New M1 plans make recontracting cheaper

SingaporeNetwork Asia — Following their Data Passport announcement, M1 launched new mobile plans for customers in Singapore who do not need a new mobile phone when they recontract. The company said that the rationale behind is was that Singapore consumers today have access to a wide selection of smartphone models at affordable prices even without contract. This has given consumers even more flexibility over the smartphone they want to use, and how often they wish to upgrade it.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/new-m1-plans-make-recontracting-cheaper.1438309813

Singtel upgrading 4G network to hit 337Mbps in Singapore

SingaporeZDNet — Singtel has said it is the first telco in Southeast Asia to offer a tri-band 4G network using LTE-900, with the upgrade promising to provide customers who own compatible mobile devices with improved 4G coverage, most notably underground and in indoor areas. “Demand for data is growing exponentially, and we are always looking for ways to improve the mobile experience for our customers. Our goal is to deliver the most reliable and seamless connectivity,” Singtel’s VP of mobile marketing Diana Chen said at the launch on Tuesday.

Seatel banks on its 4G services, from Cambodia

CambodiaPhnompenh Post — Entering Cambodia’s oversubscribed telco sector, new entrant and Chinese-owned Southeast Asia Telecommunications is placing its bets on a 100 per cent 4G network, as it looks to differentiate itself from the Kingdom’s already-established telecom providers. Southeast Asia Telecommunications, or Seatel, officially launched its operations yesterday in Phnom Penh, despite having entered the country last year.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/seatel-banks-its-4g-services

Reliance to roll out 4G service in December

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: India’s diversified major Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) will roll out its ambitious 4G mobile-cum-broadband service Jio in December through 1,000 retail stores, a senior company official said. “We will start extensive beta testing of our telecom infrastructure, including network across the country in the ensuing weeks to commence operations in December,” RIL chief financial officer V. Srikanth told reporters here on Saturday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Reliance-to-roll-out-4G-service-in-December/articleshow/48231937.cms

Telecom firms positioning themselves early for 5G in China

China.gifWant China Times — Chinese telecom operators have begun planning for the arrival of the fifth-generation (5G) wireless telecommunication technology, which is expected to be commercially launched in 2020, Chinese web portal NetEase reported. Although China only began offering 4G services at the end of 2013, telecom companies are already planning for the introduction of 5G, the standards for which will be established in 2016, the web portal said.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150724000161

Bharti Airtel starts 4G trial in four cities

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel rolled out fourth generation (4G) trials in four cities on Friday, a company statement said here.  The cities are Rourkela in Odisha and Manipal, Udupi and Tumkur in Karnataka. With these launches, the company now offers 4G in 44 cities in India. The company first launched its 4G services in Kolkata in April 2012.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Bharti-Airtel-starts-4G-trial-in-four-cities/articleshow/48201974.cms

Vodafone Says 4G Trials In India Have Started

IndiaRTN Asia — Vodafone said it continued to face pressure in its voice business in India in the April-June quarter, but an explosion in data was helping it maintain margins. It also said it had put in 1,100 new 3G towers during the quarter and has started 4G trials. It also added 1,000 2G sites. Many Vodafone customers in places like Mumbai have sporadically reported seeing 4G signal from the operator.

http://rtn.asia/t-t/13307/vodafone-says-4g-trials-in-india-have-started

Billion’s M2M Fleet Management and Outdoor 4G LTE solutions were presented at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015

TaiwanYour Communication News — The GSMA’s largest-ever mobile industry event, Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWC), attracted more than 35,000 attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and press/analysts from all over the world. During the event, Billion’s outdoor fixed wireless 4G LTE CPE equipment, fleet tracking and in-vehicle telematics system were showcased by Sierra Wireless, who has announced Billion to become its official partner in Asia.

http://www.yourcommunicationnews.com/billion’s+m2m+fleet+management+and+outdoor+4g+lte+solutions+were+presented+at+mobile+world+congress+shanghai+2015_119133.html

China Unicom’s slow 4G development leads to lagging sales

ChinaChina Unicom recorded a fifth consecutive decline in mobile service subscribers in June, attributed by analysts to the company’s lagging fourth-generation network infrastructure, according to the China Business News. China Unicom saw its total number of subscribers fall 999,000 in June to 289 million, continuing a decline that has seen it lose a net 10 million subscribers since January, the newspaper said.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150723000101

Idea Likely To Introduce 4G Services 6-8 Months

IndiaRTN Asia — Idea has made a keenly awaited announcement with its quarterly results today – the launch of 4G LTE services. The services will be launched in Kerala, Maharashtra & Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, North East, Tamil Nadu and Orissa, though not all together.

