Affordable LTE chips to make IoT real by 2018: Altair co-founder

KoreaZDNet — The trend of a wide availability of cost-effective LTE modem chips and mobile carriers’ moves to change their business model to offer low-cost bandwidth will allow the public to truly feel the advent of Interent of Things (IoT) by 2018, according to Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of worldwide sales and marketing of Israeli firm Altair Semiconductor, which specializes in LTE solutions for IoT.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/cost-effective-lte-chips-will-make-iot-a-reality-by-2018-altair-co-founder/

MyRepublic Ranks First on Netflix Speed Index

SingaporeScoop — Following Netflix’s international expansion into 130 new countries, Internet Service Provider (ISP) MyRepublic has debuted on the Netflix Speed Index this month, ranking 1st in this measure of Netflix prime time performance for Singapore and Indonesia, as well as achieving the top score for the Asia Pacific region.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1605/S00731/myrepublic-ranks-first-on-netflix-speed-index.htm

Telefonica, Microsoft and Facebook’s 6,600km fibre optic cable from USA to Spain

APACBusiness Review Europe — Microsoft and Facebook have announced an agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic, connecting America to Spain. The new “MAREA” cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers.

http://www.businessrevieweurope.eu/technology/872/Telefonica-Microsoft-and-Facebook’s-6600km-fibre-optic-cable-from-USA-to-Spain

Microsoft and Facebook laying undersea internet cable together

APACChina Post — SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft and Facebook on Thursday announced they will work together to lay a high-speed internet cable across the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. A new, sub-sea “MAREA” cable was expected to be completed by late 2017, with the aim of meeting growing demand by the tech companies’ customers for fast, reliable data connections.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2016/05/28/467514/Microsoft-and.htm

Internet penetration: Microsoft follows in Facebook, Google’s steps

APACTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the internet in remote parts of the world, although it’s taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals. Google and Facebook are pursuing expensive, ambitious efforts to extend Internet access through networks of satellites, drones and high-altitude balloons.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Internet-penetration-Microsoft-follows-in-Facebook-Googles-steps/articleshow/52431126.cms

Airtel completes acquisition of Videocon’s spectrum in six circles

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has said that it has completed the Rs 4,428 crore deal with Videocon Telecommunications Ltd (VTL) to acquire the latter’s spectrum in six circles. In March, Bharti Airtel and VTL had entered into a definitive agreement, wherein, Airtel proposed to acquire the rights to use 2X5MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band allotted to VTL for an aggregate consideration of Rs 4,428 crore.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Airtel-completes-acquisition-of-Videocons-spectrum-in-six-circles/articleshow/52430649.cms

India to test reusable launch vehicle technology on Monday

IndiaTimes of India — SRIHARIKOTA: India will test on Monday a reusable launch vehicle technology (RLV) space agency ISRO developed to reduce cost of firing rockets to deploy satellites in orbit, a senior official said. “A mini-rocket with the winged reusable launch vehicle demonstrator (RLV-TD) on its top will lift-off during the launch window between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, depending on wind and weather conditions,” Indian Space Research Organisation director Devi Prasad Karnik said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-to-test-reusable-launch-vehicle-technology-on-Monday/articleshow/52388510.cms

Facebook and Microsoft team up to lay a massive internet cable across the Atlantic

APACThe Verge — Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership today to lay the highest-capacity subsea internet cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean, starting with hubs connecting Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. The cable, called “MAREA” after the Spanish word for “tide,” will be capable of 160 terabits per second of bandwidth and will stretch more than 4,100 miles of ocean in a submarine cable system.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/26/11787822/facebook-microsoft-marea-internet-cable-atlantic-ocean

Global Data Center and SDN Market Nearly Doubled Last Year

APACInformation Management — The global data center and enterprise software-defined networking (SDN) market jumped 82% in 2015 from the prior year, reaching $1.4 billion, according to research and analysis firm IHS Inc. These figures include in-use for SDN Ethernet switches, SDN controllers, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) appliances and control and management.

http://www.information-management.com/news/infrastructure/global-data-center-and-sdn-market-nearly-doubled-last-year-10028899-1.html

