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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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Portable device market will want tablets not netbooks

Comment by Craig Skinner, Senior Consultant at Ovum With employees and consumers starting to use multiple devices, there is an associated trend to store information and services in the cloud to be available across the set of devices rather than confined to the traditional desktop. Google’s Chrome OS looks to take advantage of this trend by removing the non-essential functions ...

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YTL and its “700Mhz”

Negative headlines seem to have a thing for YTL, as barely two weeks after their marred launching of the YES4G mobile internet service, comes yet another barrage of controversy. This time however, it doesn’t involve shoddy naming conventions or inaccessible websites, but something of a much larger scale – spectrum allocation. According to a mysterious report (that everyone is quoting ...

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Opinion: Telco Industry says NO to YTL

Media reports over the past weeks said that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) had issued 80MHz of the 700MHz spectrum to YTL, which had a “highly unsuccessful” launch of its long-delayed YES 4G WIMAX service. While SKMM is saying no assignment had been issued to YTL for them to offer pay TV broadcasting using the 700MHz band as ...

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NSN Malaysia calls on ICT industry to set carbon emissions goals by end 2011

Nokia Siemens Networks Malaysia calls on ICT industry to set carbon emissions goals by end 2011. Details after the jump.

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GSMA hopes Malaysia Gov will allocate the 700 MHz band for Mobile Broadband

The GSMA has unveiled a new independent research that highlights the positive impact harmonised spectrum allocation for mobile could have on the Asia Pacific region(including Malaysia). The report, released by the GSMA and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), states that if governments allocate the 700 MHz band for Mobile Broadband deployment, it would bring much greater economic and social benefits ...

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PM to launch WiMAX Forum SEA Conference

The Prime Minister will launch the WiMAX Forum Southeast Asia Regional Focus 2010 next week. Some of the speakers are from P1, YTL, SKMM, MIMOS, Samsung, Intel, Huawei, ZTE and more.

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SKMM: New 11-digit mobile phone numbers

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) will introduce a new set of mobile number format with 11 digits effective Dec 15 this year. The 8+3 format (11 digits) will use the “011” prefix- Example 011 2222 4444. The public/service providers, content providers, private automatic branch exchange, private branch exchange systems administrators, banking systems administrators and are advised to prepare ...

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