Durians Daily #84: Singapore space tech startup to provide cost-effective 5G with a laser network; Doyobi launches a pilot program with six global partners; Fave works with Singtel and DBS on digital payments
- Centauri is a device that uses laser communication to create a wireless distribution network between buildings, traditional cell towers, street-level poles, and other physical infrastructure.
- The Centauri is compactly shaped like a shoebox and weighs less than 3kg.
- Created by 500-backed space tech startup Transcelestial, the goal is to “deliver a step-change in internet connectivity globally”.
- Co-founder Rohit Jha tells e27 that two versions of the device are available: 1Gbps Full Duplex (4G & Enterprise ready) and 10Gbps Full Duplex (5G-ready).
- “Last-mile connectivity is a big challenge in countries like India where extremely complex land rights issues prevent high-speed fibre deployments and ownership at low cost,” he said.
- When the device is paired with a telco infrastructure, it reveals the status of connectivity on a large scale. This is possible with a network monitoring and management software sold with every Centauri.
- “We can help telecom companies rapidly set up high-speed cell tower networks (especially for 5G) and for enterprises on their internal networks,” he added.
- With 5G soon becoming a reality in Singapore, Transcelestial believes Centauri can play a part in the roll-out process.
- “In Singapore, fibres go to most buildings. But to get a 5G network dense enough, the telcos will need to deploy on-street furniture, shophouses, street lamp posts, etc. All of this will incur massive costs and lots of time (it takes usually ages to get permits in Singapore to dig roads) if fibre is used.
- “Transcelestial’s Centauri helps offset that massive additional cost and time of fibre rollout for SG telcos. 5G can hence be rolled out significantly faster and with much scalable CAPEX to telco and end customers,” Rohit said.
- 500-backed edtech startup Doyobi has officially launched its Pilot Programme with six global partners. They range from a coding school in India, to swimming coaches in the Philippines, to a tutoring marketplace in Brazil.
- Partners in the respective countries will kick off the “Science with Code” course over the following months and collate feedback from students and parents.
- Throughout the program, Doyobi staff will assist their partners to ensure they get the support required.
- Science with Code” is an all-rounded curriculum comprising 10 projects over a 20hour period, complete with interactive videos, quizzes, and projects. According to Doyobi, the curriculum is inspired by Singapore MOE’s Primary Science syllabus themes.
- A coding background is not required to get onboard as Doyobi provides self-study materials and training workshops for educators.
- Applications for the pilot program are now open, accepting educators from anywhere in the world.
- For more information on the pilot program, visit Doyobi’s official website here or get in touch here.
Fave x DBS x Singtel
- 500-backed digital merchant Fave is joining forces with Singapore’s DBS Bank and Singtel Dash to offer payment options.
- DBS PayLah! and Singtel Dash users can transact digitally via the scanning of SGQR codes at Fave-partnered merchants to enjoy instant merchant cashback of up to 20%, starting from August and early September 2020 respectively.
- Scanning can be done at over 12,000 F&B and retail merchants around Singapore.
- “We are enabling merchants to extend their loyalty and cashback beyond Fave’s ecosystems to more Singaporeans via different mobile wallets, while concurrently offering more payment choices to all Singaporeans, regardless of what payment apps they use,” said Ng Aik-Phong, regional managing director of Fave Singapore and Malaysia.
- To date, Fave is available across 35 cities in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia with over 30,000 merchants on its platform specializing in F&B, beauty & wellness, retail, services, fitness, travel.
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