Items filtered by date: June 2018

Southeast Asia’s telecoms startup, MyRepublic has secured an investment of US$60m as it prepares to launch new services across the region with plans for a future IPO in Hong Kong in 18-24 months’ time.

The Singapore-headquartered company has to date raised a total capital of US$150 million.

Last week, MyRepublic launched its first commercial mobile service in Singapore, introducing three mobile plans - 7GB of data at S$35 a month, 12GB at S$55 a month, and 25GB at S$85 a month. It has formed an MVNO partnership with StarHub in May to utilise Starhub's mobile network infrastructure to offer mobile services in Singapore.

Unlike telcos operating on existing infrastructure and traditional operational models, MyRepublic will be leveraging its own proprietary TelcoTech platform, allowing it to automate a large chunk of its end-to-end service operations, enabling it to lower costs and increase agility.

According to MyRepublic, the cloud-based TelcoTech platform has enabled the operator to quickly enter new markets, launch new services simultaneously across multiple countries, and operate regionally using a single platform.

TelcoTech which is powered by Hitachi Vantara’s Pentaho Data Integration and Business Analytics platform is able to accelerate the company’s telecommunications technology strategy and enhance its business operations in Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.

Malcolm Rodrigues, CEO, MyRepublic
This investment is a milestone along our path to a public listing and it is the advice and guidance provided by CLSA Capital Partners that has led us to this point. We are excited to have their support and we look forward to continuing our relationship as we work towards taking MyRepublic public.

Sprint has joined NXM Labs, an IoT Blockchain platform developer, to launch a 5G-Ready Connected Car Platform combining high-speed, on-demand passenger Wi-Fi with advanced vehicle health monitoring and safety.

This includes the first blockchain powered Internet-of-Things (IoT) security system that guards against hackers.

The NXM platform includes a powerful automotive router that keeps people connected on the road, and through mobile apps, helping to save money and keep track of vehicle performance and location. Features include maintenance reminders, preventive notifications, scheduling and booking service appointments.

The platform will provide on-demand, unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity, powered by the Sprint LTE network that’s ready for even faster speeds and more capacity when Sprint 5G service begins in the first half of 2019. Drivers and passengers can connect their favorite devices in their vehicle and choose to order cellular broadband by the day, week or month without relying on their smartphone plan.

Smart parental controls, anti-theft, roadside assistance and collision detection features help keep families safe. The platform also makes it easy to find nearby parking and low-cost gas, plus keep track of driving expenses. Multiple family vehicles can also connect to each other allowing family members new ways to communicate.

The platform will be available starting this fall at leading automotive dealers nationwide.

Ivo Rook, SVP of IoT, Sprint
Through the power of blockchain technology, NXM provides an advanced level of security and advanced capabilities to vehicles that might not otherwise have it, even extending Wi-Fi. 

Scott Rankine, CEO, NXM Lab
We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with Sprint to bring to market the most advanced and secure connected car platform ever powered by the industry’s first Blockchain OS. 

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T-Mobile unveiled that it has now lit up 600 MHz Extended Range LTE in more than 900 cities and towns across 32 states, bringing T-Mobile LTE coverage into 120 places for the very first time.

Starting this month, the Operator will also begin enabling carrier aggregation for 600 MHz Extended Range LTE and mid-band LTE, so customers with capable devices can access the capacity of both at the same time, increasing download speeds. 

T-Mobile’s Extended Range LTE signals travel twice as far from the tower and are four times better in buildings than mid-band LTE, providing increased coverage and capacity. The Operator claims that it has already deployed Extended Range LTE to more than 80 percent of Americans with 700 MHz (Band 12), and rapidly began deploying it with 600 MHz (Band 71) last year to expand coverage and capacity even further. 

In April 2017, T-Mobile made its largest network investment ever, tripling its low-band spectrum holdings by purchasing 45% of the spectrum sold in the US government’s 600 MHz auction -- 31 MHz nationwide on average.

T-Mobile offers six 600 MHz-capable smartphones, with still over a dozen more across all price points expected to launch this year. 

