Telstra strikes Motorola broadband network deal

Telstra and Motorola have inked a deal to provide a public safety broadband network. The solution will be based on the LTE Advanced Network for emergency services, products and services developed by Telstra. This will be enhanced by Motorola Solutions’ public safety applications, interoperability solutions and public safety optimised devices. It is designed to provide broadband data access to emergency services during a large scale incident and to ensure that critical information can be shared in real time between emergency service operatives who need to make quick and accurate decisions in the field.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/558548/telstra-strikes-motorola-broadband-network-deal/

China Unicom’s Profit Climbs With Growing User Base And Lower Costs

Chinese telecom operator China Unicom announced its financial report for the first three quarters of 2014, stating that by September 30 its operating revenue reached CNY215.34 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.3%; while its net profit reached CNY10.56 billion, a year-on-year increase of 36.1%. For the mobile sector, China Unicom’s revenue during the reporting period was CNY119.1 billion, the number of its mobile users reached 297.07 million, and its average revenue per user was CNY45.5.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/30/21079-china-unicoms-profit-climbs-with-growing-user-base-and-lower-costs

Govt blasted over data retention laws, from AU

The Australian Government has “crossed the line” by trying to “rush through” legislation that will force telcos and service providers to retain customer metadata for two years, according to industry and political opponents of the bill. This morning’s surprise introduction of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull faced fierce criticism within hours of its arrival, after the Goverment failed to respond to sustained calls for an exposure draft to be released.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397366,govt-blasted-over-data-retention-laws.aspx

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka meets Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

NEW DELHI: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka today met IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss how the Indian IT companies can be involved in the Rs 1 lakh crore Digital India programme. “CEO of Infosys Vishal Sikka met me. We discussed more active participation of India Inc in Digital India,” Prasad tweeted. This was a follow-up meeting between the two after their first meeting on Digital India programme in Germany.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/infosys-ceo-vishal-sikka-meets-telecom-minister-ravi-shankar-prasad/articleshow/44973543.cms

iiNet wins Victorian free wi-fi deal

iiNet will build and operate Victoria’s free wi-fi network under a $6.7 million deal with the state government and Melbourne City Council. The telco pushed go on the first three wi-fi regions – in the Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo CBDs – today, adding to the list of cities across the country where the ISP has been contracted to roll out free wi-fi networks under various digital economy-boosting schemes. It has already won similar jobs in Perth and Canberra, and its subsidiary Internode will do the same for the Adelaide CBD.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397326,iinet-wins-victorian-free-wi-fi-deal.aspx

Blancco Partners With U Mobile to Offer First Malaysian Mobile Device Trade-In Program Featuring Data Erasure

KUALA LUMPUR : Recognizing the importance of protecting customer data, U Mobile incorporates Blancco’s industry leading data erasure technology. Consumers who take advantage of trade-in programs for mobile devices are often unaware that factory resets will not remove all data from smartphones and tablets. Blancco, the global leader in data erasure and computer reuse solutions, is now partnering with U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s most dynamic and innovative telco, to offer Malaysia’s first trade-in program for mobile devices with services for complete data erasure.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3218372

Microsoft offers dedicated fibre connections to Aussie Azure cloud

Microsoft today held a launch event for the arrival of its Azure cloud platform in Australia and announced would offer its “ExpressRoute” dedicated fibre connections to its local data centres in partnership with Telstra and Equinix. Microsoft Australia’s US parent last week jumped the gun on the local subsidiary’s launch announcement, revealing Azure would go live in Sydney and Melbourne this week.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397190,microsoft-offers-dedicated-fibre-connections-to-aussie-azure-cloud.aspx

ASIC pushes for telco data interception powers

Financial regulator ASIC has lobbied the Government to expand the agency’s powers so it can receive telecommunications data from law enforcement bodies to aid in its efforts to combat financial crime. In a recently published submission to a parliamentary committee investigating financial-related crime, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission argued that the national broadband network would render existing sources of data – such as call records – obsolete.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397171,asic-pushes-for-telco-data-interception-powers.aspx

Telstra earmarks A$5bn war chest for Asia expansion

Telstra, the Australian telecoms group, plans to use its A$5bn-plus war chest to pursue growth in Asia but says it will not be rushed into making big acquisitions that do not benefit shareholders. “We have high aspirations to grow our business in Asia. We think it is a great opportunity but it has got to reach our investment criteria,” says David Thodey, Telstra chief executive. “We are very considered investors, just like Warren Buffet, like Microsoft, like any well run company.”

