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.
Enterprise Innovation — Singtel has enhanced its mobile wallet app, Singtel Dash, with new features in its bid to claim a larger slice of the mobile payments pie. Singtel Dash was first launched in 2014 as a collaboration between Singtel and Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. The carrier-agnostic service is open to all users in Singapore with an iOS or Android mobile device.
Asia One — Singapore – Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra on Thursday said they have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new international submarine cable, called APX-West, connecting Perth and Singapore. The new APX-West submarine cable is expected to begin construction by the end of July and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Once completed, the new submarine cable will span more than 4,500 kilometres carrying traffic between Australia and Singapore.
ZDNet — Telstra, Singtel, and SubPartners have entered a memorandum of understanding to construct a high-capacity Perth to Singapore subsea cable. The cable, named APX-West, will be 4,500km long, with two fibre pairs providing a minimum of 10 Terabits per second capacity each pair and two-way data transmission. It will replace the slower-speed SEA-ME-WE 3 (SMW3) cable, which currently carries data traffic between the two countries.
ZDNet — Singaporean incumbent telecommunications provider Singtel has announced the upcoming launch of its Transit NFC SIM, enabling customers to pay for train and bus trips using smartphones with near-field communication (NFC). Singtel customers across the island will be able to pay for MRT, LRT, and bus rides using an NFC phone that has the telco’s Dash app installed.
Asia One — SINGAPORE Telecommunications (Singtel) has completed the landing of the magnum 20,000 km South-east Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable at Tuas. Singapore, marking a major step towards its completion by the end of the year.
NEW 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.
Tech in Asia — It’s raining mobile data in Singapore today. Hot on the heels of startup telco MyRepublic’s call for registration of interest on a 2GB for S$8 (US$5.80) per month plan, Singaporean telco Singtel announced it will offer double the data with DataX2. DataX2 is a service that allows mobile users to double their mobile data allowance by paying an extra S$5.90 (US$4.30) per month on top of their monthly fee.
Telecom Asia — SingTel was forced to temporarily suspend the functions of its mobile app after a software glitch resulted in users viewing the personal information of another account. Customers logging into the My Singtel app were able to view and the personal details of a different customer, and to modify the data field under account information to add their own messages.
EE Ttimes — MANILA—Singapore telco Singtel revealed last Monday that a trial run for Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is being carried out in the second half of 2016, as a part of its deal with Swedish communication technology company Ericsson. Their partnership, which was sealed early 2015 was made in line with the Singtel’s vision to support the rapid growth of connected devices using Singtel’s current 4G LTE network. Singtel is targeting 5G availability by 2020.
Telecom Asia — SingTel and Ericsson have announced they expect to achieve Singapore-wide deployment of a 900-MHz LTE network by the end of March. The network will allow SingTel to offer customers deeper indoor 4G coverage across the city. The upgrade will allow the operator to offer nationwide three-carrier aggregation with download speeds of over 300Mbps. SingTel is currently the only operator in Singapore to operate a tri-band LTE network on the 900-MHz, 1800-MHz and 2600-MHz bands.
ZDNet — Singtel and Ericsson have announced their collaboration on enabling Singtel’s 4G network for the Internet of Things (IoT), including a trial of narrowband IoT technology during the latter half of 2016. Instead of using cellular networks for the IoT, narrowband low-power, long-range, wide-area networks that use available, unlicensed radio spectrum could allow for extended coverage and less complex devices with higher battery life, meaning more connected devices overall.
TeleGeography — Singapore Telecom (Singtel), Southeast Asia’s biggest carrier by subscribers and revenue, said net profit for its fiscal third quarter ending 31 December 2015 declined 1.7% year-on-year to SGD953.5 million (USD688 million) from SGD969.8 million in the corresponding period of 2014.
Telecom Asia — SingTel has revealed plans to launch a 10Gbps residential fiber broadband service in Singapore later this month. The operator will use its 10GPON infrastructure to offer the service, which which will be the fastest home broadband service in Singapore. It will also feature four 1Gbps ports.
Telecom Asia — BT, Orange, Singtel and AT&T are the “leaders” of the next-generation telecoms service providers in Asia Pacific, but there are plenty of challengers in the market. This is according to an annual report by research firm IDC which also said these service providers “demonstrated a strong regional network presence, diverse portfolio of public, private, and hybrid cloud services, comprehensive suite of managed services offerings in the region, as well as a large base of mid and large-sized enterprises, multinational corporations (MNCs), and government clients across Asia Pacific.”