TPG beats NBN in court battle over FTTB, from AU

AustraliaTPG has successfully defended itself against NBN (formerly NBN Co) over misleading and deceptive conduct claims arising from its rollout of fibre-to-the-basement. In October last year NBN took Pipe Networks’ parent company TPG to court in NSW over its plans to use the power supply in apartment blocks to roll fibre into the buildings. NBN had claimed the telco was misleading strata managers and building owners by informing them it was legally able to access and draw power from existing sockets.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403272,tpg-beats-nbn-in-court-battle-over-fttb.aspx

US giant CenturyLink aims to take down Telstra in cloud computing

AustraliaOne of the United States’ biggest telecommunications companies, CenturyLink, has attacked Telstra on its home soil by launching its popular cloud computing services in Australia. CenturyLink has a market capitalisation of $US20.51 billion ($26.18 billion) and is the third-largest telco in the United States. It is also one of the world’s leading providers of cloud computing and managed services, according to technology analysis firm Gartner.

http://www.afr.com/technology/us-giant-centurylink-aims-to-take-down-telstra-in-cloud-computing-20150427-1mrpuo

Net neutrality: NIXI against Airtel Zero, Internet.org

IndiaNEW DELHI: National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), a body under the IT Ministry, today said it strongly supports Net Neutrality and any move by telecom operators to selectively bundle the services will go against the basic concept of internet. NIXI coordinates with internet service providers on issues related to IP or computer addresses. “National Internet Exchange of India as the neutral exchange in the country, strongly supports Neutrality of the internet which is the only way forward to make the Internet open, free and innovative. “Any move by Telcos to bundle application or content selectively will hamper the very basic concept of internet,” NIXI said in a statement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Net-neutrality-NIXI-against-Airtel-Zero-Internet-org/articleshow/47059239.cms

VMware Data Center for Cloud Lights Up in Melbourne

AustraliaVMware has opened a vCloud Air data center in aTelstra facility in Melbourne. There are now just under ten VMware data centers in support of its public cloud infrastructure, aimed squarely at the enterprise IT shop. vCloud Air is pitched to those with vSphere environments in their facilities wanting to hook into public cloud. The VMware data center will serve several surrounding cities as well as New Zealand. Serving directly from within Australia reduces latency for those customers and addresses data sovereignty concerns.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/04/09/vmware-data-center-for-cloud-lights-up-in-melbourne/

Airtel may soon launch 4G services in Delhi

IndiaNEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel may soon launch 4G services in Delhi as it has got the go-ahead in this regard from the Department of Telecom (DoT). Airtel’s 4G launch in Delhi has been mired in a legal case. The telecom major had got the required spectrum for 4G services through acquisition of Wireless Business Services Pvt Ltd (now Airtel Broadband Services).  The DoT had raised a demand of Rs 436 crore from Airtel for merging Airtel Broadband Services (ABSPL) with itself. The company opposed it and approached TDSAT regarding the matter.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Airtel-may-soon-launch-4G-services-in-Delhi/articleshow/47037580.cms

BSNL makes pan-India calling free at night

IndiaNEW DELHI: To boost landline business, state-run telecom operator BSNL has announced unlimited free calling scheme during night hours from its fixed line phones to any operator including mobile phones anywhere in the country from May 1. The scheme would be operational between 9 PM to 7 AM and would cover all type of connections, BSNL said in a statement. “BSNL has introduced unlimited free calling during night hours from its landline phones to all landline phones and mobile phones of all service provider’s network on all India basis from 1st May,” BSNL said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/BSNL-makes-pan-India-calling-free-at-night/articleshow/47025905.cms

Rural internet users to grow five-fold by 2018, from IN

IndiaMUMBAI: The share of rural internet users will increase nearly fivefold to touch 28 crore by 2018, signalling higher online purchasers going forward from rural India, says a research report. By 2018, the country will have “as many as 55 crore internet users, of which 28 crore would be from smaller towns and cities, expanding at close to 40% a year from six crore in 2014,” forecasts a report on digital consumption by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Rural-internet-users-to-grow-five-fold-by-2018-Report/articleshow/47027454.cms

Huawei thrives in Latin America

ChinaChinese telecom equipment supplier Huawei is thriving in Latin America, as the firm grows as a hardware supplier and starts to work with local partners in research and innovation. Huawei, a global telecommunications technology and equipment provider, and manufacturer of consumer electronics, has been operating in the region for 16 years and has offices in seven countries, from Argentina in the south to Mexico in the north.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150423000004

Indonesian telco explains why it ditched Zuckerberg’s Internet.org

IndonesiaInternet.org, the app initiated by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that allows people to access certain online content for free, launched in Indonesia just a few days ago in partnership with Indosat. So far it seems as if Internet.org has had a smooth start in Indonesia, and is not struggling with the huge backlash it’s getting in India. In India, some media outlets and internet firms that had initially been part of the Internet.org initiative decided to step out due to concerns about violating net neutrality with the app’s limited, curated selection of accessible sites.

https://www.techinasia.com/xl-ends-partnership-with-internet-org-indonesia/

Telstra to push out Pacnet SDN worldwide

AustraliaTelco giant Telstra has moved quicklyto make the most of its $US697m acquisition of Asian telecommunications provider Pacnet, announcing global availability of what it describes as Asia’s first Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform. The telco said the move will enable high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN (Points of Presence) worldwide. Darrin Webb, chief operating officer, Global Enterprise & Services at Telstra, said the new global PEN Platform leverages Telstra and Pacnet’s combined high-quality infrastructure assets for global connectivity options.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/latest/telstra-to-push-out-pacnet-sdn-worldwide/story-e6frg90f-1227316814965

