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Rural Sarawak to get high-speed broadband with nation’s first MOCN tower

Rural Sarawak to get high-speed broadband with nation’s first MOCN tower

KUCHING: Residents of Luban Ulu in Sarawak’s Betong, a rural settlement located about 270km from Kuching, can now enjoy a rich Internet experience following the commissioning of a Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) Rural Telecommunication (SMART) tower in the area.

The commissioning of the tower was launched by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg recently to enable folks in the rural area to enjoy 3G and 4G network coverage, SMA said in a statement today.

It said the tower became the first in the country to employ the Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) platform, which had the capacity to accommodate multiple service operators in a singular gateway to serve their user bases.

“This is against the conventional approach of each mobile service provider installing their own home network system on a telecommunication tower. Depending on the terrain, a SMART tower is capable of providing fast broadband speed coverage up to a 3km radius,” it said.

The MOCN platform approach was chosen after considering the operational complexity and cost structure of rural telecommunication deployment, which would not only optimise resources but also allow for cost-efficient installation, maintenance and future upgrades.

The Luban Ulu SMART tower came as the first of the 300 towers that SMA planned to erect and commissioned in the state rural areas under its SMA 300 tower programme under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022.

SMA general manager, Dr Zaidi Razak said the authority would continue to work with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and all the mobile service providers to enhance digital connectivity in rural Sarawak.

“The Authority has always emphasised a close private-public sector relationship to enable Sarawak to leapfrog into the digital economy,” he added.

SMA is a regulatory body established pursuant to Section 3 of the Sarawak Multimedia Authority Ordinance 2017,

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TikTok ban: Pakistan cuts ties with app in latest China snub – ‘Immoral and indecent!’ | World | News

TikTok ban: Pakistan cuts ties with app in latest China snub – ‘Immoral and indecent!’ | World | News

The ban was issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority over long-standing issued with content filtering to the app’s young users. TikTok has claimed it follows the “law run markets where the app is offered”. Pakistan is the latest country to ban the app, following neighbouring India and threats from the US.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority issued a statement saying the app had failed to follow the country’s request to monitor unlawful content.

They said they issued the ban over “complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content on the video-sharing application”

The PTA has said they will remain in discussions with TikTok and owners ByteDance over lifting the ban.

But the authority has warned the app it would only be lifted if a satisfactory mechanism to moderate unlawful content was added to the platform.

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TikTok has responded to the PTA’s ban, and claimed it remains “committed to following the law in markets where the app is offered”.

They added: “We have been in regular communication with the PTA and continue to work with them.

“We are hopeful to reach a conclusion that helps us continue to serve the country’s vibrant and creative online community.”

TikTok reportedly has over 20 million monthly active users in Pakistan, and is the third most downloaded app in the country.

Pakistani TikTok stars and users have urged Mr Khan to revoke the ban.

Hareem Shah urged the PTA ahead of the ban to reconsider blocking access to the app as TikTok already moderates content on its platform.

She said: “TikTok administration removes such content itself. Hence there is no need to place a ban on the video-sharing application.”

Jannat Mirza, in September, also

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Senate committee slams blanket ban on TikTok – Newspaper

Senate committee slams blanket ban on TikTok – Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Committee on Delegated Legislation on Monday criticised the telecom regulator for banning TikTok and noted that Pakistan has to pace up with global development and take corrective measures instead of adopting isolationist approach.

The Senate committee that met under the chairmanship of Senator Kauda Babar at the Parliament House discussed the ban on the short video-sharing platform by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

After receiving complaints from different segments of society over immoral and indecent content being shared on the app, the PTA gave several warnings to TikTok before finally slapping a ban on the Chinese app on Oct 10.

However, members of the Senate committee maintained that blocking of social media platforms and restricting IT companies was not the answer to check the spread of questionable material.

Asks govt to take corrective measures instead of adopting ‘isolationist’ approach

Such an approach by the regulator would push Pakistan off the development bandwagon, Senator Babar said. “It was essential to regulate content if that was violating the laws of the country instead of imposing a blanket ban on the whole application or platform,” he remarked.

