Singapore’s ViewQwest expands to Malaysia

MalaysiaTelecom Asia — Singapore ISP ViewQwest has expanded into the Malaysian market, entering a high-speed fiber broadband joint venture with Malaysian telecoms engineering services company Televenture. ViewQwest has launched fiber and managed services for enterprises within Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle commercial hub, Bangsar South and Cyberjaya.

ISP interconnection fees will not be regulated, says IDA, from SG

SingaporeAsia One — The local authorities will not interfere with interconnection fees that smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) pay to the two major telcos here, saying that consumers have not been harmed. The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) issued its decision earlier this week after concluding its two-month public consultation held last year.

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.

MyRepublic CEO defends funding efforts for 4th Singapore network

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hong Kong, Singapore lead US in Netflix Speed Index

ViewQwest launches DDOS protection service in Singapore

SingaporeDatacenter Dynamics — Singapore-based Internet service provider (ISP) ViewQwest has launched a DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) protection service that it says is the most affordable in the country. A DDoS protection service is designed to defend organizations from debilitating attacks against their websites and Internet-facing services.

Malaysia’s Internet Exchange lowers fees to help local ISPs reduce Internet charges

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Malaysia’s internet Exchange, MyIX, has reduced port charges effective 1 April 2016 for all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Malaysia in a bid to lower Internet charges for consumers in the country. Also known as ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’ – an initiative under the national regulator MCMC, MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin said this decision was made in line with MyIX’s goal to encourage greater usage of its node and to promote greater peering between local ISPs.

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.

NBN price overhaul won’t fix ‘Netflix effect’: Optus

AustraliaIT News — NBN’s proposed changes to its pricing structure for retail service providers won’t address long-held complaints about the costs involved in purchasing bandwidth in the Netflix era, according to Optus.The telco’s head of corporate and regulatory affairs David Epstein today told the CommsDay conference while it was pleasing to see NBN address the heated issue, the changes were not substantial enough.

Indians get the slowest internet speed in Asia: Report

IndiaHindustan Times — The global average internet connection speed increased 23 percent to 5.6 Mbps in the quarter ended December 2015 compared to the same period of 2014, a report said on Wednesday. The report “Fourth Quarter, 2015, State of the Internet Report” was released by Akamai Technologies, a global leader in content delivery network services.

iiNet purchase helps TPG boost 1H16 profit by 90%

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Australian fixed-line operator TPG Telecom has reported a 90% surge in net profit for the half year ended in January, thanks largely to gains associated with its acquisition of rival iiNet. Profit for the period grew to A$202.4 million ($153.2 million). TPG’s bottom line was lifted by a A$73.1 million gain on the group’s previously held stake in iiNet, as well as an A$9.7 million profit from a disposal on part of its stake in fiber network operator Vocus Communications.

Blog: Operators rush to boost data offerings in “competitive” Singapore market

SingaporeMobile World Live — Singapore’s three established mobile operators all announced heavy data discounts for their postpaid 4G customers within 24 hours of mobile hopeful MyRepublic posting its proposed mobile data tariffs, if it wins the fourth licence, on its website. The ISP announced last week it will introduce unlimited data tariffs for SGD80 (about $58) a month as well as offer 2GB data plans for just SGD8 per month.

Privacy groups want rules for how ISPs can track their customers

APACMIS Asia — Some Internet service providers are building powerful tools to track customers, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to step in, privacy advocates say. Some privacy advocates are calling on the FCC to create new regulations that limit how ISPs can track their customers across the Internet. The agency could release a proposal for ISP privacy rules as soon as this month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last week.

Chinese ISPs Caught Injecting Ads and Malware in Their Network Traffic

ChinaSoft Pedia — Many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) set up proxy servers through which they re-route their clients’ Web traffic. The technical reasons for employing something like this have to do with improving caching, compressing / transcoding content, but also injecting ISP-customized messages inside DNS and HTTP error messages.

