STARHUB Ltd announced that total revenue for 2014 edged up 1% to S$2.36 billion thanks to higher revenue from the sales of equipment, driven by strong demand for the new iPhones, but the telco giant also saw a 1% dip in service revenue and a 17% plunge in broadband revenue. In announcing its results for the fourth quarter (Q4) and full year ended Dec 31 2014, StarHub said total revenue in Q4 increased 5% year-on-year (YoY) to S$647.4 million.
The government insists the fourth-generation (4G) spectrum auctions will take place before September in order to accelerate development of Thailand’s digital economy. This is despite the national telecom regulator insisting it will be December at the earliest. “It will definitely occur before September. Postponement is not necessary,” Deputy Prime Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula told a seminar entitled “SME Development and the Digital-Driven Economy” hosted by Post Today newspaper in Bangkok Thursday.
Home is where the heart is: that’s an idiom that rings as true in China as it does anywhere, and it’s the reason why millions and millions of urban Chinese trek their way out into the countryside each Spring Festival to visit their parents. But for many Chinese, home isn’t where the wifi is. And that means increased use of mobile data. In fact, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), in the week since the lunar new year began Chinese have consumed more than 49.3 million gigabytes of mobile data.
Chinese telecom operator China Mobile announced that by the end of January 2015, it had reached over 100 million 4G users. The company also announced that they plan to build one million 4G base stations, develop 250 million users, and sell 200 million devices in 2015. According to China Mobile, their 4G network has realized continuous coverage in most cities and towns and partial coverage in developed villages, reaching over one billion people. Meanwhile, they provide 4G roaming services in 71 countries and regions.
The 4G is the fourth generation wireless communication technology, allowing data transfer with maximum speed in ideal conditions up to 1-1.5 Gbps, over 40 times higher than the highest bandwidth of 3G services. In the world, more than 300 network operators have offered the technology and the most advanced smartphone models are integrated with 4G technology. Last year there were about 450 million 4G subscribers globally, and the number is expected to reach 830 million in 2015.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has said that even as it has found inconsistencies in the stand taken by the government, it is allowing the auction of 2G telecom spectrum from March 4. It added that the outcome will not be finalized without its permission. While staying the February 12, 2015 interim order of Tripura High Court, the apex court bench of justice Dipak Misra and justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that no bidder, if successful, shall claim any equity in the bidding process.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked high courts which have admitted petitions from some telcos challenging clauses in the spectrum auction rules not to proceed with them, saying that it will rule by March 3 on all such matters related to the sale guidelines. A top court bench, comprising justices Dipak Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goel, said that it would rule on a petition filed by the central government seeking transfer of all pending cases in different high courts to clear the way for the auction.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chunghwa Telecom Co. (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest mobile provider, gave an assurance Thursday that its customers’ privacy remains secure, despite the alleged hacking of SIM card encryption keys based on technology of Gemalto, the world’s largest maker of mobile SIM cards. “Based on Gemalto’s response to Chunghwa Telecom, there is no evidence or concern that our customers’ SIM card encryption keys have been exposed in transit,” Lin Kuo-feng (林國豐), president of Chunghwa Telecom’s mobile business group, told a media gathering to announce the company’s 2015 annual targets.
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (NYSE:NTT), announced today that it has constructed an ICT backbone and information system that Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Santen) will use as core ICT infrastructure to support its goal of becoming one of the world’s top three providers of medicines for prescription ophthalmic solutions. The hybrid-cloud environment combines NTT Com’s branded services for cloud, data center and network, which are globally centralized for efficient system management and supported with a globalized multilingual help desk for Santen employees.
Cisco Korea said Wednesday SK Telecom and other telecom companies should cope with inefficient network business structures through virtualization technology to effectively compete with global players. “Local telecom service providers are ill-positioned. They are relatively inefficient and slow as they have operated separate networks for fixed-line connections, mobile customers, business-to-business and media due to technological limits,” Cisco Korea’s systems engineer and manager Sean Wang said at a press conference Wednesday.
NEW DELHI: Tata Teleservices and Aircel — the only two telcos that have declared a negative net worth for next month’s spectrum auctions — are allowed to only top up their existing holdings and can’t bid for new airwaves, the telecom department has said. A senior official of the Department of Telecommunications explained to ET that the auction rules require an operator to have a net worth of at least Rs 100 crore to make it eligible to either expand its geographical coverage or buy airwaves in a new band in circles where it holds spectrum.
Swedish telecom company Ericsson recently announced its collaboration with Singapore-based business alliance Bridge Alliance to deploy its Device Connection Platform (DCP) for managing the Internet of Things (IoT). Ericsson plans to deploy the platform for Bridge Alliance’s 36 major mobile telecom operators in Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. “The partnership with the Bridge Alliance members to deploy the Ericsson DCP is a critical milestone to make the adoption of cellular services in IoT devices economically viable for device OEMs and enterprises,” said Anders Lindblad, Ericsson’s senior vice president of its Business Unit Cloud & IP.
NEW DELHI: Gopal Vittal, who runs India’s biggest telecom operator, Airtel, said the government is offering too little of the 3G spectrum that’s badly needed to support surging data growth at next month’s auction of airwaves. Making more of the highspeed frequencies available will act as a big boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India project, said Bharti Airtel’s CEO for India and South Asia.
NEW DELHI: Telecom operators Airtel and BSNL are likely to sign a pan-India roaming pact within a month to strengthen their 2G mobile services in areas where either of them is having a weak or negligible presence. “We are soon going to sign a pan-India intra-circle roaming agreement with Airtel with a focus to strengthen coverage in rural areas. Commercials are being worked out. This is most likely to signed within a month,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.
NEW DELHI: Mobile phone operators Vodafone India and Aircel have started talks with the government on how to speed up the much delayed national broadband project, which will form the backbone of the Digital India initiative. The government recently set up an expert committee on the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) to suggest ways to fasttrack the project and the best technology options. The panel was also asked to recommend possible business models.
Telstra will build 22 new mobile phone towers across regional Western Australia after the state government announced it would invest $45 million into boosting mobile coverage. The funding will cover the construction of 85 mobile phone towers overall, starting next month, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.
KT Chairman and CEO Hwang Chang-gyu will unveil the company’s strategies on fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) in his keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Hwang believes 5G mobile technology and the IoT will help pick up the slack in the company’s recent weak performance. He will present his corporate vision on March 3, urging industries to join moves to establish standards for the IoT and 5G framework.
As part of its plan to invest in 5G technology, Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE announced that it will hire about 800 new engineers in China, Europe and the United States. The hiring will take place as the company sets aside US$400 million to develop 5G technology, which, it said, is 1,000-times more powerful than the current 4G technology.
MOBILE data traffic in the Asia Pacific region, excluding China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69% from 2014 and increase by 14-fold by 2019. According to the latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014-2019, the mobile data traffic in these Asia Pacific countries is growing 1.6 times faster than the global average, which is forecasted to increase by nearly 10-fold over the next five years.
For the first time ShoreTel brought together its APAC team for the company’s 2015 Sales Kick Off event in Indonesia. The objective of the event was to review goals for the next three years, better understand each other’s regions, share best practices, brainstorm and workshop ideas to improve business processes and develop its own unique corporate culture. Historically, ShoreTel had hosted separate ANZ and Asian events.