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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LG Uplus demonstrates faster LTE network

KoreaLG Uplus, the nation’s smallest mobile carrier, demonstrated for the first time its new long-term evolution (LTE) network that is eight times faster than the original LTE, Thursday. The telecom company said the new network, LTE in Unlicensed spectrum, or LTE-U, is capable of transmitting data at up to 600 megabits-per-second (Mbps). This technology taps into the 5.8-gigahertz (GHz) unlicensed spectrum, which has been used for Wi-Fi, with the LTE network.

Broadband networks to be expanded in China

ChinaChina will continue to expand its broadband network, and increase internet speed and coverage, giving more people access to fast and convenient connections, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Friday. According to a guideline on the special action of promoting broadband in China, issued by MIIT, over 600,000 new 4G network base stations will be built to give access to more townships and villages. More than 40 million households will have access to optical-fiber broadband Internet, and over 200 million mobile phone holders will become 4G network users by the end of this year.

MediaTek world’s No. 2 LTE baseband chip maker in 2014

TaiwanMediaTek established itself as the world’s second-largest maker of Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-enabled cellular baseband processors in 2014, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, which has had near total dominance of the high-growth LTE baseband segment in the past and had a 95% share in 2013, maintained its top spot in the segment in 2014, Strategy Analytics said, without disclosing its specific market share.

Number of 4G users in China continues to surge

China4G users in the world’s second largest economy continued to surge and charges for the telecom service are expected to fall in the future, official data showed on Tuesday. 4G clients in China added about 60 million in the first quarter, including 23.88 million in March, to 162 million, according to statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Wen Ku, an MIIT official in charge of telecommunications, expects the country’s total 4G users to reach 250 million by the end of the year.

Hon Hai subsidiaries invest NT$2bn in 4G infrastructure

TaiwanTaiwan-based telecom operator Asia Pacific Telecom and 4G service operator AMBIT, both affiliates of electronics contract manufacturing giant Hon Hai (Foxconn), will jointly invest NT$2 billion (US$65 million) for 4G base stations and equipment in Taiwan, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. Four major telecom equipment providers — Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Huawei — are among the bidders for this tender. The report said Huawei and Ericsson did not offer prices.

Australia’s telcos in early battle over regional 4G auction

AustraliaAustralia’s second and third largest telcos Optus and Vodafone are arguing for the Government to restrict market leader Telstra from increasing its regional advantage in the upcoming 1800MHx spectrum auction. The ACCC was earlier this month directed by the Communications department to advise on whether the Government should introduce limits to the ACMA’s November auction for licences covering parts of the 1800MHz band in regional Australia.,australias-telcos-in-early-battle-over-regional-4g-auction.aspx

Airtel may soon launch 4G services in Delhi

IndiaNEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel may soon launch 4G services in Delhi as it has got the go-ahead in this regard from the Department of Telecom (DoT). Airtel’s 4G launch in Delhi has been mired in a legal case. The telecom major had got the required spectrum for 4G services through acquisition of Wireless Business Services Pvt Ltd (now Airtel Broadband Services).  The DoT had raised a demand of Rs 436 crore from Airtel for merging Airtel Broadband Services (ABSPL) with itself. The company opposed it and approached TDSAT regarding the matter.

Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom reaches 2 million 4G users

TaiwanChunghwa Telecom (CHT) on April 14 announced that 4G mobile communication subscriptions have reached two million, the highest among 4G operators in Taiwan. Taiwan Mobile (TWM) and Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) have 1.6 million and 1.5 million 4G subscribers currently, and Taiwan Star Cellular and Asia Pacific Telecom together have 250,000-300,000. Thus, there are an estimated 5.4 million 4G subscribers in the Taiwan market, accounting for 18.4% of all mobile users.

SerComm 4G Small Cell shipments take off, from TW

TaiwanNetworking/communication device maker SerComm has been developing FDD LTE and TD-LTE Small Cell devices for several years and has begun to ship TD-LTE solutions to China Mobile. SerComm expects shipments of Small Cell devices to significantly increase in 2016, according to company president and CEO James Wang. Small Cell devices can offload mobile Internet traffic and increase indoor coverage for 4G networks, Wang said.

4G smartphone market in China may drive out smaller players

China.gif4G is predicted to become the mainstream smartphone standard and dominate 70% of sales in China in three years, reports Sina’s tech news portal. The estimated market price for a mid-to-high end 4G smartphone falls between 2,000-3,500 yuan (US$320-$520). Products priced below 1,000 yuan (US$160) have been rising and sales will soon reach the 45% mark for market share, said the report.

Failure to communicate, from Thailand

ThailandThailand is in dire need of fourth-generation (4G) wireless broadband service. Consider the following statistics. Internet use in Thailand rose at the highest rate in the world last year, climbing 34 ranks in the latest global study conducted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  Although Thailand started using 3G mobile services later than most countries, the conversion rate from 2G to 3G was the fastest in the world, with more than 2.85 million 2G subscribers switching to 3G in less than five months after commercial service began.

BSNL to invest Rs 7,000 crore for setting up 3G,4G Wi-Fi hotspots

IndiaNEW DELHI: State-run telecom operator BSNL will invest Rs 7,000 crore in setting up Wi-Fi hotspots integrated with 3G, 4G networks across the country over the next two to three years, a top company official said.  “Wi-Fi is an obvious choice for BSNL going forward but it alone cannot be successful. It has to be integrated with 3G, 4G network so that customer can be seamlessly transferred to Wi-Fi. In two to three years, we will be investing Rs 7,000 crore to set up integrated Wi-Fi across the country,” chairman and managing director of BSNL Anupam Shrivatava said while speaking at TeleAnalysis event here.

Taiwan market: Bidding for new 4G band units to be less intense, says TWM president

TaiwanTaiwan’s National Communications Commission will offer 2,600MHz frequency band units with total bandwidth of 190MHz for 4G mobile communication operation through open-bid competition in September 2015. Competition in the upcoming bidding process is expected to be less intense than that of last time for 700MHz, 900MHz and 1,800MHz band units in October 2013, according to Taiwan Mobile (TWM) president James Jeng.

Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom expects 4G user base to reach 2 million at beginning of 2Q15

TaiwanChunghwa Telecom (CHT) had 1.33 million 4G subscribers at the end of 2014 and expects the number to increase to two million at the beginning of the second quarter of 2015, according to the company. CHT’s forecast is based on subscriber growth so far in the first quarter, the company said. 4G penetration in Taiwan is estimated to have risen from 17% at the end of 2014 to over 19% at the end of February 2015, CHT indicated.