan and the United States.

Nextgen ditches NBN virtual connect product

Nextgen Networks has stopped taking new connection orders for its NBN virtual connect product after claiming technical changes to be introduced by NBN Co would force it to spend big to change its infrastructure. Nextgen became the first to offer sub-wholesale products on the NBN in 2011. Its “NBN Connect” product suite offered retail service providers the fibre backhaul to connect Nextgen’s 90 national points of presence in data centres across the country with NBN Co’s planned 121 points of interconnect.,nextgen-ditches-nbn-virtual-connect-product.aspx

Former ACCC head warns content is the new telco battleground

The former chairman of Australia’s competition watchdog has warned that content control will be the biggest theat to competition to emerge as a result of the NBN, while criticising the federal government’s six reviews into the network as ‘politically tarnished’. Speaking at the Charles Todd Oration lunch today, Graeme Samuel warned telco providers that competition in the sector would not come from ‘clipping the wings’ of those deemed by their rivals to have a competitive advantage – as is the current situation with Optus and Telstra – but rather from being able to structure bundles that provide compelling offers to customers.,former-accc-head-warns-content-is-the-new-telco-battleground.aspx