Huawei Marine deploys Subsea Cable System on Eastern Seaboard of Peninsula Malaysia

APACVoicenData — 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.

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.

Underground market selling details of compromised servers in 173 countries

APACZDNet — An underground marketplace has been found to be selling information of more than 70,600 compromised servers in both government and private networks, located across 173 countries including Singapore, China, Malaysia, and Australia. Available for sale from US$6 each, access to these servers was being hawked at a cyber black market called xDedic, which appeared to be operated by a Russian-speaking group, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Microsoft widens Digital Transformation path for Malaysian NGOs

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been offered a Digital Transformation path through cloud and productivity solutions provider Microsoft’s new ‘Tech4Good’ initiative.  During the launch in Kuala Lumpur, Microsoft Malaysia’s managing director K Raman said Tech4Good offered a platform for NGOs to have access to world-class solutions and technology that would support their efforts in serving their communities, including youth, women, undocumented children and persons with disabilities.

Concur’s cloud computing empowers AirAsia to soar to new heights

MalaysiaNews Straits Times — KUALA LUMPUR: A unit of German multinational software corporation SAP SE, Concur Technologies Inc (Concur), has collaborated with AirAsia to implement an integrated travel and expense solution for the local carrier’s subsidiary, AirAsia Global Shared Services. In a statement today, SAP said the solution provides business process outsourcing services to AirAsia Group’s 17,000 employees and is expected to be completed by early July this year.

XL Axiata taps Amdocs to step up mobile financial services

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — XL Axiata has selected the Amdocs Mobile Financial Services (MFS) solution to enhance its existing XL Tunai mobile financial services platform and introduce new services under a seven-year managed services revenue-sharing contract. Amdocs’ solution is expected to enable XL Tunai customers, both banked and unbanked customers across Indonesia, to use a single wallet for all financial services including airtime top-up, money transfer, credit purchase, as well as online and retail payments.

Telstra expands Asian backbone

AustraliaIT News — Telstra has expanded its Asian network backbone through capacity purchases on existing submarine cables and a new fully-owned overland circuit. A Telstra spokesman said the company was not part of the consortium that built the Bay of Bengal Gateway cable, but has secured capacity on the system that connects Singapore, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka with Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Facebook expands in Malaysia

MalaysiaWARC — KUALA LUMPUR: Facebook is to open an office in Malaysia, as more than 18m Malaysians use the social media platform every month and 6.5m use Instagram, its photo-sharing service. Nicole Tan, the former managing director of ad agency J. Walter Thompson Malaysia, will head a local team that will be looking to connect more Malaysians and businesses with the company’s solutions, New Straits Times reported.

Facebook continues Southeast Asia expansion with Malaysia office

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — Facebook this week announced the official opening of its office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, weeks after its launch of its Manila, Philippines office on 20 April last month. According to Facebook, more than 241 million people in Southeast Asia (SEA) access the social media network, with the vast majority (94%) doing so from mobile devices.

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.

Digi Q1 2016 service revenue was flat, other indicators promising

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — MOBILE services provider Bhd recorded service revenue for the first quarter of 2016 of RM1.56 billion, unchanged from the preceding quarter, against challenging and competitive market conditions. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) strengthened to RM704 million from RM701 million in Q4 2015, or a 43% margin despite aggressive IDD competition and moderated data monetisation opportunities.

Malaysia in 4G mode while others mull 5G: Ericsson

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — THERE is no escape – with the perfect storm of 5G (Fifth Generation), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud, digital disruption is coming to every industry in Malaysia. Yet the country is still caught up in 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) mode, lamented Todd Ashton, head of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Tune Talk trains its guns on Indonesia

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — TUNE Talk has launched a new mobile call and data package specifically targeting Indonesians living and working in Malaysia. The new ‘Tune Talk Bisa Pak’ is meant to satisfy the growing need for mobile data alongside an affordable international call rate to Indonesia, the company said at the official launch in Kuala Lumpur on April 19.

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.

Axiata Group buys Nepal’s Ncell for $1.36b

NepalTelecom Asia — Malaysia-based Axiata Group has entered the Nepal telecoms market with the acquisition of the nation’s largest mobile operator Ncell. Axiata has paid $1.36 billion for an effective 80% stake in Ncell from previous owners TeliaSonera UTA Holdings and Reynolds Holdings’ SEA Telecom Investments. Local partner Sunivera Capital Ventures will retain a 20% direct stake in Ncell, as required under Nepalese law.

Malaysia wants more SMEs to list on the stock exchange

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — SME Corporation Malaysia, a central coordinating agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia that formulates overall policies and strategies for small and medium enterprises, wants more SMEs to list on Bursa Malaysia Bhd, an exchange holding company.

Will TM’s 100Mbps service excite consumers?

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — TELEKOM Malaysia Bhd, the country’s largest fixed-line company, has unveiled its new 100Mbps (megabit per second) UniFi high-speed broadband plan. The new UniFi Pro Plan offers customers broadband speeds of 100Mbps for RM329 (US$84) a month. From now until June 30, customers can get the plan at an RM30 discount for RM299 a month.

