New undersea fibre cable for Africa-Asia trade: PCCW

Hong KongMy Broadband — Growing trade between Africa and Asia has prompted talk of a new mega subsea broadband cable along Africa’s eastern coastline, says Hong Kong ICT firm PCCW. Last week, PCCW said it along with Telkom, MTN , Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Telecom Egypt (TE) signed a memorandum of understanding to build Africa-1.

Mobile operators comply with one in four data requests

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Though Myanmar’s telecoms industry and accompanying legislation has rapidly developed in the past few years, a detailed framework for how authorities can ask for confidential user information has not yet been settled on, according to Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg. Telenor and Ooredoo are currently following an interim arrangement that allows them to review requests and even refuse to comply.

Malaysia in 4G mode while others mull 5G: Ericsson

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — THERE is no escape – with the perfect storm of 5G (Fifth Generation), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud, digital disruption is coming to every industry in Malaysia. Yet the country is still caught up in 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) mode, lamented Todd Ashton, head of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Myanmar mobile leaps along

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Much talk in the telecoms market has been dedicated to the digital leapfrog: the almighty hop from legacy technology to a mobile-first future. Myanmar’s operators – state-owned incumbent Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), Ooredoo and Telenor – have seen subscriber figures jump by millions over the past few years; and though coverage rates have climbed higher than ever before, they’re not stopping now.

Tune Talk trains its guns on Indonesia

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — TUNE Talk has launched a new mobile call and data package specifically targeting Indonesians living and working in Malaysia. The new ‘Tune Talk Bisa Pak’ is meant to satisfy the growing need for mobile data alongside an affordable international call rate to Indonesia, the company said at the official launch in Kuala Lumpur on April 19.

RJio brings high-speed subsea cable network to India

IndiaBusiness Standard — Reliance Jio on Monday announced that the Bay of Bengal Gateway’s subsea cable network spread over 8,100 km was operational. The network has been built by six telcos to handle high bandwidth demands of emerging technologies and applications. The system is a direct trunk connection between Barka in Oman and Penang in Malaysia.

Asia Africa Europe-1 undersea cable lands in France

APACTelecom Paper — Oman operator Omantel announced the successful landing of the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable system in the French city of Marseille. Spanning approximately 25,000km, the AAE-1 submarine cable is one of the first cable systems to connect Hong Kong to Singapore, Africa and Europe, all via Oman.–1139588

Omantel’s subsea cable network lands in France

APACTimes of Oman — Muscat: Oman Telecommunications (Omantel), the Sultanate’s leading telecommunications provider on Wednesday announced the successful landing of the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable system in the French city of Marseille. Spanning approximately 25,000km, the AAE-1 submarine cable is one of the first unique cable systems to connect Hong Kong to Singapore, Africa and Europe, all via Oman.’s-subsea-cable-network-lands-in-France

New Africa-1 MEA-Asia Submarine Cable Link Confirmed

APACDeveloping Telecoms — Five operators spanning Africa, the Middle East and South Central Asia will construct a new 17,000 km submarine cable system connecting the three regions. The operators signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) are MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa, with further carriers expected to join the consortium.

Huawei, StarHub complete 1Gbps LTE-A trial

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Huawei and StarHub have completed a live demonstration of the world’s fastest 1Gbps indoor coverage network at the Pan Pacific Singapore. The trial combined StarHub’s 55MHz of frequency spectrum across the 1800-MHz, 2100-MHz and 2600-MHz bands to deliver gigabit-bandwidth.

Google’s free Wi-Fi service arrives at Bhubaneswar railway station

IndiaTimes of India — BHUBANESWAR: After Mumbai Central, RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railways today launched high-speed public free WiFi service at Bhubaneswar railway station in partnership with Google. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, launched the WiFi service which will benefit 1.4 lakh visitors at Bhubaneswar station daily.

And now Digi launches 100GB quota broadband plan

MalaysiaDigital News Asia —WITH rivals Maxis Bhd and Celcom Axiata Bhd – and even fixed-line giant Telekom Malaysia Bhd – all making announcements this week, it is no surprise that Digi.Com Bhd has followed suit. Digi, 49%-owned by Norwegian telecommunications giant Telenor ASA, has unveiled two new broadband plans: Broadband 145 and Broadband 185, which offer customers 50GB and 100GB of data quota respectively.

HPE, NEC form enterprise SDN alliance

JapanTelecom Asia — Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NEC Corporation have partnered to help companies accelerate the adoption of mobile-first networking to improve workplace productivity. Under the agreement, HPE and Aruba will integrate their enterprise wireless and wired networking portfolio with NEC’s SDN solutions.

Nokia, Turk Telekom to develop 5G, IoT technologies

APACRCR Wireless — Finnish vendor Nokia and Turkish mobile telephony operator Türk Telekom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate the development of 5G radio access network technology. Under the terms of the MoU, both firms will work together on testing 5G and Internet of Things technologies for tracking, metering, smart cities, smart home and latency-sensitive applications.

Pakistan to hold 850-MHz auction before 1800-MHz

PakistanTelecom Asia — The Pakistani government has decided to hold an auction for 850-MHz spectrum before a separate auction for the 1800-MHz band. Durung a high-level meeting chaired by finance minister Ishaq Dar, the government reviewed spectrum demand and a market assessment report prepared by international consultants, The Nation reported.

Subsea cable roundup: Bay of Bengal Gateway launched

IndiaTelecom Asia — The Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) consortium has announced the launch of the 8,100km cable system linking Southeast Asia with the Middle East. The 100Gbps BBG cable connects Malaysia with Oman, with landing points in India, Sri Lanka and the UAE. Consortium members include India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm, Malaysia’s Dialog Axiata, Telekom Malaysia, Vodafone, the UAE’s Etisalat and Omantel.

