Archive for the ‘SingTel’ Category

New arrival: Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus in Singapore

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Apple’s iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus have arrived in Singapore. Telcos in Singapore saw long queues forming with customers vying to be the first to get their hands on the latest smartphones from Apple.

The first 10 Singtel customers to get their new iPhones.

Singtel, the largest Telco in Singapore, held its launch at Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Hall C.

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Interview: What does a career in Big Data Geo-Analytics look like?

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Get the scoop from Chandra Sekhar Saripaka, who is a Senior Data Engineer at DataSpark.

Chandra is an experienced software engineer with more than 10 years in the IT field that included stints in major banks.

Chandra is an experienced software engineer with more than 10 years in the IT field that included stints in major banks.

An aspiring Big Data scientist should look no further than Chandra Sekhar Saripaka.

As a Senior Data Engineer with DataSpark, he was one of two speakers from the company who participated in Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in Singapore, a conference which attracted the top minds around the world working on Big Data and analytics.

Chandra spoke on how to go “from telco data to spatial-temporal intelligence APIs”, by “architecting through microservices”.

He explained in detail the production architecture at DataSpark and how it works through terabytes of spatial-temporal telco data each day in PaaS mode.

Chandra also shared with fellow data scientists attending his talk how the platform operates in SaaS mode.

Chandra’s in-depth knowledge of Big Data makes him the best person to give pointers to an aspiring IT engineer in the field.

I’ve asked Chandra to share his valuable insights on carving a career in this intensely competitive arena.

What must today’s IT worker do to get a foothold in Big Data?

Chandra: There is a paradigm shift in the way traditional software is being transformed into data-driven software.

With the rise of many small and medium startups in the market, various cloud-ready tools – in terms of storage, compute, processing and visualisation – have emerged.

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Singtel TV & Oh!K Saimdang sends Korean Song Seung Heon to Singapore

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Singtel and Oh!K hosted a visit by Korean superstar Song Seung Heon, who met with fans and Singtel TV subscribers today as part of a promotional tour for upcoming drama, Saimdang.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Hallyu fever hit Singapore as Korean superstar Song Seung Heon met with fans and Singtel TV subscribers during a visit to Singapore hosted by Singtel and Oh!K. Photo credit: Singtel.

Hallyu fever hit Singapore as Korean superstar Song Seung Heon met with fans and Singtel TV subscribers during a visit to Singapore hosted by Singtel and Oh!K. Photo credit: Singtel.

200 Hallyu fans got up-close with the charismatic actor, who is here to promote highly-anticipated drama Saimdang (师任堂), at a meet-and-greet event just for Singtel TV subscribers today.

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Song Seung Heon takes a welfie with 1,500 excited fans at the public meet-and-greet event at The Cathay. Photo credit: Singtel.

The fans had the opportunity to take photos and interact with him, ahead of a public meet-and-greet event at The Cathay.

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A very lucky fan (Jolene Ang) receives a 10-second back hug from Song Seung Heon. Photo credit: Singtel.

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Singtel introduces DataX3 & WiFi Calling to postpaid subscribers

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

With DataX3, customers will enjoy triple the mobile data allowance on their plans, for S$9.90 a month. WiFi Calling will enable subscribers to make voice calls using data from a seamless combination of a WiFi hotspot and the Singtel 4G network.

Singtel mobile customers to enjoy triple the mobile data with DataX3. Singtel subscribers will also be the first in Singapore to experience WiFi Calling. Click on image to zoom in to view the details.

Singtel mobile customers to enjoy triple the mobile data with DataX3. Singtel subscribers will also be the first in Singapore to experience WiFi Calling. Click on image to zoom in to view the details.

Singtel is debuting its new mobile data add-on, DataX3, at its exclusive iPhone 7 launch event at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre tomorrow.

“DataX2 has been extremely well-received and is very popular with our customers, leading us to create an even more attractive offer of DataX3. Now, customers can choose to get more value for their money by simply adding on DataX2 or DataX3, depending on their data consumption needs,” said Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

Available to Singtel Combo Plan (Combo 2 and above) customers, DataX3 follows the launch of the DataX2 add-on that was first introduced earlier this year.

