Vodafone Hutchison Australia has chosen equipment vendor Ericsson to build its new core network, and plans to be Australia’s first telco to offer voice services over a 4G network. The partnership forms part of an effort by the telco to replace a network hobbled together as a result of its 2009 merger with Hutchison,. The patched network was blamed for service issues resulting in a customer exodus following the ‘Vodafail” movement in 2010. The deal will run for five years and is understood to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
SINGAPORE: SingTel on Tuesday (Aug 19) said its street-level coverage for its 4G LTE-Advanced network now extends to more than 55 per cent of the island. In a joint statement with Ericsson, the mobile network equipment provider engaged for the deployment, SingTel said its coverage now includes areas such as Orchard, the Central Business District, Shenton Way, Tampines, Jurong and Woodlands. The service will offer download speeds of up to 300Mbps, an earlier Ericsson press statement said.
AUG 14 — On August 8, the country’s largest telco Telekom Malaysia (TM) launched its first 4G (Fourth Generation) wireless broadband offering, known as TMgo, in the northern state of Kedah. As reported by Digital News Asia (DNA), TMgo is TM’s effort to provide what in industry parlance is known as fixed-mobile broadband – or nomadic broadband – through the use of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology and specialised mobile dongles and modems.
Taiwan Star Cellular (台灣之星) yesterday rolled out a 31-day 4G free trial program, allowing users to test the company’s 4G service before it is formally launched at the end of next month. With yesterday’s announcement, Taiwan Star Cellular became the fourth telecommunication company in Taiwan to provide 4G service. There is no cap limit on data usage during the free trial, and a new registration is all that is required to try the service, the longest 4G trial program in Taiwan.
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”.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Institutional investors yesterday stated that they are expecting stellar profitability for Chunghwa Telecom Co. (中華電信) following the launch of the company’s fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband network, under the carrier’s sound cost control strategy. While the high costs of establishing the 4G network may represent a tremendous burden for telecom companies, Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, may be able to stand against the tide, institutional investors said.
TAIPEI — The Taipei International Digital Content Summit is to be held Sept. 10-11, with a main focus on fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband applications in the digital content industry. Featuring the topic “Always and Everywhere,” this year’s summit will include an international forum, one-on-one business meetings, app section and special demonstrations, according to the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), one of the organizers.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.