Digi activates expanded LTE services in Penang

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — DIGI Telecommunications Sdn Bhd said it has rolled out expanded LTE (Long-Term Evolution) services in the northern Malaysian state of Penang. “We welcome Digi’s efforts to bring fast, reliable mobile Internet services to Penangites, and opening up new ways for them to benefit from greater access to knowledge, information and economic prospects,” said Penang state.


Bharti Airtel Expands Its 3G Networks With Nokia

IndiaLightr Rading — NEW DELHI — Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa , has selected Nokia Networks to roll out its 3G network in 5 new telecom circles and network expansion in 3 existing telecom circles. Under the 4-year contract, the company will provide its radio elements and services expertise to power Bharti Airtel’s infrastructure.


Korea Takes Initiative in 10X Faster 5G Mobile Telecommunications Services

Korea5G mobile telecommunications services that are at least 10 times faster than existing ones are expected to be available as early as 2020. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) announced on June 18 that participants agreed on the draft of the mobile telecommunications vision at the ITU-R WP 5D meeting in San Diego from June 10 to June 18 (local time). It was also decided to set 5G standards by 2020 to realize the vision. The agreement reflects much of Korea’s proposal.


KT to offer fasted GiGA LTE service

KoreaKT said Monday that it has succeeded in commercializing the world’s fastest GiGA long term evolution (LTE) mobile network, providing gigabyte (GB) speed to its customers. It said the new mobile network will fasten the era of the fifth generation (5G) network. “The GiGA-LTE service can achieve a peak speed of 1.17 gigabytes per second (Gbps), which is 15 times faster than existing LTE and 4 times faster than the tri-band carrier aggregation (CA),” it said in a statement.


Airtel 4G trials to start in Delhi from June 18

IndiaNEW DELHI: India’s largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel will start trials of its 4G services in Delhi from June 18. According to sources, the company has set up the network and already informed the customers having 4G-enabled handsets to get 4G sim cards. “The company will do the beta launch of 4G in Delhi on June 18,” a source said. The company had started its 4G services in 2012 with the first launch in Kolkata. Airtel’s 4G services are now available in several parts of the country including Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh and Amritsar.


Taiwan actively developing 5G mobile technology

TaiwanTaiwan-based IT vendors, networking/communication device makers, telecom carriers and the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have been jointly developing 5G mobile communication technology, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), which has been coordinating the effort. The team work includes R&D of technology standards, active participation in international organizations’ 5G standard specification and cooperation in international 5G R&D, said MOEA


Smartphone companies like Micromax, Lava, Karbonn and others shift focus to 4G-enabled sets

IndiaNEW DELHI: Smartphone makers have shifted their focus to devices which support 4G services in India in the lead-up to Reliance Jio Infocomm’s high-speed broadband services launch expected around December this year and Bharti Airtel’s plan to expand its offerings. Global and Indian market leaders Samsung and Apple have launched premium-end 4G devices in the past few quarters, while Chinese counterparts Xiaomi, Meizu, Coolpad, Huawei and recently ZTE are concentrating on the affordable range for better acceptance of 4G devices in India where the service is still at a pretty nascent stage.


Samsung owns most essential patents on LTE

KoreaSamsung Electronics said Thursday it owns the largest number of patent rights essential for long-term evolution (LTE) technology in the world. The world’s leading smartphone maker said on its official blog “Samsung Tomorrow” that it has more than 3,600 standard essential patents (SEP) for the LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology, citing a 2014 report by Taiwan’s intellectual property office. That is 17 percent of all LTE-related SEPs.


Vodafone invests Rs 750 crore to improve 3G in Tamil Nadu

IndiaNEW DELHI: India’s No 2 telecom operator Vodafone India invested Rs 750 crore in the year ended March 2015, on ramping up network and distribution in the Tamil Nadu telecom circle.  “In Tamil Nadu, Vodafone has been focusing on closer engagement and enhancing customer experience in an endeavor to become a future-ready operator,” the telco said in a statement.  Since April 2014, Vodafone has expanded its network footprint by adding over 3,600 new sites to take its total network strength to close to 6,300 3G sites and around 10,500 2G sites across Tamil Nadu.


Nokia supports China Mobile

China.gifNokia supported China Mobile Shanghai during Auto Shanghai 2015. The company delivered its TD-LTE Advanced HetNet solution to manage the wireless data traffic generated by 1 million visitors who come for the show. Nokia’s Flexi Zone TD-LTE small cells ramped up China Mobile’s network capacity enabling subscribers to experience hassle free mobile broadband during the 10-day event. In addition to ensuring excellent network availability, Flexi Zone TD-LTE small cells succeeded in easy management of wireless data.


China market: MediaTek 4G chip market share likely to top 50% in 2H15

China.gifMediaTek is set to grow substantially its 4G chip market share in China during the second half of 2015 so that the company is able to meet its target market share for all of the year, market sources have suggested. MediaTek currently has an about 20% share of China’s 4G chip market, the sources estimated. MediaTek is expected to boost its 4G chip market share in China to more than 50% in the second half of 2015, according to its target market share for the year.


China set to enter 5G era by 2020: white papers

China.gifChina expects to enter the 5G era in mobile telecom technology and industry in 2020 as the country has just issued two 5G technology white papers on May 29 during the annual 5G summit held by the China IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, reports Tencent’s tech news portal. Released by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR), the two white papers, 5G Wireless Technology Architecture and 5G Network Technology Architecture, outlined 5G key technologies as well as the process of the 5G research and development in China and tasks for standardization.


4G devices account for 25% of all searches for mobiles, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: Wider adoption may still be a few years away but consumers increasingly want their phones to be 4G-enabled. Surveys from online price comparison sites show 4G devices account for around a fourth of all searches for mobile phones. Of the 4.7 million searches over a month for cellphones on mysmartprice-.com, over a million were for smartphones supporting 4G LTE (long-term-evolution) technology, which will allow playing videos without buffering due to much faster download speeds than 3G.


Gov’t pushes for 4th mobile carrier,from Korea

KoreaThe government said Thursday that it will award a license to Korea’s fourth telecom company by the end of the year. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said it will provide policy incentives for the introduction of the fourth mobile carrier. The ministry has emphasized the need for an additional telecom operator ― following SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― to bring fairer competition in the market and lessen households’ telecommunications expenses.


China market: Price competition for 4G smartphones heating up

China.gifChina Unicom and handset vendor Xiaolijiao have jointly launched an ultra-low priced 4G smartphone, the Honglajiao, in China, which is likely to trigger a new round of price-cut competition for 4G models in the market, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. The Honglajiao, which is built on Marvell’s Armada mobile PXA1908 platform featuring a 5-inch HD display and supporting 4G/TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, 3G/WCDMA and 2G/GSM technologies, is available at only CNY399 (US$64).


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.