NTT Communications Corporation has partnered with the Philippines’ largest telecommunication company, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to provide Enterprise Cloud. Enterprise Cloud, which enables enterprises to virtually access their individualised customer portal to configure virtual data centres, is offered via multiple servers in multiple international locations, including Japan, US, UK, Germany, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. PLDT will provide globally standardised IaaS services combining Enterprise Cloud and its own network services for Philippine-based enterprises.
Telecommunications giant Ericsson will manage the ground systems of NBN Co’s upcoming long-term satellite service under a new bundle of work worth over $300 million, added to its 10-year, $1.1 billion contract with the national network builder. Ericsson had already won a contract to build and manage the fixed wireless component of the NBN’s rural and regional deployment in mid-2011.
Vodafone will re-allocate the 850MHz spectrum used for its 3G network to expand its 4G coverage, joining the race against Telstra and Optus as Australia’s biggest telcos look to beef up their 4G offerings. Vodafone today announced it would refarm the spectrum to speed up its 4G rollout in order to reach a target of 4G coverage across 95 percent of the country’s metropolitan population by the end of the year.
China now has close to half a billion 3G subscribers, according to the newest data from the country’s three telcos. Four years and eight months after China first slipped the switch on 3G mobile data, the numbers have gone from zero to 486.5 million. How about 4G? After a very late start last December caused by a preference for pushing the homegrown TD-LTE standard for 4G, China now has a total of 13.97 million 4G subscribers, says Zhang Feng, chief engineer at the State Council Information Office (SCIO).
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Mobile users adopting the 4G LTE service have reached 300,000 in total since wireless broadband was introduced in Taiwan about two months ago, with Taiwan’s major three telecom giants each grabbing a customer base of 100,000. The country’s largest telecom operator, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT, 中華電信), said that as of last week, its customer base utilizing 4G broadband has surpassed 100,000, comprising new account registrations, service upgrades from 3G to 4G as well as phone number portability applications.
NEW DELHI, INDIA: Bharti Airtel today announced that it has crossed the 300 million customers mark across its operations. The milestone includes customers across mobile, fixed line and DSL, and DTH services. Bharti Airtel, which began operations in 1995, reached the 100 million customers mark in 2009 and crossed the 200 million mark in 2012. The latest 100 million customers have joined the Airtel family in less than two years. The company ranks as the fourth largest mobile service provider globally and second largest globally outside of China.
NBN Co’s fibre-to-the-premise product will be ready for service in areas where internet service provider TPG is seen as posing a competitive threat from late September this year. NBN Co expects fibre-to-the-premise for apartment and office blocks to be ready for service by September 24 in six areas in which TPG is threatening to compete against the national broadband network, according to Telstra Wholesale’s NBN Co rollout schedule, updated today and confirmed by NBN Co.
China Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding with the world’s leading virtual and cloud infrastructure provider VMware to launch China Telecom’s eSurfing mixed cloud services in China. China Telecom’s eSurfing mixed cloud services will reportedly target large enterprises whose existing data centers face infrastructure and power expansion problems. China Telecom will provide a mixed resource model which combines the owned data centers of those companies and public cloud hosting to enable the seamless and flexible extension of enterprise resources.
More than 460 existing Telstra roles, plus another 208 contractor roles, have been tagged for redundancy as the telco seeks cheaper labour with outsourced partners in India. The cuts represent 15 per cent of the 4100 staff employed in Telstra’s Global Services division, which delivers cloud computing and network application services for big-ticket corporate clients and government.
NBN Co will provide a new satellite broadband service to up to 9000 premises in remote areas of mainland Australia to reach customers not covered by the over-subscribed Interim Satellite Service (ISS). The new NBN Co Satellite Support Scheme (NSS) will not be provided by the government-funded company. Instead, NBN Co has appointed IPStar to act as a wholesaler for regional internet providers. IPStar also provides satellites for the ISS. Reachnet and Active8me are participating in the NSS trial, with others expected to come onboard later, NBN Co said.
Singtel-owned Optus has signed a deal with global customer service desk 7, which will provide Optus customers live support, seven days a week, via a click-to-chat app. Optus uses the 7 Assist support chat platform for laptops and desktop PCs. This service, according to 7, utilises “big data analytics” to predict a customer’s issue and provide “real-time decision support making abilities”.
As part of its agreement with SoftBank VMware will build, manage, operate and support the vCloud Hybrid Service, and provide the primary sales route to market through VMware’s ecosystem of partners. SoftBank will provide datacentres and network capacity for the service, as well as a dedicated salesforce. VMware said its hybrid cloud service, which enables users to extend their VMware-based on premise kit to the cloud, is already available to clients in Japan as a private beta and will become generally available in Q4 of this year.
Three Chinese telecom operators announced they are pooling their resources to organize a joint infrastructure company that will focus on building and running the telecom towers. The new joint venture, China Communications Facilities Services, also intends to rehabilitate state-controlled telecom companies by promoting competition. State-owned China Mobile has the biggest market share, or 40 percent in the newly established company. China Unicom has 30.1 percent and China Telecom 29.9 percent.
New Zealand’s incumbent Telecom NZ is putting to use the 700MHz “digital dividend” spectrum it paid A$140 million for in a recent government auction by launching a regional 4G service. Telecom NZ said it will launch the service in rural Waikato, covering the town centres of Hamilton and Morrinsville as well as surrounding areas late next month.
Corporate venture funds have been in vogue in Japan for the past few years, but accelerators and incubators remain a rarer breed. KDDI, typically known as one of Japan’s top telecommunication providers, has chosen the path less traveled and established both a venture fund (which is renewed yesterday for US$50 million) and an accelerator.
KDDI (TYO: 9433) revealed a flurry of investment plans today. First, the telecommunications firm announced the KDDI Open Innovations Fund (operated by Global Brain) deposited US$8 million into four American startups. Education firm Edmodo, digital media publishing platform Issuu, seat upgrade app Pogoseat, and TechCrunch competitor VentureBeat all received funding but individual terms were not disclosed. KDDI noted that a key reason for investing in these companies is their collective potential for trying to enter the Japanese market.
According to Frost and Sullivan, “NTT Communications is positioned in the Champions quadrant, recognition of the company’s vision and performance in the Unified Communications-as-a-Service market. Its ability to offer solutions from different UC vendors in one unified platform that is both highly scalable and flexible puts NTT Com in a unique position.
China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile telco by user-base with 787 million subscribers and the fifth-biggest company in China. Near the end of last year, it was the first telco in the country to receive a 4G license from China’s Ministry of Internet and Information Technology (MIIT), and the number of LTE subscribers on its network has grown strongly ever since.
The total number of TD-LTE subscribers worldwide increased to 12.48 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and will increase to 70.4 million at the end of the year, according to Digitimes Research. Saudi Arabia-based Mobily accounted for 28.2% of the 12.48 million subscribers, followed by Japan-based SoftBank Mobile with 27.5%, China-based China Mobile with 22.4% and Saudi Arabia-based STC with 10.8%, Digitimes Research indicated.
Nokia Networks strengthens its position as the top non-Chinese vendor in the second phase of a significant TD-LTE tender with the world’s largest wireless operator, China Mobile. Announcing this recently, the networking infrastructure provider said that it is is the only non-Chinese vendor to win a double-digit unit share in China. With this contract, Nokia Networks further expands its 4G footprint in China to cover 18 out of 31 provinces, including mega cities and provinces such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, and builds on over 20 years of successful cooperation between the two companies, the company said in its statement.