Satellite R&D in China to take off soon

China.gifIn Beijing’s newly released comprehensive industrial development program titled “Made In China 2025,” work will be accelerated in the promotion of space infrastructure construction, and the development of new types of satellites and an air-and-space broadband internet systems so that the country can develop the ability to provide constant and stable services in terms of satellite remote sensing, telecommunications and navigation.

Government to discuss national optical fibre network project with states, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: The Centre will discuss with the states on May 29 the national optical fibre network project as it seeks their greater participation in the ambitious plan that aims to provide broadband connectivity to all panchayats. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has called “a meeting of IT ministers and secretaries of all the states on May 29 to discuss the national optical fibre network (NOFN) project”, a source in the Department of Telecom said. Prasad had earlier said that the government expects more participation of the states in the project as it was important in the success of Digital India initiative.

Website opens for budget phones, from Korea

KoreaThe Korea Mobile Virtual Network Operators Association (KMVNO) said Thursday that it will start a Budget Phone Hub website, an online market for budget smartphones. The KMVNO made that announcement as it held a media day to celebrate reaching 5 million subscribers. “The online market will help cut telecom expenses for consumers, and allow mobile operators to expand distribution channels,” said KMVNO Chairman Lee Tong-hyung.

4G smartphones enjoy sharp sales spurt

ThailandFourth generation (4G) smartphones are gaining a foothold in Thailand’s mobile handset market, as evidenced by a strong increase in unit sales in the first quarter. 4G mobile phones accounted for a 17% market share of the total 4.3 million units of first-quarter handset sales, said Prisana Ratanasuwanasri, senior vice-president for postpaid operations at Total Access…

China pushes for big jump in Internet speeds

China.gifChina’s government is pressing for faster Internet access speeds and lower prices, two moves that aim to boost the number of its citizens going online. On Friday, all three of China’s telecommunications operators announced plans to lower broadband and data plan costs for consumers. This came a month after China’s premier Li Keqiang said the country needed to do more to expand Internet access. China has the world’s largest Internet-connected citizenry at over 649 million users, but that’s still less than half of the country’s population.

Huawei Technologies cooperates with Qualcomm to finish LTE CAT 11 terminal testing

China.gifChina-based telecom equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has announced the completion of LTE CAT (category) 11 terminal testing through cooperation with Qualcomm, with a maximum download speed of 600Mbps using 3CC (3-carrier) CA (carrier aggregation) and 256QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) technologies. Many LTE operators around the world have begun to upgrade technology from CAT 4 version to CAT 6 or CAT 9 based on CA technology. In the China LTE market, China Mobile is upgrading 4G networks from CAT 4 to CAT 6 using CA technology and testing CAT 9.

Dallas Buyers Club will chase other ISP customers over piracy

AustraliaThe owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club plan to go after customers of more internet service providers for alleged copyright infringement following their court battle with iiNet. Counsel for Dallas Buyers Club LLC and a number of ISPs including iiNet and Dodo today fronted court in the latest instalment of the case over alleged copyright infringement. Last month Justice Nye Perram ordered the ISPs to hand over the customer details associated with 4726 IP addresses that were alleged to have engaged in copyright infringement.,dallas-buyers-club-will-chase-other-isp-customers-over-piracy.aspx

Alcatel-Lucent signs deal with KT over 5G networks

KoreaAlcatel-Lucent agreed with KT to develop next-generation wireless technology focusing on ultra-fast fifth-generation (5G) networks, the Korean unit of the French company said in a statement, Tuesday. Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the two will focus on Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) technology. “This agreement will allow KT to meet the massive connectivity demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) delivering a personalized experience as more people, devices and machines are connected,” Alcatel-Lucent said.

Singtel to launch next-gen GPON pilot, 10Gbps service for residential customers

SingaporeSINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) said it will be soon be deploying next-generation GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) on its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. The service will be offered to a selected group of customers during the pilot phase that will begin in the next quarter. Singtel plans to make the service available to all fibre customers in the later part of the year. The technology will give customers the option of a 10Gbps fibre broadband service, useful for applications such as running multiple 4K video sessions, where users will enjoy sharper pictures and richer colours.

Airtel rolls out 4G trial in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam

China.gifHYDERABAD: Bharti Airtel has said it has launched 4G trials exclusively for its existing customers in Hyderabad in Telangana and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. As part of this, customers across these two cities can now avail of a complimentary upgrade to Airtel 4G at 3G prices, Airtel said in a statement. Announcing the beta launch, Venkatesh Vijayraghavan, CEO – Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bharti Airtel (India), said the company had made significant investments in building a robust 4G network.