Hanoi Telecom picks Infinera to advance Vietnam network

VietnamEnterprise Innovation —  Telecom (HTC) selected Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks to advance its optical network in Vietnam. HTC extended its existing Infinera TM-Series metro network with the DTN-X Family for its backbone connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau. Combined with Instant Bandwidth technology, the end-to-end solution enables HTC to differentiate its services and manage costs as it increases network capacity.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/hanoi-telecom-picks-infinera-advance-vietnam-network-1310700374

Pakistan has a lot to offer to Central Asian states, says report

PakistanDaily Times — ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, a country with around 18 per cent of Internet penetration and its geographical location, has a lot to offer to landlocked Central Asian states with crucial bandwidth access, which can turn Pakistan into regional connectivity hub for the entire region, says a report.

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/23-May-16/pakistan-has-a-lot-to-offer-to-central-asian-states-says-report

Arctic Fibre says takeover by Alaskan company won’t affect plans for Nunavut broadband

APACCBC — The project to bring high-speed internet to Nunavut via a cable running along the Northwest Passage will go ahead as planned despite a recent takeover by an American company, says Michael Cunningham, CEO of Arctic Fibre. The Toronto-based company planned to build a nearly 16,000 kilometre submarine fibre optic cable connecting Asia to Europe.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-fibre-optic-internet-sale-quintillion-1.3591825

iiNet email, voice calls down throughout Australia

AustraliaIT News — Customers of TPG-owned internet service provider iiNet have been unable to access email and voice calls since this morning following a nationwide disruption. iiNet has acknowledged the webmail fault in a network status notification. The fault appears to stop customers from receiving email via the POP3 email protocol, with users reporting failed login attempts.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/iinet-email-voice-calls-down-throughout-australia-419696

Telstra expands network in Asia

AustraliaDatacenter Dynamics — Australian telco Telstra has announced several initiatives that it says will extends its network services in Asia and offer more choice for customers. The new Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system will interconnect Telstra’s networks in Southeast Asia and North Asia through to India and the Middle East. An additional route between Asia and the Americas with the FASTER cable system  should also be opened this summer.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/core-edge/telstra-expands-network-in-asia/96218.article

Mitsubishi Electric to Upgrade IMEWE Cable System

JapanBusiness Wire — Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it will upgrade the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable System with 100gigabit per second (Gbps) dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) based on a contract signed on October 4, 2015, thereby increasing the transmission capacity to 5.6Tbps.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160518006643/en/Mitsubishi-Electric-Upgrade-IMEWE-Cable-System

Quintillion Networks Acquires Arctic Fibre to Build Submarine Cable from Asia to Europe

APACTech Vibes — Quintillion Subsea Holdings has acquired the assets of Toronto’s Arctic Fibre, a fibre optic telecommunications company. The acquisition is part of a plan to build a submarine fibre optic cable from Asia to Europe with the first phase in Alaska. Quintillion will build, own and operate the network.

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/arctic-fibre-2016-05-19

IIJ FY profit grows 21.6% on strong MVNO traction

JapanTelecom Asia — Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) has reported a 21.6% increase in net profit for the financial year ending in March as a result of strong expansion in the MVNO and cloud services sectors. Net income reached 4 billion yen, on the back of a 14.3% increase in revenue to 140.6 billion yen.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/iij-fy-profit-grows-216-strong-mvno-traction

Netflix launches Fast.com to test internet speed

APACTimes of India — Netflix has launched a website to check the speed of a mobile or broadband internet connection. The service, called fast.com, works like other internet connection measurement tools such as speedtest.net, Netflix said in a blog post. “We all want a faster, better internet, yet internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your internet service provider,” David Fullagar, vice president of content delivery architecture, said in the post.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Netflix-launches-Fast-com-to-test-internet-speed/articleshow/52343698.cms

Ooredoo Maldives readies fixed broadband services with Alepo

MaldivesTelecom Asia — Ooredoo Maldives has selected Alepo to provide a fixed broadband charging and customer care solution for its nationwide fixed broadband network. The introduction of fixed broadband services — realized by a new fiber optic submarine cable — is expected to strengthen Ooredoo Maldives’ positioning as the most advanced fixed mobile service provider in the SAARC region.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/ooredoo-maldives-readies-fixed-broadband-services-alepo

