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

Exploring the differences between Data Centres and the Cloud

SingaporeTraditionally, 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.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/cloud-computing/exploring-the-differences-between-data-centres-and-the-cloud/

Singtel to start Netflix competitor in Asia with Sony Pictures, Warner Bros

SingaporeSingapore’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.

https://www.techinasia.com/singtel-start-netflix-competitor-asia-partners-sony-pictures-warner-bros/

Singtel, Ericsson partner to test 5G technologies

SingaporeSINGAPORE: 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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/singtel-ericsson-partner/1618182.html

With new look, Singtel wants to make every day better

SingaporeTELCO 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.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/with-new-look-singtel-wants-to-make-every-day-better

SingTel, Ericsson trying radio dot system

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.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/singtel-ericsson-trying-radio-dot-system-842060845

SingTel Partners with Huawei to Launch 5G Innovation Program

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.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/23510/20141120/singtel-partners-huawei-launch-5g-innovation-program.htm

SingTel, StarHub start sales of Apple’s new iPads

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/singtel-starhub-start/1432616.html

Singapore telcos set prices for iPhone 6

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.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/singapore-telcos-set-prices-for-iphone-6

Optus crowns new CEO

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/392036,optus-crowns-new-ceo.aspx

SingTel wants to find the next killer app to join its incubation program

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.

http://www.techinasia.com/singtel-find-killer-app-join-incubation-program/

SingTel LTE-Advanced network coverage crosses 50%

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/singtel-lte-advanced/1320260.html

China Mobile, China Telecom Participate In Google’s Optical Cable Project

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.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/14/20809-china-mobile-china-telecom-participate-in-googles-optical-cable-project

Google joins Asian telcos in trans-Pacific cable build

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390917,google-joins-asian-telcos-in-trans-pacific-cable-build.aspx

Optus outsources mobile chat support overseas

Singtel-owned Optus has signed a deal with global customer service desk [24]7, which will provide Optus customers live support, seven days a week, via a click-to-chat app. Optus uses the [24]7 Assist support chat platform for laptops and desktop PCs. This service, according to [24]7, utilises “big data analytics” to predict a customer’s issue and provide “real-time decision support making abilities”.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389728,optus-outsources-mobile-chat-support-overseas.aspx

MyRepublic CEO: 4th telco the plan, but ‘resistance expected’

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”.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/myrepublic-ceo-4th-telco/1209378.html

SingTel, Stanchart launch mobile money service

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/singtel-stanchart-launch/1134790.html