Huawei 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.
SINGAPORE: 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.
SK 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.
NEW DELHI:Lenovo on Friday launched India’s cheapest smartphone that can work on fourth-generation telecom technology, pricing it aggressively at Rs 6,999 to take on offerings from Microsoft, Xiaomi and Micromax that have recently launched 4G devices costing less than Rs 10,000. The Chinese company will sell the 4G LTE smartphone, A6000, exclusively via online marketplace Flipkart through flash sale, a model that has been adopted by Xiaomi and Motorola in India with great success. The first flash sale is on January 28.
Xi Guohua, chairman of China Mobile, revealed the company’s goal for 2015 during China Mobile Global Partner Conference 2014, stating that China Mobile plans to sell 250 million terminals, including 200 million 4G devices, and they aim to develop 250 million 4G users in 2015. Xi said the company has surpassed the goals for 4G services in 2014. They not only completed the building of 500,000 4G base stations, but also constructed additional ones; and they expected to have 700,000 4G base stations completed by the end of 2014.
QUANTUM Electro Opto Systems Sdn Bhd (QEOS) has announced the QW6032-LR, part of its QWave product family, a wireless product co-designed with high performance antennas for outdoor applications. The QW6032-LR is an adaptive CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) 60GHz millimetre-wave digital radio with a GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) interface and high performance antenna enabling outdoor connectivity from tens to hundreds of metres, QEOS said in a statement.
SingTel is conducting a trial of Ericsson’s Radio Dot System to improve the in-building mobile broadband experience in Singapore. The live trial is currently underway at Changi Business Park, with the ambition to extend SingTel’s LTE and 3G network coverage into enterprise buildings and public venues. The solution promises to enable operators to deliver high-performance coverage and capacity in any size or type of building. It is designed to integrate seamlessly with SingTel’s LTE and 3G networks.
SK Telecom has launched its commercial tri-band LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service that offers data speeds of up to 300Mbps. This is made possible by aggregating three component carriers in three different frequency bands — 20MHz bandwidth in 1.8GHz band, 10MHz bandwidth in 800MHz band, and 10MHz bandwidth in 2.1GHz band.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co.,, Ltd. recently announced the deployment of its enterprise eLTE solution by Spanish telecom network provider, IB-RED, in the Balearic Islands. Huawei’s enterprise eLTE solution includes a 4G Ultra-wideband wireless network to meet the growing demands of tourists visiting the islands for Internet access, Voice over IP (VOIP) and multimedia services. It uses a single eNodeB to cover 15 to 25 kilometers and supports a downlink data rate of up to 100Mbps.
TAIPEI — Nearly 10 percent of Taiwanese have subscribed to the fourth-generation (4G) mobile network to mainly check maps and shop, according to the findings of a local survey. The poll revealed that 8.9 percent of Taiwan residents aged over 12 were using 4G mobile services in October and paying an average monthly fee of NT$891 (US$28), higher than NT$719 for 3G users, the Foreseeing Innovative New Digiservices (FIND) under the state-funded Institute for Information Industry said in a statement Wednesday.
What a month so far in Indonesia so far! In December, all three of the biggest telcos launched their 4G LTE networks commercially in the country. However, these services are not rolled out nationwide and offer different speeds. This time, Tech in Asia will provide side-by-side comparisons of the 4G LTE connections offered by three telcos: Telkomsel, XL Axiata, and Indosat, as well as from internet service provider Bolt.
A senior executive of the Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT) said: “Developing 4G would be not too costly. However, VNPT has not geared up to implement the 4G technology development project because the demand for 4G is still not strong enough.” Investment capital needs to be spent reasonably to optimize profits, not to “show off” one’s power, he said. He said that “3G technology is still more than enough to satisfy the domestic users’ demand for mobile data”.
Indonesian telco XL Axiata announced today the official launch of its 4G LTE service nationwide. The news comes just days after its local competitor Telkomsel launched its own 4G network in Indonesia, and more than a month after Bolt and Telkomsel introduced the first taste of 4G service to the Indonesian public at large back in November.
5G mobile network adoption is predicted to be much slower than 4G. A lack of unifying standards, complex technology and spectrum auctions, alongside a lack of necessity will only see it mainstreamed by 2023, according to a new report. ABI research believes it will take more than five years for 5G to reach the 100 million subscriber mark – two years longer than 4G.
The total number of TD-LTE subscribers around the world will keep increasing to 96.1 million at the end of 2014, accounting for 21.6% of the global total number of LTE (4G) users. 81.8% of the total will be users in China, 8% in Saudi Arabia and 6.9% in Japan, according to Digitimes Research. Of the number of LTE networks around the world, 87% will be FDD LTE networks and 13% TD-LTE networks in 2014, Digitimes Research indicated.
Speaking at a Vietnam Internet Day in HCMC last Friday, Mo said they could start 4G services next year. Experts said at the event that it is the right time for Vietnam to provide 4G services. Thieu Phuong Nam, general director of Qualcomm Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said prices of devices that can run on the 4G network have dropped. On the other hand, 4G has grown fast in Southeast Asia and the world as a whole, making it possible to lower the cost of the service.
Following local mobile provider Telkomsel’s launch of its 4G long-term-evolution mobile internet service in Jakarta and Bali, the archipelago’s two other major telco players, XL Axiata and Indosat, followed suit with their own announcements, CNN Indonesia reports. Indosat says it will soon commercialize its own 4G service, which is still currently in the preparation stage. All customers who want to enjoy 4G coverage will need to change their SIM cards.
MediaTek’s shipments of 4G LTE chips are expected to increase robustly in 2015, according to company president Hsieh Ching-chiang. China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom are all gearing up to boost their 4G subscriber counts in 2015, said Hsieh, adding an estimated 60-70% of 3G users in China will switch to 4G. MediaTek is set to ship more than 30 million 4G smartphone chips in 2014, Hsieh disclosed. Shipments of 4G chips will account for about 20% of the company’s overall handset-IC shipments in 2014, Hsieh said.
Chinese telecom device maker Huawei promised that they will provide EUR5 million, which is about USD6.3 million, to the 5G innovation center of University of Surrey, aiming to promote research and testing of next-generation data transmission standards. The goal of the 5G innovation center of University of Surrey is to implement 5G technology application testing in the real world.
SingTel and Huawei announced the plan at the 2014 Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBB Forum) held in Shanghai, China. MBB is supported by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT, GSMA and Huawei. The new program will serve as a research hub that aims to advance development of 5G mobile broadband technologies.