TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest mobile operator, aimed to grab a 40 percent market share of 4G broadband service but forecast that it will take much longer to turn profitable compared to the 3G sector. Attending a technology forum yesterday, Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Rick Tsai (蔡力行) spoke positively about 4G’s development in Taiwan. Data usage for 4G is already twice as much as for 3G, Tsai pointed out.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Although many consumers have opted for 4G mobile Internet service, consumers may not always get the faster service they signed up for, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said on Friday. The reason is that the local 4G signal is not always pervasive, and when the signal is not strong enough, phones may switch onto 3G networks. In other words, consumers may be paying more without getting an upgrade in service, Tsai said.
Handset solution vendors are preparing to launch next-generation 4G chipsets in the first half of 2015 with prices likely to be 30% cheaper than current models, heralding keen competition in the 4G chipset segment in the coming year, according to industry sources. The chip vendors will be able to quote their new chips cheaper because they will come in sizes 20% smaller than most prevailing 4G solutions, which will allow chip suppliers to bargain for reductions in packaging/testing costs, said the sources.
NEW DELHI: Eyeing the higher margin premium smartphone market in India, MediaTek today unveiled its 4G LTE chipset ‘MT6595′ through which the chip maker aims to take on its rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset family. The Taiwan-headquartered firm claims the chip is world’s first octa-core 4G LTE System on Chip (SoC), which was first announced in February this year.
Handset supply chain makers are continuing to see the effects of lagging 4G handset sales in China as vendors clear out reserves of 3G units. Both vendors and retailers in China are still clearing reserves of 3G handsets as sales have been stagnating following decisions by major China-based telecom providers to end handset purchase subsidies.
TAIPEI — The Ministry of Economic Affairs plans to fund local operators of smart city applications starting next year as part of efforts to accelerate Taiwan’s development of fourth-generation (4G) wireless services. The three-year project, which aims to build smart cities based on “mature business models,” will allow telecom or information technology operators to apply for subsidies for 4G applications such as security, health management, cash flow, entertainment, transportation and logistics, according to officials at the ministry’s Industrial Development Bureau.
Optus is set to roll out 4G to around 200 regional location across Australia over the next six months. The new locations will significantly expand the reach of Optus’ existing 4G network, with plans to cover 90 per cent of the Australian population by April 2015. 4G services will be turned on using the new 2600MHz and 700MHz spectrum, which become available from October 2014 (except Western Australia, which is available from February 2016) and January 2015 respectively.
Optus will use its new 700MHz and 2600MHz spectrum to bring 4G services to up to 200 new locations around the country over the next six months. Optus, along with Telstra, was granted an early access license to the 700MHz spectrum it won in the 2013 federal digital dividend auction in late July, ahead of the spectrum’s official launch in January next year. The telco has also been testing 4G services on 2600MHz spectrum – similarly secured in the digital dividend auction – since January this year.
Bolt, Indonesia’s only 4G mobile internet service, has been a ray of light for Indonesia’s techies since it launched 10 months ago. But the way the company is treating its users lately, it’s likely a backlash is coming. Operating in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi areas, Bolt currently serves over 750,000 users in Indonesia – many of whom will notice big changes in the next billing cycle. The company has very stealthily increased prices and slashed data plans, without making any formal announcements on its website or social media accounts.
After visiting China’s smartphone industry in August and September, Digitimes Research found that demand for 4G smartphones in China did not rise as expected and most vendors’ domestic shipments did not achieve any growth. Digitimes Research estimates that even if China’s top-three telecom carriers strengthen their promotions for the fourth quarter, vendors that focus mainly on domestic shipments such as CoolPad, Lenovo and Xiaomi, are still unlikely to achieve their shipment targets for 2014.
TAIPEI — Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. has the most 4G subscribers in Taiwan with a 40 percent market share, the company said Monday, citing figures from the country’s communications regulator. The latest figures of the National Communications Commission (NCC) showed that as of the end of August, Far EasTone had 250,000 4G users, more than its two bigger telecom rivals, Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile, the company said.
