Mobile World Live — China Telecom, the country’s third largest mobile player, reported strong increases in profit and revenue for the first half of the year, as its 4G penetration hit 44 per cent. Its net profit for the period expanded 6.3 per cent to CNY11.7 billion ($1.76 billion), while EBITDA was down very slightly (0.4 per cent) to CNY50.6 billion.
Telecom Asia — M1 and Nokia have teamed up to roll out the first nationwide commercial narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Singapore by 2017. When completed, the deployment – Nokia’s first large-scale deployment with an operator partner in Asia – is expected to be among the world’s first commercial NB-IoT deployments.
Datacenter Dynamics — Equinix has opened its fourth facility in Sydney, following hot on the heels of an expansion of its other Australian data center in Melbourne. The $97 million (US) international business exchange (IBX) data center is 4km from Sydneys’s central business district, and already has some 20 customers, according to reports – including network provider Connectivity IT, broadband network Grex, managed hosting firm Servers Australia, and cloud provider Zettagrid.
Datacenter News — China Unicom opened its newest and largest Hong Kong data center last week, which is also the company’s most advanced cloud center beyond mainland China. More than 200 guests attended the opening, including government representatives, China Unicom executives, telecommunications leaders and business leaders.
Mobile World Live — Facebook is holding talks with a number of ISPs in India to expand its Express Wi-Fi programme, after trials in rural areas in partnership with BSNL. Express Wi-Fi, aimed at making broadband in rural areas more affordable, rolled out 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots with the state-run operator as part of a pilot project, the Economic Times reported.
Vietnam Net — According to the AAG submarine cable management unit, a cable repair vessel will begin fixing the broken cable of the S11 cable branch to Hong Kong on August 20 morning. The last weld will be completed at 8.30am on August 21 and the repair will finish at 11pm on August 22. Meanwhile, the repair of the S1B cable toward Singapore will be fixed from August 17 to 20 and the repair will be completed on August 24.
MIS Asia — Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft yesterday (22 August 2016). The MOU signing builds on an ongoing partnership between the two organisations over the past 12 months to increase awareness of ICT trends, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property (IP) and trusted technology.
Nikkei — HONG KONG — As cash-rich telecom operator China Mobile makes inroads into its turf in the fixed-line broadband space, China Telecom, the country’s third-largest mobile carrier, is grasping for new growth models powered by computing technologies and the internet of things.
SMCP — Microsoft Hong Kong and Japanese telecommunication company NTT are partnering to offer a hybrid cloud solution to companies in Hong Kong, as the pace for cloud adoption among multinational corporations (MNCs) in the city picks up.
VOA News — Chinese companies have begun competing with Western companies in the cloud computing and data storage market. The “cloud war” is taking place as the dispute between the United States and China about data hacking and computer network security grows stronger. Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Baidu and Huawei are expanding within their country and gaining customers in other countries.
Business Wire — SINGAPORE: Mellanox , a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers, cloud and storage networking solutions, today announced the opening of its new APAC headquarters and solutions centre in Singapore.
IT News — Reverse proxy provider Cloudflare claims Australian carriers Optus and Telstra are abusing their monopoly positions to jack up network charges. To demonstrate the pricing disparity, Cloudflare founder Matthew Prince said that if bandwidth in Europe and North America costs the company 10 units, in Australia and NZ, it costs 85 units. Australia/NZ has the highest effective bandwith cost, even more than South America (68 units) and Asia (28 units), Prince said.
Scoop — Fibre Broadband Provider, MyRepublic has welcomed the announcement that gig technology will be available to consumers in Whangarei, Hamilton, Christchurch and seven regional centres from October this year. MD, Vaughan Baker says the announcement is a direct result of the company working with infrastructure providers encouraging them to introduce Gigabit Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) technology more widely throughout New Zealand increasing business productivity and boosting the economy, just as we’ve seen in Singapore through our Gig efforts there.
Datacenter Dynamics — Telstra is expanding its network in the Asia Pacific region, with new routes through the two local cable systems. Telstra plans to use the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system to interconnect its networks in Southeast Asia and North Asia to India and the Middle East, as we reported in May, Meanwhile it has also announced service through the recently completed Faster cable system, built by a consortium including Google and Singtel.
