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.
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.
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.
StarHub has started transforming its existing core and access networks to open, cloud-based networks using software-defined networking (SDN) technology. This forms part of StarHub’s aim to enhance its network operational capabilities, enabling the company to better respond to its corporate customers’ business needs as well as to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives. This came after StarHub recently finalized the design of its SDN environment and identified various strategic partners, including Cisco and Huawei who will be involved in the development of StarHub’s SDN ecosystem.
STARHUB Ltd announced that total revenue for 2014 edged up 1% to S$2.36 billion thanks to higher revenue from the sales of equipment, driven by strong demand for the new iPhones, but the telco giant also saw a 1% dip in service revenue and a 17% plunge in broadband revenue. In announcing its results for the fourth quarter (Q4) and full year ended Dec 31 2014, StarHub said total revenue in Q4 increased 5% year-on-year (YoY) to S$647.4 million.
TELECOMMUNICATION solutions provider Huawei has started a commercial trial of its LampSite indoor coverage solution with Singaporean mobile operator StarHub at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The solution would enable StarHub to combine the use of its existing frequency spectrum on both 1800 and 2600 MHz bands on a single platform, to achieve peak throughput rates of up to 300Mbps, Huawei said in a statement.
Social ebook reading service Bookmate is now available in Singapore with a library of over 500,000 ebooks from 600 publishers. Available at a flat monthly fee, the service offers books from major publishers such as HarperCollins, Head of Zeus, Profile Books, Serpent’s Tail and others. As part of its international expansion efforts, Bookmate is exclusively partnering with StarHub to introduce its book-streaming service to the local reading community and engage local publishers to offer their books on the platform.
SINGAPORE: StarHub post-paid customers can now utilise two mobile numbers from a single SIM card and phone through a new app launched on Wednesday (Oct 1). The new StarHub 2-in-1 LINE app, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows subscribers to activate and connect a second mobile number onto their existing phone and line. Users can then make calls and SMSes from their primary phone, but with the secondary mobile number displayed on the recipient’s caller ID.
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.
STARHUB customers now have access to 4G data roaming services on 25 mobile networks across 21 countries – the largest number of roaming destinations so far, the telco said on Monday. The 4G data will have the same roaming rates as the existing 3G ones. The rates range from S$15 to S$30 a day on StarHub’s DataRoam Daily Unlimited plans, depending on the country in question.
SINGAPORE: Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console, which will be launched in Singapore on Sep 23, will allow local users to stream programmes on their Xbox One thanks to a partnership with StarHub. This was announced by the company at a Xbox One showcase on Sep 1. Users of Microsoft’s newest game console in Singapore will be able to access content on the free StarHub TV Anywhere app for Xbox One. With the app, users will get access to StarHub TV Anywhere’s line-up of 89 channels, including SuperSports Arena.
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: StarHub will combine its fibre and cable networks for its 500Mbps (megabits per second) fibre home broadband plan, which it said would offer customers additional service reliability. In a statement released on Thursday (May 29), the telco said new and re-contracting customers will get access to both networks at no extra charge if they sign up for the 500Mbps fibre plan from this Saturday. A 100Mpbs cable home broadband service will come bundled with it, the company added.