StarHub’s CFO unfazed by a fourth telco’s entry

SingaporeStraits Times — Ten months after his appointment as StarHub’s chief financial officer, Dennis Chia finds he has grown into the role. “Over the past 10 months, I’ve seen changes in the way I react to things – taking a few steps back to assess a situation and adjusting my approach to achieve the same results. I would definitely say I’ve gotten a little more patient too,” he said reflectively.

StarHub net profit up by SG$19.1m

SingaporeZDNet — Singaporean telecommunications provider StarHub has announced its financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2016, reporting net profit of SG$92.8 million, up 25.9 percent from the SG$73.7 million reported for the same period in 2015. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) was SG$183.4 million, up 13.2 percent from last year’s SG$162.1 million, while revenue sat at SG$590.9 million, down 4.4 percent year on year from the SG$617.9 million announced in the same quarter for FY15.

Huawei, StarHub complete 1Gbps LTE-A trial

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Huawei and StarHub have completed a live demonstration of the world’s fastest 1Gbps indoor coverage network at the Pan Pacific Singapore. The trial combined StarHub’s 55MHz of frequency spectrum across the 1800-MHz, 2100-MHz and 2600-MHz bands to deliver gigabit-bandwidth.

StarHub signs MoU with China Mobile for strategic collaboration

SingaporeZDNet — Singaporean telecommunications company StarHub has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Mobile International (CMI) in a bid to accelerate what they called a strategic collaboration under the framework of CMI’s Shanghai-based Hand-in-Hand Program. According to the companies, they will focus on five key areas: Intensifying device collaboration on research initiatives for mobile network evolution technologies;

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.

Starhub follows Singtel and M1 in the scramble to undercut MyRepublic’s cheap data plans

SingaporeTech 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.

Price war in Singapore over mobile data

SingaporeTelecom 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.

StarHub, Nokia Networks boost 4G experience in Singapore with VoLTE deployment

SingaporeDigital News Asia — SINGAPORE’s StarHub has successfully deployed Nokia Networks technologies as part of its 4G HetNet (Fourth Generation Heterogeneous Network) in Marina Bay, a commercial, residential and entertainment hub in the island-republic. The deployment required the integration of Nokia Networks’ TD-LTE, FDD-LTE and outdoor small cells solutions, Nokia Networks said in a statement.

Singapore looks to slash mobile spectrum price to attract fourth operator

SingaporeZDNet — 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.

Bye-bye 2G: Singapore telcos to stop services April 2017

SingaporeM1, 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 telcos’ Q1 shows signs of weaker growth ahead

SingaporeSINGAPORE’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.

StarHub starts transformation to open, cloud-based network using SDN

SingaporeStarHub has started transforming its existing core and access networks to open, cloud-based networks using software-defined networking (SDN) technology. This forms part of StarHub’s aim to enhance its network operational capabilities, enabling the company to better respond to its corporate customers’ business needs as well as to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives.  This came after StarHub recently finalized the design of its SDN environment and identified various strategic partners, including Cisco and Huawei who will be involved in the development of StarHub’s SDN ecosystem.

StarHub FY14 revenue inches up 1%, driven by equipment sales

SingaporeSTARHUB Ltd announced that total revenue for 2014 edged up 1% to S$2.36 billion thanks to higher revenue from the sales of equipment, driven by strong demand for the new iPhones, but the telco giant also saw a 1% dip in service revenue and a 17% plunge in broadband revenue. In announcing its results for the fourth quarter (Q4) and full year ended Dec 31 2014, StarHub said total revenue in Q4 increased 5% year-on-year (YoY) to S$647.4 million.

StarHub in commercial trial of Huawei’s LampSite solution

SingaporeTELECOMMUNICATION solutions provider Huawei has started a commercial trial of its LampSite indoor coverage solution with Singaporean mobile operator StarHub at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The solution would enable StarHub to combine the use of its existing frequency spectrum on both 1800 and 2600 MHz bands on a single platform, to achieve peak throughput rates of up to 300Mbps, Huawei said in a statement.

StarHub, Bookmate launch ‘book streaming’ service, from SG

Social ebook reading service Bookmate is now available in Singapore with a library of over 500,000 ebooks from 600 publishers. Available at a flat monthly fee, the service offers books from major publishers such as HarperCollins, Head of Zeus, Profile Books, Serpent’s Tail and others. As part of its international expansion efforts, Bookmate is exclusively partnering with StarHub to introduce its book-streaming service to the local reading community and engage local publishers to offer their books on the platform.

StarHub launches 2-in-1 mobile number service

SINGAPORE: StarHub post-paid customers can now utilise two mobile numbers from a single SIM card and phone through a new app launched on Wednesday (Oct 1). The new StarHub 2-in-1 LINE app, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows subscribers to activate and connect a second mobile number onto their existing phone and line. Users can then make calls and SMSes from their primary phone, but with the secondary mobile number displayed on the recipient’s caller ID.

Singapore telcos set prices for iPhone 6

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.

StarHub now offers 4G data roaming in 21 countries

STARHUB customers now have access to 4G data roaming services on 25 mobile networks across 21 countries – the largest number of roaming destinations so far, the telco said on Monday. The 4G data will have the same roaming rates as the existing 3G ones. The rates range from S$15 to S$30 a day on StarHub’s DataRoam Daily Unlimited plans, depending on the country in question.

Xbox teams up with StarHub for localised content

SINGAPORE: Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console, which will be launched in Singapore on Sep 23, will allow local users to stream programmes on their Xbox One thanks to a partnership with StarHub. This was announced by the company at a Xbox One showcase on Sep 1. Users of Microsoft’s newest game console in Singapore will be able to access content on the free StarHub TV Anywhere app for Xbox One. With the app, users will get access to StarHub TV Anywhere’s line-up of 89 channels, including SuperSports Arena.

MyRepublic CEO: 4th telco the plan, but ‘resistance expected’

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”.

Some StarHub subscribers to get both fibre and cable – just in case

SINGAPORE: StarHub will combine its fibre and cable networks for its 500Mbps (megabits per second) fibre home broadband plan, which it said would offer customers additional service reliability.  In a statement released on Thursday (May 29), the telco said new and re-contracting customers will get access to both networks at no extra charge if they sign up for the 500Mbps fibre plan from this Saturday. A 100Mpbs cable home broadband service will come bundled with it, the company added.