Asia Mobile Operators and MVNOs

APACPRNewswire — NEW YORK: Across Asia a total of around 3.8 billion mobile subscribers were being served by a large number of mobile operators heading into 2016. The operators are continuing to drive the market, expanding it by between 5% and 10% annually at the moment. Whilst the overall growth rate in the region has moderated the sheer numbers are impressive. This market report presents a wide-ranging review, providing details on around almost 200 of the mobile operators to be found in Asia in 2015.

http://news.sys-con.com/node/3820648

Telstra customers lose NBN services in NSW

AustraliaIT News — Telstra customers lost access to their NBN services in NSW this afternoon in another network problem for the country’s biggest telco. Complaints began flooding in just before 3pm Friday about a lack of internet and home phone services, according to social media and outage tracker Aussie Outages.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/telstra-customers-lose-nbn-services-in-nsw-419530

Japan market: Asustek is top SIM-free smartphone vendor in FY2015, says paper

TaiwanDigi Times — Sales of SIM-free smartphones totaled 1.705 million units in Japan in fiscal 2015 (from April 2015 to March 2016) with Taiwan-based Asustek Computer being the top vendor in the segment with a 35.7% share, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report, citing data from Japan-based MM Research Institute.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160516PB201.html

IIJ FY profit grows 21.6% on strong MVNO traction

JapanTelecom Asia — Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) has reported a 21.6% increase in net profit for the financial year ending in March as a result of strong expansion in the MVNO and cloud services sectors. Net income reached 4 billion yen, on the back of a 14.3% increase in revenue to 140.6 billion yen.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/iij-fy-profit-grows-216-strong-mvno-traction

Omantel inks deal for supply of subsea cable system

PakistanTrade Arabia — Omantel, a leading telecom of Oman and Multinet Pakistan, a leading domestic and international carrier in Pakistan, and Xtera Communications, a leader in optical transport solutions, have signed a turnkey supply agreement for the new subsea cable system Silk Route Gateway 1 (SRG-1), a report said.

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/IT_306859.html

Ooredoo Myanmar to launch 4G this month

MyanmarTelecom Asia — Ooredoo Myanmar has revealed plans to launch 4G services in two cities this month, becoming the first operator to introduce 4G into the market. Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Rene Meza told the Myanmar Times that the operator plans to introduce 4G in Yangon and Mandalay first.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/ooredoo-myanmar-launch-4g-month

Omantel becomes the first GCC telecommunication provider to lay submarine cable system in Europe

APACAdding more diversity and capacity to the communication traffic on the route between Asia and Europe, Omantel successfully laid the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system in Marseille, France.

http://gulfnewsjournal.com/stories/510723941-omantel-becomes-the-first-gcc-telecommunication-provider-to-lay-submarine-cable-system-in-europe

SRG-1 Consortium Selected Xtera for Building a New Subsea Cable System across the Gulf of Oman

PakistanGLOBE NEWSWIRE — Multinet Pakistan, the leading domestic and international carrier in Pakistan, Omantel, the national operator of Oman and one of the largest wholesale carriers in the Middle East, and Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading provider of high-capacity, cost-effective optical transport solutions, today announced the signing of the turnkey supply agreement for the new subsea cable system Silk Route Gateway 1 (SRG-1).

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/05/11/838679/0/en/SRG-1-Consortium-Selected-Xtera-for-Building-a-New-Subsea-Cable-System-across-the-Gulf-of-Oman.html

Hong Kong, Singapore lead US in Netflix Speed Index

Hong KongAdvanced Television — Netflix has released April data for its ISP Speed Index, a monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best prime-time Netflix streaming experience. This month, Netflix included nine countries in Asia to the index as the company start adding countries where we launched service earlier this year.

http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/10/honk-kong-singapore-lead-us-in-netflix-speed-index/

Bharti Airtel to sell 950 towers in Congo to Helios

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel Africa on Thursday said it will sell 950 mobile towers in Congo to telecom infrastructure company Helios Towers Africa (HTA) but did not disclose the deal size.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Bharti-Airtel-to-sell-950-towers-in-Congo-to-Helios/articleshow/52138250.cms