It might only make up 1.1 per cent of New Zealand’s population, but Papakura has raced ahead to become the first district to receive super-fast 4G mobile technology with 700MHz spectrum. Responsible for the Kiwi first was Vodafone, the first telecommunications company to roll out 4G in New Zealand. The telco giant is also the first to successfully trial rural 4G using 700MHz spectrum at Lake Brunner on the West Coast of the South Island last year.
Telstra and Optus have secured early access to the 700MHz spectrum auctioned off by the Government last year, and will switch on the first 4G services in the band in a number of areas around the country over the coming weeks. The official launch of 700MHz spectrum, when technical trials are due to commence, is set for January 1 next year.
Three Chinese telecom operators announced they are pooling their resources to organize a joint infrastructure company that will focus on building and running the telecom towers. The new joint venture, China Communications Facilities Services, also intends to rehabilitate state-controlled telecom companies by promoting competition. State-owned China Mobile has the biggest market share, or 40 percent in the newly established company. China Unicom has 30.1 percent and China Telecom 29.9 percent.
New Zealand’s incumbent Telecom NZ is putting to use the 700MHz “digital dividend” spectrum it paid A$140 million for in a recent government auction by launching a regional 4G service. Telecom NZ said it will launch the service in rural Waikato, covering the town centres of Hamilton and Morrinsville as well as surrounding areas late next month.
China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile telco by user-base with 787 million subscribers and the fifth-biggest company in China. Near the end of last year, it was the first telco in the country to receive a 4G license from China’s Ministry of Internet and Information Technology (MIIT), and the number of LTE subscribers on its network has grown strongly ever since.
The total number of TD-LTE subscribers worldwide increased to 12.48 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and will increase to 70.4 million at the end of the year, according to Digitimes Research. Saudi Arabia-based Mobily accounted for 28.2% of the 12.48 million subscribers, followed by Japan-based SoftBank Mobile with 27.5%, China-based China Mobile with 22.4% and Saudi Arabia-based STC with 10.8%, Digitimes Research indicated.
IC design house MediaTek in early 2014 set target shipments of 15 million APs (application processors) for 4G smartphones, and is confident of reaching the goal due to expected large demand in the China market in the second half, according to the company. MediaTek targets China-based smartphone vendors for its 4G APs.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — Ericsson expects LTE (Long-Term Evolution) subscribers to make up about one-fifth of Malaysia’s total mobile users by 2019, driven by growing demand for data and video. The figure may seem a bit low given that the smartphone penetration rate has already surpassed the 33 per cent mark, but Todd Ashton (pic), president of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka, begs to differ. Currently, fewer than 2 per cent of mobile subscribers are on LTE. So, to grow the base tenfold over the next five years is a good achievement.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Signals and Systems Telecom’s new report “Asia Pacific 2G, 3G & 4G Wireless Subscriptions, Spectrum Licensing, Ownership & Infrastructure Contracts Database: 2014 – 2020″ to their offering. Asia Pacific LTE subscriptions to surpass 1.6 Billion by 2020. With nearly 7 Billion mobile network subscriptions worldwide, global mobile penetration is fast approaching the 100% mark.
Qualcomm, a leading player in terms of LTE technologies, started supplying LTE solutions to markets worldwide including China in 2013. But because of regulations and issues over licensing issues, China’s LTE service started later than most of the developed countries. At the same time, restrictions from the China-dedveloped TD-SCDMA standard and policies over multi-mode support also limited the number of chipmakers who were able to enter China’s LTE chip supply chain initially.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — HTC Corp. (宏達電) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Far EasTone Telecom (FET, 遠傳電信) to form a strategic partnership for providing fourth-generation mobile service. The signing ceremony of the MOU between FET and HTC was hosted by FET President Yvonne Li (李彬) and HTC Chief Financial Officer Chang Chia-lin (張嘉臨) in Taipei. As FET is expected to launch 4G services soon, the strategic partnership with HTC will give FET an advantage in winning the title of Taiwan’s largest 4G mobile service provider.
South Korea and the EU have joined forces to promote and develop the world’s next generation of mobile internet network. Under a pact announced on Monday, the European Commission and South Korea will work towards a common definition of so-called 5G networks, in a bid to help set a rollout timetable and global standard by the end of 2015.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s top three telecom operators’ launch of their own fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) networks is expected to depress the three’s bottom lines, starting from June, Yuanta Investment Consulting said Saturday. Chunghwa Telecom Co., the largest telecom services provider in Taiwan, was the first to launch the 4G network on May 29, followed by rival Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. on June 3 and Taiwan Mobile Co. on the following day.
LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Korea Telecom (KT) is looking to a range of converged services that make use of its network and platforms to differentiate itself from domestic rivals and drive growth. CTO Dongmyun Lee told delegates that with high bandwidth mobile broadband and unlimited data plans offered by all three operators in South Korea, this is no longer a differentiator, meaning KT is looking at other areas. “This kind of competition is beginning to weaken our cost structure so we are trying to escape from this vicious circle,” Lee said.
Homegrown smartphones from the Philippines have increased in popularity over the past several years. Following the footsteps of giants like Apple and Samsung, a number of up and coming domestic smartphone makers have entered the market, tapping into the country’s rapid smartphone growth.
TAIPEI — Japan’s Sony Mobile Communications launched its first handset supporting the new 700 MHz frequency band in Taiwan Tuesday, in a bid to narrow the gap with its rivals in the country’s 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) market. The Sony Xperia Z2a sports a 5-inch 1080p full-HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 3,000 mAh battery and full support of Taiwan’s LTE bands.
Nawaz Sharif, prime minister of Pakistan, recently issued 3G and 4G licenses to CMPak, China Mobile’s subsidiary in Pakistan, in Islamabad. Sharif said during the issuance meeting that Pakistan currently has over 132 million mobile users and they will soon be able to experience the most advanced mobile communications technologies.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday approved telecoms carriers’ plans to offer their subscribers the option of upgrading their phones to the recently launched fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband network with their current cellular phone numbers. The regulator announced yesterday that required amendments have been completed to extend phone number portability to Taiwan’s mobile phone subscribers, who may upgrade to the 4G network from 3G as soon as Monday.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Following in the footstep of Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Far EasTone Telecom (遠傳電信) announced its launch of 4G broadband service yesterday, while Taiwan Mobile (台灣大哥大) is expected to roll out the service today. Chunghwa Telecom launched the 4G service on May 29, one month earlier than market expectations, making it the first telecom company to launch the service in Taiwan. Sources say the download speed for 4G is four to seven times faster than 3G, and fast media experience will be the main attraction of 4G broadband.
Huawei Viet Nam’s General Director Yuan Song said that 3G was only introduced in Viet Nam in 2009 and was still in the fast growth stage. Thieu Phuong Nam, general director of Qualcomm in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia, pointed out that while the world was converting to 4G, Viet Nam’s 3G market share was still on the rise and therefore the country should not be in a hurry to upgrade.