Chunghwa Telecom eyes 40% 4G market share in two years

TAIPEI–Chunghwa Telecom Co. (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, said Tuesday it plans to boost its share in the country’s fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband market to 40 percent in two years, given the high market potential. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said earlier in the day at a summit on 4G development that the number of subscribers to Taiwan’s 4G services is expected to exceed 10 million by 2016, outpacing the government’s planned expansion of the sector.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/07/30/413566/Chunghwa-Telecom.htm

China now has 486.5 million 3G subscribers, but only 14 million on new 4G network

China now has close to half a billion 3G subscribers, according to the newest data from the country’s three telcos. Four years and eight months after China first slipped the switch on 3G mobile data, the numbers have gone from zero to 486.5 million. How about 4G? After a very late start last December caused by a preference for pushing the homegrown TD-LTE standard for 4G, China now has a total of 13.97 million 4G subscribers, says Zhang Feng, chief engineer at the State Council Information Office (SCIO).

http://www.techinasia.com/china-3g-and-4g-subscriber-numbers-june-2014/

Taiwan’s 4G mobile users reach 300,000

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Mobile users adopting the 4G LTE service have reached 300,000 in total since wireless broadband was introduced in Taiwan about two months ago, with Taiwan’s major three telecom giants each grabbing a customer base of 100,000. The country’s largest telecom operator, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT, 中華電信), said that as of last week, its customer base utilizing 4G broadband has surpassed 100,000, comprising new account registrations, service upgrades from 3G to 4G as well as phone number portability applications.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/07/29/413502/Taiwans-4G.htm

Vodafone first to begin 4G rollout with 700MHz – NZ

It might only make up 1.1 per cent of New Zealand’s population, but Papakura has raced ahead to become the first district to receive super-fast 4G mobile technology with 700MHz spectrum. Responsible for the Kiwi first was Vodafone, the first telecommunications company to roll out 4G in New Zealand. The telco giant is also the first to successfully trial rural 4G using 700MHz spectrum at Lake Brunner on the West Coast of the South Island last year.

http://techday.com/telco-review/news/vodafone-first-to-begin-4g-rollout-with-700mhz/188379/

Telstra, Optus gain early access to 700MHz 4G spectrum

Telstra and Optus have secured early access to the 700MHz spectrum auctioned off by the Government last year, and will switch on the first 4G services in the band in a number of areas around the country over the coming weeks. The official launch of 700MHz spectrum, when technical trials are due to commence, is set for January 1 next year.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390144,telstra-optus-gain-early-access-to-700mhz-4g-spectrum.aspx

Expect Faster 4G Mobile Service in China

Three Chinese telecom operators announced they are pooling their resources to organize a joint infrastructure company that will focus on building and running the telecom towers. The new joint venture, China Communications Facilities Services, also intends to rehabilitate state-controlled telecom companies by promoting competition. State-owned China Mobile has the biggest market share, or 40 percent in the newly established company. China Unicom has 30.1 percent and China Telecom 29.9 percent.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/4160/20140715/expect-faster-4g-mobile-service-china.htm

Telecom NZ launches commercial 700MHz 4G service

New Zealand’s incumbent Telecom NZ is putting to use the 700MHz “digital dividend” spectrum it paid A$140 million for in a recent government auction by launching a regional 4G service. Telecom NZ said it will launch the service in rural Waikato, covering the town centres of Hamilton and Morrinsville as well as surrounding areas late next month.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389722,telecom-nz-launches-commercial-700mhz-4g-service.aspx

How deliberately crippling its 4G rollout will help China bust a global monopoly and make billions

China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile telco by user-base with 787 million subscribers and the fifth-biggest company in China. Near the end of last year, it was the first telco in the country to receive a 4G license from China’s Ministry of Internet and Information Technology (MIIT), and the number of LTE subscribers on its network has grown strongly ever since.

http://www.techinasia.com/china-telco-protectionism-4g-mobile-unicom-telecom-td-lte/

Digitimes Research: Global TD-LTE users to reach 70.4 million at end of 2014 – from Taipei

The total number of TD-LTE subscribers worldwide increased to 12.48 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and will increase to 70.4 million at the end of the year, according to Digitimes Research. Saudi Arabia-based Mobily accounted for 28.2% of the 12.48 million subscribers, followed by Japan-based SoftBank Mobile with 27.5%, China-based China Mobile with 22.4% and Saudi Arabia-based STC with 10.8%, Digitimes Research indicated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140704PD205.html

MediaTek confident of attaining 2014 target of 15 million 4G processors #cloud #cloudcomputing

IC design house MediaTek in early 2014 set target shipments of 15 million APs (application processors) for 4G smartphones, and is confident of reaching the goal due to expected large demand in the China market in the second half, according to the company. MediaTek targets China-based smartphone vendors for its 4G APs.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140703PD209.html

