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IDA looks to mobile virtual network operators to spur competition in Singapore

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22 Apr
2014
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The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is looking to bring some much-needed competition to the Singapore mobile market by turning to new mobile operators that “ride” on existing infrastructure in the years ahead.

Such mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) do not own any spectrum or network equipment, instead leasing them from incumbent operators to sell repackaged services to consumers.

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Singapore, IDA, MVNO, Singapore, telecoms,  
 

Samsung Galaxy S5 to cost more than HTC and Sony rivals in Singapore

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2 Apr
2014
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The next big thing from Samsung, specifically the Galaxy S5, started going on sale last week in Singapore for a rather hefty S$1,068. Despite keeping much to formula, though with some hardware upgrades, the top-end phone will cost more than the previous Galaxy S4, which went on sale for S$998 last year.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Galaxy S5, pre-oder, price and availability, samsung, Singapore,  
 

M1 offers fixed IP add-on for home broadband users for S$2 a month

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27 Mar
2014
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M1′s home broadband users will be happy to know that it is offering a fixed IP address for just S$2 a month, enabling them to run their own servers and share files more easily.

 
Tagged in: broadband, cloud, Featured, Internet, Singapore, DDNS, fibre broadband, fixed IP address, M1, Singapore,  
 

M1 voice and SMS services restored after disruption

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4 Feb
2014
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M1 users could hardly be “walking on sunshine” this morning when they fired up their cellphones and found themselves locked out of voice calls and SMSes because of yet another service disruption that lasted about five hours.

From about 7am this morning, many of the telecom operator’s users said they could not access the basic mobile services. Some could, however, go online with mobile Internet links that provided alternatives such as Skype to make calls or WhatsApp to send messages.

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, down, M1, mobile network, outage, Singapore, telco,  
 

Commentary: Singapore hacking cases show importance of deep infocomm expertise

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12 Nov
2013
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One of them has been charged in court. Another five are being questioned.

The spotlight is now on the suspects for the recent spade of hacking, after a fortnight spent wondering what’s the next website to be hit or whether “planned maintenance” was a cover-up for an embarrassing failure in cyber defence.

Were they highly-skilled hackers? Or just script kiddies, using readily-available online tools?

Perhaps the better question to ask, if we go beyond the sure-to-be-colourful headlines, would be whether Singapore is well prepared for a full-on cyber assault. Who could launch that? Perhaps a large group of hackers, or perhaps even a foreign government.

 
Tagged in: Internet, security, Singapore, hacking, IDA, infocomm industry, Messiah, Singapore,  
 

So, are Singapore’s telecom networks resilient?

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26 Oct
2013
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The answer to that question should be pretty straightforward for users.

Whether you are surfing at home or sending e-mails from the office, the network is expected to be up all the time. When it’s down, it has to be fixed fast, so things resume with minimum fuss.

That’s the crux of the issue when you talk about how resilient a network is.

Yet, it seems completely lost on Singapore’s industry players as they angrily point fingers at one another this week, after the widespread disruption caused by a fire at a SingTel exchange. 

 
Tagged in: broadband, Enterprise, Featured, Internet, Singapore, IDA, network resilience, OpenNet, Singapore, SingTel, StarHub,  
 

Souped up BlackBerry Z30 to cost S$828 in Singapore

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5 Oct
2013
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Despite the doom and gloom surrounding the company, BlackBerry carried on with the show in Singapore this week and trotted out its new, souped-up Z30 phone, a model that isn’t too shabby, hardware-wise.

 
Tagged in: BlackBerry, Cellphones, Singapore, BlackBerry, Singapore, Z30,  
 

Record S$1.5m fine for M1 for Singapore’s worst mobile service disruption

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3 Oct
2013
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M1 has been handed a stunning S$1.5 million fine – the largest, by far, for a Singapore telecom operator – for the country’s longest mobile service disruption back in January.

In causing an outage that lasted several days, the telco had not fulfilled its obligation to provide resilient mobile telephone services, said the government regulator today, as it meted out the country’s heaviest punishment to date.

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, fine, IDA, M1, network down, outage, Singapore,  
 

Hands on: HTC One mini will find competition tough

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29 Sep
2013
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As its name implies, the HTC One mini is the smaller sibling to the quite stunning-looking HTC One launched earlier this year.

It’s got some of the good stuff of the bigger brother, such as a great UltraPixel camera, but there are also a number of cost-cutting trade-offs involved when you opt for the HTC One mini.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, HTC, One mini, price and availability, review, Singapore,  
 

Books on Google Play now in Singapore, while other e-bookstores close

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26 Sep
2013
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Google is finally opening its e-bookstore in Singapore today, bringing with it millions of titles, from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to Singapore’s own non-fiction Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew to phone, tablet and PC users in the country.

The content will be accessible to Android and iOS users, as well as those using a PC to read the books.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, iphone, Singapore, Software, Tablet, books, e-books, Google Play, Singapore,