SLT appoints new CEO

18 January 2022

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has anamed Janaka Abeysinghe as its chief executive officer (CEO), replacing the incumbent Kiththi Perera who will be on overseas leave for two years to pursue higher studies.

Abeysinghe is an internal promotion, having joined SLT in 1991. In his present role, he leads the enterprise and wholesale business of SLT that provides integrated voice and data solutions to enterprises, government institutions, domestic telco operators and global wholesale carriers.

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India modifies telecom licence to permit M2M communication

18 January 2022

India has amended exisiting telecom licences to enable service providers to roll out machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in the country, its Department of Telecom (DoT) said.

M2M communication service is being offered by TSPs over their commercial network and technology and where both the sides just happen to be machines, earlier from P2P, A2P, and P2A communication. It is regarded as a critical factor in 5G adoption and the change has been made to all levels of telecom service licences.

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Gilat to supply Japanese MNO with cellular backhaul system

18 January 2022

Israel's Gilat Satellite Networks is helping a mobile network operator (MNO) in Japan expand its 4G cellular network with cellular backhaul system.

The MNO placed orders for Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c cellular backhaul system and these will be used to expand cellular backhaul over satellite, bringing the 4G/LTE network into rural zones that lack fiber access. Giat did not name the company but described it as a “tier-1” MNO.

“As a flexible and modular platform, SkyEdge II-c can readily support the advanced features present in the operator’s open architecture," said Gilat chief  commercial officer Michal Aharonov. "With technology that enables timely deployment for network extension, Gilat is helping to create a dynamic that massively benefits the local population, as well as setting an enviable example of implementation that can be used by similar MNOs in other countries.” 

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Singtel loses Australia tax case

04 January 2022

Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) said it faces A$304 in tax exposure, interest and penalties, after an Australian court threw out its appeal against an assessment by the country's taxation office.

The case pertains to its acquisition of Singtel Optus 2001.

Singtel's Australian subsidiary, Singapore Telecom Australia Investments (STAI), had received amended assessments from the Australian Taxation Office for primary tax of A$268m, interest of A$58m and penalties of A$67m in 2016 and 2017.

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