Cambodia: Smart offers e-top up data bonus, Smart@Home free home delivery

15 March 2021

Smart Axiata, a telecom service provider in Cambodia, took another step in contributing to people’s safety during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing its customers with e-top up data bonus and free home delivery of Smart@Home.

Until May 31, Smart customers who top up their mobile phone balance by at least 1.25 USD via the SmartNas app, Smart website or Smart’s Zero Balance Portal will be awarded with 1GB of data for free. This data bonus will be in addition to their allowance no matter what plan they are on or any data bonuses they already receive.

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BSNL deploys ST Engineering iDirect’s dialog platform to connect remote Indian islands

17 February 2021

Remote Indian islands are being connected 

Remote Indian islands are being connected 

India’s state-owned telecom giant company BSNL will deploy solutions from ST Engineering iDirect to augment satellite bandwidth to the Indian islands of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

The deployment is part of a Universal Service Obligation (USO) project funded by the country’s Department of Telecommunications. Utilising the Newtec Dialog platform to provide internet and 2G, 3G and 4G services, the connectivity will boost social and economic activity to islands that previously had limited access to bandwidth.

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CVC Capital acquires Myanmar’s Irrawady Green Towers

10 February 2021

Luxembourg-based private equity firm CVC Capital Partners has agreed to buy Myanmar’s largest telecom tower company, Irrawady Green Towers, in a deal reportedly valued at about US$700m.

The purchase marks the global buyout firm’s first venture into the southeast Asian country and sees it absorb 4,000 towers across Myanmar.

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Vietnam slaps ban on 2G, 3G smartphones

10 February 2021

Vietnam said it will ban the importing and manufacturing of 2G and 3G phones, as part of  move to promote widespread adoption of smartphones to support digital transformation in the nation.

The southeast Asian country’s Ministry of Information and Communications said the new rule will come in effect from July 1. However, phones that do match up to the spec requirement but were already in the country before the deadline can still be sold.

Furthermore, the government said the move is considered a step towards plans to switch off 2G networks by Q1 2022 and its “programme of universalisation of smartphones”.

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