Asia One — Rising demand for cloud services has prompted Singtel to invest in a $400 million data centre in Jurong. The new seven-storey facility will serve the financial services industry, government agencies and cloud and Internet service providers like WhatsApp and Instagram. Singtel said in a statement yesterday that the 570,000 sq ft centre will be completed by September next year.
Deal Street Asia — Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) has announced its intention to develop a SG$400 million ($282.63 million) Tier 3-Plus data centre in the southwestern area of the city-state’s Jurong district. The data centre will span a gross floor area of 570,000 square feet, with a completion date project to be in Q3 2016. Singtel highlighted an increasing demand for co-location and cloud services in Singapore.
Digital News Asia — THE startup innovation arms of Singtel (Singtel Innov8), Orange (Orange Fab), Deutsche Telekom (hub:raum) and Telefónica (Telefónica Open Future), said they have joined forces to bridge the startup ecosystems across South-East Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The partnership aims at catalysing the growth of eligible startups and launching them beyond their respective home markets, the four parties said in a joint statement.
E27 — In the famous words of the Borg – a malevolent entity on TV show Star Trek – before it attempted to assimilate the Enterprise crew into its collective: “Resistance is futile”. According to the show’s lore, the Borg were essentially beings that were interconnected through a main central system. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Probably. Because it sounds a lot like the Internet-of-Things or IoT for short, a phrase we keep throwing around a lot these days.
Digital News Asia — THE GSM Association (GSMA) has established the ‘Mobile IoT Initiative,’ a new project backed by 26 of the world’s leading mobile operators including Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), Ooredoo and Telenor, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), as well as chipset, module and infrastructure companies. The project is designed to address the use of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions in licensed spectrum, the GSMA said in a statement.
Telecom Asia — SingTel grew its net profit for its fiscal first quarter by 13% year-on-year to S$942 million ($672.3 million) despite unfavorable currency fluctuations and intense competition. Revenue grew a mere 2% to S$4.21 billion, but would have grown 5% if exchange rates had remained stable. Net profit likewise would have grown 16% at constant exchange rates.
Nikkei — SINGAPORE: Singapore Telecommunications, known as Singtel, on Thursday said its net profit for the April-June quarter rose 12.8% on the year, to 942 million Singapore dollars ($674 million). The group’s mobile businesses in Australia and Asia performed well enough to offset the negative impact of a weaker Australian dollar.
Digital News Asia — SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) said that members of the public can now donate to Community Chest, direct from their mobile phones with Dash, its mobile wallet app. “Singtel is a long-standing partner of Community Chest. We are proud to strengthen our partnership with Community Chest with Dash as one of its donation channels,” said Gan Siok Hoon, vice president of m-commerce, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.
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.
PR Newswire — NEW YORK: Telx®, a leading provider of global interconnectivity, data center solutions and cloud enablement services, today announced support for the FASTER transpacific cable system – a submarine network that will seamlessly connect the west coast of the U.S. to major Asian cities including Chikura and Shima in Japan.
ZDNet — Singapore is dangling a mega carrot in the form of discounted spectrum as part of efforts to entice a fourth player to enter the country’s mobile market. The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said it would slash the reserve package price of spectrum set aside for a new mobile player to S$40 million (US$29.63 million), in a proposed auction targeted to take place in early 2016.
MIS-ASIA — With bottles of bubbly and a purification ceremony, a Google-backed undersea cable was given a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, a critical step in building the highest capacity data link in the Pacific ever created. The 9,000-kilometer FASTER cable will have a peak capacity of 60 terabytes per second (Tbps) when it enters operation next year, joining Japan with Oregon on the West Coast of the U.S.
State-run telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is planning a joint venture with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (Singtel) to work on information and technology (IT) applications for the city state’s market. Indra Utoyo, Telkom innovation and strategic portfolio director, said his company, through its subsidiary PT Sigma Cipta Caraka (telkomsigma), would form a joint venture with SingTel’s subsidiary National Computer Systems Pte. Ltd. (NCS) to operate as an application provider.
M1, Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and StarHub will stop all 2G (Second Generation) mobile services in Singapore with effect April 1, 2017. This will apply to 2G voice, messaging and data services, the three said in a joint statement. Mobile networks have evolved since the launch of 2G service in 1994, and Singapore’s extensive modern 3G and 4G mobile networks have led to high smartphone ownership and usage rates, they said. To cater for consumers’ increased demand for mobile data and faster access speeds, the spectrum currently used for 2G will be used to provide faster and more advanced 3G and 4G services.
Singaporean government-linked corporations are notable for their investments and dealings abroad, as well as their portfolio management methods, which are held up as models for state-owned enterprises. State-owned Temasek Holdings, for instance is often noted has been the subject of an NUS-CIMA study. Meanwhile, GIC has been the subject of much research often focused on sovereign wealth funds. Singtel has joined a network of partnerships led by Intel and Alibaba Group, while GIC is sourcing for more investment opportunities in West Bengal. In the energy sector, the Singapore-listed Ezra Group has secured contracts worth $115 million.
Singtel has announced a partnership with Viptela to launch SingTel ConnectPlus Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) service. This cloud-based solution helps enterprises in Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe and the US simplify the management of their networks. The Singtel ConnectPlus SD-WAN solution enables enterprises to simplify and centralize their network provisioning and policy management, and configure network requirements in real-time.
SINGAPORE’S telecommunications players, which saw total mobile revenue grow by about 2% last year, are braced for a challenging 2015 with their first quarter (Q1) numbers showing signs of weaker growth ahead. For the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), M1 Ltd and StarHub Ltd collectively recorded mobile revenue of approximately S$990 million (US$743 million), representing a 1% increase versus the S$978 million (US$734 million) in the same quarter a year ago.
SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) said it will be soon be deploying next-generation GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) on its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. The service will be offered to a selected group of customers during the pilot phase that will begin in the next quarter. Singtel plans to make the service available to all fibre customers in the later part of the year. The technology will give customers the option of a 10Gbps fibre broadband service, useful for applications such as running multiple 4K video sessions, where users will enjoy sharper pictures and richer colours.
Optus parent SingTel will boost its investment in the telco to S$1.9 billion (A$1.8 billion) over the coming year to improve Optus’s mobile network and increase its share in the fixed-line market in the face of competition from a merged TPG-iiNet. Optus today reported its full-year results for FY14, revealing stable net profit – up one percent to $841 million – and a five percent jump in EBITDA $2.6 billion.
Programs for civic-minded startups are few and far between. Singapore, however, is fortunate to have a number of them, and today it adds another to its number. Unframed, a social impact startupincubator, this afternoon launched a five-month program calledEnabling Change. The incubator is backed by Jan Croeni, a serial entrepreneur turned philanthropist who co-founded Deal.com.sg. For the incubation program, local telco Singtel will come on board as a strategic partner and majority funder.