Telecom Asia — Singapore’s M1 has launched the nation’s first public native HD voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) trial using HetNet technology. The trial service supports calls to and from fixed numbers without having to use a separate calling app, and allows for two-way mobility between Wi-Fi and mobile networks for seamless handover.
Mobile 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.
Tech in Asia — I mean really, who didn’t see this coming? Startup broadband provider MyRepublic rocked the boat something fierce yesterday when it promised to introduce a super cheap data plan (2GB for S$8, or US$5.80, per month) and an unlimited data plan for S$80 (US$58) per month. That’s if it is successful in its bid to become Singapore’s fourth telco.
Telecom Asia — A price war has erupted in Singapore for the first time in four years, as operators seek to stay competitive by lifting their data allowances. SingTel recently introduced a new add-on plan giving customers the option of doubling their mobile data allowance for an extra S$5.90 per month, theStraits Times reported.
Telecom Asia — Singapore’s M1 grew its 2015 net profit by 1.5% to S$178.5 million ($124.3 million) despite a 1.1% dip in service revenue. Revenue decreased to S$822.3 million, with M1 attributing the decline to lower international call services earnings.
ZDNet — Singapore’s third-largest telecommunications carrier, M1, has announced a full-year 2015 net profit of SG$178.5 million, a marginal 1.5 percent increase from 2014’s SG$175.8 million, on operating revenue of SG$1.16 billion — a 7.5 percent year-on-year rise from SG$1.08 billion in 2014.
Telecom Asia — Singapore’s M1 and Huawei have announced they achieved 4G peak download speeds exceeding 1Gbps during a trial at M1’s LTE-A test lab. The demonstration also achieved peak upload speeds of over 130Mbps, marking the first time Huawei and an operator partner have achieved such a high combined download and upload speeds during a trial.
Singapore’s M1 has launched a new unlimited in-flight data roaming service covering 18 airlines and available as both a subscription and pay-per-use service. The service will offer connections to M1’s preferred in-flight network OnAir with consumption costs capped at S$25 ($17.71) per day for subscription customers.
Enterprise Innovation — Singtel Group and M1 both engaged Amdocs, for digital transformation in Singapore and Australia, and for convergent billing solution to provide enhanced customer experience. Under a multi-year services agreement, Amdocs will deliver to Singtel a single platform for online customer care and commerce, which will enable Singtel to offer an improved and differentiated digital service experience to customers in its key markets of Singapore and Australia.
ZDNet — M1 says it is deploying software-defined networking (SDN) in its cloud data centre as part of efforts to gain operational efficiencies, enabling the Singapore telco to then pass this benefit to its customers. It signed up VMware, Palo Alto Networks, and Huawei as partners in, what the operator described as a proof of concept in its data center, which was launched in November last year.
Network Asia — Following their Data Passport announcement, M1 launched new mobile plans for customers in Singapore who do not need a new mobile phone when they recontract. The company said that the rationale behind is was that Singapore consumers today have access to a wide selection of smartphone models at affordable prices even without contract. This has given consumers even more flexibility over the smartphone they want to use, and how often they wish to upgrade it.
Business Wire — Virtual Instruments, the leader in Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) for diverse computing environments, today announced that M1 Limited (M1), a Singapore-based communications provider serving nearly 2 million customers, has implemented Virtual Instruments as a Service (VIaaS). By leveraging this IPM platform, M1 is able to ensure optimal customer experiences by maximizing performance and availability of business critical applications. At the same time, VIaaS helps M1 ensure that its IT infrastructure runs more efficiently and reliably.
ZDNet — Singapore is dangling a mega carrot in the form of discounted spectrum as part of efforts to entice a fourth player to enter the country’s mobile market. The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said it would slash the reserve package price of spectrum set aside for a new mobile player to S$40 million (US$29.63 million), in a proposed auction targeted to take place in early 2016.
SINGAPORE telco M1 Ltd, in collaboration with CIMB, MasterCard and Wirecard, has launched a mobile point of sale (mPOS) solution, which it said transforms smartphones and tablets into terminals that allow merchants to accept credit, debit and prepaid card payments from customers anytime, anywhere. The M1 mPOS solution is designed to meet the needs of traditionally cash-based small businesses, startups, and ‘on-the-go’ enterprises such as push-cart vendors and small cafés, to allow them to offer their customers the convenience of card payment, M1 said in a statement.
M1, Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and StarHub will stop all 2G (Second Generation) mobile services in Singapore with effect April 1, 2017. This will apply to 2G voice, messaging and data services, the three said in a joint statement. Mobile networks have evolved since the launch of 2G service in 1994, and Singapore’s extensive modern 3G and 4G mobile networks have led to high smartphone ownership and usage rates, they said. To cater for consumers’ increased demand for mobile data and faster access speeds, the spectrum currently used for 2G will be used to provide faster and more advanced 3G and 4G services.
SINGAPORE’S telecommunications players, which saw total mobile revenue grow by about 2% last year, are braced for a challenging 2015 with their first quarter (Q1) numbers showing signs of weaker growth ahead. For the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), M1 Ltd and StarHub Ltd collectively recorded mobile revenue of approximately S$990 million (US$743 million), representing a 1% increase versus the S$978 million (US$734 million) in the same quarter a year ago.
MOBILE network operators (MNOs) in Singapore have generally achieved significant nationwide street-level 4G service coverage for their respective networks, approximately 18 months ahead of a June 30 2016 timeline, according to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). The IDA began surveying MNOs 4G (Fourth Generation) network performance, with the aim of promoting greater awareness and transparency to consumers.
Telco M1 has opened a new five-storey data centre in Jurong that is tripling its computing power in its quest to make its new fibre offerings more appealing. The centre will offer services such as Internet bandwidth and surfing, computing resources and storage. Clients will also be able to get applications such as digital phone systems, digital signage and wired and wireless network security. M1 is partnering companies such as Hitachi Data Systems, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung to provide these services.
The Personal Data Protection Commission is in touch with M1 regarding an alleged security breach by a customer, wanting to flag a “loophole”, even though M1 says it has resolved the issue and put safeguards in place. SINGAPORE: The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) is investigating a “security loophole” that caused M1 to temporarily suspend pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone 6 smartphones on Monday (Sep 15).
SINGAPORE, Sept 15 — Local telcos StarHub and SingTel have released prices for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, following M1’s release last week. Under Starhub’s new 4G 3 subscription plan which will cost subscribers S$42.90 (RM109.10) per month, prices will range from S$518 for a 16GB iPhone 6 to S$935 for a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus. Starhub’s booking site will open this afternoon for customers who registered their interest last week.
SINGAPORE: There are plenty of assumptions that would need to fall MyRepublic’s way, as well as a helping hand from local regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), before the fiber broadband provider can realise its goal of becoming the fourth telecom operator in Singapore. In an interview with Channel NewsAsia on Thursday (June 26), MyRepublic CEO Malcolm Rodrigues acknowledged that the road to become the new telco in an already-saturated market is fraught with obstacles. These range from regulatory constraints, to initial cost outlay, and likely resistance from the three incumbents – SingTel, StarHub and M1 – “all along the way”.
M1, Singapore’s third largest telco, has launched its 10Gbps and 1GBps fiber broadband services for businesses. Believed to be the fastest in Singapore, the 10Gbps plan caters to enterprises with high-bandwidth demands like data centers, financial institutions, and cloud service providers. Both plans are available from today, and M1 did not disclose prices for the 10Gbps service. Its 1Gbps plan costs S$996 (US$796) a month, and includes up to 10 access points and public wifi for guests. The price matches M1′s legacy business internet plans.