142 years of strong connections: How Eastern is changing the Philippines’ telecom ecosystem

Sponsored The telecoms ecosystem in the Philippines is a fascinating one, as the Southeast Asia country looks to capitalise on burgeoning digital infrastructure.

According to a report from BuddeComm earlier this month, the coming years will see most telecom investment in the Philippines focused on supporting fibre infrastructure in urban areas. The report also states that ‘a continuing interest in new data centre builds is expected as well as augmenting existing...

Orange is set to enter South Africa and Nigeria ‘within months’

Telecoms giant Orange looks set to enter the South African and Nigerian markets "within months" to take advantage of their potential growth opportunities.

Speaking to Les Echos business newspaper, Orange CEO Stephane Richard said:

“It could make sense to be in economies such as Nigeria and South Africa.

If one considers there are things to do, the time frame I am considering is rather a few months than a few years.”

Orange has previously had a...

Amazon plans to launch a 3,236-strong constellation of satellites

Amazon has confirmed plans to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites for global internet connectivity.

GeekWire first discovered the plans known as ‘Project Kuiper’ which refers to the name of an icy asteroid belt situated between Neptune and Pluto. 3,236 satellites would be deployed across three altitudes of earth's orbit under Amazon's plans.

In an emailed statement, Amazon wrote:

“Project Kuiper is a new...

Musk fired SpaceX execs over lack of satellite broadband progress

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk fired several executives after being unimpressed with the lack of progress made in developing and testing broadband satellites.

According to Reuters, at least seven managers at the company were axed within hours of Musk landing on a trip to visit engineers leading the Starlink project.

Musk was reportedly unhappy with the pace of developments and believed a management shakeup was needed to keep the project on track.

Reuters wrote:

Asian telcos ahead of European and US counterparts in innovation, finds ABI Research

Asian telcos emerge as the leaders of innovation in the telecommunication field leaving behind their European and US counterparts, says ABI Research’s “Telco Innovation Benchmark: Winners and Losers in the Race to Future Revenues” report.

Asian telcos are followed by the US Tier Ones - AT&T and Verizon, while the Europeans - DT, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone - are far behind China Mobile, NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI. It is to be noted that the highest score...

Digital Evolution Index: The UK is among the handful of ‘digital elite’ countries – and leader of Europe

In the latest Digital Evolution Index, the UK has emerged as one of a handful of countries deemed a ‘digital elite’ due to being “highly digitally evolved and advancing quickly."

The major study conducted by The Fletcher School at Tufts University and Mastercard examined 60 countries to gauge their existing digital evolution and the pace of innovation from within them.

“Adoption, the quality of digital infrastructure and...

Research: Dutch spend most time on WiFi, South Korea leads mobile data speed and availability

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The latest 'Global State of Mobile Networks' report from OpenSignal provides an interesting look at where individual countries and their citizens rank across key performance indicators on an international scale. 

In the August 2016 edition of the report, the most impressive performance is by South Korea who ranked first in both speed...

Nokia report shows exponential 3G data traffic growth

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As companies like Google work to get the millions of people living in rural India online for the first time, the latest annual MBiT Index study from Nokia reports exponential 3G data traffic growth across the country in 2015. 

Fuelled by a growing appetite for multimedia services, average 3G data traffic per user passed 750MB/per month...

Google close to large-scale Project Loon deployment

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Project Loon once seemed to be just another of Google's crazy experiments, but it's gone from strength-to-strength over the past couple of years and now the web giant is looking for an Indian carrier to run a full pilot service to a large number of people in the region. 

Although unconfirmed, there are rumours that Google is talking with an...

Broadband forum seeks to counter Microsofts low-cost internet

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A collective of India's top mobile carriers, the Broadband India Forum (BIF), are seeking to counter Microsoft's plan to make use of unused "white space" TV spectrum to deliver low-cost rural broadband connectivity to around 5,000 villages in the country.

The forum has raised their issue with India's telecoms secretary, Rakesh Garg, and urged him to ensure the frequencies are brought to public auction and not given away free to Microsoft....