It was the week that saw Microsoft buy Skype, NBN satellite deals in Australia and another new subsea cable for Asia.
On the plus side, it’s a good fit for Microsoft’s product portfolio, and Microsoft needs something to compete with FaceTime and Google Voice. On the negative side, Skype is a loss-maker, and its multiplatform mobile strategy has potentially just become a lot more complicated
Optus will manage the satellite project, while Thaicom's IPSTAR Australia will provide the capacity via its Thaicom-4 bird. Israel-based satellite gear vendor Gilat will supply Optus with equipment for hubs and VSATs. The project, which will launch service in July with 6 Mbps downlink speeds, is intended as an interim service until NBN Co launches its own satellites in 2015.
Australia also saw the commission of a new subsea cable
providing terabit capacity to Singapore this week. ASC (Australia Singapore Cable) International, a subsidiary of Australian project development and contracting company Leighton, has commissioned Alcatel-Lucent to build the multi-terabit cable.
ASC said it will have an option to upgrade the cable to 100Gbps waves, which would make it the first 100Gbps connection between Western Australia and South East Asia. That will also give it an ultimate capacity of 16Tbps once the 100Gbps option is taken.
Arbor Networks unveiled a new product designed to protect data centers from the growing threat of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The firm says a quarter of today’s attacks focus on applications, and that recent high-profile cases including outages on Sony’s PlayStation Network and an Amazon data center has brought the problem to the attention of company chiefs
In India, it wasn’t a great week for Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices, who reportedly face having several licenses revoked
for missing network rollout requirements.
Meanwhile, India’s telecom ministry – displeased over missing its broadband subscriber targets for last year – said it will ask for bids from fixed and wireless operators to roll out of wireless broadband services in June
. Only one of two slots will be auctioned in each of the 22 circles, with the second to be reserved for state-owned BSNL.
In Europe, Telekom Austria missed out on the chance to take control of Telekom Srbija
after the Serbian government rejected a revised €1.1 billion bid for a 51% stake. Telekom Austria claims the government’s €1.4 billion price tag is too high.
Deutsche Telekom unveiled a Wi-Fi exchange platform
in conjunction with iPass to handle authentication, settlement, and in-depth feedback to improve customer service.
And finally, it was a week packed with legal action.
Thailand’s TOT threatened to countersue Ericsson
for filing a “frivolous and unreasonable” lawsuit over its 3G tender.
And Google is being sued for $13 million by three French publishers claiming that thousands of their works were scanned for Google Books without their permission.