#Asia Singtel knows it needs to look for new revenue streams: Grace Chng


Singapore’s massive telco is benefiting from an investment strategy that, today, has given them roots in parts of the region others avoided years ago

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Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with timestamps included):

Grace Chng, Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times under SPH Group (@chnggrace,FacebookLinkedIn, SPH)

  • How Grace got started in journalism [1:00]
    • What are some interesting career lessons from Chng’s experience as a journalist, interviewing important business leaders from startups to MNCs? [1:53]
      • Tribute to Andy Grove, “Only the Paranoid Survive”. [2:04]
    • Currently, as the senior correspondent of Straits Time covering technology & startups, what areas does she cover? [3:05]

Also read: E-commerce one of four pillars in SingPost restructuring

  • The Singtel Group or Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Wikipedia, Bloomberg, SingTel Company Profile) [4:10]
    • Introduction: Founded in 1879, it IPOed in 1992. The company has a mobile subscriber base of 600m customers within its operations and regional associates across three continents: Asia, Africa and Australia. It is dual listed in SGX and ASX with a revenue of S$17.2B and profit S$3.8B in March 2015. Its Market Cap is S$60.9B as of 29 March 2016. The telco is a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. [5:00]
    • How did the SingTel evolve from a government agency to a multi-national corporation across the globe? [5:53]
      • Ownership of NCS, Singapore’s largest system integrator. [7:40]
    • What are the long term goals of Singtel Group? What is their vision or mission? [8:12]
      • Investor to HOOQ, a OTT video company which entered a joint venture with Sony and Warner Brothers.
    • What are the core revenues driving their businesses with reference to the three business groups: Consumer, Group Enterprise, Group Digital Life and their international expansion team?
    • Who are the key executives or board members in Singtel Group? [11:18]
      • Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO.
      • Kuan Moon Yuen, CEO, Group Consumer.
      • Bill Chang, CEO of Group Enterprise.
      • Samba Natarajan, CEO of Digital Life.
      • Allen Lew, CEO of Optus.
    • Unlike some domestic telcos, Singtel has ownership in other telcos within the region, most notably with 100 per cent ownership of Optus in Australia, 32.15 per cent of Bharti Airtel, the largest carrier in India. In addition, they have invested in Telkomsel (largest in Indonesia), Maxis in Malaysia, AIS in Thailand, Globe in Philippines and many others. How do they synergise with these regional players in their respective markets? [16:01]
    • Amobee in Digital Advertising [17:20]
    • Singtel has been active in the startup ecosystem not just in Singapore but worldwide, through their VC arm, Innov8, what are the type of companies they have invested in?  [18:53]
      • Singtel has two funds – US$2 billion fund focused on acquisition of companies fitting their strategic objectives, and the second is a US$250 million corporate venture fund, Innov8.
      • Successful companies in Innov8 portfolio: Viki (acquired by Rakuten), Arista (IPO in NASDAQ)
      • Early contributor to Singapore’s Blk 71 and now worked with NUS Enterprise to form Blk 71 in San Francisco.
    • Where do you see the Singtel group evolving towards? [22:38]

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Author’s disclosure: Singtel is a major investor to the SingPost Group in which BL works. The information on the podcast is publicly known and the focus of the podcast is to understand the Singtel Group, and all the opinions expressed are his own and does not represent any organisations he worked or invested in.

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