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9b8efb62-5b13-11e4-8625-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3HHKfQARC

NBN Co expects Telstra deal to be signed by Christmas

NBN Co expects to have reached a deal to resign its $11.2 billion definitive agreements with Telstra by the end of the year, with the network builder’s chief executive today revealing the two had reached material agreement on the new contract. The Coalition Government had originally promised to have the historic renegotiation complete by mid-2014, but Telstra boss David Thodey recently said he expected the discussions to continue into 2015.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397113,nbn-co-expects-telstra-deal-to-be-signed-by-christmas.aspx

Telstra accused of misleading customers on mobile phone rights

Telstra has been forced to review its handling of complaints about faulty mobile phones after an investigtion by the consumer watchdog uncovered 400 instances where customers may have been misled. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today said that following an investigation into how Telstra staff responded to complaints about faulty mobile phones, it had found customers may have been misled about their consumer guarantee rights, specifically that they weren’t entitled to a refund, replacement or repair.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396972,telstra-accused-of-misleading-customers-on-mobile-phone-rights.aspx

Chunghwa forecasting delayed profitability for Taiwan’s 4G business

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest mobile operator, aimed to grab a 40 percent market share of 4G broadband service but forecast that it will take much longer to turn profitable compared to the 3G sector. Attending a technology forum yesterday, Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Rick Tsai (蔡力行) spoke positively about 4G’s development in Taiwan. Data usage for 4G is already twice as much as for 3G, Tsai pointed out.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/10/21/419957/Chunghwa-forecasting.htm

Telstra unveils $112m Sydney HQ revamp

Telstra today cut the ribbon on its revamped Sydney headquarters, part of a $112 million refurbishment effort to remodel the centre into a “state-of-the-art customer technology hub”. Telstra’s 400 George St headquarters has been redesigned around the customer in order to create a “digitally intimate experience”, CEO David Thodey said, and now boasts a ‘discovery store’ and collaborative ground floor reception area for staff and Telstra users.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396926,telstra-unveils-112m-sydney-hq-revamp.aspx

Former AAPT boss joins Nextgen

The former boss of telecommunications provider AAPT, David Yuile, has joined network and data centre provider Nextgen Group to head its networks business. Yuile left AAPT in February after the business was bought by internet service provider TPG for $450 million. Nextgen Group CEO Peter McGrath said Yuile’s appointment was designed to boost the company’s focus on its networks operations.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396949,former-aapt-boss-joins-nextgen.aspx

4G users sometimes get 3G service instead: opposition party lawmaker

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Although many consumers have opted for 4G mobile Internet service, consumers may not always get the faster service they signed up for, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said on Friday. The reason is that the local 4G signal is not always pervasive, and when the signal is not strong enough, phones may switch onto 3G networks. In other words, consumers may be paying more without getting an upgrade in service, Tsai said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/10/19/419791/4G-users.htm

Cloud ecosystems can transform telecom industry

Huawei has emphasized the importance of building an ecosystem based on open cloud platforms. At a recent event, the China based telecom company said that open cloud platforms are important as they form the core component of future telecom network. Huawei helps in the evolution of network architecture by continuously upgrading its OpenStack-based FusionSphere Cloud Operating System.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/cloud-computing/cloud-ecosystems-can-transform-telecom-industry/

Delay sought in ‘change provider save digits’ policy

In September last year, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) approved the policy for implementation beginning January 1, 2017, after delaying it for more than two years. The MIC previously planned to implement the policy in mid-2014 but later changed its mind, saying it would need more time to prepare comprehensive policies to allow the new method to run smoothly. But Vietnamobile and Gtel said they were still not competent enough to implement the policy as scheduled because they have been undergoing a business restructuring process and needed more time to mature.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114119/delay-sought-in–change-provider-save-digits–policy.html

600 municipalities in the Philippines to get internet next year

The Philippine government is introducing wireless internet connectivity to 600 more remote areas by next year using unassigned television frequencies. This is part of the Department of Science and Technology’s nationwide project to improve internet connectivity, so that citizens can benefit from e-government services in the long run, Undersecretary Louis Casambre told FutureGov in a separate interview.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/4810-municipalities-in-the-philippines-to-get-internet-next-year

Telcos and ecommerce firms dominate social media engagement in Indonesia

Local telco Telkomsel  boasted the top Twitter engagement in Indonesia last month, according to a pair of reports  from social media analytics firm Sotrender . Poland-based Sotrender aims to help businesses understand their social media impacts and make strategy decisions based on real-time data and reports. Its latest frontier is Indonesia. The reports include data on Facebook pages and Twitter profiles across nine categories: automotive, banking, beverages, cosmetics, ecommerce, fashion, food, technology, and telecommunications.

https://www.techinasia.com/sotrender-facebook-twitter-indonesia-september-2014-report/

Pacnet Receives Frost & Sullivan 2014 Asia Pacific Data Communications Product Line Differentiation Award

HONG KONG, CHINA–(Marketwired – Oct 12, 2014) – Pacnet, a leading provider of integrated technology solutions in the Asia-Pacific region, received the prestigious Frost & Sullivan 2014 Asia Pacific Data Communications Product Line Differentiation Award. The accolade is a testament to Pacnet’s success in creating a differentiated value proposition for its data communications services in the region.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2251303