Airtel, China Mobile to tie-up for 4G

IndiaNEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has entered into a strategic collaboration with China Mobile under which the two companies will work towards the growth of the LTE (long term evolution) ecosystem and evolving mobile technology standards, a company statement said here Tuesday. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua and Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Airtel-China-Mobile-to-tie-up-for-4G/articleshow/46445068.cms

Huawei bumps up patent portfolio as 5G era draws near – CEO

ChinaBARCELONA: China’s Huawei Technologies , the world’s second-biggest maker of network gear, is beefing up its patent portfolio ahead of 5G, the next generation of mobile equipment, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Huawei, also the world’s fourth-largest maker of smartphones, has said it plans to spend US$600 million on 5G wireless research and development from 2013 to 2018. But speaking to reporters at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Huawei Chief Executive Ken Hu said that 5G research spending was likely to rise, without giving specific figures.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/huawei-bumps-up-patent-po/1693054.html

Vietnam plans development of 4G services

VietnamAccording to Doan Quang Hoan, director of the Vietnam Authority of Radio Frequency Management, the country has been making efforts to adopt frequency bands for the development of 4G services, foreseeing the trends in new technologies. He added that Vietnam is one among many countries that already have the bands for 4G services, quoted by itcnews.vn, adding that the department has remained focused on adopting these frequency bands in the country during the past to enhance accessibility and efficiency.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/124389/vietnam-plans-development-of-4g-services.html

China releases FDD-LTE licenses to China Telecom, China Unicom

ChinaChina’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on February 27 announced the release of FDD-LTE licenses to China Telecom and China Unicom. MIIT released TD-LTE licenses to China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom in December 2013 and approved experimental TD-LTE/FDD-LTE convergence network test by China Telecom and China Unicom in main cities around China in June 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150301PD200.html

KT, China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo team up for 5G

APACBARCELONA, Spain ― KT, the nation’s second-largest mobile carrier, said Monday that it has teamed up with China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo to jointly develop the fifth-generation or 5G network technology. “KT has agreed with China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo of Japan for co-development of 5G mobile technology. The agreement calls for joint marketing to promote new telecommunications technology,” KT said in a statement on the sidelines of 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition here.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/03/133_174409.html

Telstra, Ericsson to partner on 5G

AustraliaTelstra will partner with its long-term equipment supplier Ericsson to define 5G technology in an effort to launch the network for commercial use in 2020. The technology will eventually replace the 4G networks that are currently being rolled out by Australia’s telcos with faster mobile internet and less power consumption. The standards for 5G however have not yet been fully defined. Telstra and Ericsson will work over the next five years to cement the standards, while also performing field and lab-based testing, the telco said.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401061,telstra-ericsson-to-partner-on-5g.aspx

4G auctions ‘on track’ , from Thailand

ThailandThe government insists the fourth-generation (4G) spectrum auctions will take place before September in order to accelerate development of Thailand’s digital economy.  This is despite the national telecom regulator insisting it will be December at the earliest. “It will definitely occur before September. Postponement is not necessary,” Deputy Prime Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula told a seminar entitled “SME Development and the Digital-Driven Economy” hosted by Post Today newspaper in Bangkok Thursday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/484617/4g-auctions-on-track

China Mobile Boasted Over 100 Million 4G Users By End Of January

ChinaChinese telecom operator China Mobile announced that by the end of January 2015, it had reached over 100 million 4G users. The company also announced that they plan to build one million 4G base stations, develop 250 million users, and sell 200 million devices in 2015. According to China Mobile, their 4G network has realized continuous coverage in most cities and towns and partial coverage in developed villages, reaching over one billion people. Meanwhile, they provide 4G roaming services in 71 countries and regions.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/02/27/21435-china-mobile-boasted-over-100-million-4g-users-by-end-of-january

The time for 4G has come, from VN

VietnamThe 4G is the fourth generation wireless communication technology, allowing data transfer with maximum speed in ideal conditions up to 1-1.5 Gbps, over 40 times higher than the highest bandwidth of 3G services. In the world, more than 300 network operators have offered the technology and the most advanced smartphone models are integrated with 4G technology. Last year there were about 450 million 4G subscribers globally, and the number is expected to reach 830 million in 2015.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/123601/the-time-for-4g-has-come.html

KT to present 5G strategy at MWC

KoreaKT Chairman and CEO Hwang Chang-gyu will unveil the company’s strategies on fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) in his keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Hwang believes 5G mobile technology and the IoT will help pick up the slack in the company’s recent weak performance. He will present his corporate vision on March 3, urging industries to join moves to establish standards for the IoT and 5G framework.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/02/133_173903.html