20pc of Malaysian mobile users on LTE by 2019, says Ericsson #cloud Cloudcomputing

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — Ericsson expects LTE (Long-Term Evolution) subscribers to make up about one-fifth of Malaysia’s total mobile users by 2019, driven by growing demand for data and video. The figure may seem a bit low given that the smartphone penetration rate has already surpassed the 33 per cent mark, but Todd Ashton (pic), president of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka, begs to differ. Currently, fewer than 2 per cent of mobile subscribers are on LTE. So, to grow the base tenfold over the next five years is a good achievement.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/20pc-of-malaysian-mobile-users-on-lte-by-2019-says-ericsson

Research and Markets: Asia Pacific 2G, 3G & 4G Wireless Subscriptions 2014-2020 – LTE Subscriptions to Surpass 1.6 Billion

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Signals and Systems Telecom’s new report “Asia Pacific 2G, 3G & 4G Wireless Subscriptions, Spectrum Licensing, Ownership & Infrastructure Contracts Database: 2014 – 2020″ to their offering. Asia Pacific LTE subscriptions to surpass 1.6 Billion by 2020. With nearly 7 Billion mobile network subscriptions worldwide, global mobile penetration is fast approaching the 100% mark.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3113493

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm far ahead of Marvell and MediaTek in China LTE market

Qualcomm, a leading player in terms of LTE technologies, started supplying LTE solutions to markets worldwide including China in 2013. But because of regulations and issues over licensing issues, China’s LTE service started later than most of the developed countries. At the same time, restrictions from the China-dedveloped TD-SCDMA standard and policies over multi-mode support also limited the number of chipmakers who were able to enter China’s LTE chip supply chain initially.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140619VL200.html

HTC partners with Far EasTone to create largest 4G mobile service provider

TAIPEI, Taiwan — HTC Corp. (宏達電) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Far EasTone Telecom (FET, 遠傳電信) to form a strategic partnership for providing fourth-generation mobile service. The signing ceremony of the MOU between FET and HTC was hosted by FET President Yvonne Li (李彬) and HTC Chief Financial Officer Chang Chia-lin (張嘉臨) in Taipei. As FET is expected to launch 4G services soon, the strategic partnership with HTC will give FET an advantage in winning the title of Taiwan’s largest 4G mobile service provider.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/19/410478/HTC-partners.htm

EU and South Korea to develop 5G mobile network

South Korea and the EU have joined forces to promote and develop the world’s next generation of mobile internet network. Under a pact announced on Monday, the European Commission and South Korea will work towards a common definition of so-called 5G networks, in a bid to help set a rollout timetable and global standard by the end of 2015.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/37eed44c-f538-11e3-91a8-00144feabdc0.html#axzz34oOTyJE4

4G services may well depress top 3 telecom operators’ bottom lines

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s top three telecom operators’ launch of their own fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) networks is expected to depress the three’s bottom lines, starting from June, Yuanta Investment Consulting said Saturday. Chunghwa Telecom Co., the largest telecom services provider in Taiwan, was the first to launch the 4G network on May 29, followed by rival Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. on June 3 and Taiwan Mobile Co. on the following day.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/06/16/410245/4G-services.htm

KT using its network to create new business opportunities

LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Korea Telecom (KT) is looking to a range of converged services that make use of its network and platforms to differentiate itself from domestic rivals and drive growth. CTO Dongmyun Lee told delegates that with high bandwidth mobile broadband and unlimited data plans offered by all three operators in South Korea, this is no longer a differentiator, meaning KT is looking at other areas. “This kind of competition is beginning to weaken our cost structure so we are trying to escape from this vicious circle,” Lee said.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/kt-using-network-create-new-business-opportunities

Sony steps up competition for local market

TAIPEI — Japan’s Sony Mobile Communications launched its first handset supporting the new 700 MHz frequency band in Taiwan Tuesday, in a bid to narrow the gap with its rivals in the country’s 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) market. The Sony Xperia Z2a sports a 5-inch 1080p full-HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 3,000 mAh battery and full support of Taiwan’s LTE bands.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/11/409850/Sony-steps.htm

China Mobile Gains 3G, 4G Licenses In Pakistan #cloud #cloudcomputing

Nawaz Sharif, prime minister of Pakistan, recently issued 3G and 4G licenses to CMPak, China Mobile’s subsidiary in Pakistan, in Islamabad. Sharif said during the issuance meeting that Pakistan currently has over 132 million mobile users and they will soon be able to experience the most advanced mobile communications technologies.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/06/03/20575-china-mobile-gains-3g-4g-licenses-in-pakistan