By Edward Lim
The telecommunications market, except for mobile, is facing a slowdown in growth. According to IDC, the Pay TV services market, which consists of cable, satellite, Internet protocol (IP), and digital terrestrial TV services, will remain flat over from 2017 to 2021.
Razer’s first smartphone will be available for pre-order in Singapore on November 23.
After missing a beat with the Galaxy Note 7, which resulted in a massive recall and lots of bad press, Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 8 with availability in Singapore from September 15.
Sporting a similar look to the Galaxy S8, the new smartphone’s key differentiator is the S Pen, which is designed to communicate in more personal ways. It has a finer tip, improved pressure sensitivity, and features such as Live Messaging that enable users to better express themselves.
The always on display allows users to stay on top of notifications without unlocking their phone. Screen off memo lets them take up to one hundred pages of notes as soon as they remove the S Pen. Users can also pin notes to the always on display and make edits directly.
Singapore will be focusing on four technology areas to build the foundation for its digital transformation. These are artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, cybersecurity, immersive media, and Internet of Things and future communications infrastructure.
At the opening of Infocomm Media Business Exchange at Marina Bay Sands Singapore Convention Centre, Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim noted that “they are exciting fields with bright prospects in their own right, and they have great potential to transform other industries and enhance people’s lives”.
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
The nation has established AI.SG, a national programme with funding of up to S$150 million to boost Singapore’s AI capabilities.
Singtel is one of four telcos identified as leaders in Asia Pacific (APAC) in 2016-17 by IDC in its report entitled IDC Telecom MarketScape for Next-Generation Service Providers 2016-17.
The report, which evaluates the leading regional and global telecommunications service providers (SPs) in APAC, also listed AT&T, BT and Orange alongside Singtel was “Leaders” of the next-generation telecom service providers in the region along with plenty of challengers in the market.
These service providers demonstrated a strong regional network presence, comprehensive suite of enterprise cloud and managed ICT service offerings, diverse portfolio of services in areas such as Internet of Things (IoT) and collaboration in the region, as well as a large base of mid and large-sized enterprises, multinational corporations (MNCs), and government clients across Asia Pacific.
As the digital space becomes more cluttered and complex, advertisers are finding it increasingly difficult to determine the best way to reach their target customers.
Singtel Advertising has taken a step towards helping advertisers address this conundrum by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) technology. It has inked an agreement with Appier to introduce the first programmatic TV solution in Singapore, enabling advertisers to more effectively reach Singapore’s substantial but fragmented TV-watching population.
With Appier’s programmatic TV platform, advertisers can now plan TV campaigns based on specific target audience profiles and purchase Singtel TV’s inventory with just a few clicks. Appier’s channel recommendation system will also incorporate insights from Singtel Advertising’s existing suite of analytics capabilities, enabling brands in Singapore to leverage automation to identify the most relevant channels.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ (left) and Galaxy S6 edge 4G+ (right) are now available for pre-order in Singapore. Those interested can visit the following telcos’ sites:
- M1: www.m1.com.sg/s6ands6edge
- Singtel: www.singtel.com/s6ands6edge
- StarHub: www.starhub.com/s6ands6edge
Consumers can also visit the following Samsung Experience Stores to pre-order the Galaxy S6 4G+ (without contract) and Galaxy S6 edge 4G+ (without contract) by placing a $50 deposit per device:
- Central: Great World City #02-39 Tel: 6235 1134, Paragon #B1-27/27A Tel: 6735 5926, VivoCity #02-28/29 Tel: 6376 9150, 313@Somerset #B2-24/25/26 Tel: 68361809, Bugis Junction #01-54 Tel: 63387911, Chinatown Point #01-48 Tel: 62227911
- East: Tampines Mall #02-29 Tel: 6782 9575, Bedok Mall #B1-07 Tel:67851118, Parkway Parade #02-32 Tel : 64407969
- North: AMK Hub #B1-37/38 Tel: 6753 6070, Nex #04-42 Tel: 66367392, Causeway Point #03-12 Tel: 68911011
- West: Jurong Point #B1-09/10/11 Tel: 6791 2272, Westgate #01-01 and #02-01 Tel: 6369 9175
With more 4G LTE models announced this year, shipment is set to grow by 204 million units to 676 million in 2015.
