Australia’s Telstra is strengthening its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region and to that end has secured telecoms licences enabling it to operate its own network infrastructure and serve customers directly in Singapore and Japan. The move follows the Australian telco’s recent award of operating licences in India to provide international and domestic long-distance telecommunications (ILD/DLD) and internet services. The Ozzie firm has been issued with a Facilities Based Operator (FBO) licence by Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), for the setting up and delivery of voice and data networks, systems and support facilities in the city-state. The FBO concession also enables Telstra to construct a local backbone network capable of supporting its planned increase to cable submarine capacity to Singapore. Meanwhile, the group’s Telstra Japan KK subsidiary has been approved to receive a Registration Type licence from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). The permit will allow Telstra Japan to set up and operate networks and services in a number of major cities and prefectures in Japan.