New players to shake up Singapore mobile market

Singapore In 2016, telecoms regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) endeavored to instill a fresh lease of life in Singapore’s mobile sector. The incumbent operators now face competition from two new players in a saturated market. Australian broadband provider TPG Telecom, one of the new players, won Singapore’s new entrant spectrum auction in December 2016

Two firms in race to be Singapore’s fourth telco

Singapore MyRepublic and Australia’s TPG Telecom will take part in new entrant spectrum auction later this year; third prospective entrant airYotta doesn’t meet pre-qualification criteria AFTER months of speculation, it’s final. Singapore will get a fourth telco next year and it will be a two-horse race between local broadband services provider MyRepublic and Australian telecom

LITE MVNO model is the new challenger

Telco Lite, MVNO When you’ve been around a while, as I have, cynicism about the corporate world is something you carry around with you as constant baggage. But even this cynical – and slightly older – media warrior had to smile when visiting Singapore’s Circles Life a couple of weeks ago. PREMIUM CONTENT: Please Login,

Singapore’s 4th telco: Is there room for differentiation?

Singapore, Telco The bids are in, with MyRepublic, TPG Telecom, and airYotta contending for the position of Singapore’s fourth telco. TPG Telecom’s market positioning, should they win the bid, is unknown, while the other two have indicated that they will take a data-first approach, with MyRepublic offering unlimited data and airYotta the benefits of Singapore’s

Synacor Gains Momentum with Zimbra Email in Asia-Pacific – Announces Wins, Partner Success

Markas Besar Polri, Indonesia’s police force becomes a Zimbra email customer Synacor expands Zimbra email relationship with K-Opticom in Japan Tremendous participation and engagement at Asia-PacificPartner Summits BUFFALO, N.Y., — Synacor, Inc.(Nasdaq:SYNC), the trusted multiscreen technology and monetization partner for video, internet and communications providers, device manufacturers and enterprises, today announced continued momentum with Zimbra,

XL Axiata, Indosat Ooredoo form joint venture in Indonesia

XL Axiata The new firm will provide consultancy services for future collaboration between the two telcos Indonesian telecom operator XL Axiata announced it will enter a joint venture with compatriot operator Indosat Ooredoo to provide consultancy services in future network collaboration between the two firms. The JV is dubbed PT One Indonesia Synergy. “The purpose

New 4G MVNO launching in Singapore

4G MVNO A new 4G MVNO is launching in Singapore that aims to give consumers a new way to interact and consume telco services. Digital telco Circles.Life will target the data savvy consumer segment in Singapore. The operator will use M1’s infrastructure under an MVNO model similar to the one Virgin Mobile had with Singtel

Investors Take Note: A New Player Has Entered Singapore’s Telecommunications Industry

MVNO M1 Ltd (SGX: B2F) is the smallest of Singapore’s three telecommunications companies, with the other two being Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SGX: Z74) and StarHub Ltd (SGX: CC3). Last week, it was reported in the press that M1 has signed a leasing agreement with Circles.Life that will enable the latter to offer telecommunications services via

Can new virtual operator Circles.Life attract Singapore users with digital promise?

Circles.Life So, the fourth telecom operator that everyone was expecting, perhaps in the shape of a MyRepublic, is actually a lesser-known player called Circles.Life. Okay, it is not exactly the fourth telco in Singapore. This “virtual” operator owns no cellphone network and leases capacity from M1 to resell services to consumers. Circles.Life had operated quietly

Telco wars heat up as new MVNO unveils pricing plans

Circles.Life MVNO Circles.Life’s basic plan starts at $28. A new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has launched its pricing plan for its post-paid mobile service in Singapore. A basic plan with Circles.Life starts from $28, which comes with 3GB of data and 100 minutes of talk time. The use of over-the-top services also does not

Telecoms Sector: Entry of new MVNO soon

MVNO Competition in Singapore’s mobile sector is heating up faster than expected; this after Circles. Life announced that it will be launching its services as a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) as early as this week. Through a leasing agreement with M1, we understand that Circles.Life intends to woo consumers with flexible data plans. From

