GSMA’s low-power network initiative to boost IoT growth

APACDigital 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.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/gsma-lowpower-network-initiative-to-boost-iot-growth

SingTel profit grows 13% in Q1

SingaporeTelecom 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.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/singtel-profit-grows-13-q1

Profit up 12.8% despite forex headwinds

SingaporeNikkei — 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.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/AC/Profit-up-12.8-despite-forex-headwinds

Singtel mobile app eases the way for donations to Community Chest

SingaporeDigital 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.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/singtel-mobile-app-eases-the-way-for-donations-to-community-chest

60Tbps internet cable from Asia to America will plug into Telx barn

APACThe 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.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/28/telx_joins_faster_cable_consortium/

Telx Supports FASTER Cable System on West Coast of U.S. to Japan

JapanPR 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.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2015/07/23/telx-supports-faster-cable-system-west-coast-us#axzz3h5VkFqKc

Singapore looks to slash mobile spectrum price to attract fourth operator

SingaporeZDNet — 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.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/singapore-looks-to-slash-mobile-spectrum-price-to-attract-fourth-operator/

Google’s 60Tbps Pacific cable will have highest-ever capacity across Pacific Ocean

APACMIS-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.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/googles-60tbps-pacific-cable-will-have-highest-ever-capacity-across-pacific-ocean/

Telkom, Singtel to launch JV providing public utility apps

IndonesiaState-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.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/06/22/telkom-singtel-launch-jv-providing-public-utility-apps.html

Bye-bye 2G: Singapore telcos to stop services April 2017

SingaporeM1, 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.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/bye-bye-2g-singapore-telcos-to-stop-services-april-2017

SG Dealbook: Singtel joints Alibaba cloud computing alliance; GIC seeks West Bengal opportunities

SingaporeSingaporean 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.

http://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/sg-dealbook-singtel-joints-alibaba-cloud-computing-alliance-gic-seeks-west-bengal-opportunities-7818/

Singtel launches software-defined WAN service

SingaporeSingtel 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.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/singtel-launches-software-defined-wan-service.1433728137

Singapore telcos’ Q1 shows signs of weaker growth ahead

SingaporeSINGAPORE’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.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/singapore-telcos-q1-shows-signs-of-weaker-growth-ahead

Singtel to launch next-gen GPON pilot, 10Gbps service for residential customers

SingaporeSINGAPORE 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.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/personal-tech/singtel-to-launch-nextgen-gpon-pilot-10gbps-service-for-residential-customers

SingTel boosts Optus capex to fight fixed-line, 4G rivals

AustraliaOptus 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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403938,singtel-boosts-optus-capex-to-fight-fixed-line-4g-rivals.aspx

Powered by Singtel, this incubator wants to help social impact startups reach success

SingaporePrograms 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.

https://www.techinasia.com/unframed-enabling-change-social-impact-incubator/

Singtel takes fight to Whatsapp by launching its own chat app

SingaporeSingtel, Singapore’s largest telco, has launched a Whatsapp competitor called Wavee. The free-to-use app promises high-quality voice and video calls and the ability to send instant messages. It claims to be the first telco in Southeast Asia to launch something like this. The app is available worldwide on the Google Play and Apple App Store. It does not allow advertising. While using Whatsapp can rake up data costs, Singtel will waive all local data charges for people who use Wavee on Singtel’s postpaid and prepaid mobile plans. The offer lasts till July 9, 2015.

https://www.techinasia.com/singtel-takes-fight-whatsapp-launching-chat-app/

Singtel to buy Trustwave for $1 billion

SingaporeSoutheast 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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402477,singtel-to-buy-trustwave-for-1-billion.aspx

Singapore operators hit 4G targets ahead of timeline: IDA survey

SingaporeMOBILE 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.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/singapore-operators-hit-4g-targets-ahead-of-timeline-ida-survey

Singtel aims to be among first to roll out 5G in 2020

SingaporeSINGAPORE 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.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/singtel-aims-to-be-among-first-to-roll-out-5g-in-2020