SINGAPORE, Sept 15 — Local telcos StarHub and SingTel have released prices for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, following M1’s release last week. Under Starhub’s new 4G 3 subscription plan which will cost subscribers S$42.90 (RM109.10) per month, prices will range from S$518 for a 16GB iPhone 6 to S$935 for a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus. Starhub’s booking site will open this afternoon for customers who registered their interest last week.
Optus has flown in former head of SingTel’s Digital L!fe group, Allan Lew, to become its new CEO. The announcement comes seven months after former CEO Kevin Russell departed the country’s second largest telco in March, after two years at the helm. A SingTel veteran, Lew has been with the company for more than 30 years, first joining the Singapore owned telco in 1980. In this time he has moved back and forth between Australia and Singapore, serving as COO of SingTel’s regional mobile arm AIS, CEO of SingTel’s local operations, and managing director of Optus mobile and of Optus’ consumer business.
Singapore’s largest telco SingTel has launched the SingTel Accelerator Challenge, which is a competition to develop consumer lifestyle and internet of things apps. The competition, which requires developers to build an app from scratch, has three stages. It starts with a “Hack Day” on September 6 where participants create their prototypes, get mentorship, and play around with SingTel’s APIs – which allow apps to send SMSes to users or enable users to make transactions through the telco’s payment services.
SINGAPORE: SingTel on Tuesday (Aug 19) said its street-level coverage for its 4G LTE-Advanced network now extends to more than 55 per cent of the island. In a joint statement with Ericsson, the mobile network equipment provider engaged for the deployment, SingTel said its coverage now includes areas such as Orchard, the Central Business District, Shenton Way, Tampines, Jurong and Woodlands. The service will offer download speeds of up to 300Mbps, an earlier Ericsson press statement said.
Google announced that carriers from various countries, including China Mobile, China Telecom, and France’s Global Transit, will jointly invest in a trans-Pacific high-speed Internet cable system named “Faster”. The total investment of this Faster project is estimated to be about USD300 million and participating companies include China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, Google, Japan’s KDDI, and Singapore’s SingTel. This project is expected to be completed and put into operation before the second quarter of 2016.
Google has joined Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean telcos in a project to build a new subsea cable between Japan and the United States West Coast. The A$325 million FASTER project involves a six fibre-pair cable which will enter service in the second quarter of 2016. Initial design capacity for FASTER is 100 wavelengths at 100 gigabits per second each – with six fibre-pairs, the cable will have a total capacity of 60 terabits per second. That capacity makes FASTER the largest design-capacity cable across the Pacific.
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”.
SINGAPORE: There are plenty of assumptions that would need to fall MyRepublic’s way, as well as a helping hand from local regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), before the fiber broadband provider can realise its goal of becoming the fourth telecom operator in Singapore. In an interview with Channel NewsAsia on Thursday (June 26), MyRepublic CEO Malcolm Rodrigues acknowledged that the road to become the new telco in an already-saturated market is fraught with obstacles. These range from regulatory constraints, to initial cost outlay, and likely resistance from the three incumbents – SingTel, StarHub and M1 – “all along the way”.
SINGAPORE: Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and Standard Chartered (StanChart) have jumped on the mobile money bandwagon on Tuesday (June 3) with a joint service that lets customers pay friends and merchants with funds stored on their phones via an app. Called Dash, the service will allow smartphone users to make payments at around 20,000 acceptance points in Singapore by the end of this year, including retail outlets, convenience stores and taxis.
By the end of 2014, Asia-Pacific, or APAC, enterprise customers using Microsoft’s Azure public cloud will be able to connect faster and more securely to the platform by bypassing the public Internet with SingTel’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) virtual private network. SingTel’s MPLS network will integrate with Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute service to offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security.
SINGAPORE: Singapore Telecommunications Ltd’s (SingTel) fourth-quarter net profit climbed 4% from a year earlier but came in shy of analysts’ expectations, hurt by unfavourable exchange rates and a lacklustre performance from its group enterprise business. Earnings at overseas businesses, which now make up 40% of the company’s profits, were hit by a slide in the value of the Australian dollar, rupiah and Indian rupee against the Singapore dollar. Its net profit would have risen 13% in constant currency terms.
SingTel and TelecityGroup will provide secure and private direct connections into Microsoft’s Azure public cloud solution, as announced at TechEd 2014. The companies, along with AT&T, BT, Equinix, Level3 and Verizon, allow customers to connect Azure and on-premise technologies through the new Azure ExpressRoute offering. Previously, businesses could only use the internet to access Azure, but ExpressRoute (codenamed Golden Gate) allows users to access private and dedicated network connections that don’t use the internet.
By the end of 2014, Asia-Pacific, or APAC, enterprise customers using Microsoft‘s Azure public cloud will be able to connect faster and more securely to the platform by bypassing the public Internet with SingTel’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) virtual private network. SingTel’s MPLS network will integrate with Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute service to offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security.
Singapore cyber surveillance startup KAI Square has raised S$4 million (US$3.18 million) in a Series B round. The investors are Ingrasys, a wholly-owned subsidiary of electronics manufacturer Foxconn, as well as Innov8, the venture capital arm of Singapore’s largest telco SingTel. The startup has developed technology which can identify a person by scanning his or her facial features through a camera. It also launched a Video-Analytics-as-a-Service for retailers, enabling them to track store visitors and their behavior. KAI Square developed the service in collaboration with SingTel. Merchants can use the service starting from S$200 a month.
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has told the country’s three leading telcos not to charge their existing customers extra money for using 4G services. In a press release, the government agency noted that StarHub intended to charge customers an extra S$2.14 a month for using its 4G service. After investigating the matter, it has “clarified” the situation with the telcos, including SingTel and M1. All three operators have decided to not change 4G service prices for existing post-paid customers.
Surveillance cameras have become ubiquitous in our cities. They’re silent sentinels that serve as persistent but dumb watchers of our living spaces. But thanks to a whole slew of technologies, these sentinels will no longer stay silent. SingTel, Singapore’s largest telco, has together with cyber surveillance startup KAI Square launched a new video analytics service for businesses that makes surveillance cameras smart. In fact, these devices will now speak to their owners, figuratively of course, via video analytics and data visualizations.
SINGAPORE: The SingTel Group and Samsung unveiled a suite of joint initiatives designed to bring a seamless and richer mobile data experience for customers. To be progressively launched by entities in the SingTel Group – SingTel in Singapore, Optus in Australia, AIS in Thailand, Airtel in India and Africa, Globe Telecom in the Philippines and Telkomsel in Indonesia – these initiatives cut across many areas such as marketing, content and technology. This collaboration will help differentiate the entities’ services and improve their competitiveness.