IT departments in Singapore still struggle to meet employee expectations: Telstra

Majority of IT leaders in Singapore (98 percent) find it a challenge to effectively implement all the technology tools employees expect to use to communicate in the workplace. This is according to a new Telstra research conducted by market research company Vanson Bourne, which polled 675 IT decision makers across Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States and Australia.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/applications/it-departments-in-singapore-still-struggle-to-meet-employee-expectations-telstra/

5 Australian Companies That Took Their Brands Global

Australia is one of the most affluent and advanced countries in the world, and it is home to many multinational companies. These companies managed to achieve success both domestically and globally because they are able to develop great products and marketing campaigns that are appealing to consumers around the world. Businesses of all sizes can learn valuable lessons from them. Here is a look at a few of the top Aussie companies that succeeded in taking their brands global.

http://www.businessreviewaustralia.com/leadership/1436/5-Australian-Companies-That-Took-Their-Brands-Global

NTT Opens Shanghai Data Center

Japan’s NTT Communications has opened a data center in the Pudong Development Zone of Shanghai. The facility has 28,000 square feet of data center floor space, room for about 1,000 racks. China data center market is growing, up around 20 percent from last year. In order to capitalize on the market, data center providers providers need local footprint. In addition to normal latency considerations, cross-border network traffic is slowed down further by what is popularly referred to as the Great Firewall of China.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/11/26/ntt-opens-mainland-china-data-center/

Southern Cross Cable telcos ‘partnered’ with spy agencies

Telcos and network providers on the main cable system connecting Australia and New Zealand to the United States provided interception capability to British and American spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Four global telcos and network providers operating on Southern Cross – BT, Vodafone, Level 3 and Global Crossing – are listed in the leaked documents under their codenames REMEDY, GERONTIC, LITTLE and PINNAGE respectively.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398269,southern-cross-cable-telcos-partnered-with-spy-agencies.aspx

Holaa! A new mobile app from India identifies callers and blocks spam. It’s a challenge to TrueCaller

India is a unique market for mobile phones in more respects than one. It has a massive base of feature phone users. Large numbers of them are shifting to smartphones as more and more affordable devices – like the just launched Xiaomi Redmi Note – become available. But the ways in which Indians use their affordable smartphones is very different from those in other regions. This creates opportunities for mobile app developers to address some unique pain points.

https://www.techinasia.com/holaa-app-identifies-callers-and-blocks-spam/

Trai examining Bharti Airtel’s special deals on Facebook and WhatsApp

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel’s data packages offering access to Facebook and WhatsApp for fixed but nominal amounts are being examined by the telecom regulator to determine whether they amount to “preferential access” for such services, an issue at the heart of the debate on net neutrality, a concept recently backed by US President Barack Obama.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/trai-examining-bharti-airtels-special-deals-on-facebook-and-whatsapp/articleshow/45265212.cms

Xiaomi, Youku, and more get virtual telecom operator licenses, but can they right the ship?

According to Techweb, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued its fourth round of virtual telecom operator licenses. The licenses grant companies the right to operate a “virtual” telecom company, charging their own fees and offering their own plans but leasing their network from one of China’s three state-owned telecom companies (China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom). The latest list of companies issued licenses includes Xiaomi, Youku-Tudou, and Haier.

https://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-youku-virtual-telecom-operator-licenses-ship/

China’s Huawei Promises USD6.3 Million Investment For UK 5G Research

Chinese telecom device maker Huawei promised that they will provide EUR5 million, which is about USD6.3 million, to the 5G innovation center of University of Surrey, aiming to promote research and testing of next-generation data transmission standards. The goal of the 5G innovation center of University of Surrey is to implement 5G technology application testing in the real world.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/11/20/21144-chinas-huawei-promises-usd6-3-million-investment-for-uk-5g-research

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.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/23510/20141120/singtel-partners-huawei-launch-5g-innovation-program.htm

VNPT companies split to improve management #cloud #cloudcomputing

At the October meeting of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), Tran Manh Hung, VNPT’s general director, said the company’s board members have submitted the plan to set up the three corporations and was waiting for the ministry to assess the proposal and pass it on to the prime minister. The three entities would operate in separate fields, specifically infrastructure (VNPT – NET), business (VNPT – VinaPhone) and value-added services (VNPT – Media). They would operate independently and their performance would be separately evaluated.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/117280/vnpt-companies-split-to-improve-management.html

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:

http://www.itweb.co.za/office/BTGroup/PressRelease.php?StoryID=254365

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.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/559737/accc-urges-federal-government-split-sell-nbn-co/

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.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/connaught-place-gets-public-wi-fi/articleshow/45168186.cms

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.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/11/16/421940/Turkish-cellphone.htm

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.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/huawei-partners-ais-to-build-mobile-broadband-network-in-thailand/

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.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/malaysias-ict-outlook-cloud-disappointment-4g-lag

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.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/116343/viber-to-be-put-under-strict-control-for-paid-services.html

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397843,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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397763,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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397744,qantas-moves-erp-out-of-ibm-and-into-mactel.aspx