http://rtn.asia/t-t/13122/idea-will-introduce-4g-services-6-8-months

More global operators working on TDD LTE network development

China.gifWant China Times — More and more telecom operators around the world that have deployed Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) networks are considering exploring the global Time Division Duplex (TDD) LTE market on the 3.5 GHz band, reports Shanghai’s China Business News. China Telecom and China Unicom, two of China’s three major telecom operators, have begun carrying out trials on TDD and FDD integration after both of them obtained FDD and TDD-LTE hybrid networking pre-commercial operating licenses earlier this year, allowing them to each carry out initial trials in 16 pilot cities.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150720000020

ZTE’s Pre5G technology catches Softbank’s eyes

JapanWant China Times — ZTE Corporation, China’s leading telecom equipment producer, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese telecom giant SoftBank to enhance their research and development based on ZTE’s Pre5G and Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technology, reports Ccstock.cn, the online version of the Chinese-language Securities Daily.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150716000119

Airtel to launch branded 4G handset at Rs 4,000

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: To counter Reliance Jio’s bid to capture the 4G services market with low cost bundled handsets, telecom major Bharti Airtel is planning to launch Airtel branded smartphones for Rs 4,000 by October-November. “Airtel is in advanced stages to finalise vendors to launch dual mode 4G handset in the price range of Rs 4,000-12,000. Negotiations are around if it should be only Airtel branded handset or co-branded handsets,” a industry source privy to the development said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Airtel-to-launch-branded-4G-handset-at-Rs-4000/articleshow/48132371.cms

Huawei, European partners join forces as EU 5G research levels up

ChinaWant China Times — The world’s leading telecommunication solution provider Chinese company Huawei and its European partners reached a major milestone on the road towards 5G with the launch of the first phase projects of the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) at the beginning of this month, the Chinese company announced in a press release Tuesday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150716000002

Huawei, European partners join forces as EU 5G research levels up

China.gifWant China Times — The world’s leading telecommunication solution provider Chinese company Huawei and its European partners reached a major milestone on the road towards 5G with the launch of the first phase projects of the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) at the beginning of this month, the Chinese company announced in a press release Tuesday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150716000002

Unicom, Huawei to deploy 4.5G at Shanghai Disney

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Unicom Shanghai, Huawei and Shanghai Shendi – an agent of Disney China – have signed a collaboration agreement to deploy 4.5G networks at the Shanghai Disney Resort. The cooperation agreement covers network deployment as well as the introduction of new services based on 4.5G, the companies announced.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/unicom-huawei-deploy-45g-shanghai-disney

5G isn’t just about speed, from Hong Kong

Hong KongBefore we get overly excited about 5G, bear in mind that this new technology isn’t simply a faster pipe. When it comes to wireless networks, faster isn’t automatically better. The next generation of wireless technology isn’t only about faster technology or more capacity, and that needs to be understood for 5G to take off. 5G must address today’s wireless problems – reliability for multiple devices, energy efficiency, bandwidth standards, and more.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/5g-isnt-just-about-speed

All “things” lead to 5G, from Hong Kong

Hong KongTelecom Asia — Go to almost any telecoms industry conference these days, and you’ll hear about at least two things: the internet of things (IoT) and 5G. And while there is interest in both, operator delegates tend to be more interested in the IoT. As one delegate from an emerging market operator said to me over coffee: “5G is interesting, but it’s too far off – it’s five years away for Japan, and even further than that for my own country. I’d rather hear more about the IoT because that’s happening now, not ten years from now.”

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/all-things-lead-5g

Korea, China, Japan Mobile Carriers Compete to Lead 5G

KoreaBusiness Korea — The MWC Shanghai, which is emerging as Asia’s largest mobile exhibition, started at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) on July 15. A total of 116 ICT companies and 97 mobile carriers around the world will attend the event, titled “Mobile Unlimited.” In particular, South Korea, China, and Japan are expected to compete to take the initiative this year in next-generation techs like IoT and 5G.

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/11420/actively-seeking-allies-korea-china-japan-mobile-carriers-compete-lead-5g

Huawei: Agreement for 5G technology testing signed; ‘You finally found me’ – Sai Mizzi Liang

ChinaTimes of Malta — Huawei Technologies has committed itself to start testing 5G technology in a memorandum of understanding signed between the government and the Chinese company. The agreement was signed at the small office Huawei is occupying at Smart City, which was inaugurated today by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Also taking part in the ceremony were, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth José Herrera, Sai Mizzi Liang, Investment Envoy for Asia, and Edward Chan, CEO Huawei Italia.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150714/local/update-2-agreement-for-5g-technology-testing-signed-you-finally-found.576618