Digital News Asia — IN an industry first for Malaysia, Maxis Bhd has introduced a mobile phone purchasing scheme that removes the upfront payment for the device and lets subscribers upgrade their phones every 12 months instead of 24 months, turning it into a more flexible instalment payment programme. In a statement, Maxis said its new Zerolution plan removes all the hassles people usually associate with phone contracts.
Digital News Asia — TIME dotCom Bhd posted revenue of RM163.8 million for the three months ended June 30 2015, 5.2% higher than the previous year’s corresponding period of RM155.7 million. [RM1 = US$0.24] In a statement, the company attributed this to strong overall revenue contributions from its data, data centre and voice products, despite lower contributions from global bandwidth sales and non-recurring contracts.
PRNewswire Asia — KUALA LUMPUR: Telstra Health, a division of Australia’s largest telecommunication and technology company, today announced several key contract wins and implementations of hospital electronic medical record systems in Malaysia and Thailand, adding to its existing customer base in Asia and its established offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia and India.
The Edge Markets — KUALA LUMPUR: TIME dotCom Bhd’s net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015 (2QFY15) jumped seven times to RM315.43 million or 54.97 sen per share, largely on a fair value gain of RM274 million from the disposal of a portion of its quoted equity investments. The telecommunications provider’s net profit in the previous corresponding quarter came in at RM44 million or 7.68 sen per share.
The Star — KUALA LUMPUR: Time dotCom Bhd plans to raise RM1bil under its proposed Sukuk programme 2015-2035 which would be used to expand its fibre footprint and for other operations. RAM Ratings said on Tuesday it had assigned a preliminary rating of AA3/Stable to the Islamic medium-term notes (MTN) programme.
Digital News Asia — MAXIS Bhd said it has partnered with Microsoft Corp to launch a service that incorporates Office 365 into the MaxisONE Business solutions suite, aimed at small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The MaxisONE Business, launched last September, is the all-in-one Internet plan for businesses that comes with unlimited talk and text, Internet access, business-grade services and mobility solutions.
Hellenic Shipping News — Optic Marine Services International Ltd (OMS), a specialised undersea fibre optic cable-laying firm, has launched a new vessel that would enable it to venture into deeper sea projects in the region. OMS, which is considering a public listing next year, plans to buy more vessels, which would turn it into a deep-ocean cable-laying player from its current position as a shallow-water player.
The Sun Daily — PORT KLANG: Optic Marine Services Group (OMS) today launched the Malaysian-flagged submarine cable installation barge – Cable Orchestra. The US$15 million shore end cable laying barge is purpose-built to facilitate cable installation in water depth of up to 40 metres. OMS Chief Executive Officer, Ronnie Lim Hai Liang, said Cable Orchestra would be able to lay cables at a much higher rate than usual, installing as long as five kilometres (km) per day depending on seabed conditions.
China Tech News — China-based ZTE Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysia’s U Mobile Sdn Bhd for the development of Pre5G mobile broadband technologies. The partnership will help U Mobile deliver substantial network performance upgrades using ZTE’s proprietary Pre5G technologies including Massive MIMO.
Telecom Asia — Telecom equipment vendors have taken more strides towards delivering 5G networks, with the 5GNOW project reaching completion and ZTE announcing an R&D partnership in Malaysia. ZTE has announced it has entered an R&D partnership with Malaysia’s U Mobile focused on the development of pre-5G and 5G mobile broadband technologies.
MIS Asia — Malaysia’s national applied research agency MIMOS has announced the signing of four nanotechnology agreements, involving one industry player, two government agencies and two universities, which is expected to boost the electrical and electronics (E&E) sector to a record level, up to 30 percent within five years.
Digital News Asia — GOOGLE Inc has announced the addition of movies to Google Play in Malaysia, which would allow users to watch high-definition, full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios, including blockbusters like Kingsman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar and oldies like Ghostbusters.
Datacenter Knowledge — Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.
The Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.
MIS Asia — According to Malaysian newswire Bernama, Malaysian firms have generated potential sales worth about US$73.003 million (RM277 million) at the recent three-day San Francisco semiconductor event, Semicon West 2015 (held 14-16 July). One of eight participating companies from Malaysia landed sales of US$5 million, Los Angeles-based Malaysian Trade Commissioner Rusiah Mohamed was reported to have said.
Digital News Asia — GOOGLE Malaysia has launched a programme that it said would enable not-for-profit organisations in the country to better serve their respective causes by making use of some of the company’s tools for free or at “highly discounted” rates. Google Malaysia managing director Sajith Sivanandan said the ‘Google for Nonprofits’ scheme has helped thousands of not-for-profit organisations find new donors and volunteers, and also empowered them to work more efficiently by using Google’s online productivity tools.
Digital News Asia — THE intense price competition amongst Malaysian mobile operators is likely to be temporary – at least, that was one of the main key takeaways from analysts briefings hosted by Digi.Com Bhd and Maxis Bhd last week. “At the results [conference] call, the [Digi] management appeared slightly more positive on its second-half 2015 outlook as it believes the current price competition in the market is not sustainable …
Times of India — KOLKATA: IIT-Kharagpur will honour 11 of its eminent alumni, including Google’s Android team head Sundar Pichai, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at its convocation next month. Pichai, now the senior vice president and product chief at Google, had completed his B Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur in 1993.
Digital News Asia — US tech giant AT&T and industry regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have announced their third annual Malaysia Developers’ Day hackathon will be held from Aug 27-28. This year’s event will also be part of the KL Converge! digital technology event in Kuala Lumpur, jointly organised by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, MCMC, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).
Digital News Asia — MALAYSIANS love their mobiles, and up to eight in 10 use them to surf the Internet. However brands and advertising agencies have yet to really start creating content that is optimised for mobile consumption, according to BuzzCity and a report it recently released.