DataX3 offers significant cost savings to customers who need more data.

For example, a customer on a Combo 4 plan will have the option to top-up S$9.90 per month to increase the current 4GB entitlement to a total of 12GB of mobile data.

It is available to new and re-contracting customers on eligible Combo Plans with a minimum subscription period of 24 months.

WiFi Calling

Singtel also announced that it will offer WiFi Calling (also known as Voice over WiFi) to Singtel mobile postpaid customers from today.

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Singtel launches Cyber Security Institute in Singapore

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

The Singtel Cyber Security Institute (CSI) aims to hone cyber skills and preparedness of businesses and governments in Asia Pacific by providing holistic training for company boards, management, technology and operations personnel to deal with cyber attacks.

Update (18 May, 2016):

Competing telco StarHub announced plans to grow the local cyber security ecosystem with the launch of its Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (COE).

* All photos in this article provided by Singtel.

Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO, Singtel Group, giving her opening remarks at the launch of the Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO, Singtel Group, giving her opening remarks at the launch of the Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

The CSI is a hybrid between an advanced cyber range and an educational institute.

“Based on our engagements with companies in Singapore, more than 85% do not have robust cyber response plans nor the opportunity to conduct realistic drills to test and sharpen such plans. This lack of cyber preparedness is worsened by the severe global shortfall of trained cyber security experts, which Forbes puts at some 1 million in 2016. This is why we’ve stepped up to the plate. We know we have to help companies secure themselves against a potential slew of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks,” said Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel.

Singtel boasts that the CSI is the first-of–its-kind in the region to test and train companies in dealing with sophisticated cyber threats.

Housed in a permanent space of over 10,000 sq ft, the institute provides cyber skills development and education programmes tailored to the varying needs of company boards, C-suite management, technology and operational staff.

Boards and C-suite level participants will be trained in the areas of cyber threat awareness, risk management, business continuity planning and crisis communications preparation.

The cyber operations team will be trained in defence and response capabilities to sharpen their skills.

In conjunction with the launch of the CSI, Singtel announced that it is the first company in Singapore to work with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore on the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists (CSAT) Programme to train infocomm professionals in cyber security.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, delivering his speech to open the new Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, delivering his speech to open the new Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

Under this programme, Singtel will train fresh infocomm technology professionals and equip them with basic cyber security skills.

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EZ-Link launches NFC transit SIM cards for contactless payments

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

All three local telcos will sell the new NFC transit SIM cards. Supported handsets can be used to pay for MRT, LRT and bus rides; as well as at retail transactions.

EZ-Link introduces NFC transit SIM for contactless payments.

EZ-Link introduces NFC transit SIM for contactless payments.

The NFC transit SIM is a next generation, full-service NFC (near field communication) SIM which can be used for public transport, as well as at more than 30,000 ez-link acceptance points islandwide including shopping, retail, food & beverage and taxis payments.

“Transit is the ‘killer phone app’ Singapore consumers have been looking forward to, and we are pleased to be the first to offer customers the convenience of making payment with the one device that is always with them, their phone,” said P. Subramaniam, Chief Marketing Officer, M1.

Jointly developed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and EZ-Link, the NFC transit SIM will enable commuters to pay for public transit rides using just their NFC mobile phones.

M1 customers will be the first to enjoy contactless transit payments with their NFC transit SIM cards available at M1 Shops from today.

The NFC transit SIM card will cost S$37.45 (including GST).

As a launch promotion, the service activation fee of S$9.10 (including GST) will also be waived for customers signing up from tomorrow until 30 April 2016, while NFC transit SIM card stocks last.

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Promotion: Singtel offers double the data with DataX2

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The offer by the telco doubles the postpaid subscriber’s data for a flat fee of S$5.90. Those currently on high data plans benefits the greatest.

* Here are offers from M1 & StarHub which followed closely after.