New mobile operator set to upset status quo

New MVNO A new mobile operator called Circles.Life will launch this week. It can do this ahead of other competitors because it already has a physical mobile network through a leasing deal with local telco M1. As a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), it developed the software to provide new offerings. It is stealing a

Starhub follows Singtel and M1 in the scramble to undercut MyRepublic’s cheap data plans

MyRepublic Singapore I mean really, who didn’t see this coming? Startup broadband provider MyRepublic rocked the boat something fierce yesterday when it promised to introduce a super cheap data plan (2GB for S$8, or US$5.80, per month) and an unlimited data plan for S$80 (US$58) per month. That’s if it is successful in its bid

Asset-light fourth telco could boost service standards

MVNO Traditionally, telecom operators spend billions of dollars to build their infrastructure such as routers, switching equipment and customer billing systems. It takes time to recover such hefty expenditure and it usually comes at the expense of customers. Today, technology advancements have created an opportunity for telco players which prioritise innovation to enhance the services

Tough Challenges For Foreign Telcos In M’sia

Foreign telecommunication service providers will not have an easy time to build their presence in the already competitive and saturated Malaysian market, says an analyst. The analyst with Public Investment Bank Bhd said foreign players face the challenges to build the costly backbone infrastructure, transmission towers and fibre optics connectivity. “Building these infrastructures to support

M1 Singapore Deploys an Amdocs Convergent Billing Solution to Provide Enhanced Customer Experience

The solution, based on the Comverse technology acquired by Amdocs, leads to improved rating and billing resiliency and performance, while providing more flexible tariff configuration for postpaid customers Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX), the leading provider of customer experience solutions, today announced that M1 Limited has successfully deployed a convergent billing solution based on the Comverse technology

Singtel Group Selects Amdocs for Digital Transformation in Singapore and Australia

Under a multi-year services agreement, Amdocs to deliver a single platform for online customer care and commerce, helping Singtel to offer customers an improved and differentiated digital service experience Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX), the leading provider of customer experience solutions, today announced that it has been selected by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications group, for a new

7 Quick Things Investors Should Learn About M1 Ltd

M1 Ltd (SGX: B2F) is one of the cool companies in Singapore which shares webcasts and/or transcripts of their earnings presentations (the link for M1 is here). As the smallest among the big trio in Singapore’s telecommunications industry – the others being Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SGX: ZY4) and StarHub Ltd (SGX:CC3)  – M1 makes its money through four business segments: mobile

IDA to discount radio spectrum by 60% to tempt fourth player; MyRepublic said to be ‘very excited’

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore says it is considering offering a substantial discount on radio spectrum to entice a would-be fourth operator to enter the market. With the newcomer expected to deploy a nationwide service by the end of September 2018, the regulator is proposing slashing the SGD100 million (USD73.9 million) reserve price

M1 and Liberty Wireless announce MVNO agreement

Agreement enables Liberty Wireless to offer nationwide mobile service swiftly using M1’s mobile network M1 Limited (M1) today announced an agreement to enable Liberty Wireless to deliver voice, messaging and data access to its customers, using M1’s advanced mobile network.Liberty Wireless is a Singapore-based mobile telecommunications company. Under its operating brand, Circles Asia, it aims

Singapore to reserve 60MHz for new mobile operator

Singapore’s telecoms regulator has proposed setting aside 60MHz out of a total of 225MHz of new spectrum at a lower reserve price in a separate auction to be open only to new entrants. The structure of the next spectrum auction is intended to attract a newcomer to the Singapore mobile market, which currently has three

Transatel’s local roaming SIM expands to Singapore

The global DataSIM card, which was launched globally last month, will offer 3G connectivity from devices, with Transatel claiming that it can adapt to any device. The SIM card, which will fit into smartphones, laptops and tablets, will enable multi-local connectivity as a result of Transatel’s partnerships across 15 countries, with Singapore the latest country

Transatel abolishes data roaming costs for travelers to Singapore

WITH OFFERS AS LOW AS 29 EUROS FOR 1GB IN SINGAPORE, TRANSATEL HELPS FOREIGNERS SURF THE INTERNET LIKE LOCALS![1] Transatel launches today, via its commercial website (, a new offering for travelers to Singapore based on a local agreement with Starhub, the leading Mobile Network Operator. Singapore is the sixteenth country to join the geographical