Vodafone India to launch 4G services in Mumbai by December-end

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Vodafone India has announced it will launch its 4G services in Mumbai by December. “We are the leading service provider in Mumbai and our customers have a lot to look forward to. We are excited to launch our new 4G services in the superior 1,800MHz band in Mumbai,” Ishmeet Singh, business head-Mumbai, Vodafone India, said in a statement.


Only 17% Bengaluru homes have internet: Survey

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: It may be the country’s IT capital, but when it comes to reach of internet, Bengaluru has a long way to go. Only 3.98 lakh (17%) of the 23 lakh households in Bengaluru have direct access to internet, according to the Socio-Economic and Caste Census report released by the state government recently.


Viettel to spend big money on upgrading undersea cable network

VietnamVietnam Net — The Prime Minister has approved the project to upgrade the capacity and change the technology of the InterAsia (IA) undersea cable. This comes after repeated problems with the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable. In Vietnam, enterprises involved in the internet have to ask for the Prime Minister’s permission for plans related to undersea cables.


SKT teams up with China Unicom for new growth engines

KoreaSK Telecom, the nation’s largest mobile carrier, said Sunday that it will cooperate with China Unicom for new growth businesses such as fifth-generation (5G) network and mobile platform. The company said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s second-largest telecom firm during a board meeting of the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) in South Africa, Thursday.


Google to set up Wi-Fi in 400 Indian railway stations

IndiaMIS Asia — Google is to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 Indian railway stations that carry millions of passengers every day, giving the company an important headway in the country. The Internet giant is working with the Indian Railways and RailTel, a government-owned provider of telecommunications infrastructure to the railways, to initially cover 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016.


Industries to benefit from the China-EU 5G agreement: expert

China.gifWant China Times — The European Union (EU) and China signed a key agreement on fifth-generation telecommunications, or 5G, a week ago. As 5G will be the global industry standard for many different technologies, the industries in China and the EU will benefit from the closer collaboration, a European expert said. Signed at the China-EU High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing, the agreement was described by the EU as a “milestone” in the global race to develop 5G networks.


Ericsson’s 5G Radio Test Beds Win 2015 LTE Asia Award

APACNasdaq — Ericsson ‘s endeavors toward developing robust 5G networks have earned accolades, with the company winning the “Biggest Contribution to 5G Development” award in this year’s Informa Telecoms & Media’s LTE Asia Award function. The “5G category” has debuted this year and Ericsson’s contribution to 5G radio test beds fetched it the award.


Tata Teleservices wants airwaves freed for 4G services

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Tata Teleservices is applying to liberalize its CDMA airwaves in at least four circles, a possible first step towards a spectrum trading pact with Telenor’s Indian arm which needs to offer 4G services to stay relevant in the country’s competitive highspeed data market. The Tata Group company has written to the telecom department (DoT) to liberalize airwaves in Andhra Pradesh and Delhi service areas by paying the market, or auction-determined, price for spectrum and is planning to do the same for Mumbai and Maharashtra, said three people familiar with the details.


Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom to launch 1Gbps/600Mbps Internet-access services

TaiwanDigi Times — The National Communications Commission (NCC) on October 7 approved the pricing for 1Gbps/600Mbps and 500Mbps/250Mbps fixed-line broadband Internet-access services proposed by Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), with the services to be launched in the Taiwan market soon, according to NCC.


StarHub, Nokia Networks boost 4G experience in Singapore with VoLTE deployment

SingaporeDigital News Asia — SINGAPORE’s StarHub has successfully deployed Nokia Networks technologies as part of its 4G HetNet (Fourth Generation Heterogeneous Network) in Marina Bay, a commercial, residential and entertainment hub in the island-republic. The deployment required the integration of Nokia Networks’ TD-LTE, FDD-LTE and outdoor small cells solutions, Nokia Networks said in a statement.


Superloop acquires Brisbane ISP for AU$5.8m

AustraliaZDNet — Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has signed a contract to acquire small Brisbane-based internet service provider (ISP) APEXN just four months after listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The deal will see Superloop provide AU$5.8 million in total to acquire the business, consisting of AU$3.8 million in cash and AU$2 million worth of scrip, with the deal to close on October 16.

