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BICS is very pleased to introduce Malcolm Chan, who recently has been appointed Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region. Malcolm shares some interesting insights about the history, evolution, goals and challenges faced by his team in Singapore.

"Having spent the last 15 years in the mobile, wholesale and enterprise side of the Telecommunications business, I am pleased to have joined BICS as Managing Director, Asia-Pacific.

The use of smartphones, broadband devices and other services such as video streaming, constantly increases the demand for capacity. To answer this growing demand and deliver an even more cost-effective solution, BICS is offering now access to exchange points across its transport infrastructure. It allows ISPs to peer without a physical presence at the peering point. They can outsource the complexity of peering related to the selection of Internet Exchange Points and the extension of their network by leasing transport (e.g. circuits) into the IXP.

Again this year, the Mobile World Congress was a truly enriching event and experience. Barcelona hosted between February 24th and 27th more than 85,000 MWC attendees from over 200 countries. In the light of the congress' theme "Creating What's Next" for the Mobile industry, the exhibition halls provided glimpses of the latest and most exciting smartphones, tablets, wearables, applications, accessories, and more. Leading figures such as WhatsApp’s CEO, Jan Koum, and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, shared their vision about what to expect in the near future.

Interview with Ceri Tinine, expert in the MVNO industry

On 22nd January 2014, BICS was awarded "Best Midsized and Under Service Provider Brand, Sales Reps and Network Performance", at the 2014 ATLANTIC-ACM Awards for Global Wholesale Service Provider Excellence at PTC ‘14 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Each year, strategy research consultancy ATLANTIC-ACM delivers its ATLANTIC-ACM Awards, which were this year based on more than 1,500 individual ratings of global telecom service providers – by their wholesale customers – for the 2014 edition of ATLANTIC-ACM's Global Wholesale Service Provider Report Card.

WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) was launched nearly 3 years ago and is today one of the hottest topics in the telecom industry.  More than 1 Billion devices - mainly PCs – support WebRTC (being browser enabled) and this figure is expected to climb up to 4 Billion by the end of 2016, including smartphone, tablets and other device classes. BICS spoke with Dean Bubley, founder of Disruptive Analysis and recognised expert on the WebRTC industry about the impact of this new technology on the telecom industry.

The success of WebRTC

As a global player, BICS considers it its duty to do business in an ethical way while supporting social projects. Therefore, BICS decided to support one of the initiatives of the Safaricom Foundation. This foundation supports projects that provide sustainable solutions to the most pressing social challenges in Kenya.

The demand for LTE roaming is rapidly increasing as operators continue to launch next generation data networks. Almost 250 operators have already launched 4G, covering 92 countries, and end users now expect to be able to access high speed data wherever they are in the world.

Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, has signed an agreement to use BICS' Pan European Network (PEN) 2.0 to connect major European cities.

It is a general fact that any regulator in developed countries is supposed to act to find the right compromise between the stakeholders and a balanced set of norms for the general interest of our society.

This compromise is rarely easy to reach. On its side, The European Commission has been struggling over the past years to find this balance for the Telecom industry.