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.


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.


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.


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.


Indonesia: Telkomsel launches T-Bike Mobile app; Menara KPM gears up for fiber optics biz

IndonesiaDeal Street Asia — Indonesia state-owned telecommunications operator PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) has launched its T-Bike mobile app, which enables users to monitor and control several functions of their motorcycles through their smartphone. Meanwhile,

 PT Menara KPM, an emerging telco tower construction solution provider is geared expanding into fiber optics network development..


NBN considered ditching FTTN for FTTdp, from AU

AustraliaIT News — NBN chief executive Bill Morrow has revealed the network builder’s board examined a fibre-to-the-distribution point rollout as a replacement to FTTN 12 months ago, with cost and rollout time considerations ultimately scotching the proposal. The revelation was one of a number of contentious topics raised at an often heated senate committee hearing into the NBN today.


Aussie unis plan high-speed fibre research testbed

AustraliaIT News — Three leading Victorian universities are planning to create a joint testbed for research that could significantly boost the capacity of fibre backhaul networks, a senate inquiry heard last week. Under the plan, a dedicated 10 Tbps fibre testbed would be established between the city campuses of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, with a link to Monash’s main Clayton campus in Melbourne’s southeast.


NTT Communications Launches New Ultra-low-latency Connectivity Service Between JPX & SGX

JapanYahoo —  Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (NTT), announced today that it has added a new ultra-low-latency connectivity service between the Japan Exchange Group (JPX) and Singapore Exchange (SGX). This new connectivity service will offer the telecom industry’s lowest-latency level for international leased lines that directly connect the colocation facilities of JPX and SGX.


Outrage as govt suggests fibre carriers ‘may’ cut corners

AustraliaIT News — The federal government has accused parts of the new housing industry and the mostly fibre-based telcos that service it of being tempted to roll out substandard infrastructure to save money. In a consultation released quietly before Christmas, the Department of Communications proposed new conditions for carriers that service new housing estates and apartment blocks.


Telstra deploys more fibre to augment Pacnet network

AustraliaIT News — A senior Telstra executive has revealed new details about the telco’s investment plans for its fibre optic network in Asia, which include a new 6 tbps overland fibre optic link in Taiwan. The revelations were made in a LinkedIn post by Telstra’s chief operating officer for global enterprise Darrin Webb. The post provides insight into how Telstra intends to develop the undersea fibre optic assets it acquired through its takeover of Pacnet.


Telekom Malaysia signs HSBB 2 deal with govt

MalaysiaTelekom Malaysia has signed two new major broadband deals with the government covering the deployment of more broadband infrastructure. The company disclosed it has entered public-private partnership agreements with the Malaysian government covering the implementation of the second phase of the national High Speed Broadband (HSBB) network project and the Suburban Broadband Project (SUBB).


Telcos seek national policy for optical fibre rollout, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Citing limited spectrum for cellular services, telecom players said the government should come out with an industry-friendly policy to facilitate the rollout of optical fibre across the country. “Optical fibre cable (OFC) will be more valuable than the spectrum in coming days. Spectrum is limited and also has gone in the different tangent.


NBN considering overbuilding dodgy $800m Optus cable

AustraliaIT News — NBN is considering building over the Optus hybrid fibre-coaxial cable it purchased for $800 million after finding the network is in such a degraded state that it is not fit for purpose. The national network builder’s deal with Optus for its HFC network was approved by the ACCC in August, just two months after it inked a similar deal with Telstra.


NBN spent $14m on 1800km of new copper for FTTN, from AU

AustraliaIT News — NBN chief executive Bill Morrow has revealed the network builder bought 1800 kilometres of new copper to be rolled out in fibre-to-the-node deployments.  During a senate estimates hearing last night, Morrow was asked about claims made by communications union the CEPU that plastic bags had previously been used in some repairs to the copper network, and that significant amounts of copper would need to be replaced as a result.


NBN reveals HFC rollout areas, from AU

AustraliaIT News — NBN has provided a detailed breakdown of which areas wiill get which of the network’s multi-technology mix products over the next three years in a new construction plan. The three-year plan includes the hybrid-fibre coaxial rollout for the first time, detailing the areas in which just under 3 million premises across Australia will receive the technology.


Huawei Helps MSOs Accelerate Video and Broadband Service Opportunities

China.gifPRNewswire — NEW ORLEANS: At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015, Huawei announced a suite of solutions designed to help global Multi-Service Operators (MSOs) strengthen their competitiveness in the digital era. To address the rapid proliferation of connected devices and competition from fast-moving over-the-top players (OTTs) and traditional telcos, Huawei advocates a two-pronged strategy for MSOs:  provide high-quality multi-screen services to accelerate video business opportunities; and enhance broadband services to ensure a superior user experience.


NBN awards second set of FTTx build contracts

AustraliaNBN has handed six contractors deals for the second set of network deployments supporting its multi-technology mix. The list of contractors includes SA Power Networks in the Northern Territory and South Australia, QC Comms in the Australian Capital Territory and parts of New South Wales, with Lend Lease also joining it in NSW. Service Stream and Decon scored deals for additional NBN FTTx builds in Victoria.


NBN’s fibre-to-the-node services go live

AustraliaIT News — NBN has launched its first live services for end users on fibre-to-the-node technology, claiming most ADSL users won’t need an on-premises appointment to switch over to the network.  The FTTN go-live follows an end user trial in Belmont, NSW, that covered 43 homes, all of whom were Telstra retail customers. Around 384 premises are served by each FTTN cabinet.


