Telstra, Optus network fees among world’s highest: Cloudflare

AustraliaIT 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.

Australia opens quantum computing lab in Sydney

AustraliaAustralia opened a new quantum computing lab at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). This follows the  government’s $26-million investment in the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology (CQC2T) as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. The government’s investment is supported by $10 million each from Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).

Reliance Jio starts operations of 8,100-km submarine cable system

IndiaDNA India — Reliance Jio on Monday announced commencing of operations of the 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) submarine cable system that will give Mumbai and Chennai high bandwidth link to South East Asian countries as well as the Middle East.

Oracle to invest $400 million in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: In a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” initiative, global software and cloud major Oracle on Friday unveiled three big ticket investment plans, keeping its commitment to expand further in the country. After meeting the PM here on Friday, Oracle CEO Safra Catz announced three major initiatives that include a state-of-the-art Oracle campus in Bengaluru, nine regional software and technology incubation centres across the country and an initiative to train over 500,000 Indian students every year.

Airtel expands 4G services to 15 towns in Telangana

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: The country’s biggest mobile service provider Airtel has expanded its 4G services in 15 more towns in the state of Telangana. With this the company’s 4G services have reached 40 towns in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Commenting on the launch, Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, CEO, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Bharti Airtel Ltd said, “We launched Telangana’s first 4G Network in Hyderabad last May and in just 10 months our 4G presence has spread to 15 major towns”.

Singtel in deal to build Singapore-Perth submarine cable

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: Singtel has entered a deal to build a new international submarine cable, APX-West, connecting Singapore and Perth. Construction on the new submarine cable, which will be built by Singtel, telecommunications infrastructure firm SubPartners and Australian telco Telstra, is expected to begin by the end of July and scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Google Announces Plans to Open More Data Centers

JapanInc — Google is planning to rapidly expand its data center business as it looks to catch up with Amazon and Microsoft. The Mountain View company announced in a blog post on Tuesday that it is expanding the Google Cloud Platform to 12 more regions between now and the end of 2017. In order to do that, it must open new data centers in each of the regions it wants to move into. The first of the new Google data centers will be opened in Oregon, America, and Tokyo, Japan. They will be up and running by the end of 2016, while the remaining 10 will go live by the end of 2017.

Apple Holds 25% Smartphone Share In Chinese Cities

ChinaChina Tech News — During the three months ended January 2016, the growth of Apple’s iOS smartphones slowed in Chinese urban areas; however, it was still the most popular smartphone brand with 25% market share. According to the latest statistics released by smartphone market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, Apple’s growth slowdown may be attributed to Chinese consumers’ waiting for the promotional activities during the Chinese New Year at the beginning of February.

Apple Holds 25% Smartphone Share In Chinese Cities

Cisco chairman John Chambers meets PM Narendra Modi

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: John Chambers, chairman of US tech giant Cisco, today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the firm’s role in various government initiatives including Digital India, Skill India, Make in India and cybersecurity issues.

Forget Apple Pay: India’s big banks are getting into mobile payments

IndiaGovernment-run State Bank of India (SBI) – one of the country’s “big four” banks – announced this week it’s working on a feature that will let customers use credit cards directly from their mobile phones when paying for things in stores. It’s similar to Apple Pay, which hasn’t launched in India. ICICI Bank also made a similar move, launching a phone app that will allow its customers to make cashless payments.

IBM battles to save $1-billion outsourcing deal with Vodafone India

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: With less than three months to go before telecom major Vodafone India’s $1-billion IT outsourcing contract expires, incumbent tech vendor IBM is battling hard to hold on to the marquee contract, three people aware of the discussions said. Vodafone is considering some options that may include parcelling out some portions of the contract to other service providers, they said.

iiNet, Internode strike Telstra capacity deal for Tasmania

AustraliaIT News — Tasmanian customers of iiNet and Internode are likely to see some relief from degraded internet services by Thursday 17th March after a breakthrough deal for Bass Strait capacity was signed late Saturday. The TPG-owned ISPs broke more than 24 hours of silence to reveal that a deal with Telstra Wholesale had been successfully brokered.

Telecom operators get a week more to submit report on call drops

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: The telecom regulator has given mobile phone companies an extra week for submitting their compliance report on compensating consumers for call drops, keeping in mind that the Supreme Court is set to take a final view on the matter on Thursday.

Cambodia, China Deal For Submarine Cable

CambodiaMarine Link — The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MPT) signed a 25-year concession agreement with Cambodia Fiber Optic Cable Network (CFOCN), on 2 March to build a landing station in Sihanoukville and lay an underwater fibre-optic cable that patches into the existing AAE-1 cable, one of the main high-speed data conduits linking Asian, African and European countries.

Baidu launches platform for advertisers, publishers in India

IndiaIndia — Leading Chinese language internet search provider Baidu on Thursday launched its advertising network “DU Ad Platform” for advertisers and publishers in India. Baidu’s “DU Ad Platform” provides advertisers with intelligent targeted ads and publishers with efficient monetisation solutions, the company said in a statement. It can serve advertisements to over one billion people in both emerging and developed markets around the world.

ASEAN’s digital economy can add US$1 trillion to GDP in next decade

APACeGov Innovation — ASEAN has the potential to leapfrog to the forefront of the digital revolution and become one of the top five digital economies in the world by 2025, according to a report by A.T. Kearney and Axiata, entitled “The ASEAN Digital Revolution”.  The growth of the digital economy could add $1 trillion to the GDP of ASEAN over the next 10 years, driven by an increase in broadband penetration, higher worker productivity and new digital industries such as e-commerce, mobile financial services, IoT and cloud computing.

Singapore-based big data startup to enter Japan through new investment

JapanTech in Asia — Singapore-based big data startup Crayon Data announced today it received a cash injection by Japanese general trading conglomerate Mitsui & Co. The amount invested in the startup is undisclosed. The deal opens the way into the country for Crayon, that “hopes to soon map the tastes of Japan.” As in other territories, the startup says it will focus on banks, hotels, advertising, and media. Mitsui will also put Crayon’s tech to use in its own subsidiaries.

The IoT and the consequences of the “World-Sized Web”

APACTelecom Asia — When we think of the Internet of Things, we think of sensors, cars, air-conditioners, TV sets, silly things, creepy things and more. But when you step back and look at the broader picture, the IoT adds up to a lot more than just a bunch of stuff connected to the internet and each other.

DoT set to club 4G airwaves in 1800MHz band for seven circles

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will soon start consolidating airwaves in the 1800MHz band in seven circles, including Delhi and Kolkata, as part of a nationwide effort to create contiguous or continuous blocks of spectrum that can be used to provide faster 4G broadband services, two people aware of the matter told ET.

Local real estate firm launched its first high-tech facility building in Singapore

SingaporeSBR — It is one of Singapore’s first purpose-built data centres exceeding Tier 3 standard. Kingsland Development has launched Kingsland Data Center which bills itself as Singapore’s first completed multi-tier wholesale data facility. Located in Jurong, adjacent to the Singapore Data Center Park, the new data center is focused on providing quality and reliable services to its clients.

Pros and cons of running a cloud-first government

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — At the Hong Kong leg of CloudSec 2015 conference held last month, speakers discussed various issues about cloud security under the theme “Expect the Unexpectable.” Hosted by security solutions provider Trend Micro, the conference was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. About 200 delegates attended the conference.