VoicenData — NEW DELHI: Huawei Marine Networks Co., Limited (Huawei Marine) today announced it has been selected by Super Sea Cable Networks Pte Ltd to deploy SEAX-1, a Subsea Cable System connecting the Eastern seaboard of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Mobile World Live — Japan’s SoftBank joined the expanding crowd of major mobile operators backing non-cellular low power wide area (LPWA) technology LoRa to support future Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The operator, the country’s third largest mobile player, announced plans to offer IoT solutions on an LPWA network.
Digi Times — There were 1.304 billion mobile communication service subscribers in China as of the end of July 2016, increasing 0.30% on month and 0.73% on year, and 211.28 million (16.20%), of which were 3G users, 646.31 million (49.55%) were 4G users and 1.049 billion (80.40%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to statistics published by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
IT News — Reverse proxy provider Cloudflare claims Australian carriers Optus and Telstra are abusing their monopoly positions to jack up network charges. To demonstrate the pricing disparity, Cloudflare founder Matthew Prince said that if bandwidth in Europe and North America costs the company 10 units, in Australia and NZ, it costs 85 units.
MIS Asia — Japan’s IT and network technologies company NEC has partnered PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) to develop the Indonesia Global Gateway Cable System (IGG). The IGG is a 100 Gigabit per second x 80 wavelengths x four fibre pairs optical fibre submarine cable system, according to a press statement by NEC on 8 September 2016. It is expected to be completed in early 2018.
The online population across Asia could be enjoying slightly faster access to some internet services today with the news that Google has switched on a new high-speed undersea cable system, bringing speedier connectivity to Google services in the region. To recap, back in 2014, a six-member consortium of companies consisting of Google, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and Singtel unveiled plans to create a 9,000km transpacific undersea cable system spanning from Oregon on the west coast of the U.S.
Tech in Asia — China’s government has made it much harder for game developers to make mobile games, but China’s mobile gamers haven’t become any less interested in playing them. That’s the conclusion reached by research firm Niko Partners in its latest report on China’s mobile gaming industry. According to the report:
MIS Asia — Residents and visitors to Myanmar are now able to access the internet at 4G speeds, thanks to Nokia and telecommunications company Ooredoo Myanmar. Communications and information technology company Nokia has upgraded Ooredoo Myanmar’s existing 3G network using the Nokia Single RAN and Packet Core platforms. This initial 4G roll-out was completed under three months.
China Tech News — During the first half of 2016, China Telecom’s operating revenue reached CNY176.82 billion, a year-on-year increase of 7.2%; while its net profit reached CNY11.673 billion, a year-on-year increase of 6.3%. At the same time, China Telecom reported service revenue of CNY155.222 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.6%.
Asia 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.
Mobile World Live — China Telecom, the country’s third largest mobile player, reported strong increases in profit and revenue for the first half of the year, as its 4G penetration hit 44 per cent. Its net profit for the period expanded 6.3 per cent to CNY11.7 billion ($1.76 billion), while EBITDA was down very slightly (0.4 per cent) to CNY50.6 billion.
Datacenter News — China Unicom opened its newest and largest Hong Kong data center last week, which is also the company’s most advanced cloud center beyond mainland China. More than 200 guests attended the opening, including government representatives, China Unicom executives, telecommunications leaders and business leaders.
Nikkei — HONG KONG — As cash-rich telecom operator China Mobile makes inroads into its turf in the fixed-line broadband space, China Telecom, the country’s third-largest mobile carrier, is grasping for new growth models powered by computing technologies and the internet of things.
SMCP — Microsoft Hong Kong and Japanese telecommunication company NTT are partnering to offer a hybrid cloud solution to companies in Hong Kong, as the pace for cloud adoption among multinational corporations (MNCs) in the city picks up.
Singapore’s Infocomms Development Authority (IDA) issued the final rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction and set a 1 September deadline for new entrants to submit applications, with proof they have sufficient funding. IDA also issued clarifications to queries relating to the 700MHz, 900MHz, 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz auction scheduled for early October.
ZDNet — Telstra’s venture capital arm Telstra Ventures has announced investing an undisclosed amount in Cloopen, a Chinese communications application programming interface (API) provider. The Beijing-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company enables developers to integrate messaging, video calling, and voice calling into their applications, along with security functions, with 150,000 developers including Tencent and Alibaba already using the platform for app development.
Vietnam 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.
Datacenter Dynamics — Hosting provider RootBSD, which specializes in deployments based on the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) Unix version, has expanded its cloud service footprint with a new data center in Hong Kong. Root BSD has a presence in over two dozen data centers around the world, and has added this new one in HKNet’s data center at Evergain Plaza, which is marketed as Tier II facility. HKNet is a subsidiary of NTT Com, and runs a carrier-neutral facility with Tier 1 backbone connectivity.
Enterprise Innovation — Singtel announced on Friday that it is partnering with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to train cyber security talents. The work-study program will support SIT students in the areas of Information Security and Software Engineering, which is expected to lead to career pathways such as cyber security R&D, product development, and management, cyber analysis and forensics, operations and cyber architects.
RCR Wireless — Swedish vendor Ericsson is partnering with Japanese operator KDDI to deploy Ericsson Device Connection Platforms to manage global “internet of things” connections. The partnership will provide enhanced connectivity services to KDDI’s enterprise customers and support the deployment of IoT solutions on a global scale, the Swedish company said.
Telecom 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.
BBS — South Korea has launched its first commercial, low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) network aimed at making the country even more connected. The network would allow smart devices to talk to each other via the network. Phone carrier SK Telecom is behind the initiative, which uses technology that will allow it to reach 99% of the country’s population. Aside from South Korea, the Netherlands also has a nationwide IoT network.
Tech 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.
MIS Asia — Bhutan Telecom has partnered Microsoft and HP to offer businesses hosted cloud services. “This partnership with Microsoft and HP is not only transformative for Bhutan Telecom in enabling us to diversify our products and service, it is also a potential driver of Bhutan’s economic growth. With our new hosted cloud, we can further help our customers become even more competitive and agile,” said Tshewang Gyeltshen, Chief Executive Officer of Bhutan Telecom.
Digi 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.
ZDNet — Telstra has announced the acquisition of Readify, a developer of Microsoft software applications, saying it will bolster the telecommunications provider’s cloud offerings. The Readify acquisition augments Telstra’s purchase of Kloud in January, according to Telstra’s executive director of Global Enterprise and Services Michelle Bendschneider, as well as its earlier acquisitions of O2 Networks, Bridgepoint Communications, and NSC.
RCR 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.
Enterprise Innovation — Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and Bharti Airtel (Airtel) have joined hands to deliver high-speed, secure data network coverage to Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States. They have combined resources into one network to provide high-speed data connectivity to 325 cities across the world through 370 Points of Presence (PoP). This will form one of the largest Internet Protocol Virtual Private Networks (IP VPN) globally.
Wired — 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.
SCMP — Revenues from data will start to offset the decline in voice for Chinese telecommunications companies from next year following rising consumer demands for data, according to a report by a leading mobile association. For Chinese telecom companies, legacy voice revenues fell 15.4 per cent in 2015 due to the widespread adoption of IP messaging services, according to the Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2016 report released by the GSM Association (GSMA) at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai on Wednesday.