Neville Ray, CTO, T-Mobile
The team is working at record pace to deploy 600 MHz LTE throughout the country, and we’re already expanding the network and challenging the Duopoly in places they’ve never had to compete before.

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Oscilloquartz, an ADVA company, recenly launched its enhanced primary reference time clock (ePRTC) system to enable unprecedented timing accuracy and stability even when the GNSS signal is lost.

The technology provides the ideal timing source for mission-critical transport systems, such as utility networks, government infrastructure and radio access networks, and provides the strict synchronization needed for LTE-A and 5G applications.

Featuring the OSA 3230B ePRC atomic cesium clock connected to an Oscilloquartz clock combiner and grandmaster, the new solution offers the extremely stable frequency of a cesium clock with the UTC-traceable signal provided by GNSS. When combined with the OSA 5430, the OSA ePRTC system is the only solution available that provides full hardware redundancy and multiple fan-out options including PTP over 10Gbit/s, claims the Company.

The dangers of reliance on GNSS alone have become a serious concern across a wide range of industries. Without backup, loss of signal would have a profound impact on critical infrastructure, financial institutions, and military capabilities. PTP packet-based mobile networks are also highly susceptible to outages unless they are able to hold time and maintain accuracy when GNSS is unavailable. 

The OSA ePRTC system removes this vulnerability while delivering higher performance levels than standard PRTC systems and giving operators control of their network synchronization. The solution comprises two OSA devices: an OSA 3230B ePRC cesium clock compliant to G.811.1 ePRC, which is connected to either an OSA 5421 or OSA 5430 clock combiner and grandmaster clock compliant to G.8272.1 ePRTC. This provides phenomenal holdover accurate to UTC within +/-100nsec for up to two weeks, ensuring resilience and optimized performance.

Gil Biran, GM, Oscilloquartz
With our ePRTC system, we’re taking reliability and accuracy to the next level. This solution meets the requirements of next-generation mobile networks, offers the precise synchronization needed by many of today’s industries and removes vulnerability to GNSS outages. Combining our advanced multi-constellation GNSS receiver with our atomic cesium clock technology creates an outstandingly accurate source of time with guaranteed holdover performance. 

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Telenet Group, the largest provider of cable broadband services and a leading mobile operator in Belgium, recenty announced the launch of its IoT platform, ‘Telenet Tinx’ for corporate customers.

Telenet Tinx IoT platform is created to make businesses smarter by allowing secure communication between devices and sensors via its own NB-IoT network. The new platform will be supported by a helpful toolbox of prebuilt services.

The platform enables communication between the smart devices, as well as data analysis and visualisation, in order to achieve new solutions and insights.

There are ready-made solutions for SMEs, but Telenet also develops custom IoT solutions for companies’ specific requirements. This is done in collaboration with technology partners such as IBM (Analytics), Microsoft (Azure Cloud), Imec (sensors), Artilium(systems integrator) and Unit-T, the joint venture with the French group Solutions 30, to enable the installation and maintenance of all the sensors.

As more and more devices are wirelessly connected to one another, they become more vulnerable to cyber threats, and for that Telenet focuses heavily on security for Tinx.              

Dieter Nieuwdorp, SVP & Corporate Development, Telenet
Together with a number of prominent partners we strive for the optimal solution for each company, from design to implementation, for fast, simple integration with the current IT environment.

Piet Spiessens, VP Innovation & Business Development, Telenet
With so many connected devices, an immense amount of data is available in the cloud. Therefore, we consider security a priority. We ensure that the network, firmware and IoT devices are secure and we encrypt and protect the data in the cloud.

Just two months after acquiring its 5G wireless spectrum, Vodafone UK has started laying out its plans to have 5G services up and running 2 years from now. It has also indentified 4 key application areas where 5G will play a key role in.

Vodafone UK ramped up its 5G gameplan with a recent test of the new 5G spectrum with a call connecting its Manchester hub and Newbury offices, marking the first time the 3.4 Gigahertz (GHz) radio frequency allocated for 5G is used for this purpose in the UK.

