January 2010 Issue No. 21     


ST Telemedia Concludes Acquisition of eircom Holdings Limited
On 4 January 2010, ST Telemedia makes its foray into the European telecommunications market with its acquisition of eircom Holdings  Limited which held majority indirect interest in eircom Limited, Ireland''s leading provider of telecommunications services. eircom has over 1.2 million fixed-line customers and provides a comprehensive range of advanced voice, data and broadband services to the residential, business and enterprise markets. 
eircom HQ in Dublin  
eircom''s mobile division, Meteor Mobile Communications, is Ireland''s third largest mobile phone operator. eircom and Meteor recently launched branded data services for mobile broadband.



ST Telemedia appoints Terry Clontz as Managing Director, North America & Europe
Terry Clontz, StarHub''s former Chief Executive Officer, assumes the appointment of Managing Director overseeing ST Telemedia''s investments in North America and Europe with effect from January 2010. During his 11 years at the helm of StarHub, Mr Clontz has led the company in a number of major milestones including transformed StarHub from being Singapore''s third mobile player in 2000 to a fully-integrated "quad-play" service provider in 2009; merged StarHub with Singapore Cable Vision (SCV) in 2002; brought StarHub public in 2004 on the main board of the  Singapore Exchange; and advanced StarHub''s market position to become Singapore''s second largest mobile operator in 2005, the same year that it became profitable.
Terry Clontz, Managing Director, North America & Europe


ST Telemedia Companies Win Numerous Industry Accolades
Global Crossing and StarHub end year 2009 on a triumphant note winning numerous awards and recognitions bestowed by industry analysts, publications and valued customers. Both of them were winners in the 2009 World Communication Award which recognises companies and individuals responsible for the innovations, achievements and great new services. Global  Crossing won  the " Users Choice Award while StarHub  clinched the " Best Brand" for its FREEDOM campaign.  Global Crossing also won the " Best Latin America Corporate Services Provider of the Year" Award by Frost & Sullivan, " Best Latin America Wholesale Offering" Award by Capacity Magazine and was conferred " Supplier Excellence" Award by Northrop Grumman.
Global Crossing continues its winning streak into year 2010,  tying for  First Place for Best Data Value in ATLANTIC-ACM 2010 Global Wholesale Report Card. The report, based on over 1,200 evaluations of global carriers by wholesale customers, is  a critical benchmarking survey for global service provider.

StarHub Launches Singapore''s Newest Undersea Cable System, Asia-America Gateway

In December, StarHub achieves a major milestone with the launch of Singapore''s first and only Asia-America Gateway (AAG), a 20,000km submarine cable network system that directly links Asia to the US. Built by a 19-member consortium, StarHub will manage and operate the Singapore-link of the system through its first cable landing station.  Offering greater speed and security, the new network will power the next generation in international connectivity, collaboration and multimedia content. 


Terry Clontz and Guest-of Honour, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Manpower  



AeroMexico Streamlines Its Operations with Global Crossing
Global Crossing won a three year contract to support AeroMexico, the global airline of Mexico and Latin America, with a full suite of data and voice services for its over 30 locations worldwide. Jaime Pocasangre, AeroMexico''s Chief Information Officer, said  ''''By migrating our international operations to Global Crossing services, we are significantly enhancing the efficiency of our business and the quality of the customer experience we deliver.''''
Global Crossing Helps Principal Hayley  Enhanced Guest Experience

Principal Hayley, a collection of landmark city centre hotels and conference and training venues in key locations around UK and Western Europe, has selected Global Crossing''s fully managed Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) services to offer their guests free Wi-Fi and Internet access, as well as videoconferencing facilities for their conference and training venues. ''''We see technology as the catalyst for our growth and anticipate that with Global Crossing''s vision and expertise in providing flexible and innovative solutions, we can become the European market leader in hotel and conferencing facilities within five years.'''' said Mark Jelley, Principal Hayley''s IT Director.

StarHub Launches Singapore''s First Blackberry Prepaid Service & MMS Mobile Paper Service 

Once again, StarHub is in the forefront of bringing new value-added intiatives to its customers with the introduction of Singapore''s first prepaid blackberry service and MMS mobile paper service. Called BlackBerry Prepaid, the plan allows StarHub''s prepaid customers to stay connected with their business and personal contacts through email and access a host of mobile data services. Similarly, keeping tab on developments back home is now a breeze for China nationals in Singapore with StarHub''s new affordable subscription MMS Mobile Paper.



Nexwave Launches Cloud Computing Solutions

Nexwave Telecoms, a Telechoice subsidiary, has launched a full-suite of Cloud Computing solutions called Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) cater to the needs of multinational companies and small and medium sized enterprises. This, on-demand ''in-the cloud'' model which delivers integrated multiple services such as instant messaging, internet telephony and video conference on the same platform as existing communication services, helps businesses to improve their efficiencies.

Global Crossing Launches Employee Community Day
Global Crossing employees around the globe and at all levels are encouraged and given the opportunity to give back to their community. Launching its inaugural  Employee Community Day in November, employees were given an extra paid day off to pursue any charitable programme of their interest and choice. This initiative is one of the many ways the company recognises and encourage the spirit of volunteer service. 


StarHub Brings Christmas Cheers to the Needy

StarHub donated $200,000 to Grace Orchard School for intellectually challenged children to help them  develop functional competencies and prepare them to live independent lives,   at Singapore''s Orchard Road Christmas Light-up ceremony. 20 students from the school, accompanied by StarHub employees, also took a walk down Orchard Road to revel in the festive atmosphere.


StarHub''s  Tan Tong Hai  presenting the donation at the event graced by Singapore President, Mr SR Nathan  

StarHub''s Tan Tong Hai presenting the donation at the event officiated by Mr Gan Kim Yong, Singapore Minister for Manpower

StarHub also launch  a StarHub Food First For Families programme, committing $200,000 towards the monthly purchase of essential food items for over 300 needy students from six schools and their families. The launch, held through a Christmas celebration at the Chua Chua Kang Community Club, had StarHub volunteers distributing food packs to the families.