Singapore’s MyRepublic plans to undercut rivals with low-cost data

SingaporeMobile World Live — Singapore’s mobile hopeful MyRepublic is putting the pressure on the country’s three established mobile players, with a PR blitz that is likely to start a price war long before it even bids for the fourth mobile licence.

India’s Fastest Broadband Internet Service Providers

IndiaNDTV — The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed, says science fiction author William Gibson. It’s especially true for the state of broadband in the country. Content delivery network Akamai notes in its Q3 2015 State of the Internet report that India, at 2.5mbps, had the lowest average connection speed among ten Asia Pacific countries surveyed in the region. The global leader, South Korea, has an average connection speed of 20.5mbps.

Singapore’s mobile hopeful MyRepublic says it can make profit in 3 years

SingaporeMobile World Live — MyRepublic, which aims to bid for Singapore’s fourth mobile licence later this year, insists that its lower cost base and plans to return to unlimited data tariffs mean it can start small and still be profitable within three years, Bloomberg reported. The ISP is targeting 250,000 customers in its first year and 700,000 users, or a 9 per cent share within three years, said CEO Malcolm Rodrigues in an interview with Bloomberg.

iiNet customer anger boiling over Basslink

AustraliaIT News — Customers of the iiNet group of ISPs in Tasmania have reacted angrily to a warning that they should expect degraded internet services for the next three months. The iiNet group issued notifications to social media channels at close of business Friday, relating to what it termed a “serious” fault affecting all Tasmanian customers.

Qantas to use NBN satellites for free onboard wi-fi

AustraliaIT News — Qantas will tap into the NBN’s Sky Muster satellites to offer free wi-fi inflight from next year, the airline announced today. Qantas has partnered with broadband services provider ViaSat to conduct trials on a single Boeing 737 late this year in expectation of a full rollout across its domestic fleet of A330s and B737s early next year.

Telstra worried NBN may stray into ‘adjacent’ telco businesses

AustraliaIT News — Telstra has warned a parliamentary committee that proposed changes to telecommunications legislation could mean NBN’s business strays into areas that would compete with the network builder’s wholesale network customers.

Anti-DDoS Solution From NSFOCUS Helps Australian Service Provider Micron21 Mitigate Massive Denial of Service Attack

AustraliaBusiness Wire — SANTA CLARA, Calif: NSFOCUS IB today announced that NSFOCUS Anti-DDoS System (ADS) has been used to mitigate a sustained, 90-Gbps Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attack against Australian service provider Micron21, which offers mission-critical data center capabilities to clients around the world.

China’s new anti-terrorism law impacts telcos and ISPs

China.gifEnterprise Innovation — The anti-terrorism law released last week by the State Council of China requires telecommunications and internet service providers (ISPs) to provide technical support to the security authority and prevent dissemination of information on terrorism, according to law firm DLA Piper.

NBN to pay Telstra to fix telco’s copper network

AustraliaTelstra will be paid by NBN to fix faults in its copper network under a new deal signed by the pair today. The telco today announced it had won two contracts – one for three years and the other for four years – to fix faults on its copper network. The two contracts combined will be worth around $80 million in the first year alone, Telstra said.

NBN shifts 40k premises off satellite to offer more data

AustraliaIT News — NBN will move 40,000 premises around Australia off its long-term satellite service and onto fixed wireless and fixed line services to free up capacity for other satellite users. In late October it was revealed NBN planned to set caps for users on the LTSS after experiencing capacity issues on its interim satellite services.

NBN offers faster fixed wireless, from AU

AustraliaIT News — NBN today began offering its wholesale partners double the speeds currently delivered by its fixed wireless network, launching a new speed tier that boasts up to 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload. The network builder starting trialling the faster speeds on fixed wireless in regional areas in April this year.

Telstra sells some of Pacnet’s ISP assets in Singapore, Thailand

Hong KongDatacenter Dynamics — Singapore-listed DeClout has announced an agreement to buy Pacnet’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) assets and business in Singapore and Thailand for a total of US$4.4 million in cash. This comes less than a year after Telstra acquired Pacnet for $700 million, and just months after Telstra announced that it would retire the Pacnet brand earlier this year.