Mobile network operators and OTT app developers have finally found a way to co-exist. According to Harald Preiss, a senior executive of Nokia Networks, in the countries which have been utilizing 4G technology like Japan, mobile network operators now provide free voice call and SMS service as a part of the monthly data package service, and they only charge fees for data services. As such, when customers use OTT services, mobile network operators can earn money, while users will be more satisfied because they can use high-quality services.
With growing competition in the 4G market, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT, 中華電信) yesterday announced its new 4G data plan deals, increasing allowed data use while lowering prices, hoping to attract more customers. Those enrolled in the NT$636, NT$936 and NT$1136 data plans, with purchase of select 4G compatible phones, can have unlimited 4G data use in the first six months, and starting on the seventh month until the contract’s expiration, their allowed monthly data use will be tripled while landline calling minutes will be doubled.
China’s ZTE Corporation has signed a contract with Slovak operator SWAN for a nationwide LTE network project. ZTE will exclusively construct a core CS/PS network, and a GSM/LTE mobile communications and value added services network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode GSM/LTE base stations to SWAN. Financial terms of the deal were not released.
Telstra will add Sydney and Adelaide to its trial of 4G services on new blocks of 700MHz spectrum in mid September, ahead of the formal commencement of access licenses in early 2015. The telco kicked off commercial trials of 4G services using the 2x20MHz of 700MHz spectrum it purchased in the Government’s 2013 digital dividend auction across Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith in June this year, after being granted an early access license to the spectrum.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Star Cellular Co. yesterday launched the company’s 4G mobile broadband network while unveiling competitively priced subscription contract terms in vying for the crowded local telecoms market. The company yesterday announced that unlimited usage plans for its 4G LTE network will be available for NT$599 monthly under two-year contracts. The company emphasized that subscribers under its two-year contracts will have fully unlimited 4G usage, and that no connection speed throttling will be imposed regardless of bandwidth consumption.
Last year Bolt entered the scene and became Indonesia’s first 4G internet provider with its two pocket wifi modems. Following nine months of strong growth, the company on Thursday launched its first handsets. Dubbed “Powerphone ,” Bolt hopes the Android-powered smartphones will attract more users to the fledgling internet provider.
China Telecom said all iPhone 6 units the company will sell will be unlocked and may be used on all wireless networks in China. China Telecom is the third largest telecommunications company in China, following China Mobile and China Unicom. At the moment, iPhone units being sold by China Telecom only accept SIM cards issued by the company. China Telecom’s early 4S to most recent 5S models only run under their 3G CDMA2000 network and 2G CDMA network.
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.