Ooredoo launches global submarine cable in Qatar

QatarA 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.

http://www.constructionweekonline.com/article-40054-ooredoo-launches-global-submarine-cable-in-qatar/

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 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.

 http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

Sigfox to deploy IoT network in Singapore

SingaporeMobile 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.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/sigfox-set-to-deploy-iot-network-in-singapore/

Vietnam’s Internet to be affected by pan-Asia submarine cable cut

VietnamVietnam 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.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/160208/vietnam-s-internet-to-be-affected-by-pan-asia-submarine-cable-cut.html

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 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.

http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

Chinese BeiDou plans outlined in new white paper

ChinaGPS World — A new white paper outlines plans for the Chinese BeiDou constellation, including its plans for international cooperation and exchanges. The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published the white paper, which is titled “China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System,” in June.

http://gpsworld.com/chinese-beidou-plans-outlined-in-new-white-paper/

FASTER consortium launches trans-Pacific subsea cable

APACTelecom Asia — The FASTER consortium has announced the launch of its new trans-Pacific subsea cable system. Construction of the 9,000km system linking Japan and the west coast of the US has been completed an the cable is starting service today. The six FASTER consortium members are Singtel, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and Google.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/faster-consortium-launches-trans-pacific-subsea-cable

/China has made an incredibly quick switch from 3G to 4G

ChinaTech in Asia — Two-and-a-half years after China’s 4G mobile networks first switched on, the nation now has 562 million 4G subscribers across its three main telcos. That’s out of a total of 1.3 billion mobile SIM subscribers, according to the latest data from the three carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. The number is so high as some individuals have more than one number.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-quick-switch-to-4g

MediaTek joins China Mobile 5G project

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek has announced its participation in China Mobile’s 5G Joint Innovation Center project. MediaTek is also collaborating with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo on future 5G deployment. Earlier in 2016, the pair announced their partnership for 5G technology development and trials.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160630PD200.html

SK Telecom inks transcontinental 5G trial with Ericsson and DT

KoreaRCR Wireless — SHANGHAI- Korean operator SK Telecom announced during Mobile World Congress Shanghai it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with German operator Deutsche Telekom and Swedish vendor Ericsson to cooperate in the development of the 5G core network.

https://www.rcrwireless.com/20160630/asia-pacific/sk-telecom-transcontinental-5g-trial-tag23

Google Just Plugged Into Japan With Its Own Undersea Cable

APACWired — This week, a new undersea fiber-optic cable funded by Google and a consortium of Asian telecommunications companies went online. Dubbed Faster, the cable stretches about 5,600 miles from Oregon to two landing points in Japan. It’s the fastest, highest capacity trans-Pacific undersea cable ever built. It can theoretically deliver as much as 60 terabits per second of bandwidth—more than half the total bandwidth available between the U.S West Coast and Asia at the end of 2015, according to telecommunications consulting firm Telegeography.

http://www.wired.com/2016/06/google-turns-giant-internet-cable/

MyRepublic CEO defends funding efforts for 4th Singapore network

SingaporeMobile World Live — Singapore’s MyRepublic CEO Malcolm Rodrigues claims it has already lined up SGD130 million ($94 million) of the SGD250 million in funding it needs to roll out a fourth network in the city-state and denied it has financial problems.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/asia/asia-news/singapores-myrepublic-ceo-defends-funding-efforts/

AAE-1 undersea cable to operate in Vietnam this year

VietnamVietnam Net — Last May, the contractor NEC successfully connected the undersea cable AAE-1 to the southern city of Vung Tau, with the support of local networks. According to the plan, the project AAE-1 undersea cable will be completed and put into use by the end of 2016.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/159438/aae-1-undersea-cable-to-operate-in-vietnam-this-year.html

Huawei empowers innovative ISPs in the era of digital disruption

ChinaMIS Asia — Internet service providers (ISPs) operate in a very dynamic market. Today, ISPs are required to go beyond providing only connectivity. In a highly competitive landscape, ISPs have to offer managed services, managed user applications and pretty soon, sevices around the Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/cloud-computing/huawei-empowers-innovative-isps-in-the-era-of-digital-disruption/

Facebook, Microsoft And The Cloud Under The Sea

APACForbes — Cloud computing is vital to the growth of Facebook and Microsoft . So recently they announced they’re teaming up to build a 4,100 mile, transatlantic underwater cable between Europe and U.S. eastern seaboard. You probably think of cloud computing as space-age, cutting edge. The idea that in this day and age powerful data centers are still linked by miles of bulky cable seems anathema. Yet these cables are vital.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmarkman/2016/06/13/facebook-microsoft-and-the-cloud-under-the-sea/#58e917c7e135

5G will have a profound effect on the Internet of Things

APACBusiness Insider — The next generation of cellular technology, 5G, will power networks at speeds far greater than the current 4G can handle. BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, expects 5G, when fully deployed, to increase network capacity to handle the increase in data that will be transmitted by the more than 34 billion connected devices on the planet by 2020. And 24 billion of those will be IoT devices.

http://www.businessinsider.com/5g-will-have-a-profound-effect-on-the-internet-of-things-2016-6

Outage that rerouted European traffic to Asia blamed on ‘human error’

APACDatacenter Dynamics — A major network outage affecting disparate services such as WhatsApp, Reddit, CloudFlare and AWS on Monday was apparently caused by an engineer at TeliaSonera, who misconfigured a router and accidentally sent most of Europe’s traffic to Hong Kong, the Register reports.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/content-tracks/security-risk/outage-that-rerouted-european-traffic-to-asia-blamed-on-human-error/96425.fullarticle