Telecom Asia — Baidu is using Qlik Sense to improve its cloud services platform and provide an enhanced data analytics experience to its customers. Qlik Sense will be integrated into Baidu Palo to enable self-service visualization analytics on the Palo OLAP engine, giving Chinese enterprises the ability to achieve greater agility in aggregating data from various sources to make data driven business intelligence decisions.
Bloomberg — Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s shopping spree on premium content from Game of Thrones to NBA broadcasts has again helped defy investors’ expectations and a slowing Chinese economy. Second-quarter sales and profit beat analysts’ estimates as the operator of the WeChat and QQ social network services splashed out on mobile games and content — including anything from anime and comics to novels.
Amigo Bulls — Chinese tech and e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) reported outstanding FY 2017 Q1 earnings resultswith higher-than-expected revenues and EPS figures. Alibaba achieved these earnings after its stock price rallied by 40% amid the Didi and Yahoo deals and the consistent diversification process the company is undertaking. The results reaffirmed the massive growth thesis of the bullish view of the market.
CXO Today — On June 28, Internet services major Amazon launched its first set of data centers in India, saying that it is spending ‘tens of millions of dollars’ to set up data centers in the country. “The data center will help accelerate growth,” said Shane Owenby, managing director-APAC, AWS in an interview. In India, Microsoft by now has three data centers, IBM has two, whereas many others such as Japan’s NTT also have big data center operations in the country.
BEIJING — A cloud war could be in the offing, with Chinese companies trying to take on giants like Google, Amazon and Apple in the crucial data management market. The moves come in the midst of an intensifying dispute between the U.S. and China over issues like data hacking and network security. The entry of Chinese vendors like Alibaba, Baidu, and Huawei will give a new twist to the dispute over cybersecurity as they compete with international players for control over data.
Singapore’s Infocomms Development Authority (IDA) issued the final rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction and set a 1 September deadline for new entrants to submit applications, with proof they have sufficient funding. IDA also issued clarifications to queries relating to the 700MHz, 900MHz, 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz auction scheduled for early October.
A new Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable system has been launched by telecom company Ooredoo, linking the major internet hubs of the three continents to Qatar. The 25,000km submarine cable is the third longest and one of the highest capacity systems under deployment on a global scale, according to The Peninsula.
Datacenter Knowledge — (Bloomberg) — SoftBank Group agreed to buy ARM Holdings for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home.
Straits Times — A Singaporean start-up is betting US$1.7 billion (S$2.3 billion) on becoming the digital landlord for tech giants building cloud services across Asia and Australia. AirTrunk plans to build data centres in Australia’s biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne, with an anchor tenant already signed up as it targets undercutting rivals with lower prices. In the coming months, it will sign deals to expand into Singapore and Hong Kong.
Variety — China’s media regulator Monday called for the country to accelerate the growth of competitive media conglomerates. The State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television said that the integration of different media “falls short of central authorities’ requirement and public expectation,” and set a target of 2020 for improvement, reported state news agency Xinhua.
News 18 — Washington: An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service this week, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia.
Mobile World Live — Sigfox announced a strategic partnership with power company Engie and IoT specialist UnaBiz to deploy its Internet of Things network in Singapore. In a statement, the companies said they will use Sigfox’s “cost-effective, energy efficient connectivity to find receptive markets”, as Singapore implements its Smart Nation initiative, a government led vision to step up connectivity in the country.
Datacenter News — Alibaba Cloud announced last month that its data center operations will be expanding, with a second availability zone in Singapore. The company’s Singapore data center opened in 2015 to serve the Asia Pacific region’s growing need for cloud and big data requirements.
ZDNet — Telstra’s venture capital arm Telstra Ventures has announced investing an undisclosed amount in Cloopen, a Chinese communications application programming interface (API) provider. The Beijing-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company enables developers to integrate messaging, video calling, and voice calling into their applications, along with security functions, with 150,000 developers including Tencent and Alibaba already using the platform for app development.
Vietnam Net — This incident occurred shortly after the maintenance of the Asia-American Gateway (AAG) submarine cable route (connecting Vietnam with Hong Kong and the US). Viettel said this cable route was broken on June 27, coinciding with the maintenance of AAG but until July 12 it will be repaired. The broken point is 45km from the landing station in Singapore.
Nikkei — TOKYO — An experiment to create a low-cost and highly reliable blockchain infrastructure to record financial transactions is gathering steam in Myanmar. Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of data records that are difficult to tamper or revise. The technology serves as the public ledger of transactions using the virtual currency bitcoin.