October 2011 Issue No. 28
 
 
TOP STORY
 
 
 
Level 3 Completes Acquisition of Global Crossing

On 4 October 2011, Level 3 completed its acquisition of Global Crossing, previously majority owned by ST Telemedia. The combined company will operate under the name Level 3 Communications.
 
The transaction combines the strengths of both companies to create a premier global communications provider with reach to the U.S., Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, as well as the Asia Pacific region.  It will deliver an enhanced and expanded portfolio of advanced voice, video, data and managed solutions to enterprise, wholesale, content and government customers, anchored by extensive owned fibre networks on three continents in over 45 countries and substantial subsea cable capacity.
 
ST Telemedia is the single largest stockholder with about 25 percent stake in Level 3.
 
 
 
 
CORPORATE NEWS   
 

 

 

ST Telemedia CEO Calls on Vietnam President in Singapore
 
ST Telemedia’s President & CEO, Mr Lee Theng Kiat, called on the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam His Excellency Truong Tan Sang during his state visit to Singapore in September 2011.  At the meeting, Mr Lee, who was accompanied by several senior company executives, reiterated the company’s commitment to the development and growth of Vietnam and its telecommunications industry.
     
Seated from right:  President Sang, Mr Lee and
Mr Sio Tat Hiang,  ST Telemedia’s Senior Executive
Vice President

   
 
Group photo of senior executives from
TeleChoice
and NxGen
 
     
TeleChoice’s Proposed Acquistion of NxGen Communications Reinforces its Position in the ICT Industry
 
TeleChoice has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire NxGen Communications, a regional info-comm provider of managed services and system integration solutions.  NxGen has a diverse portfolio of clientele in financial services, hospitality and other large industry segments. The acquisition will further strengthen TeleChoice’s service offerings, customer base and market reach.
 
 
 
VALUE CREATION
 
 
 
eircom Starts Construction of €100m Phase 1 Fibre Rollout 
   
eircom has started the construction of its fibre broadband pilot in South Dublin and Wexford town following its announcement in July  to invest €100 million on Phase 1 of a multi-year plan which aims to rollout superfast broadband services to one million premises over the next four years. Once Phase 1 is completed, fibre will pass more than 100,000 homes and businesses within the selected areas, providing speeds of 40 Mbps and beyond.
   
From left:  eircom’s Operations Technician, Paddy Donohoe, with CEO Paul Donovan
 

 

 
StarHub Partners Vodafone to Bring World-Class Mobile Services to Enterprises in Singapore

StarHub and Vodafone have agreed to form a strategic partnership that will bring world-class mobile services to enterprise customers in Singapore, with unique Vodafone Global Enterprise services and an extensive global mobile footprint. StarHub will become the exclusive partner of Vodafone in Singapore with effect from 1 January 2012. All StarHub mobile customers will also benefit from this partnership through Vodafone and Conexus’ extensive global mobile networks, for seamless quality and cost-effective roaming services wherever they are in the world.
 
 
 
Dr. Kaizad Heerjee, U Mobile CEO, introducing Malaysia’s fastest mobile broadband
 
U Mobile Strengthens Mobile Broadband Lead by Extending Coverage in Malaysia
   
U Mobile continues its trailblazing expansion of Malaysia’s fastest mobile broadband to the Klang Valley, Seremban and Port Dickson. The latest development firmly positions U Mobile as the leading telecom company in the data space to have the highest number of  commercially-ready Dual Carriage HSPA+ sites in Malaysia.
 
 
 
 
INNOVATION 
 
 
StarHub Offers Singapore’s First Mobile Plan with Family Data Sharing
 
StarHub launched Singapore’s first post-paid mobile plan which allows subscribers to share bundled data, airtime, and SMSes on the main line with their family members.    This is great news for subscribers as it offers savings and flexibility to families who wish to maximise their bundle price plans.
   
 
 
 
StarHub and iNO Mobile Introduce Singapore’s First Solar-Charging Mobile Phone
 
StarHub has teamed up with Foresight Technologies to launch ‘SOLO’, Singapore’s first solar-charging mobile phone specially designed for outdoor adventurers and military personnel. SOLO’s most unique feature is its solar charging battery that backs up its lithium battery to further extend the phone’s usefulness in outdoor locations where power points are not easily accessible.
 

 

 
 
COMMUNITY
 

 

 


From left:  Mrs Phua
receiving
ST Telemedia’s contribution from Mrs Kuan
   
ST Telemedia Supports Promotion of Olympism and Sports in Singapore
 
ST Telemedia presented a cheque donation of S$100,000 to the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) in support of SOF’s goals of promoting Olympism and sports in Singapore.  ST Telemedia’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Relations, Mrs Kuan Kwee Jee, presented the cheque to SOF’s board member, Mrs Jessie Phua, at a presentation ceremony held on 16 September 2011.   
 
 
 
 
ST Telemedia Supports  ‘A Very Special Walk 2011’
  
For the second consecutive year, ST Telemedia gave its support to the annual fund raising event of the Autism Resource Centre and Pathlight School, Singapore’s autism-focused school.  Funds raised from this year’s event, themed  ’There’s a Hero in Me’, will be used to support persons with autism with post-school options for employment and purposeful engagement in leisure and community activities. 
 
  Participants in their favourite super-hero costumes with
Guest-of-Honour,  Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam,
Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance and Minister for Manpower (3rd from left, 1st row)
 
eircom Launches Apprentice Programme 
 
eircom launched their Apprentice Programme  to offer candidates who have completed their leaving certificate  the opportunity to develop skills and kick start their career in the telecommunications industry. 50 apprentices will be selected and they will commence their stint with eircom in October 2011.