The committee asked the PTA to provide detail of the rules under which TikTok had been blocked. The relevant officials, however, informed the committee that the ban was not a ‘permanent’ feature as it could be overturned once the app management assured the government that they would abide by the laws of Pakistan.

Earlier, when the Senate committee was informed that TikTok, owned by ByteDance company of China, had recently been in trouble in many countries, the senators maintained that TikTok’s trouble in countries such as the United States and India were mainly due to political reasons and the decisions were not based on any merit.

In Pakistan, TikTok with around 20 million

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Stanford economists awarded Nobel Prize for work on auction theory

Stanford economists awarded Nobel Prize for work on auction theory

Stanford University professors Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in economics for esoteric insights that have brought order to the power grid, mineral rights and other critical but complex parts of our economy.

Their discoveries pioneered a new approach to how auctions work – and now serve as the conceptual underpinning of bids for services that are difficult to sell in a traditional way, such as bands of radio spectrum and cell service licenses.

Their strategy can be used to improve the allocation of respirators and Personal Protective Equipment in future pandemics. In the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, states bid against each other for supplies, escalating prices and creating chaos.

When the Federal Communications Commission takes bids to allocate radio spectrum for fiercely competitive telecommunication licenses – cell phone rights in northern and southern California markets, for example – it enlists Milgrom’s and Wilson’s strategy.  This approach has been adopted in countries around the world.

“This year’s Laureates in Economic Sciences started out with fundamental theory and later used their results in practical applications, which have spread globally. Their discoveries are of great benefit to society,” Peter Fredriksson, chair of the Nobel prize committee, said in a statement.

Neighbors on campus, the two long-time friends and collaborators were startled by Monday morning’s news. Wilson, professor emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, was Milgrom’s mentor. Milgrom is a professor in the university’s School of Humanities and Sciences.

Wilson’s phone ringer was on ‘silent’ mode, so the Nobel committee called his wife instead. Milgrom, sound asleep, was also incommunicado.

In the predawn darkness at 2:15 a.m., Wilson and his wife Mary crossed the street and repeatedly rang the video-activated doorbell to awaken Milgrom. The drama is recorded on Milgrom’s Nest home security

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United States A2P and P2A Messaging Market Size is Projected to Reach USD 18,737.19 Million by 2025 | Valuates Reports

United States A2P and P2A Messaging Market Size is Projected to Reach USD 18,737.19 Million by 2025 | Valuates Reports

BANGALORE, India, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to the Latest Market Research Report “A2P & P2A Messaging Market by Type (A2P, P2A), by Traffic (Multi-Country, National), by Messaging Platform (Cloud API Messaging Platform, Traditional & Managed Messaging Platform), by Industry (Aerospace & Defense, Automotive & Transportation, Banking, Financial Services & Insurance, Building, Construction & Real Estate, Education, Consumer Goods & Retail, Energy & Utilities, Government & Public Sector, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment, Telecommunication, and Travel & Hospitality), by Application (Authentication Services, Customer Relationship Management Services, Inquiry & Search Related Services, Interactive Messages, Notifications & Alerts, Promotional & Marketing Services, Pushed Content Services, Voting & Entertainment),  and Region – Global Forecast to 2025“, published on Valuates Reports. 


The United States A2P & P2A Messaging Market is expected to grow from USD 14,378.29 Million in 2019 to USD 18,737.19 Million by 2025 at a CAGR of 4.51%.

Major factors driving the growth of Application to Person (A2P) & Person to Application (P2A) Messaging Market size include increased mobile marketing by advertisers and application developers, innovations in mobile payment and mobile banking apps, the ability to access messages without internet connexion, and the rapid growth in the mobile user base.

The report provides an exhaustive assessment of A2P & P2A Messaging Market size, shares, strategies, products, and manufacturing capabilities of the leading players. It also offers in-depth information about lucrative emerging markets, new product launches, untapped geographies, recent developments, and investments.

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Interaction and engagement with consumers have become important for businesses in the current market scenario. This, in turn, has boosted the growth of the A2P & P2A Messaging Market size.


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