Mellanox Interconnect Solutions Accelerate World’s Fastest Supercomputer

ChinaHPC Wire — FRANKFURT, Germany, June 20 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that Mellanox interconnect solutions accelerate the world’s fastest supercomputer, at the supercomputing center in Wuxi, China.

http://www.hpcwire.com/off-the-wire/mellanox-interconnect-solutions-accelerate-worlds-fastest-supercomputer/

AAG submarine cable under maintenance, Internet in Vietnam to be slow for 6 days

VietnamVietnam Net — According to this source, the AAG cable maintenance unit will have to reconfigure the source system and weld the optical cable of the segments connecting Vietnam to Hong Kong and America. The segment between Vietnam and Hong Kong will be welded from June 22 to 27. Then this segment will be interrupted from communications and the source configuration will resume operation on June 28.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/159234/aag-submarine-cable-under-maintenance–internet-in-vietnam-to-be-slow-for-6-days.html

Ooredoo completes landing of SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system

Qataralbawaba — Marking a major step towards the completion of a technological and global communications breakthrough, Ooredoo became the only operator in the Sultanate to conclude the landing of the Southeast-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system.

http://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/ooredoo-completes-landing-sea-me-we-5-submarine-cable-system-853936

CAT, Tata to sign MoU for submarine cable partnership

ThailandNation Multimedia — CAT Telecom and Indian telecom giant Tata Communications will sign a memorandum of understanding for a submarine cable partnership today. This is part of the government’s plan to seek more strategic partners in the telecom industry during Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s three-day visit to India that ends tomorrow.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/CAT-Tata-to-sign-MoU-for-submarine-cable-partnersh-30288354.html

Vietnam’s Internet to slow down for six days

VietnamTuoi Tre News — Internet users in Vietnam are advised to be ready to suffer nearly six days of snail-paced connection speed from Wednesday, as the submarine cable system crucial to Vietnam’s Internet connectivity enters its infamous maintenance. The Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable system will be maintained from 11:00 pm on June 22 to June 27, tech newswire ICTNewsreported on Saturday, citing a trusted source.

http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/35423/vietnams-internet-to-slow-down-for-six-days

Superloop’s continued Hong Kong and Singaporean network expansion will be partially funded through a one-for-seven share offering, in hopes of raising just over AU$35 million

AustraliaZDNet — Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has announced that it is hoping to raise AU$35.3 million through a fully underwritten one-for-seven pro-rata accelerated entitlement offer of shares. Superloop is offering a total of 16,793,942 new shares at AU$2.10 per share, a 12.9 percent discount off the closing share price on June 16 prior to Superloop placing itself in a trading halt on Friday morning pending the announcement.

KT opens undersea network center in Busan

KoreaKorea Times — KT has opened an undersea network control tower in Busan, amid the growing importance of managing cross-border data flow. The Submarine Network Operation Center (SNOC) will be used as a key facility to control timely and stable bulk data transfers in such areas as ultra-high-definition (UHD) broadcasting, data roaming and the fifth-generation (5G) network systems, according to KT, Thursday.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2016/06/133_207172.html

Nokia signs €1.36b cloud, network technology deal with China Mobile

ChinaZDNet —  and China Mobile have announced signing a one-year €1.36 billion (9.927 billion yuan) “frame agreement” for Nokia to provide China’s largest telecommunications carrier with cloud services; mobile, fixed, IP routing, optical transport, and customer experience management technology; as well as operational support and global services during 2016.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/nokia-signs-1-36b-cloud-network-technology-deal-with-china-mobile/

Reliance Communications set to launch 4G services across India in phases

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Reliance Communications (RCom) is set to launch 4G services on its own across India in phases, starting mid-August from the key circles of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and will gradually leverage its sharing agreement with Reliance Jio Infocomm as clearances come through.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Reliance-Communications-set-to-launch-4G-services-across-India-in-phases/articleshow/52685199.cms

YouTube launches Smart Offline feature in India

IndiaTimes of India — Video streaming service YouTube has rolled out a new feature. Dubbed ‘Smart Offline,’ the feature lets users download videos at cheaper night time data rates offered by mobile operators in India. “Today, we are beginning to roll out a feature called Smart Offline on YouTube that lets you take advantage of the cheaper data rates as offered by your mobile operator, without requiring you to stay up late at night,” Google wrote on its India blog.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/YouTubes-Smart-Offline-feature-lets-you-download-videos-at-reduced-night-tariffs/articleshow/52672085.cms

Philippine telcos start rollout of cell sites using the 700 MHz spectrum

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ two leading telecommunications companies – Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecom – fired up the country’s first cell sites utilizing the 700 megahertz (MHz) spectrum over the weekend.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/philippine-telcos-start-rollout-cell-sites-using-700-mhz-spectrum-858260516

Singapore introduces new 4G Quality of Service standards

SingaporeThe Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)  recently introduced a new 4G Quality of Service (QoS) standards  to ensure mobile phone users experience an acceptable level of service quality in Singapore. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)  providing 4G services are expected to comply with the new standards.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/singapore-introduces-new-4g-quality-service-standards-275450773

Taiwan market: LG launches G5 Speed smartphone

TaiwanDigi Times — LG Electronics has launched its LG G5 Speed smartphone in the Taiwan market in cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), priced at NT$23,900 (US$740) unlocked. The LG G5 Speed, which is almost identical to the LG G5, supports 4G LTE 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz using 3-carrier aggregation (3CA) technology, according to LG Taiwan.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160607PD201.html