Viettel enters OTT market with new app

VietnamAfter three months of being developed and tested (from last December) with approximately 30,000 subscribers, Viettel has officially launched Mocha Messenger app with many features introduced to be exclusive. In addition to sending text messages, voice messages and pictures, this application also supplies music, which Viettel confirmed to be the only feature on OTT apps in Vietnam and the world. However, Mocha Messenger does not have calling features like its rivals as Zalo, Viber, WhatsApp, Skype …

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/128896/viettel-enters-ott-market-with-new-app.html

Telstra pushes PEN: first globally connected on-demand networking platform

AustraliaTelstra has wasted no lime leveraging Pacnet’s assets and has today announced ‘Asia’s first Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Platform will now be available to customers globally, enabling high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN Points of Presence worldwide.’ The PEN Platform is built on Telstra’s global network, which the company boasts is one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced with terabytes of capacity, and says it has been designed to adapt to customer demands.

http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67769-telstra-pushes-pen-first-globally-connected-on-demand-networking-platform

‘Telcos only intermediaries, can’t go against net neutrality’

IndiaNEW DELHI: Amid the raging debate globally over net neutrality, which has evoked a strong reaction from stakeholders in India, domain experts feel that an unshackled access to the internet world isn’t feasible in India yet but attempts must continue for egalitarianism. “Building a net neutral network is technologically not possible to implement. It’s a utopian idea — no basis in technology,” said Ravi VS Prasad, a telecom consultant who has designed several data-com and telecom networks in the past 30 years.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Telcos-only-intermediaries-cant-go-against-net-neutrality/articleshow/46984936.cms

Optus considers breaking net neutrality in Australia

AustraliaAustralia’s second largest telco Optus has opened up the issue of net neutrality in Australia by suggesting over-the-top content players like Netflix pay a fee to ensure quality of service. Speaking at the CommsDay conference in Sydney today, Optus chief Allan Lew floated the possibility of a premium service provided to streaming services like Netflix. To ensure end-users got the best customer experience, Lew said Optus needed to make sure over-the-top providers “understand they need to work collaboratively with Optus to preserve network quality”.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402909,optus-considers-breaking-net-neutrality-in-australia.aspx

Here’s why you should own Telstra Corporation Ltd shares

AustraliaTelstra Corporation Ltd is taking its next major step into healthcare by opening its new e-health product, MyCareManager. The telecommunications leader is leveraging its expertise in communications and mobile networking to provide customers a way to have medical consultation services via online video. GP and healthcare specialists can discuss health issues with patients, as well as monitor and analyse their conditions via high-speed broadband and cloud data applications.

http://www.fool.com.au/2015/04/20/heres-why-you-should-own-telstra-corporation-ltd-shares/

Marriage of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will overhaul market order

APACNokia’s announcement of its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent on April 15 sent shockwaves through the world’s telecom-equipment market, a move promising to overhaul the market order. The marriage of the world’s third and fourth largest telecom-equipment firm will create a new entity ranking second place in terms of revenue, behind Huawei but superseding Ericsson. The top three all boast annual revenue in excess of US$30 billion, leaving ZTE, with revenue less than US$10 billion, far behind.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150419000012&cid=1102

Net neutrality: Airtel CEO sends letter to employees

IndiaNEW DELHI: In the eye of the storm over net neutrality, Bharti Airtel today said it will always provide same treatment to every website and application irrespective of whether they are on its toll free platform or not. Launched last week, Airtel Zero is an open-marketing platform that allows customers to access certain mobile apps for free with charges being borne by the app makers. The company has drawn flak on social media for violating the concept of net neutrality.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Net-neutrality-Airtel-CEO-sends-letter-to-employees/articleshow/46958993.cms

Telstra to kill off Pacnet brand

AustraliaTelstra will discontinue the Pacnet brand after today announcing the completion of its $857 million takeover of the cable operator and telecommunications provider. Two days before Christmas last year Telstra revealed its intention to acquire the company and therefore gain access to Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network. It today announced the deal had been completed after meeting the majority of conditions, regulatory and financier approvals.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402802,telstra-to-kill-off-pacnet-brand.aspx

Telstra to switch on 1500 more hotspots in wi-fi trial

AustraliaTelstra will switch on 1500 additional hotspots as part of an extension to a trial of its proposed national wi-fi network before June, the telco announced today. Last May the telco revealed plans to spend more than $100 million to build a national wi-fi network before the end of 2015. The network is slated to include around 8000 Telstra-built hotspots (utilising the national payphone network) and a further 1.9 million wi-fi access points provided by its customers.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402746,telstra-to-switch-on-1500-more-hotspots-in-wi-fi-trial.aspx

KDDI’s ‘Syn Alliance’ grows stronger as telco acquires ecommerce site Luxa

JapanIn acquiring Luxa, an ecommerce site specializing in high-end sales, KDDI has finally got its mark. The telco first invested in the startup back in 2013 for US$3.3 million. KDDI later joined forces with Luxa for its “Syn Alliance,” a collection of popular internet properties designed to form a more perfect mobile portal site last October. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

https://www.techinasia.com/kddis-syn-alliance-grows-stronger-telco-acquires-ecommerce-site-luxa/