COAI has task cut out for new Trai chief, from IN

IndiaKOLKATA: With the government poised to appoint a new Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman following Rahul Khullar’s recent retirement, India’s GSM carriers will shortly approach the sector regulator to persuade the telecom department (DoT) to finalize the data services deactivation and re-activation drill using a designated toll free short code. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the GSM trade body representing mobile carriers such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular amongst others, will shortly urge the next Trai chairman to “get the 1925 short code allotted by the DoT at the earliest for the purpose of data services de-activation and re-activation.”

Local consortium to claim Myanmar’s fourth telco licence

MyanmarAfter years in which the telecommunications sector was dominated by state-owned monopoly Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), in 2012 officials confirmed plans to reform the industry. In June 2013, following an international tender, licences were granted to Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo. State media announced that the government would also “grant license to two local operators – Myanma Posts and Telecommunications and Myanma Economic Corporation as a joint venture and the other Yatanarpon Teleport Co which will reshape itself as a public company”.

MPT adds 8 million subscribers since July, from Myanmar

MyanmarKDDI, which on May 12 released its financial report for the fiscal year ending March 2015, stated that launching operations in Myanmar had boosted revenues for its global services segment, with the segment’s operating revenues posted at 320.6 billion yen (US $2.7 billion) – up more than 20 percent over the year prior. The company first officially entered Myanmar last July when it joined Sumitomo Corporation in setting up a subsidiary, KDDI Summit Global Myanmar (KSGM), to assist state-owned MPT in competing with then-forthcoming international telcos Ooredoo and Telenor.

Government approves plan to adopt 4G, from VN

VietnamThe Government has approved a telecom development master plan that says preparations to introduce 4G technology will begin this year. However, critics say it should be reconsidered since the existing 3G capacity has yet to be fully utilised and 4G devices could be too expensive in a poor country. Four years ago the Ministry of Information and Communications licensed five operators — FPT Telecom, VNPT, Viettel, CMC, and VTC — to pilot 4G services. The country’s major telecom service providers are ready to launch 4G services.

4G smartphone sales to increase in India: Report

IndiaNEW DELHI: Sales of 4G handsets in India is expected to increase to 7% of total smartphone sales in the country this year, according to international market research firm GfK. “In first quarter of 2015, 4G share in both (India and Indonesia) was well below the global average, at 4% and 7%, respectively. 4G unit share within smartphones is expected to reach 7% in India and 10% in Indonesia in 2015,” the latest GfK report on global smartphone market said.

Indonesia turns to satellite internet to fix broadband holes

IndonesiaIndonesian satellite service provider BigNet announced today that it signed a US$78 million, long-term agreement with Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites. The goal is to bring a new form of high-speed broadband service to Indonesia starting in 2017. Kacific aims to beam signals from its satellites to cover the entire archipelago, with emphasis on providing good quality, affordable internet to developing areas in East Indonesia.

Shanghai Lantern Network Acquires New Domain For International Expansion

ChinaShanghai Lantern Network Technology Company Ltd., developer of WiFi Master Key, has acquired the international top-level domain name and launched its overseas expansion plan. The domain was previously owned by Chen Donghong, founder of At present, the website is under construction and it already shows the logo of WiFi Master Key. Financial terms of the domain name acquisition were not released.

Macquarie consortium buys tower operator Crown Castle Australia

AustraliaUnited States-based cell phone tower operator Crown Castle has sold its Australian subsidiary to a group of investors led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). MIRA will pay around $2 billion for Crown Castle Australia, in a deal that is expected to be concluded in the second quarter of this year. Crown Castle said the Australian operation was expected to bring in $120 million to $126 million in earnings before tax for the 2015 year.,macquarie-consortium-buys-tower-operator-crown-castle-australia.aspx

Airtel testing 4G in Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad

IndiaNEW DELHI: Telecom major Bharti Airtel will start 4G services trial in Chennai from May 14 and after that in Mumbai and Hyderabad by the end of this month.  “Airtel will start trial of 4G services in Chennai from May 14 in 1800MHz band. It has sent out invite to some bloggers to experience its services,” according to a source.  When contacted, Bharti Airtel spokesperson declined to comment.

China Telecom Selects Anite for LTE Data Throughput Testing

ChinaAnite, a global leader in wireless equipment testing technology, today announced that China Telecom has selected Anite’s interoperability and performance test solution – SAS – for LTE data throughput testing. China Telecom will use the solution as a key part of its LTE device acceptance programme. SAS supports the China Telecom approved test plan which consists of two LTE data throughput packages totalling over 200 scripts.