Optus pushes ahead with 100G upgrade for national backbone

AustraliaIT News — Optus has lit up its Perth to Cairns network circuit with a 100 gigabit per second upgrade, bumping up the link’s capacity ten-fold as part of a nationwide effort to meet increasing demand for high-speed connectivity. The project started in 2013, with technology partner Alcatel-Lucent upgrading Optus’ inter-capital links nationwide from 10 gigabits per second capacity to 100Gbps.


Optus connects Cairns to Perth with 100GBPS wavelength capacity

AustraliaMIS Asia — Telecommunications company, Optus, has upgraded its inter-capital fibre network to connect Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, to Perth. The network upgrade delivers wavelength links up to 100 Gigabytes per second (Gbps), delivering a combined capacity 10 times larger than previously available. In collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent, the upgrade is said to deliver a flexible transport network for wholesale and branded customers.


TIME dotCom Q2 2015 revenue up 5.2%

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — TIME dotCom Bhd posted revenue of RM163.8 million for the three months ended June 30 2015, 5.2% higher than the previous year’s corresponding period of RM155.7 million. [RM1 = US$0.24] In a statement, the company attributed this to strong overall revenue contributions from its data, data centre and voice products, despite lower contributions from global bandwidth sales and non-recurring contracts.


Time dotCom to raise RM1b Sukuk to expand fibre footprint, from KL

MalaysiaThe Star — KUALA LUMPUR: Time dotCom Bhd plans to raise RM1bil under its proposed Sukuk programme 2015-2035 which would be used to expand its fibre footprint and for other operations. RAM Ratings said on Tuesday it had assigned a preliminary rating of AA3/Stable to the Islamic medium-term notes (MTN) programme.


NexGen expands low latency fiber backbone in Europe and Asia

JapanData Center Dynamics — NextGen Networks, a global provider of high-speed fiber-optic services, announced that it has deployed new Points of Presence (PoPs) in data centers run by Equinix in Tokyo (TY3) and Frankfurt (FR2). This expansion adds coverage of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region for NexGen. As a longtime Equinix customer, the company has used Platform Equinix to scale its business to provide an ultra-low latency route between Europe and Asia to meet the needs of global enterprises.


27 companies apply for Indonesia fiber tender

IndonesiaTelecom Asia — Major telecom and ICT companies including PT Telkom Indonesia, PT Indosat and XL Axiata have all registered to take part in a bid for a $246.7 million fiber project in Indonesia. All told 27 companies have signed up to take part in the bid for the Palapa Ring II cable project, which will involve rolling out 8,395km of subsea cable in the nation, Deal Street Asia reported.


Superloop Ltd progresses Asian expansion: Is it a buy?

Hong KongThe Motley Fool  — Newly minted fibre-optic internet business Superloop Ltd his morning announced it has inked a deal with the Hong Kong regulator to provide high-speed internet services across the Chinese territory. Superloop hit the ASX boards back in June after shares were available for initial public offer at $1 and just two months later the stock has more than doubled in value to sell for $2.46 today.


Hardware failure hits iiNet broadband, 3G data, from AU

AustraliaIT News  — An unspecified hardware failure created disruption for iiNet broadband customers in New South Wales and affected its 3G mobile data services nationwide throughout yesterday. The fault started after midday AEST yesterday as iiNet customers were disconnected from their internet service.


Asia continues to lead in Internet connection speeds: Akamai

APACDigital News Asia — ASIA continued to surge ahead in average Internet connection speeds, with South Korea leading the pack, according to the State of the Internet Report for the first quarter (Q1) of 2015 by web technology company Akamai. South Korea extended its lead despite a decline of 5.9% in the adoption of 25Mbps connections compared with Q1 2014, the company said in a statement.


Digital India: Sterlite to invest Rs 400 crore; up optic fibre capacity to 30 million km

IndiaIndia Times — NEW DELHI: Eyeing the multi-billion dollar business opportunities opened by Digital India, billionaire Anil Agarwal-led Sterlite TechnologiesBSE 4.22 % will invest up to Rs 400 crore on capacity expansion as it targets a major part of the Rs 72,000-crore BharatNet project. National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) or BharatNet, which forms the backbone of the Digital India initiative, seeks to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with high speed broadband by December 2017.


Government to discuss national optical fibre network project with states, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: The Centre will discuss with the states on May 29 the national optical fibre network project as it seeks their greater participation in the ambitious plan that aims to provide broadband connectivity to all panchayats. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has called “a meeting of IT ministers and secretaries of all the states on May 29 to discuss the national optical fibre network (NOFN) project”, a source in the Department of Telecom said. Prasad had earlier said that the government expects more participation of the states in the project as it was important in the success of Digital India initiative.


NBN Co reveals active service dates for 1000-node trial sites

AustraliaNBN Co will start offering active services to premises within its 1000-node construction trial of fibre-to-the-node technology from September. Last June, the network builder announced it had partnered with Telstra to test out the planning, design and construction of FTTN in 1000 nodes across Queensland and NSW. The pilot has been designed to inform the best way to tackle a large-scale rollout of FTTN, which has become the default access technology of choice under the Coalition’s multi-technology mix NBN.