In the China market, China-based vendors have a significant advantage in pricing for TD-LTE smartphones compared with international vendors and therefore are seeing combined shipments that soon stand a chance of exceeding international vendors, according to China-based handset supply chain makers. Qualcomm, Marvell, Taiwan-based MediaTek and China-based Spreadtrum Communications have offered multi-mode and multi-band TD-LTE chips solutions in hot price competition, the sources said.
SINGAPORE and SANTA BARBARA, CA — (Marketwired) — 09/23/14 — LTE Asia Summit — D2 Technologies, the market leader in embedded IP communications software platforms, today announced that it will showcase an implementation of the GSMA’s Network 2020 “green button promise” truly native IP-based communication experience providing native VoLTE calls, video-based calling and Rich Communication Services (RCS). D2 will showcase its mCUE 4G embedded IMS client, which is integrated in the handset device, during the LTE Asia Summit, which kicks off today.
Telstra will cease development of 900 Mhz + 1800 Mhz for its LTE-Advanced network to instead focus on pairing 1800 Mhz with its newly acquired 700 Mhz spectrum. Telstra’s first round of trials for LTE carrier aggregation technology – in which two frequencies are used at the same time to theoretically double upload and download speeds – in July last year combined 900 MHz and 1800 Mhz spectrum on the Sunshine Coast.
Prices of entry-level 4G smartphone solutions have dropped to US$8-9 per unit recently and could slip to US$6-7 in the first half of 2015 as chipset solution vendors are applying aggressive pricing in order to land design-wins for smartphones to be released in early 2015, according to industry sources. MediaTek, Marvell Technology and Broadcom have cut prices of their 4G 32-bit quad-core solutions to US$8-9 after Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 210, priced at US$9, said the sources.
TAIPEI–Taiwan’s fourth-generation (4G) wireless industry is estimated to be worth up to NT$1.5 trillion (US$50 billion) in two years, driven by a wider availability of 4G applications, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. To achieve that target, the ministry plans to help build 4G services integrated with security, health care, logistics, entertainment and cash flow systems around Taiwan and its outlying islands to increase public access to 4G applications.
While there have been many 4G smartphones for sale at retail prices of CNY1,000 (US$163) or below in the China market, China-based vendors including Coolpad and Lenovo are expected to launch models for sale at CNY500 or below by the end of 2014, according to president He Ning for China Mobile Device, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile. 4G smartphones priced at up to CNY500 will be mainly support TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA and GSM, with chip solutions to be provided by Taiwan-based MediaTek, He said.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Aiming at the younger demographic, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT, 中華電信) recently announced three student-specific post-paid service plans for its fourth-generation (4G) long term evolution (LTE) service. Those enrolled in NT$587 and NT$787 data plans before Jan. 1 2015 will be granted five free hotlines and have 50 smartphone models to choose from, while those who opt for NT$987 plan are allowed free intra-network air time.
MobiFone said it had upgraded 1,000 3G BTS (base transceiver station) to raise the 3G speed to 42 Mbps in Hanoi, HCM City and Dong Nai province. It plans to put into operation another 1,000 BTS in Da Nang and Can Tho cities by the end of September, raising the total number of 3G 42Mbps BTS to 2,000. The maximum speed on a BTS or a cell is 42Mbps. It can be accessed on a customer device when the entire BTS serves only one device. The three network operators have all announced that the 3G access speed will be improved sixfold.
Telstra has unveiled a $1.3 billion investment plan to expand coverage of its LTE (4G) network to 90 percent of the population and to exploit its recently acquired 700MHz spectrum by enabling compatible devices to use 700MHz and 1800MHz frequencies simultaneously to boost bandwidth. Services will be turned on in parts of Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Bundaberg, Yamba and Sarina in the week beginning 15 September.