This is followed by the announcement by the Operator this week that seven cities in the UK will become its first batch of 5G trial areas, with roll-outs starting between October and December this year.

Elaborating further on its 5G strategy, Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone UK, wrote in a blog that, "The 5G spectrum Vodafone acquired is in one single “contiguous” block, meaning the bands are all within the same operating frequency. This will allow us to optimise deployment, because aggregating spectrum bands – linking them together to form a wider data transmission channel, which in turn increases capacity and boosts data speeds – is easier when the bands are continuous. Using the 5G spectrum we acquired, we can support the significant data growth we expect to see, as more people start to stream AR and VR content in ultra-high definition 4K and 8K." 

He added that, "We expect the 5G roll-out to follow a similar timeline as 4G. That means full commercial services are likely to arrive early in 2020, when a wider choice of compatible equipment and devices will be available. Getting to the point where 50% of all UK devices are on 5G could take another five years, meaning we would reach that critical halfway point in the mid-2020s. Our network won’t sit idle in the meantime – we’re carrying out field trials this year and next."

In his blog, Scott described the essential 5G use cases that the Operator intends to focus on -  the smart home, smart transportation, vital services and medical care.

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Driven by its vision of ‘Turkey’s data should stay in Turkey’ when it opened its Gebze-based data center in 2016, Turkcell now continues with the opening of a new data  center in Izmir.

With this new data center which has a white space of 2,400 square meters and an indoor area of 14,500 square meters, Turkcell claims that it has become Turkey’s largest data center and cloud services operator.

The number of provinces where Turkcell invests in for next-generation data centers will reach four upon the completion of data centers planned to be opened in Ankara next year, and then in Corlu.

According to Turkcell, its digital services, including BiP, fizy, lifebox, TV+ and Paycell, helped the Operator to attain considerable progress in its attempt to keep Turkey’s data in Turkey. The data consumed in these Turkcell services accounts for 8.5 percent of the data across its own network. This percentage will increase in the upcoming period, added Turkcell.

Kaan Terzioglu, CEO, Turkcell
Turkcell’s investments in next-generation data centers exceeded TRY 615 million(USD$132 million). We will additionally open Ankara and Corlu data centers respectively in the upcoming two years. Once they are put into operation, our total volume of investments in next-generation data centers will reach TRY 2 billion (USD$430 million). 

The adoption of mPOS (mobile Point-of-Sale) devices connecting wirelessly or via mobile devices, such as those from iZettle and Square, will drive annual mPOS transactions to over 87 billion by 2023, according to a new study from Juniper Research.

This will represent a threefold increase over an estimated 28 billion transactions in 2018. It found that mPOS devices will drive an increased usage of payment cards in emerging markets, such as India. The digitisation of payments, spurred on by the policy of demonetisation, means that growth in the number of mPOS devices in India will be the fastest of any global region, at an average annual growth rate of 46% over the next 5 years.

Small Businesses Crucial for mPOS Adoption

The new research found that the average price of an mPOS device will drop from $40 in 2018 to approximately $33 by 2023. This affordability, coupled with the simplicity of mPOS devices, will make them highly attractive to smaller, previously cash-driven businesses. Established POS vendors such as Verifone and Ingenico will therefore increasingly look to mPOS as an area for future growth, expanding their market reach to previously unaddressed markets. 

Research author Nick Maynard explained: “As a result of the popularity of Square and iZettle, traditional POS manufacturers have identified mPOS as an important way to diversify revenue streams, at a time when established revenue streams are losing momentum.”

Biometric mPOS Terminals to Reach 2 Million

The research also forecasts that biometrics will become an increasingly common part of mPOS offerings. It cited national identity schemes using biometrics, such as Aadhar in India, as a mechanism for card-free authentication, giving merchants the opportunity to avoid card network charges. This will drive biometric-enabled mPOS devices to reach almost 2 million globally by 2023, just under 4% of total mPOS terminals in use by then. 

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