Rcom, Reliance Jio, Tata Firm Up 800 Mhz Lte Plans?

IndiaRTN Asia — Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communication is unlikely to go for pan-India spectrum trading or sharing with Reliance Jio Infocomm. Instead, the company is expected to focus on its merger with MTS to get the requisite spectrum in majority of the circles for LTE launch. Only in a handful of circles — less than 10 — where MTS and RCom do not have enough spectrum would RCom enter into an alliance with Reliance Jio for spectrum sharing or 4G intra-circle roaming, according to industry sources.


Reliance Jio may push Airtel to buy Aircel spectrum

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has held initial talks to buy Aircel’s 4G airwaves in the 2300Mhz band as the country’s leading telco looks to expand its high-speed broadband footprint, and close the gap with Reliance Jio Infocomm, which holds pan-India airwaves. While Airtel denied any discussions had taken place and Maxis-owned Aircel said it doesn’t comment on market speculation, three people familiar with the matter said the talks involved Airtel buying Aircel’s 4G bandwidth through the spectrum trading route.


Digicel sells Myanmar Tower Company to Malaysian group

MyanmarMyanmar Times — MTC, which is owned by Digicel Asian Holdings, a joint venture between Digicel Group and YSH Finance, was valued on a cash and debt free basis at US$221 million, “in line with market benchmarks for similar assets”, according to an Axiata announcement on October 2. The business was put up for sale earlier this year, including all its contracts and sites, as reported by The Myanmar Times. Several companies made initial bids, including a number of competitors within Myanmar, according to market sources who did not want to be named.


China to invest US$188 billion in its Internet infrastructure by 2018

China.gifMIS Asia — China plans to invest RMB1.2 trillion (US$188 billion) to further develop its web infrastructure over the next three years, announced Lin Nianxiu, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission. While is it unclear if the figure includes private investments, the government will be spending a considerable sum of money on the supporting infrastructure and new technology. The move is hoped to spur growth in spending and invigorate the nation’s slowing economy, Lin told Chinese news agency Xinhua.


Alcatel’s strategic undersea cables unit to be swallowed by Nokia

APACChannel News Asia — PARIS: Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it will not sell its undersea cables unit, meaning the strategic business which underpins the global Internet will be taken by Nokia once it completes its acquisition of the Franco-American group. The Finnish firm said in April the 15.6 billion euro (US$17 billion) acquisition of network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent as they aim to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei .


LTE-boosted aid for emergency services from Nokia Networks

MalaysiaNOKIA Networks said it has enhanced its LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile broadband portfolio with selected partner products to give first responders and other public safety personnel access to multimedia tools and applications. LTE technology offers high bandwidth and high reliability for disaster-level operational capabilities and information management with low latency, for the fastest connectivity, the company said in a statement.


Telenor Myanmar turns one

MyanmarMyanmar Times — On September 27, 2014, the firm officially became Myanmar’s third mobile operator about 8 months after it got its licence by launching services in Mandalay on 70 sites. Its foreign rival, Ooredoo Myanmar, had arrived in the city several weeks prior, also beating Telenor to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon. The road to rollout had been potholed by issues with building permits and weather. Telenor missed its October 5 deadline to turn on in Yangon, but the company took its time in the name of network quality.


GBI becomes member of LINX, from Middle East

UAEZawya — October 6, 2015, DUBAI: GBI, a global service provider that owns and operates a multilayer carrier neutral network connecting the world to the Middle East, has established a new partnership with the London Internet Exchange (LINX). GBI has joined the LINX community in London after signing a partnership agreement.


4G smartphone market takes off as telecoms drive mobile broadband development, says TrendForce, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — There has been an explosive growth in the number of 4G network users worldwide in 2015. According to TrendForce, sales of global 4G-enabled smartphones will reach 450 million units worldwide in 2015. The convenience and seamless connection of the mobile network encourages consumer usage, while the increasing penetration of 4G-enabled smartphones also drives user growth of 4G mobile networks.