NEW 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.
Chunghwa 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.
Networking/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 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.
Thailand 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.
NEW 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’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.
Chunghwa 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.
Australia mobile customers get some of the best 4G LTE coverage in the world but are receiving less than impressive data speeds, large-scale user research shows. Data from 11 million users across 76 countries collected by wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal during November 2014 and January 2015 showed Spain now leads the data speeds field, with 18 megabits per second on average.
BARCELONA: Flush with an investment outlay of $3 billion a year on networks, telecom major Bharti Airtel plans to double its 4G network by next fiscal as it gears up to take on competition, including the much-awaited foray of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries group. “We have decided to roll out (4G). We have 20,000 base station now, in March, and we will be doing another 20,000 next year,” Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said here.
During the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement conference held in Barcelona, mobile communications carriers from China, Japan and South Korea, including China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo and KT, released a joint plan to enhance 5G technical cooperation. Taking the opportunity of Mobile World Congress 2015, the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement conference was initiated by KT.
BARCELONA, Spain ― Korea’s mobile carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus are being urged to cooperate with each other to team up with other overseas carriers in order to enjoy “first-mover” advantage in the race to set up standards for fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology. The 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC) featured the benefits of 5G over today’s long-term evolution (LTE) tech, the Internet of Things (IoT), Samsung Electronics Galaxy S6, LG’s stylish smartwatch and products for augmented reality.
CHINA Unicom plans to spend 100 billion yuan (US$16 billion) to upgrade its network and on promotions to woo more 4G users this year, the country’s No. 2 mobile carrier said yesterday. The telco’s capital spending in 2015 is an increase from 84.8 billion yuan in 2014 and comes on the heels of a 15.8 percent annual jump in net profit to 12.1 billion yuan last year. Its revenue, however, slipped 3.5 percent to 284.7 billion yuan, missing analysts’ expectations for 286.7 billion yuan.
NEW DELHI: iPhone maker Apple has emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country with a market share of 45% in October-December period, CyberMedia Research (CMR) today said. According to the research firm, over one million LTE devices, including smartphones, tablets and data cards were shipped to the Indian market in the fourth quarter of 2014, marking the ‘coming of age’ of the 4G devices.
NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has entered into a strategic collaboration with China Mobile under which the two companies will work towards the growth of the LTE (long term evolution) ecosystem and evolving mobile technology standards, a company statement said here Tuesday. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua and Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal.
BARCELONA: China’s Huawei Technologies , the world’s second-biggest maker of network gear, is beefing up its patent portfolio ahead of 5G, the next generation of mobile equipment, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Huawei, also the world’s fourth-largest maker of smartphones, has said it plans to spend US$600 million on 5G wireless research and development from 2013 to 2018. But speaking to reporters at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Huawei Chief Executive Ken Hu said that 5G research spending was likely to rise, without giving specific figures.
According to Doan Quang Hoan, director of the Vietnam Authority of Radio Frequency Management, the country has been making efforts to adopt frequency bands for the development of 4G services, foreseeing the trends in new technologies. He added that Vietnam is one among many countries that already have the bands for 4G services, quoted by itcnews.vn, adding that the department has remained focused on adopting these frequency bands in the country during the past to enhance accessibility and efficiency.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on February 27 announced the release of FDD-LTE licenses to China Telecom and China Unicom. MIIT released TD-LTE licenses to China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom in December 2013 and approved experimental TD-LTE/FDD-LTE convergence network test by China Telecom and China Unicom in main cities around China in June 2014.
BARCELONA, Spain ― KT, the nation’s second-largest mobile carrier, said Monday that it has teamed up with China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo to jointly develop the fifth-generation or 5G network technology. “KT has agreed with China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo of Japan for co-development of 5G mobile technology. The agreement calls for joint marketing to promote new telecommunications technology,” KT said in a statement on the sidelines of 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition here.
Telstra will partner with its long-term equipment supplier Ericsson to define 5G technology in an effort to launch the network for commercial use in 2020. The technology will eventually replace the 4G networks that are currently being rolled out by Australia’s telcos with faster mobile internet and less power consumption. The standards for 5G however have not yet been fully defined. Telstra and Ericsson will work over the next five years to cement the standards, while also performing field and lab-based testing, the telco said.