Asia briefs: Half the world will be online by 2017, SoftBank makes offer for DreamWorks & more

Asia Briefs: SoftBank makes offer for DreamWorks, Macau to issue triple-play guidelines in 2015 & more

29 SEP 2014

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets:

SoftBank makes offer for DreamWorks
SoftBank reportedly has made an offer to acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.4 billion.

The Japanese company is flush with cash after booking a $4.6 billion gain from Alibaba’s IPO last week. It has a 32 per cent stake in the Chinese e-commerce company.

Masayoshi Son, the company’s founder and CEO, has made a number of bold acquisitions over the years, most recently buying Sprint in the US last year.

Macau to issue triple-play guidelines in 2015
Macau’s telecoms regulator will draft guidelines next year on introducing triple-play services, with commercial services expected to be launched in three years. The draft will stipulate the number of players the market can sustain.

The pay-TV market in the territory was just liberalised in April, allowing direct competition with Macau Cable TV. Newcomer MTel, which received its fixed-line licence a year ago, is required to cover 30 per cent of households by December.

Machine translation venture
NTT Docomo, Systran International and FueTrek have set up a joint venture today to develop and market machine translation technology.

The venture, called Mirai Translate, will initially develop technologies to translate between Japanese and three other languages — English, Chinese and Korean — with future plans to translate between Japanese and other widely used Asian languages such as Vietnamese and Indonesian.

Systran is a leading translation software developer while FueTrek is a developer of speech recognition and translation systems. Docomo will have a 51 per cent stake, Systran 30 per cent and FueTrek 19 per cent.

Huawei to invest $4B in broadband R&D
Huawei Technologies plans to invest more than $4 billion in fixed broadband technology R&D over the next three years. The Shenzhen-based company’s effort would focus on photonics as well as software-defined networking.

Meanwhile, the company and China Mobile recently tested what they claim is China’s first 400G optical transport network, based on PDM-16QAM and PDM-QPSK coding schemes.


Joseph Waring

Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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