ABI Research estimates that the total number of LTE connected devices shipped worldwide will exceed 1.89 billion units by end 2019, demonstrating the need for infrastructure and spectrum to support the stellar growth in the industry.
“With the proliferation of larger screen smart devices driving up the insatiable appetites for content and faster speeds, ABI Research estimates that there will be 350 commercial LTE networks forecasted by 4Q 2014,” said Cheri Wong, Research Analyst of ABI Research.
Good news to those in Singapore holding out for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 4G+, the stylish Note with at the curved edge. It is now available for pre-order for collection from November 22.
Consumers can visit the following telcos for more information:
- M1: www.m1.com.sg/galaxynoteedge
- SingTel: www.singtel.com/galaxynoteedge
- StarHub: www.starhub.com/galaxynoteedge
Those interested can register their interest at:
- M1: www.m1.com.sg/galaxynote4
- SingTel: www.singtel.com/galaxynote4
- StarHub: www.starhub.com/galaxynote4
Alternatively, those who would like to pre-order the S$1,088 phablet without a contract can do so at Samsung Experience Stores at Great World City, Tampines Mall, AMK Hub, and Jurong Point.
In its revised mobile service bundles, SingTel added free wi-fi access for its mobile users in selected locations in Singapore. This is said to be part of its strategy to alleviate data congestion on its 3G and 4G networks.
The trend is set to continue across the globe as telcos wrestle to cope with the increasing demand for mobile data. To enable wi-fi access, they need to purchase wi-fi test equipment, creating strong opportunities for Wi-Fi test equipment manufacturers globally.
According to Frost & Sullivan, the wi-fi test equipment market earned revenues of US$528.9 million in 2013. This is expected to more than double to reach US$1.09 billion in 2020.
With a 5MP front-facing wide-angle camera and auto self-timer, the newly-introduced HTC One E8 is designed for selfies. On the other side is a 13MP rear-facing camera.
The stylish HTC One (E8) with its elegant dual curve design also comes with new materials, Motion Launch and HTC BoomSound. A five-inch device features a full HD, borderless display for a cleaner viewing experience.
“The HTC One (M8) had set a new smartphone standard and now we’re taking it in another exciting direction. Combining style and substance, the HTC One (E8) represents the incredible experience people expect from a HTC One device, with a look and feel that’s unlike anything else out there today. If you’re looking for the best flagship smartphone experience and want to stand out from the crowd, this is the phone for you,” said Jack Yang, President of HTC South Asia.
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook is among the line-up of new speakers in the keynote programme at the upcoming 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC).
He will be headlining in the first of the week’s Mobile World Live keynote sessions on Monday, February 24 at 18:00-18:45. In this session, he and renowned technology journalist and writer David Kirkpatrick will explore the importance of extending the benefits of ubiquitous Internet access to the unconnected world. In addition to the live audience in the Conference Village in Fira Gran Via, the Mobile World Live keynotes will be streamed live across the venue and to hundreds of thousands of viewers globally via the Mobile World Live portal.
“Mobile World Congress 2014 is set to be our biggest, most ambitious and most diverse event yet, offering new experiences for attendees across the growing mobile ecosystem,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer of GSMA. “Over four days, attendees will have the opportunity to see just how broadly mobile is impacting our everyday lives, how we work, live and play. We’re looking forward to seeing the mobile world gather in Barcelona.”
Bridge Dataroam users, take note.
The three- or five-day packages for SingTel’s Bridge Alliance Network countries have been adjusted. Essentially, the rates are now the same as the daily rates. The three-day package, which used to cost S$42, is now S$45 or S$15 a day. This is the same as the daily rate.
Since this is the case, why is SingTel still selling as three- or five-day bundles? Wouldn’t it be simpler to just take the number of days and multiply by S$15?