Applicable to new and re-contracting customers on eligible Mobile Combo Plans upon signing a two-year device agreement. Minimum subscription period of 24 months applies. For more information on DataX2, visit www.singtel.com/datax2.

Applicable to new and re-contracting customers on eligible Mobile Combo Plans upon signing a two-year device agreement. Minimum subscription period of 24 months applies. Click to enlarge. For more information on DataX2, visit www.singtel.com/datax2.

In conjunction with the opening of IT Show 2016, Singtel will launch DataX2, a new add-on that offers customers double their mobile data allowance for a flat fee of S$5.90 a month.

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SingTel debuts free-data music service with Spotify, KKBOX, MeRadio & AMPed

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Singtel Music customers can subscribe at either S$7.90/month with a 12-month contract or S$9.90/month with no contract.

Singtel Music subscribers will enjoy unlimited free-data music streaming and downloading, and ad-free listening from either a Spotify, KKBOX or AMPed premium music account, plus 13 of Singapore’s radio stations via MeRadio.

Singtel Music subscribers will enjoy unlimited free-data music streaming and downloading, and ad-free listening from either a Spotify, KKBOX or AMPed premium music account, plus 13 of Singapore’s radio stations via MeRadio.

Singtel has launched Singtel Music, offering customers in Singapore music from popular providers like Spotify, KKBOX, AMPed and MeRadio, with zero local data charges.

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Singtel launched its new Music service at 1-Altitude in Singapore together with its partners.

Customers can add Singtel Music to their mobile plan for a fee to get a premium account from either Spotify, KKBOX, or AMPed which allows them to stream millions of songs without touching their data allowance.

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NCS launches NCS Technology Evolution Book to celebrate SG50

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The book looks back at the Singapore’s IT transformation from the beginning of its computerisation journey to realising the vision as the world’s first Smart Nation.

Chia Wee Boon (left), CEO of NCS presenting a limited edition NCS Tech Evolution book to Tay Ai Cheng (right), Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Librarian of National Library Board. “With the support from the National Library Board, the public can have access to NCS Tech Evolution. We hope everyone will enjoy reading this book, appreciate the contributions of the pioneers and many unsung heroes,” said Chia.

Chia Wee Boon (left), CEO of NCS presenting a limited edition NCS Tech Evolution book to Tay Ai Cheng (right), Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Librarian of National Library Board. “With the support from the National Library Board, the public can have access to NCS Tech Evolution. We hope everyone will enjoy reading this book, appreciate the contributions of the pioneers and many unsung heroes,” said Chia.

NCS, a leading Info-Communication Technology (ICT) provider in Asia Pacific launched today the NCS Technology Evolution book to commemorate the Nation’s IT transformation from the very beginning of Singapore’s computerisation journey.

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Event: Singtel cheers for Team Singapore for SEA Games 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Singtel is rallying support for Team Singapore by putting the spotlight on the people inspiring the athletes; providing 24/7 live coverage of the games; and Cheer Aggregator software to provide insights to the support from the public.

SEA Games athletes with their inspirations as well as staff from Singtel and the Singapore sports community. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo, theneodimension.com.

SEA Games athletes with their inspirations as well as staff from Singtel and the Singapore sports community. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo, theneodimension.com.

Singtel had earlier announced its commitment as the SEA Games’ Official Multimedia Partner, with sponsorship of over S$15 million worth of next-generation multimedia solutions and technology infrastructure.

Celebrating the Extraordinary

Singtel will shine the spotlight on our Team Singapore athletes and the people who have been their guiding lights, with a glimpse into these behind-the-scenes personalities.

Members of the public will hear the inspiring stories of the heroes behind each successful athlete.

Six Team Singapore athletes will share their stories about the people who have made personal sacrifices, and who have gone the extra mile to support them on their SEA Games quest.

Vera has nominated her physiotherapist Hwee Koon as her extraordinary person, touched by how she always takes time out to treat any injury she sustains, sometimes even long after the office has closed.

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