Huawei Loses Out In Singapore 5G Bid

Nokia and Ericsson have been chosen as Singapore's main 5G network providers, telecom operators said, leaving Huawei with only a minor role as the Chinese tech giant faces growing US pressure.Huawei has been dogged by allegations of stealing American trade secrets and aiding China's espionage efforts, with Washington pushing countries to bar the company from involvement in their next-generation networks.Huawei has denied ties with the Chinese government.Singtel, one of the city-stat

26 June 2020

Coronavirus: Xi Jinping’s greatest challenge yet

The coronavirus crisis represents the single biggest challenge for Xi Jinping since he became general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012. Individuals and families across China are living in fear. Multiple Chinese provinces are under virtual lockdown. The virus has brought significant parts of the economy to a grinding halt, as firms instruct their employees to work from home.

15 February 2020

Can 5G really transform businesses?

While consumers across ASEAN are excited about 5G’s promise of faster home broadband speeds and mobile internet connections, it is the technology’s low network latency and power consumption that offers a variety of opportunities for businesses.Globe Telecom in the Philippines rolled out Southeast Asia’s first 5G broadband service in select areas of the country in June, partnering with telecommunications giant Huawei to give the world’s largest community of social media users a home broadband

16 September 2019

Internet inequality in the Philippines

Not all 4G wireless users are created equal. This was what Opensignal - a London-based company that specialises in mapping wireless coverage – found out recently when it analysed the fluctuations in 4G download speeds that its users in the Philippines experience throughout the day across different regions.In its recent 5G Opportunity report, Opensignal analysed the wide fluctuations in 4G download speeds experienced throughout the day on networks in 77 countries around the world.

12 September 2019

Can 5G save Indonesia?

While Indonesia may not have the best internet connectivity in Southeast Asia, one thing it is certainly doing well compared to some other ASEAN countries is providing 4G availability to its estimated population of 269.54 million. According to a recent report by London-based Opensignal entitled “The State of Mobile Network Experience”, after Singapore and Thailand, Indonesia performs the best in ASEAN in terms of providing 4G availability.

14 June 2019

Indonesia excited about 5G, but…

There is little doubt about it, the fifth-generation cellular network frequency (5G) is in our near future. The recent ruckus surrounding the United States (US) and China-based multinational company Huawei should only serve to remind us of how inevitable that fact really is.While the reception for 5G has largely been welcoming, the technology does not come without its own set of complications.

2 June 2019

Huawei in US-China trade war crossfire

The United States (US) crackdown on Huawei has made the Chinese telecommunications giant the flashpoint in a monumental economic and technological showdown between the two superpowers that is testing allies of both.One day after the US moved to block Huawei from the US market and banned the export of US technology and materials to the company, China warned Washington on Thursday against further harming trade ties.At the same time, Beijing formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained

17 May 2019

Indonesia is too slow!

A recent analysis by discount code portal CupoNation Indonesia found that Indonesia ranks low in Southeast Asian countries in terms of fibre optic internet connection speeds, which heavily depends on a country’s infrastructure, geography, and many other factors. Being able to only provide a mere 200 megabytes per second (Mbps) to its internet users, Indonesia is placed fifth place out of six countries, only managing to outperform Cambodia.The sad fact is that this comes as no surprise.

26 April 2019

US vows Philippines defence if attacked by China

United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday vowed to defend the Philippines against "armed attack" in the disputed South China Sea, in Washington's starkest warning yet against Chinese claims to most of the strategic waterway.Speaking in Manila after meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Pompeo said Beijing's actions in waters also claimed by the Southeast Asian nation and other neighbours were a threat."China's island-building and mi

2 March 2019

4G just isn’t enough anymore

Recently, Opensignal - a London-based company that specialises in mapping wireless coverage - presented its first report titled “How 5G will solve the congestion problems of today's 4G networks”. In the report, the mobile analytics company examined 77 countries worldwide which included the ASEAN region.

21 February 2019