Thailand's five major data center service providers have formed a strategic alliance with the goal of transforming the country into a major data center hub for Southeast Asia. Representatives from the local units of AIMS Data Centre, Evolution DC, NTT Global Data Centers, STT GDC, and Telehouse signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish the Thailand Data Centre Council (TDCC).

Read more: Thailand's Top Data Center Providers Unite to Form Major Southeast Asia Data Center Hub

Huawei and China Unicom Beijing have launched a large-scale 5.5G pilot test network in Beijing to further advance network connectivity. The pilot test covered three key areas in the city, namely, Beijing Financial Street in the city center, the landmark Beijing Long Distance Call Building, and the multipurpose Workers' Stadium.

Read more: Huawei and China Unicom Beijing Pilot Test 5.5G Network

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has reportedly approved incumbent telco PLDT's proposed PHP 6.75 billion (USD 120 million) acquisition of broadband and cable TV provider, Sky Cable Corporation.

Read more: Philippine Competition Commission Greenlights PLDT's Acquisition of Sky Cable Corporation

Maxis and Public Bank Bhd. (Public Bank) have joined forces to promote digital adoption among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia. The collaboration, formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aims to raise awareness about digitalization among SMEs and provide them with access to digital solutions and financial assistance.

Read more: Maxis and Public Bank Unite to Propel Digital Transformation for Malaysian SMEs

Goodman Group, a leading global specialist in industrial property and digital infrastructure, is expanding its data center capacity in Asia as part of its global strategy in this sector. Goodman entered into agreements to deliver up to 1,000 MW of power in Japan and has started construction on a new 50 MW data center in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong SAR. The company has also opened a new regional office in Singapore to support its data center growth in Asia.

Read more: Goodman Group Expands Data Center Footprint in Asia

Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) is reportedly urging the country's telcos to seek new growth opportunities in the digital niche due to a slump in the sector's growth in 2023. Minister of Information and Communications, Nguyen Mạnh Hung, stated in an interview that the growth of telecom operators has not matched the country's GDP growth.

Read more: MIC Encourages Vietnam Telcos to Focus on Digital Apps for Future Growth

Direct-to-phone satellite operator, Lynk Global, announced that Telikom Limited, the state telecommunications company of Papua New Guinea, has begun offering Lynk's Sat2Phone service to its subscribers. Initially, the Sat2Phone service in Papua New Guinea will only support SMS messaging. This is because Lynk currently has only three LEOsats (low Earth orbit satellites) in orbit to support the service, out of a planned constellation of 5,000.

Read more: Telikom Limited Launches Sat2Phone SMS Service in Papua New Guinea

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