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

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

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

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

Asia Mobile Operators and MVNOs

Asia MVNO As mobile growth eases, Asia’s top operators keep expanding Across Asia a total of around 3.8 billion mobile subscribers were being served by a large number of mobile operators heading into 2016. The operators are continuing to drive the market, expanding it by between 5% and 10% annually at the moment. Whilst the

Asia Briefs: China’s MVNO user base jumps to 20M, Globe partners with Asiasoft on payments & more

China’s MVNO user base jumps to 20M China’s new class of MVNOs had an estimated 20 million subscribers at the end of last year, up from just 2.1 million last January. The top six MVNOs control 88 per cent of China’s mobile resale service market, reported. The Industry and Information Technology Ministry granted licences

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

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

Coles and Kogan launch mobile services

Coles Kogan Supermarket giant Coles and online retailer Kogan have become the latest companies to sell self-branded mobile services to their large base of customers. Coles and Singtel-Optus partnered to launch Cole Prepaid on Monday morning, while Vodafone Hutchison Australia joined forces with Kogan to launch a new mobile service that sells low-cost services with

Coles enters mobile phone market

Supermarket giant Coles has joined the growing list of big-name brands selling mobile services to their customers. The company on Monday announced it would resell prepaid mobile services using the Singtel-Optus network with prices starting at $10. These will have access to 4G services as well as unlimited calls on certain plans. Coles joins an

Singtel – CIMB Research 2015-10-01: Loss of TPG not a big deal for Optus

SingTel – Loss of TPG not a big deal for Optus Optus could lose up to 487k mobile subscribers, or 5.2% of its total base, as TPG signs MVNO deal with Vodafone. Financial impact should be much smaller. Including iiNet’s subscribers, we estimate negative impact on Optus’ EBITDA could be 1.8%. Maintain Add on SingTel

Wi-Fi First, Project Salsa and how Carriers are using Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi Now: Episode 4

Is Wi-Fi first the access model of future? This week on Wi-Fi Now, host Claus Hetting digs into Wi-Fi First with David Morken of Republic Wireless, as well as takes a look at Project Salsa, LWA, Google Project Fi and more. Is Wi-Fi First the access model of the future? David Morken, CEO of Bandwidth

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

Incumbents have become arrogant in their approach: MyRepublic CEO

In an exclusive chat with e27, Malcolm Rodrigues talks about the startup’s steady growth, plans for a potential fourth telco and beyond Malcolm Rodrigues is a busy man. As the CEO of Singapore-based ISP MyRepublic, Rodrigues’ duties involve him building the company from scrappy little underdog to a legitimate player in Singapore and beyond and

Reliance Jio Infocomm & Reliance Communications into PAN India Roaming Agreement ?

Deep Pocket Challenger in the Indian Telecommunications industry Mr Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio Infocomm is attempting to do what has not been seen before in any market and seems impossible – be a 4G LTE player without owning a legacy 2G / 3G network. Admittedly, this is a critical aspect. We believe Jio is


Amdocs the leading provider of customer experience solutions, announced that it has been selected by Asia’s leading communications group, SingTel, for a business transformation project in its key markets, Singapore and Australia. SingTel will leverage Amdocs’ technology to enhance and differentiate its customer experience. Billing and customer support for retail, enterprise and government customers will

LTE-Advanced deployments – Tracking the fastest wireless networks globally

In an earlier article written on this site in May 2013 (LTE Advanced – Key features and differentiators), I had discussed technical details of LTE-A. Sometimes called 4.5G, the technology was in testing stages at that time. Commercial deployment took off in different parts of the world about an year ago. The promise of LTE-Advanced

Fitch: SingTel Ratings May Face Pressure; M1, StarHub Stable in 2015

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, November 10 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings says in a special report released today Singapore Telecommunications Limited’s (SingTel; A+/Stable) rating could come under pressure as leverage is likely to deteriorate. However, credit metrics for Starhub Limited and M1 Limited will remain stable, supported by improving profitability, declining

One Horizon and Singapore Telecommunications Limited (“SingTel”) Sign Deal to Deliver Optimized VoIP to Smartphones for Mobile Satellite Users

BAAR, SWITZERLAND–(Marketwired)   One Horizon Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:OHGI) (“One Horizon” or the “Company”), which develops and licenses the world’s most bandwidth-efficient mobile Voice-over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) platform for smartphones, today announced that it has signed a deal to deliver its optimized VoIP and Messaging over IP smartphone mobile app to Singapore Telecommunications Limited (“SingTel”). SingTel

Mobile reseller renaissance with online

MVNO Australia’s mobile reseller market was once considered a consumer trap, filled with dodgy dealers and hidden charges, and consigned to the scrapheap of ­history by experts. But the industry is experiencing a renaissance, with internet-based services such as crowd-sourced tech support and online sales slashing margins that could see virtual telcos list or sell

Which MNO will be wooing Branson in the UAE? :: TelecomsMarketResearch

Keith Wallace, of provided me with an intersting article, which I thought was interesting. Here is the Article: REPOST-->TelecomsMarketResearch resides in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, which lie to the north west of London, and are about 20 miles from Heathrow Airport by fast car if London’s orbital motorway is running smoothly – which it is doing a little more often these days after the Government recently added an additional lane at great cost. In itself this fact is not particularly newsworthy, and may not appear to have much to do with MVNOs. Except, today we woke to a light smattering of snow – the first of the winter. And it’s cold outside the TelecomsMarketResearch office, such that colleagues this morning are muttering about warmer places that they would rather be in. Which struck a cord, because I see that another Brit who lives in the beautiful Chiltern Hills is also eyeing foreign climes again. It looked for a little while as if Sir Richard Branson had largely given up on MVNOs and was busy making his fortune elsewhere. But hope springs eternal, and it was only in May that the lucky inhabitants of Qatar had to pop down to the harbour to see Sir Richard jet ski-ing in to announce a new era of mobile telephony. In Britain we’d say he was ‘making a bit of a splash’. We didn’t hear what the good folks of Qatar made of this remarkable show of solidarity with their plight at the hands of the evil Mobile Network Operators. It’s an interesting pitch – ‘You, the consumer, are being ripped off by the existing mobile operators and I am going to rescue you from them’ – only to do that, I need to borrow their network with all its patchy coverage and everything else you didn’t like about it. Read More