Maxis confident it has a healthy fibre plan

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — GIVEN that a competitor had recently announced a fixed broadband plan that dropped many a jaw, the newly-launched MaxisOne Home plan may seem a bit of an anti-climax. But it does deliver one clear message: That the competition in this sector remains intense as telcos try to differentiate themselves.

Venture capital firm eyes SE Asian tech start-ups

MalaysiaMalaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd., the country’s largest venture firm with $300 million in assets under management, announced the SuperSeed Fund with Gobi on Thursday last week. They will seek to invest in 25 to 35 early-stage startups across Southeast Asia over the next three years.

Malaysia’s LTE speeds close in on global average

MalaysiaTelecom Asia — Malaysia’s LTE operators are locked in a close battle for LTE dominance, with no one provider emerging as the 4G speed king, according to research from OpenSignal. An analysis of LTE performance from Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile from the wireless coverage mapping company finds that Malaysia’s 4G networks have come close to matching the global average speed of 13.5Mbps.

Uber tests cash payments in Malaysia

MalaysiaTech in Asia — Uber is testing cash payments in Malaysia, in the city of Johor Bahru, a place where Singaporeans like to go for cheap shopping and seafood. It’s the first city in Malaysia to have cash payments on the app. “Cash is the dominant payment option for residents and visitors in cities across Malaysia,” says Leon Foong, general manager of Uber Malaysia. The company has rolled out cash payments in dozens of cities, including 27 in India. Uber users in cities in the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia also have this option.

SEA-ME-WE 5 undersea cable successfully landed at Tuas

SingaporeNEW STRAITS TIMES — SINGAPORE: The Southeast Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable was successfully landed by Singtel at Tuas, Singapore. The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system is being developed by a consortium comprising 17 global players, including Telekom Malaysia. On the Malaysian side, Telekom Malaysia landed the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable in Melaka in January this year.

Malaysia’s Sabah state gov’t partners with Huawei on ICT project

MalaysiaeGov Innovation — The Sabah state government of Malaysia recently signed an agreement with Huawei to achieve its target of becoming a regional ICT hub and smart state.  A report on the Huawei website said a joint working group will be formed to oversee the collaboration agreement.

Tune Talk’s 8G technology … wait, what?

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — ONE of the boldest announcements at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) in Barcelona this week came from Malaysian-based regional mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Tune Talk Sdn Bhd. With its attention-grabbing (and headshake-generating) ‘Are You Ready for 8G?’ press release, the company announced it was launching “a ground-breaking and revolutionary service which will unify any and all emerging spectrums to create a singular point-to-point broadband connectivity OTA (Over the Air) with absolutely zero expenditure on infrastructure.”

Digi to spend $217.6m on capex in 2016

MalaysiaTelecom Asia — Malaysia’s Digi Telecommunications has allocated 904 million ringgit ($217.6 million) in capex for 2016, to pursue expansion projects including the rollout of VoLTE and VoWiFi. The operator has roughly maintained its capex budget at the same size as 2015, The Star Online reported. Digi is currently testing voice over LTE and Wi-Fi technologies and anticipates a commercial launch this year, according to chief marketing officer Christian Thrane.

Slow internet connection will be fixed by March 31, says TM

MalaysiaMalaysia Kini — Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) will begin fixing its slow internet connection linked to United States and North Asia on March 25 and estimates repairs will be completed by the end of the month. This is according to TM in a statement today following massive complaints of internet connection disruption and slow internet speed, especially via Twitter.

Malaysian eCommerce remains bright, 11street says

MalaysiaMIS Asia — To match the changing retail market, Malaysia’s online shopping platform 11street has announced enhancements to its mobile app, which further enrich shopping experience, it said. 11street chief executive officer Hoseok Kim said: “The retail landscape is changing, as digital changes the way people shop.

Malaysian banks still face big digital transformation gap, report says

MalaysiaA new joint report from banking and financial services professional body The Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB) and EY (Ernst & Young Advisory Services) shows that Malaysia-based banks still have far to go in the data transformation journey.  Speaking of the study ‘C-Suite’s Next Game Plan: Data Analytics?’, Chow Sang Hoe, EY’s ASEAN Advisory managing partner, said

Ericsson wins deals with Telenor Asia, XL Axiata

APACTelecom Asia — Ericsson has secured a five-year contract with Telenor Group to deploy LTE networks in Thailand, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide equipment for LTE rollouts by Thailand’s Dtac, Bangladesh’s Grameenphone and Telenor Myanmar. The contract also covers the transformation of Telenor’s 2G and 3G networks in the markets, to help improve network capacity and enhance the mobile broadband experience.

Malaysia tops global datacentre drive to ‘always-on’ availability, study shows

MalaysiaMIS Aisa — According to Veeam Software’s 2016 Availability Report, Malaysian enterprises’ increasing awareness of the gap between what users demand and what IT can deliver is driving 93 percent of  them to invest in 24/7 always-on operations. Veeam Software (Veeam) Vice President for Asia & Japan, Julian Quinn, said the research findings clearly showed that “despite numerous high-profile incidents in the last year, enterprises were still not paying enough attention to the needs of their users.”