China's top three mobile operators—China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom—have officially launched the One Time Password (OTP) Application Programming Interface (API) after receiving certification from the GSMA Open Gateway. This launch makes China the first country to introduce the OTP API to the market, marking China's initial commercial API launch since joining the GSMA Open Gateway in June 2023.

Read more: Chinese Mobile Operators Roll Out OTP API to Boost Security

Rakuten Mobile has announced that it plans to offer satellite-to-cellular services in Japan, aiming to launch the service in 2026 in partnership with AST SpaceMobile. This company is creating the first space-based cellular broadband network that can be accessed directly via regular smartphones. The exact timing and scope of the service are uncertain and depend on various factors beyond Rakuten and AST SpaceMobile's control.

Read more: Rakuten Mobile Unveils Satellite Connectivity Initiative

Globe Telecom Inc has activated a significant portion of its Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network (PDSCN), which will improve connections for customers in key areas from Luzon to Mindanao. The activated segment of the PDSCN Express Route includes various cities such as Lucena City, Quezon; Boac, Marinduque; Calatrava, Tablas Island, Romblon; Roxas City, Capiz; Placer, Masbate; Palompon, Leyte; Mactan, Cebu; Talisay City, Cebu; Tagbilaran City, Bohol; and Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

Read more: Globe Telecom Enhances Philippine Connectivity

Thai operators, AIS and True Corp, announced that they are preparing to launch an emergency cell broadcast service commissioned by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). The cell broadcast service is intended to quickly identify specific areas impacted by urgent and critical incidents such as violence, shootings, and natural disasters.

Read more: AIS and True Corp to Launch Emergency Cell Broadcast Service

SmarTone, a leading telecommunications company in Hong Kong, has improved customer experience and network performance by implementing Ativa™— Infovista's automated assurance solution— across its 3G, 4G, 5G, and IMS networks.

Read more: SmarTone Collaborates with Infovista to Enhance Customer Experience and Network Performance

Bitera, a world-class data center, officially held its Grand Launching on February 27, 2024. The inauguration was attended by several Indonesian government’s high-rank officials, including Bahlil Lahadalia, the Minister of Investment/Head of the Investment Coordinating Board, and Erick Thohir, the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN). The presence of these key leaders reflects the strong synergy between the Indonesian government and the private sector, creating a solid foundation to drive the growth of Indonesia's digital economy.

Read more: Bitera Data Center Launches to Grow Indonesian Digital Economy

SmarTone, a Hong Kong telecommunications company, has moved its workload to the cloud to streamline prepaid charging and postpaid billing processes. The company hopes to transform business support systems (BSS) and improve customer service. SmarTone operates subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Macau, providing voice, multimedia, and mobile broadband services, as well as fixed fiber broadband services to consumers and businesses.

Read more: SmarTone Shifts Telecom Operations to the Cloud

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