China’s ZTE To Hire 800 Engineers in China, Europe and USA

ChinaAs part of its plan to invest in 5G technology, Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE announced that it will hire about 800 new engineers in China, Europe and the United States. The hiring will take place as the company sets aside US$400 million to develop 5G technology, which, it said, is 1,000-times more powerful than the current 4G technology.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/38077/20150219/chinas-zte-to-hire-800-engineers-in-china-europe-and-usa.htm

New 4G permits for rival telcos, from China

ChinaCHINA plans to issue a second batch of 4G licenses nationwide this week to boost 4G development and heat up competition among the three telecommunications carriers, industry officials said yesterday. The FDD-LTE licenses will be issued to China Unicom and China Telecom on Thursday, Zou Xueyong, secretary-general of the China Virtual Network Operator Alliance, said on his Sina Weibo account. The telecom carriers declined to comment on the issue yesterday.

http://shanghaidaily.com/business/it/New-4G-permits-for-rival-telcos/shdaily.shtml

Huawei looks to give indoor mobile speeds a boost with LTE-Advanced

ChinaHuawei Technologies has conducted a real-world trial of LTE-Advanced that shows that much faster indoor cellular speeds may be around the corner. The telecommunications equipment vendor conducted the trial with Singaporean network operator StarHub, using products capable of download speeds of up to 300Mbps. Early test results were promising, with users getting much faster downloads and better video quality than before, Huawei said without offering any details of the data rates achieved.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/huawei-looks-to-give-indoor-mobile-speeds-a-boost-with-lte-advanced/

China Mobile blasts from zero to 100M 4G subscribers in just 14 months

ChinaChina Mobile now has just over 100 million 4G subscribers, according to the newest data from the company. The major milestone comes 14 months after the nation’s top telco switched on China’s first 4G network. China Mobile’s newest 4G figure counts subscribers added by the end of January. The telco titan has so far set up more than 700,000 4G base stations covering over one billion people, the China Daily reports. The firm aims to have 250 million 4G users by the end of this year.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-mobile-100m-4g-subscribers-aims-250m-end-2015/

Singapore operators hit 4G targets ahead of timeline: IDA survey

SingaporeMOBILE network operators (MNOs) in Singapore have generally achieved significant nationwide street-level 4G service coverage for their respective networks, approximately 18 months ahead of a June 30 2016 timeline, according to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). The IDA began surveying MNOs 4G (Fourth Generation) network performance, with the aim of promoting greater awareness and transparency to consumers.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/singapore-operators-hit-4g-targets-ahead-of-timeline-ida-survey

LG Electronics to unveil G4 in April

KoreaLG Electronics might release its new smartphone G4 in April, sources said Friday. “LG Electronics decided not to release the G4 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition in Barcelona in March,” a source said. “It may release it in April.” The G3 was released on May 27 of last year. Another source said that from a marketing point of view the MWC was not the right place to show off the G4 because Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S6 there. He said LG will wait until it is fully ready.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/02/133_173600.html

Singtel aims to be among first to roll out 5G in 2020

SingaporeSINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) is gearing up for Fifth Generation (5G) mobile technology, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ericsson, and by also adding its support as a member of an industry consortium seeking to set standards and promote the technology. In a statement, Singtel said it was committed to bringing “transformative 5G services” to its customers and supporting Singapore’s vision of becoming a Smart Nation.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/singtel-aims-to-be-among-first-to-roll-out-5g-in-2020

Huawei bids for emergency network deal

ChinaHuawei said Wednesday it wants to participate in the Korean government’s project to establish a public emergency communication network. The Chinese network equipment company underlined that its products will help the country to quickly respond when the public is in danger. “Huawei’s public safety broadband network is easy to deploy and has various customized features based on the company’s expertise in narrowband network technology,” said Huawei Technologies’ long-term evolution (LTE) product line Vice President Wang Qingwen during a press conference at the Lotte Hotel in central Seoul, Wednesday.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_172596.html

Singtel, Ericsson partner to test 5G technologies

SingaporeSINGAPORE: Local telco Singtel and networking giant Ericsson on Tuesday (Jan 27) signed a deal to collaborate on testing technologies for the deployment of 5G networks in the future. Both companies inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore 5G networks and the possible applications that can be rolled out to meet the needs of consumers and industries. They will also study how the next-generation mobile network can support Singapore’s vision of being a Smart Nation, according to its press release.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/singtel-ericsson-partner/1618182.html

SK Telecom-Nokia test 5G network in 2018

KoreaSK Telecom said Thursday that it has agreed with Nokia to jointly develop superfast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology. The collaboration calls for both companies to construct a test bed for wireless solutions that can activate within the 5G network by the end of this year. The test bed will be installed in SK Telecom’s technology center in Bundang, on the outskirts of Seoul.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_172216.html