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.
Southeast Asia’s largest telecommunications operator Singapore Telecommunications will acquire US-based cybersecurity firm Trustwave for US$810 million (A$1 billion) in an effort to expand itscloud-based services. Trustwave will continue to operate as a stand-alone business unit, Singtel said. Its headquarters will remain in Chicago. “It will leverage Singtel Group Enterprise’s assets and market presence to broaden its overall security portfolio and address the fast growing emerging security market opportunity in the Asia Pacific region,” Singtel said in a statement.
MOBILE network operators (MNOs) in Singapore have generally achieved significant nationwide street-level 4G service coverage for their respective networks, approximately 18 months ahead of a June 30 2016 timeline, according to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). The IDA began surveying MNOs 4G (Fourth Generation) network performance, with the aim of promoting greater awareness and transparency to consumers.
SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) is gearing up for Fifth Generation (5G) mobile technology, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ericsson, and by also adding its support as a member of an industry consortium seeking to set standards and promote the technology. In a statement, Singtel said it was committed to bringing “transformative 5G services” to its customers and supporting Singapore’s vision of becoming a Smart Nation.
Traditionally, businesses set up their IT infrastructure such as server rooms on-site, and generally tucked away in the corner of the office. However, the 21st century has seen the advent of off-site, managed data centres as well as use of the cloud as an infrastructure service. These technology solutions offer companies ways to manage capital expenditure, increase the reliability and efficiency of IT requirements, and to offload some IT management tasks.
Singapore’s leading telco Singtel has announced today that it will launch an online streaming video service in Asia. It’s a joint-venture with Sony Pictures and Warner Bros, and will bring Hollywood movies, television series, as well as local programming to audiences in Indonesia, India, Thailand, and the Philippines.
SINGAPORE: Local telco Singtel and networking giant Ericsson on Tuesday (Jan 27) signed a deal to collaborate on testing technologies for the deployment of 5G networks in the future. Both companies inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore 5G networks and the possible applications that can be rolled out to meet the needs of consumers and industries. They will also study how the next-generation mobile network can support Singapore’s vision of being a Smart Nation, according to its press release.
TELCO giant Singtel has launched a new brand identity, its first in 16 years, with the promise of ‘Let’s make everyday (sic) better.’ The new tagline is intended to reflect a new phase in the telecommunications provider’s transformation strategy to grow beyond its traditional business and into multimedia and ICT services, it said in a statement.
SingTel is conducting a trial of Ericsson’s Radio Dot System to improve the in-building mobile broadband experience in Singapore. The live trial is currently underway at Changi Business Park, with the ambition to extend SingTel’s LTE and 3G network coverage into enterprise buildings and public venues. The solution promises to enable operators to deliver high-performance coverage and capacity in any size or type of building. It is designed to integrate seamlessly with SingTel’s LTE and 3G networks.
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.
Under SingTel’s pricing model, consumers pay less for the tablet devices upfront, but will incur a S$15 top-up fee over 24 months in addition to their monthly subscriptions. StarHub also announced it would start sales on Saturday. SingTel on Friday (Oct 24) started offering Apple’s latest iPads – the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 – while competing telco StarHub said it would start sales for the two devices from Saturday.