Category Archives: ASEAN

Monetary Authority of Singapore publishes consultation on revising outsourcing guidelines

On Friday 5 September, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (which regulates financial institutions in Singapore) published a consultation on revising its existing guidelines on outsourcing. Responses are due by the 7th October.  

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Singapore launches new cloud security standard

Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has launched a new cloud security standard: Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Standard For Singapore (SS 584). The IDA explains that the objective of the standard is: “to provide businesses with greater clarity on the levels of security … Continue reading

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Singapore’s final data protection guidelines adopt business-friendly approach

On September 24, Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission published its final advisory guidelines on how the country’s Personal Data Protection Act 2012, which governs the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data, will be interpreted and applied. As expected, these … Continue reading

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How much space do you need for structural separation?

I was intrigued to read today’s joint response (from Starhub, M1, MyRepublic, ViewQwest, SuperInternet, Nucleus Connect and the Asia Pacific Carriers’ Coalition) to the Singapore telecoms regulator’s (IDA) public consultation on whether to allow additional ownership consolidation in its national fibre-optic network market. With the … Continue reading

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Ooredoo and Telenor win Myanmar telecoms licences, Parliament debate telecoms law

Ooredoo (formerly known as QTel) and Telenor have won the process run by the executive branch of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for the award of two national telecoms licences. A consortium of Orange and Marubeni Corporation was named as … Continue reading

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Myanmar announces 12 Pre-Qualified Applicants for telecoms licences

Following its evaluation of applications, the Government of Myanmar today announced 12 pre-qualified applicants for the two national telecoms licences being allocated by tender: Axiata Group Bharti Airtel China Mobile and Vodafone Group Digicel Group France Telecom / Orange KDDI … Continue reading

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Singapore adopts 10 year master plan to become IP Hub for Asia

On 1 April the government of Singapore adopted a ‘Intellectual Property (IP) Hub Master Plan: Developing Singapore as a Global IP Hub in Asia’. Despite the date, this is emphatically no joke.  The plan helpfully summarises its key aspects in the following … Continue reading

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Myanmar to increase international investor protections

International arbitration to provide unbiased disputed resolution mechanism for international investors Myanmar’s long isolation from the international community has meant that it has lacked many of the protections available to international investors elsewhere. It is therefore very encouraging that on … Continue reading

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Why bring your own device (BYOD) is not just an IT issue

I was fortunate this week to be both a speaker and a panellist at Questex Asia’s ‘BYOD and Mobile Security conference held in Singapore. It turned out I was the only lawyer in a room of 200 plus IT people, which … Continue reading

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The importance of understanding ‘face’ for doing business in Asia

Whilst the focus of this blog is the intersection of telecoms and technology with law and regulation, it does occasionally stray into ‘softer’ topics. With the first anniversary of our Singapore office coming up after the lunar new year, I was reflecting on what I had … Continue reading

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