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DiGi Telecommunication Forms “Regional Network” Consortium With 23 Parties

DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (DiGi Tel), had entered into a shareholders agreement with 23 parties to form Konsortium Rangkaian Serantau Sdn Bhd. In a filing to Bursa Malaysia Monday, DiGi.Com Bhd said the consortium was formed to implement the “Regional Network” entry point project to lower the costs of IP Transit and domestic bandwidth by the aggregation of capacity to ...

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Cheaper Roaming Rates at Singapore starting May

Effective May 1, mobile phone rates for incoming roaming calls and SMS between Malaysia and Singapore will be reduced by 20% and 30% respectively. Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the cuts will be reduced further to 30% and 50% for voice and SMS respectively from May 1, 2012.

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Huawei to withdraw lawsuit against Motorola, settle legal disputes

Huawei has decided to witdraw its lawsuit against Motorola. The companies announced today that they’ve entered into an agreement to settle all litigation in two separate legal matters, pending certain conditions. The agreement allows Motorola Solutions to transfer its commercial agreements with Huawei to NSN for a fee, and allows NSN to receive and use Huawei confidential information to service ...

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Regulators should be in-charge on broadband speeds, not the Operators

[We urge operators to take the initiative and introduce plans that promote average speeds rather than peak speeds. In Malaysia, Digi has taken this step by marketing the “likely average speed” of its service alongside the peak speed. This move differentiates Digi from its rivals by positioning it as the “honest broker.”] [There is an excellent opportunity for operators to ...

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Smartphones, tablets pip netbooks as most popular mobile Internet device

Melbourne, 6th April 2011. Tablets and social networking services are key revenue growth opportunities for operators in Asia-Pacific according to Ovum’s latest Mobile Broadband Industry Survey*, conducted jointly with Telecom Asia. Almost 50% of respondents said that handsets would be the major driver of mobile broadband traffic, while approximately 25% said that tablets would be the main driver of traffic. ...

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Opinion: YES 4G lost 50k subscribers within 2 days, targets 14m subscribers

YTL Communications’s Yes 4G service HAD around 150,000 subscribers, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, YTL’s managing director told The Wall Street Journal in a news report dated March 3, 2011 . However it is believed that YTL Communications lost about 50,000 subscribers within two days as its Chief Executive Officer Wing K. Lee told TheStar that YES currently has 100,000 active ...

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YTL’s “700Mhz license” belongs to the Malaysia Government

In a latest development, the Malaysian Government has said “NO” to the 700MHz that YTL Comms claims to have. As a recap, back in October-November 2010, the media reported that YTL has been allocated 80MHz in the 700MHz band by SKMM which was later confirmed by YTL Communications executive director Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong. However the telecommunication industry wasn’t happy ...

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Smartphones outsell PCs for the 1st time

Smartphone sales worldwide have surpassed PC(Personal Computer) sales for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a report by research group IDC that was released Monday. According to IDC (International Data Corp) PC shipments were at 92 million units in the 4Q2010 (up 3 percent over last year), while smartphone sales were at 100.9 million (up ...

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TM & NTT to build new submarine cable system

Telekom Malaysia(TM) and NTT Communications will be signing a Construction & Maintenance Agreement (CMA) to jointly build a new submarine cable system. TM owns or leases capacity on more than 10 submarine cable systems, which span more than 60,000 fiber-route miles around the globe, including several submarine cable routes that the company uses to carry traffic between the Asia-Pacific region ...

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Opinion: Still no billing from YES4G!

YTL’s super fast YES4G is now 2-months old and it broke what was promised, again- YTL YES FAILED to issue monthly bill on Jan 19. I’m not surprised! It is funny that the big bosses talk about how they plan to change our broadband service,  promising true 4G broadband and the way we pay for the service.  But they can’t ...

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Lower Malaysia-Singapore mobile roaming rates in 2-months

Good news for those who frequently travel between Malaysia & Singapore. After 2-years of negotiation, both Government have agreed on a plan to lower mobile roaming charges between 2 countries. Singapore Information, Communications and Arts Minister Lui Tuck Yew confirmed that the roaming call rates will be reduced by up to 30%, while that for SMS will be cut by ...

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YTL YES to issue monthly bill on Jan 19

There has been more update since YTL YES enabled the “summary billing” just after my blog post. In an official response to me via SKMM, YTL said that I will receive a bill between 19 December 2010 to 19 Jan 2011 on the 19 Jan 2011. However the response gave no further details such as how YES customers can view ...

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Korean Telco Minister visits P1, congratulates on reaching 280k subscribers

The South Korea telecommunication and regulator (Korea Communication Commission or KCC) Chairman Seejoong Choi visited the Packet One (P1) headquarters today to congratulate P1 and its Korean partner SK Telecom(SKT) on securing 280,000 subscribers. Chairman Choi said that the P1-SKT partnership is enhancing Korea and Malaysia’s competitiveness in wireless broadband through innovation, creativity and the free flow of information. In ...

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Opinion: YES 4G still “paralysed” 1-month after launch

It has been a month since YTL launched its nationwide 4G network. The WiMAX operator had a terrible start since day 1 of launch and continues to be having problems with its service. As a customer myself, I consider the service to be “paralysed”as I’m unable to check my usage when the service is billed per MB. Consumers have their ...

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MCMC to focus on broadband quality in 2011

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will meet with service providers early next year to discuss ways to improve broadband services in the country. MCMC deputy secretary general Datuk Dr Ali Mohamad Nor said MCMC has decided to focus on service quality next year. “We will conduct a study and will consult the industry players to formulate an approach ...

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