July 2015 | Issue 41
ST Telemedia Powers Ahead in its Data Centre Expansion
Following its March announcement on the development of a flagship data centre in Singapore, ST Telemedia has made a strategic investment in VIRTUS Data Centres (VIRTUS), the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider. Noted by 451 Research Group as “one of the most innovative data centre providers around these days" and shortlisted for the Data Centre Industry Leader Award at the Datacloud Awards 2015, VIRTUS offers  one of the country’s most efficient and flexible data centres with award winning innovation in hyper efficient, ultra-high density and highly interconnected facilities.
Under the partnership, ST Telemedia, through its wholly owned subsidiary STT GDC, will make a significant investment committing to a 49 percent stake via a joint venture with VIRTUS’ existing owner Brockton Capital. The new investment from ST Telemedia will be used to fund VIRTUS’ continued growth and footprint expansion in the UK.


We’re pleased to continue the momentum of our recent data centre expansion activities with this announcement. ST Telemedia’s investment into VIRTUS is at a fitting time for Europe’s data centre market, particularly in the top-tier, carrier-neutral segment, where we’re seeing attractive growth opportunities. The investment is consistent with our international data centre strategy and is of strategic importance as it gives us a vital foothold in London, a key global tier-1 data centre market. The combination of ST Telemedia’s vast knowledge and expertise in the global data centre sector; Brockton Capital’s unique understanding and successful performance in the real estate industry and VIRTUS’ impressive operating track record and unique offering will bring numerous benefits to VIRTUS and its customers.   
                                                                      – Mr Sio Tat Hiang, ST Telemedias Executive Director

  Marking the start of a new partnership with a handshake: Mr Sio (right) with Mr Simon Samuels, Partner, Brockton Capital, at the completion of the VIRTUS acquisition
VIRTUS LONDON1 - Data Hall (Enfield Data Centre) 
VIRTUS LONDON2 (Hayes Data Centre)

SKY Celebrates 25 Years of Entertaining and Connecting Filipinos
SKY marked its 25th anniversary with simultaneous jubilant celebrations filled with activities and promotions for employees and customers across the Philippines. Reinforcing the company’s commitment to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives on a personal level, a new corporate campaign with the slogan ‘Me and My SKY’ was also unveiled.    
TeleChoice Receives Recognitions from Tech Giants
TeleChoice’s subsidiary S&I Systems (S&I) has received endorsements from tech giants Oracle and IBM. It was conferred the “Primavera Global Business Unit Japan and Asia-Pacific FY2015 Most Strategic Win of the Year” award by Oracle for the successful implementation of a government agency’s IT system using Oracle’s Primavera Solution. S&I is the first company in Singapore to implement as well as to win a project using the Primavera Solution. S&I also received from IBM the "2014 Top Big Data & Analytics” award for excellence in delivering end-to-end big data analytics solutions for customers, and the "2014 Top Technical Support Services Business Partner" award. The awards were for delivering transformative insights with predictive analytics that give customers the competitive advantage and for achieving the highest contractual value for technical support services within ASEAN for IBM, respectively.

Level 3 and Optus Announce Collaboration Enhancing Content Delivery Across Australia
Level 3 Communications is selected by Optus Wholesale and Satellite to provide deep-edge caching services on its network for greater reliable and quicker access to locally-stored high-demand content. With this partnership, Optus can now offer its customers better video streaming experience whilst increasing Level 3’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) capacity in Australia by approximately 300 per cent.
Level 3 Boosts Cybersecurity Capabilities with the Acquisition of DDOS Mitigation Company Black Lotus
Level 3 has acquired Black Lotus, a security innovator and industry renowned provider of global Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation services, upping the ante in its security capabilities. The acquisition reaffirms Level 3’s  commitment to provide the best-in-class protection and security for its customers’ operations, and helping enterprises combat the cybersecurity challenges they face every day.
StarHub Enhances Network with Cloud-Based SDN Technology
StarHub has started optimising its infrastructure to open, cloud-based networks using software-defined networking (SDN) technology which will enable the company to deliver bandwidth dynamically and rapidly, and to offer customisable solutions to meet the evolving needs of its enterprise customers.
GDS Forges Ahead with the Debut of CloudMix 
GDS Services (GDS) has unveiled a new business solution CloudMix at the recent Interop 2015, a leading independent technology conference and expo series, held in Las Vegas, USA. This innovative hybrid infrastructure concept allows the integration of legacy platforms, cloud and high availability services, offering customers the optimal support of a one-stop infrastructure service. The high efficiency data and applications mobility solutions offered will better support the international expansion strategies of GDS’ customers.
U Mobile Inks Multi-year Agreement with Telekom Malaysia to Enhance Customer Experience    
In another initiative to boost its 4G/LTE customer experience, U Mobile has sealed a nine-year agreement with Telekom Malaysia (TM) which will see U Mobile utilising TM’s fibre mobile backhaul connectivity to cover four main sites in Peninsular Malaysia. This will strengthen U Mobile’s network and deliver better experience to its customers.
ST Teleport Partners with the World’s Biggest Teleport Operator Telespazio to Expand its Coverage
ST Teleport is proud to be the only teleport company in Singapore to partner with Telespazio, the world’s biggest teleport operator, to expand its global Ku-band network for maritime oil and gas customers. The partnership will also create opportunities for ST Teleport to enter the geo-information market with new solutions such as environmental monitoring, rush mapping in support of natural disaster management, specialised products for defence and intelligence, and maritime surveillance.
StarHub’s Corporate Social Responsibility Campaigns Receive International Endorsements
Adding another feather to its cap, StarHub’s highly successful 4G4Good campaign has clinched Asia’s only Gold Lion (Promo + Activation category) at the 62nd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, a prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards show. Thanks to this commendable campaign, StarHub has garnered enough pledges from its post-paid mobile customers to provide 500 less-privileged beneficiaries with free 120 minutes talktime, 500 SMS and 1.5GB of mobile data per month for a year. 
StarHub has also won The Green Award for the second consecutive year at the Asia Communication Awards 2015, organised by Total Telecom to recognise outstanding performance and innovation from leading Asian telecoms companies. The Green Award is conferred to StarHub for its RENEW (REcycling Nation’s Electronic Waste) programme, a massive consumer-oriented environmental sustainability programme offering avenues for responsible disposal of electronic waste. 
Level 3 Launches Foundation to Amplify Philanthropic Efforts
Level 3 Communications has launched Level 3 Foundation Inc., a public charity aimed at amplifying its existing corporate social responsibility efforts through Level 3 Cares. The Foundation’s mission is to enable the company’s 13,000 employees worldwide the opportunity to give back to the communities where they work and live. Both company employees and community members can contribute financially to the Foundation to support any of the identified cause areas, and Level 3 will match up to US$250,000 of all employee contributions made to the Foundation this year.
StarHub Shows Unwavering Support for Children in Singapore 
StarHub is proud to be a returning supporter for the Children’s Cancer Foundation’s (CCF) Hair for Hope campaign for the fourth consecutive year, bringing together 93 employees, partners and customers who volunteered to shave their heads in support of children with cancer. The bald statement have raised $110,000 so far and counting. Supporters can continue to make online donations until 30 September 2015 for this worthy cause.  
In another green initiative, StarHub organised a guided learning journey for 37 children from the Central Singapore CDC’s Nurture 2.0 Programme at the Singapore Botanic Gardens to promote environmental conservation and to empower children in their green efforts.