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SingTel fined $4.8m for network outage

Singapore's SingTel has been fined S$6m ($4.8m) by the country's telecoms regulator following a nine-day outage

Singapore’s telecoms regulator has imposed a financial penalty of S$6m ($4.8m) on mobile operator SingTel following a service outage that lasted nine days and affected almost 270,000 customers.

Uncertainty and risk: the results of spectrum renewal by auction

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The use of auctions for spectrum renewal seems pointless and likely only to create uncertainty and risk for operators, says Graham Friend, managing director at Coleago Consulting. New entrants know they are likely to be outbid by incumbents and the uncertainty generated dampens the desire of those incumbents to invest and innovate, which is not good at a time when governments want to see a rapid and extensive roll-out of LTE.

Singtel boosts Bharti Telecom holding

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Singaporean incumbent operator Singtel is to up its stake in India’s Bharti Telecom to 39.78 per cent, taking its effective interest in Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator, to 32.34 per cent.

INTERVIEW: LTE in the City State

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Telecoms.com talks to Mock Pak Lum, CTO of Singaporean operator StarHub, about the ongoing rollout of the firm’s LTE offering.

Fastest Asian submarine cable open for business

The cable carries traffic at a blistering 40Gbps

Asia’s fastest submarine cable link opened for business this week, carrying traffic at a blistering 40Gbps between Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines with an additional link to Hong Kong to be added in December.

Keeping the edge

Mock Pak Lum, chief technology officer, StarHub

In the highly competitive Singaporean market, Mock Pak Lum, who has been CTO of Starhub for ten months, has to keep the operator on the edge in terms of network capabilities.

Nucleus Connect: “End-user demand for the NGN has been very good”

David Storrie, CEO of Nucleus Connect

David Storrie has a crucial role to play in the communications future of a genuine Asian Tiger: as CEO of Nucleus Connect, the operating company of Singapore’s Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN), he is responsible for lighting up around SGD 1bn (US$ 808mn) worth of fibre for the city-state’s 5mn residents

StarHub signs roaming agreement with Vodafone

StarHub is offering improved data roaming rates as a result of its partnership with Vodafone

Singaporean operator StarHub has signed a deal with Vodafone, which will see its customers use mobile data services at more attractive rates when roaming to major European countries, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. With the new preferred rates, customers pay $25 for the first 20Mb of international data used on any particular day. Beyond this usage within the same day, roaming data access costs $3/Mb.

Telstra expands into Singapore and Japan

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Australian operator Telstra has secured new operating licences in Singapore and Japan, allowing the firm to extend its reach in Asia. The company will deliver services directly to customers in both markets, rather than teaming up with local partners, as its newly acquired licences allow the carrier to own infrastructure facilities in each of the countries.

Different Strokes

Alan Hadden, chairman of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association

With the LTE Asia conference imminent, Telecoms.com speaks to Alan Hadden, president of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, about the spectrum challenges facing the Asian LTE market. Fragmentation is as much of an issue in Asia Pacific as it is in the rest of the world, with early movers trying to muster support for their competing strategies.

Cook’s recipe for LTE success in Singapore

Peter Cook of Singaporean carrier StarHub

In the lead up to the LTE Asia conference, taking place in Singapore on 6-7th September, we speak to Peter Cook, vice president of mobile network engineering at StarHub, Singapore’s second largest operator.

New opportunities

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Neil Montefiore, CEO of Singaporean operator Starhub, talks about the smartphone revolution and the build out of Starhub’s next generation fibre network.

Huawei bags MobileOne Singapore LTE network deal

Singapore can expect a Huawei powered network to be in place by the first quarter of 2012.

Singaporean operator M1 has announced the deployment of the market’s first commercial LTE network.Huawei will be supplying the kit and the network is due for completion in Q1 2012.

INQ brings social networking phone to Singapore

SingTel will be first to get the INQ Mini 3G

Hutchison Whampoa’s handset development studio has broken into Asia under a deal with SingTel that will see the Singaporean carrier launch INQ’s latest handset.

M1′s Montefiore to take over StarHub

M1's Montefiore to take over StarHub

Neil Montefiore, who quit Singaporean operator MobileOne (M1) at the end of January 2009 after 13 years at the helm, has revealed plans to take over slightly larger rival StarHub from the start of next year.

Thinking big at WiMAX Congress Asia

Michael Lai, the charismatic CEO of P1, a 2.3GHz WiMAX operator in Malaysia, is candid about the size of the challenge facing the WiMAX community. “This year is a defining year for WIMAX,” he says. “It’s got to happen and it’s got to happen big.”

M1 Singapore announces new CEO

M1 Singapore announces new CEO

Singaporean mobile operator M1 on Tuesday announced its new CEO as Karen Kooi Lee Wah, effective April 22.

WiMAX Forum® Congress Asia to feature revolutionary product offerings and showcases

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 16, 2009 – The WiMAX Forum® today announced that a Live WiMAX™ Tour will be held at the upcoming WiMAX Forum Congress Asia. Highly regarded as the leading, dedicated event for industry companies in the region, the WiMAX Forum Congress Asia will take place on April 28 – 29 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

Strong Showing Expected at CommunicAsia2009 and BroadcastAsia2009

Singapore 7 April – CommunicAsia2009 and BroadcastAsia2009 are expected to feature about 2,000 exhibiting companies from 65 countries and regions from across the globe, demonstrating the strong demand by companies to expand their footprint in Asia’s emerging markets and the importance of the annual exhibitions as networking and sourcing platforms for the global infocomm and media industries.

Moving on

After almost 13 years in charge of Singaporean mobile carrier M1, Neil Montefiore stood down at the end of January this year. He plans to work as an independent consultant for 12 months, before beginning a new role-as yet unspecified-in 2010.

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