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China hits broadband targets ahead of schedule

Source: September 16, 2015 China has already achieved most of its broadband development goals for 2015, Chen Jiachun, the deputy director of information and communication development at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), was quoted as saying. C114 writes that the targets included signing up 40 million new fibre-optic broadband subscribers and 200 million LTE users, and increasing the proportion of customers utilising download speeds of at least 8Mb

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XL Axiata targets ten million LTE users by end-2016; seeks USD105m from bond issue

Source: September 15, 2015 Mobile operator XL Axiata is aiming to sign up between eight and ten million 4G LTE mobile internet users by the end of 2016, up from the 1.2 million subscribers it has today, out of a total base of over 46 million. According to company spokesman Roy Wisnu Wibowo, XL Axiata is looking to end this year with around 10% of its total user base on the advanced 4G network, saying that the increased availability of low-cost handsets is helping to drive

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Sichuan becomes first fully fibre-optic province

Source: September 14, 2015, Sichuan province has become China’s first ‘fully optical province,’ the local government announced, with all 21 of its cities completely covered by wholly fibre-optic networks. Having rolled out fibre-optic infrastructure to all of the province’s cities, and its main villages and towns, China Telecom has deactivated and removed the legacy switching equipment and copper lines, Chinese news portal C114 writes. Fibre-based networks now repr

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Indonesian start-up MKM targets 50,000 fibre users by year-end

Source: September 09, 2015, MNC Kabel Mediacom (MKM), a unit of Media Nusantara Citra (MNC Media), which is itself part of MNC Group, the largest and the only integrated media, broadcasting, entertainment and telecoms group in Indonesia, is looking to invest in its ongoing service expansion in the country with a view to signing up 50,000 fibre broadband users by end-2015. Full Article>>

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NEC and Telenor Group ink global framework agreement

Source: September 10, 2015, Japan’s NEC Corporation has signed a global framework agreement with Telenor Group, with Juniper Networks and Infinera also playing a role in the deal. Under the contract, NEC says it will become an end-to-end, turnkey solution provider for Telenor, while also supplying all major aspects of the operator’s transport network, including microwave, IP routers and optical transport systems, and will manage the delivery, installation and commissio

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Netflix continues Asian push; targets Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan for early 2016

Source: September 09, 2015 US-based video streaming provider Netflix, which describes itself as the world’s leading internet television network with over 65 million members in over 50 countries across the globe, yesterday announced its intention to continue its Asian expansion with planned launches in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan in early 2016 as it moves to complete its global rollout by the end of next year. The move, which follows last month’s entry

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M1 launches 10Gbps GPON service

Source: September 03, 2015, Singapore-based M1 Limited has announced the launch of its new ‘XGPON’ fibre-optic broadband service, which supports downlink transmission speeds of up to 10Gbps. Offered over the city-state’s next generation national broadband network (Next Gen NBN), the new service is initially being made available to corporate customers only, but will be extended to residential users by year-end. The new service is priced at SGD1,088 (USD771) per month

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Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

Source: September 04, 2015, Japanese equipment vendor NEC Corporation has been contracted by Telekom Malaysia and TIME dotCom (TdC) to construct a new submarine cable, tentatively named Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1Malaysia (SKR1M). The submarine cable project, which was awarded to TM by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) via a public-private partnership agreement in 2014, aims ‘to improve the quality of the internet connection in East Malaysia’.

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Epsilon rolls out fiber in Singapore

Source: September 02, 2015, Epsilon has rolled out new fiber infrastructure in Singapore to strengthen its local reach for its cloud and communication service provider customers across Asia-Pacific. The rollout will support the growth of cloud services both locally in Singapore and across the Asia-Pacific region. Epsilon will use fiber infrastructure to connect five additional data centres in Singapore including Global Switch, Equinix, Keppel DigiHub, 1-Net and Digital Re

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FTTx market hits record levels with China deployments

Source: June 23 , 2015,   The latest report on the FTTx market by analyst firm Ovum forecasts FTTx optical components revenue exceeding US$1 billion this year following a strong 2014 of US $953 million. And, Ovum says demand for PON equipment – both OLTs and ONTs – is also driving the optics market to new record levels.Julie Kunstler, Ovum principal analyst and author of the report, said “There are numerous positive factors driving the FTTx optics market to new lev

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