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Why is it that such information goes unannounced on SGX?

StarHub secures deal from Marina Bay Sands

SINGAPORE : Info-communications provider StarHub said on Wednesday that it has secured a deal from Marina Bay Sands to provide telecommunications and entertainment services.

It added that the services will extend to both Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Expo and Convention Centre and its luxury hotel rooms and suites.

StarHub did not disclose the actual value and the period of the deal, but said it was a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement.

In a statement, StarHub said the services will include mobile voice and data services, high-speed broadband and Internet lines.

In addition, a range of StarHub pay TV services will be available in all of MBS' 2,500 guest rooms, as well as on all 75 public screens around the resort, including the casino area.

As part of the agreement, visitors to the resort can also buy a co-branded prepaid mobile SIM card.

Ng Long Shyang, head of Sales and Marketing at StarHub, said the agreement underscores the company's commitment to offer a suite of business solutions that meet the needs of the hospitality industry.

good point. perhaps they perceive SGX as toothless, or that it's indeed true!
I am guessing the contract value is a lot smaller than its profits which makes the announcement non-material ?
Published February 1, 2011

StarHub invests in US$430m submarine cable project
Venture with 3 regional telcos will link up Singapore and Japan directly


STARHUB is improving its regional connectivity further by investing in a new US$430 million undersea cable project to provide a direct, high-speed data link between Singapore and Japan.

Singapore's second-largest operator has joined hands with three regional telcos - Japan-based NTT Communications, Philippines-based PLDT and Malaysia-based Telekom Malaysia to build the new submarine cable system.

Called the Asia Submarine-Cable Express (ASE), the 7,200 kilometre undersea project is expected to be operational by June 2012.

Besides linking Singapore to Japan, the cable network also connects to the Philippines and Hong Kong.

It will also be linked to Malaysia and potentially mainland China and other South-east Asian countries, according to a StarHub statement issued yesterday.

As with all recent submarine cable investments in the region, the ASE is designed to avoid disaster-prone areas such as the Bashi Channel located south of Taiwan.

At the same time, it will take the shortest possible route to link Singapore with Hong Kong and Japan to minimise network latency (communication lags), the operator said.

'For businesses, especially those that deal with time-critical transactions, a network that minimises latency is vital and can make or break a deal,' said StarHub's chief operating officer, Tan Tong Hai.

The ASE incorporates the latest '40G' optical networking technologies and is capable of carrying data in excess of 15 terabits per second. It can also accommodate speed upgrades by supporting newer 100G equipment, the firm added.

This is StarHub's second major regional submarine cable investment in the last two years. In June 2009, it partnered eight other Asian telcos to build the Asia-Pacific Gateway.

The 8,000 km Asia-Pacific Gateway system links Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, mainland China, Japan and Korea.

Over in Tokyo, a spokesperson for NTT Communications (NTT Comm) told The Business Times: 'Since demand (for such communications) is growing so rapidly in Asia, we have decided to provide new capacity.'

The new network will boost the capacity of NTT Com's Asian cable networks, paving the way for enhanced global network services that will meet the region's increasing needs for global traffic, low network latency and reliability.

The ASE also has a capability to incorporate 100 Gbps optical technology in the future.

'The ASE's planned launch is further testament to NTT Com's growing presence in the markets of Asia,' said Akira Arima, president and CEO of NTT Com.

'We are excited about the business opportunities we expect to realise by bridging Tokyo and other Asian economic hubs with our high-speed, high-capacity ASE cable network,' he added.
Hi guys,

Seems to be little discussion going on Starhub.

While I like the fundamentals of the company, the share price has increased dramatically over the last year.

Selling at $2.83 with a PE of 18.5 right now so it looks pricey to me now.
I think people are valuing it based on its EBITDA and dividend yield rather than PE which includes non-cash items like depreciation ?

(Not Vested)
starhub is paying out more than it earned. (DPS > EPS) while this has been going on for sometime, the company's management has just stated it would aim to continue its 0.20 SGD per share dividend payout for FY2011, while its EPS was 0.15 SGD for FY2010.
Starhub dividends are being funded from its FCF. It should be sustainable if operating cash flow doesn't drop or capex rises.
Check my post on starhub >

I'm not saying anything but star hub is not the only telco that is paying out more than eps. In fact sometimes I feel we placed alot of emphasis on pe and eps without understanding what goes into those numbers
I think Starhub's dividend yield should be fairly easy to maintain (no promises though) due to the nature of the industry. Maintaining its growth rate is a real problem though since its operations are limited to Singapore as of now.

Telecoms all around the world historically are able to maintain relatively high dividend yields (AT & T, Telefonica) so thats a major plus point.
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