Vodafone deploys Cisco’s Self Optimizing Network technology

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: At a time when telecom companies are under fire for call drops, Vodafone India said it has deployed Cisco’s Self Optimizing Network (SON) technology to deliver superior mobile experience, improve voice call quality and reduce dropped calls. Vodafone said it expects Cisco SON would optimize its existing sites and streamline the process of adding new sites to its fast growing network.

New subsea cable to connect ME, Africa and Asia #cloud

APACTrade Arabia — MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa have partnered to construct a new submarine cable system which will connect Africa with the Middle East and South Central Asia. The consortium-funded “Africa-1” submarine cable system will also provide onward connectivity to Europe.

Viettel to roll out 3G-only network in Myanmar

MyanmarTelecom Asia — Vietnamese military-run operator Viettel has provided details of its plans for entering the Myanmar mobile market, including a goal of connecting 95% of the country’s population within three years. Viettel was recently selected as the international partner for a consortium of 11 local technology and other companies selected to become Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator.

XL Axiata sells 2,500 towers to reduce debt

IndonesiaDigital News Asia — IN a widely anticipated move to further pare its debts, Indonesian telco PT XL Axiata has signed an agreement with PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo) to sell 2,500 of its 6,500 towers. The purchase price of Rp3.5 trillion (US$266.5 million) works out to Rp1.4 billion (US$106,000) per tower. The all-cash transaction will be completed by June 30.

ACCC ‘concerned’ about Telstra’s NBN contracts

AustraliaIT News — Australia’s competition watchdog is “concerned” about the level of Telstra’s involvement in the national broadband network rollout and its effect on competition in the telco sector. Just hours after the telco and NBN announced a $1.6 billion deal for the rollout of Telstra’s hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network, the ACCC said it was worried the telco could potentially receive a competitive advantage from its various NBN contracts.

Taiwan market: Taiwan Star Cellular starts 4G operation on 2,600MHz band

TaiwanDigi Times — Taiwan Star Cellular has started operating its 4G network on a 2,600MHz frequency band with bandwidth of 40MHz in the Taiwan market, the third 4G operator to do so. Taiwan Star Cellular originally operated 4G on a 900MHz frequency band with bandwidth of 20MHz, and acquired the (2,500-2,520MHz for upload and 2,620-2,640 for download band at NT$6.615 million (US$200.5 million) on December 7, 2015.

Worldwide 5G service revenues to reach US$247 billion in 2025, says ABI Research

APACDigi Times— ABI Research projects that mobile broadband operators will reap 5G revenues of US$247 billion in 2025 with North America, Asia-Pacific, and Western Europe being the top markets. Specifically, network operators, vendors, and standards bodies will finalize technical details concerning the millimeter wave by 2020, with rollout ramping up afterward.

The impact of globalization on networks

APACNetwork World — Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the amount of enterprise network traffic to and from Asia Pacific due to globalization. In my recent visit to the region, I engaged in some interesting discussions around the WAN. For example, one of the biggest costs for large financial institutions are point-to-point dedicated leased lines between their regional and global offices called International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC). These circuits are typically provided by a carrier to offer auto re-routable network for maximum uptime and data protection.

Globe says investment in SE Asia-US submarine cable link to exceed $80M

PhilippinesBusiness World — “If we include the Davao construction, that adds up to the investments. The $80 million pertains only to the SEA-US system per se,” Globe Senior Vice-President for Corporate Communications Yolanda C. Crisanto said in a mobile phone reply yesterday, but declined to disclose figures. The SEA-US submarine cable system will link Davao; Manado in Indonesia; Piti in Guam; Honolulu; and Los Angeles.

Conversant Solutions partners Alibaba Cloud to serve SEA

SingaporeMIS Asia — Conversant Solutions today (12 April 2016) announced that it has partnered Alibaba Cloud in a bid to improve customer experience and penetrate markets across the Southeast Asian region. The two companies aim to do so by offering joint solutions comprising Alibaba Cloud’s cloud computing resources and Conversant SwiftServe CDN (content delivery network) services to regional customers outside of China.

Huawei emphasises importance of 4.5G, gigabit-speed broadband for IoT

ChinaZDNet — In response to the increasing influx of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices, Chinese technology giant Huawei will leverage multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) to boost mobile coverage to “4.5G” prior to the introduction of 5G, in addition to attaining gigabit-speed fixed broadband through DOCSIS 3.1 and 10 GPON.

CoreSite Announces Relationship with BBIX, Making CoreSite the First BBIX-Connected Data Center Operator in North America

JapanBusiness Wire — DENVER: CoreSite Realty Corporation, a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced that it has formed a relationship with BBIX, Japan’s leading carrier-neutral internet exchange based in Tokyo. This newly established relationship will provide CoreSite customers with direct access to the BBIX peering exchange from CoreSite’s Any2Exchange® in Los Angeles.

New Perth-Singapore cable on its way

APACChannel Life — A new Perth to Singapore submarine cable link is expected to bolster capacity and add redundancy as demand for international connectivity continues to rise. The new cable is being deployed by Bevan Slattery’s SubPartners, Singtel and Telstra. The new APX-West submarine cable, which is expected to begin construction by the end of July and be completed in 2018, is expected to provide redundancy and take some of the strain off the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable.

Aussie data downloads boom to 1.7 exabytes

AustraliaIT News — Australian broadband users downloaded a whopping 1.7 million terabytes (1.7 exabytes) of data in the last three months of 2015, an increase by half on the end of 2014. The boom in downloads was coupled with a doubling of fibre connections to 645,000 over the 2015 year, according to the Bureau of Statistics’ latest report on the nation’s internet activity.