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.
Chinese telecom device maker ZTE Corporation has won the bid for 4G LTE project construction from Southeast Asia Telecommunications Holdings Limited. At the same time, ZTE Senior Vice President Zhang Renjun and Southeast Asia Telecom Group Chairman Zuo Huazheng signed a memorandum and strategic cooperation agreement on behalf of the two parties.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 ― Malaysia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry can be best described as a silver cloud with some grey linings, registering a healthy growth overall but marked by dismal showings in key technologies such as cloud computing adoption and Fourth-Generation (4G) mobile take-up. These apparent inconsistencies also comes from the fact that Malaysia is a hard economy to categorise ― advanced in some areas, but very much a developing market in others, said Andrew Milroy, senior vice president of the ICT Practice at research and analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.
China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology and China-based IC design house Leadcore Technology have established a joint venture specifically for developing 4G chip solutions, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Xiaomi will account for 51% share in the joint venture, while Leadcore, a subsidiary of Datang Telecom, will take up the remaining 49%.
Singaporeans love their Xiaomi smartphones. Here’s proof: the launch of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note here about four months ago saw 5,000 units of the 5.5-inch phablet selling out in an astonishing 42 seconds. The Chinese smartphone company will hope to go one better on November 18 when its brand spanking new Redmi Note 4G debuts in the island-state for S$229 (US$183). According to an official statement, a specially-tailored version of the phablet was created for the Southeast Asian market due to the differences in China and Singapore’s 4G networks.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Boosted by strong growth in subscriptions, Chunghwa Telecom Co. (CHT,中華電信) recently said it will readily achieve its goal of acquiring 40 percent of the fourth generation (4G) market for 2014. Rick L. Tsai (蔡力行), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CHT, stated that in the third quarter they witnessed a ramping up of 4G services throughout the Taiwanese telecom market.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest mobile operator, aimed to grab a 40 percent market share of 4G broadband service but forecast that it will take much longer to turn profitable compared to the 3G sector. Attending a technology forum yesterday, Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Rick Tsai (蔡力行) spoke positively about 4G’s development in Taiwan. Data usage for 4G is already twice as much as for 3G, Tsai pointed out.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Although many consumers have opted for 4G mobile Internet service, consumers may not always get the faster service they signed up for, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said on Friday. The reason is that the local 4G signal is not always pervasive, and when the signal is not strong enough, phones may switch onto 3G networks. In other words, consumers may be paying more without getting an upgrade in service, Tsai said.
Handset solution vendors are preparing to launch next-generation 4G chipsets in the first half of 2015 with prices likely to be 30% cheaper than current models, heralding keen competition in the 4G chipset segment in the coming year, according to industry sources. The chip vendors will be able to quote their new chips cheaper because they will come in sizes 20% smaller than most prevailing 4G solutions, which will allow chip suppliers to bargain for reductions in packaging/testing costs, said the sources.
NEW DELHI: Eyeing the higher margin premium smartphone market in India, MediaTek today unveiled its 4G LTE chipset ‘MT6595′ through which the chip maker aims to take on its rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset family. The Taiwan-headquartered firm claims the chip is world’s first octa-core 4G LTE System on Chip (SoC), which was first announced in February this year.
Handset supply chain makers are continuing to see the effects of lagging 4G handset sales in China as vendors clear out reserves of 3G units. Both vendors and retailers in China are still clearing reserves of 3G handsets as sales have been stagnating following decisions by major China-based telecom providers to end handset purchase subsidies.
TAIPEI — The Ministry of Economic Affairs plans to fund local operators of smart city applications starting next year as part of efforts to accelerate Taiwan’s development of fourth-generation (4G) wireless services. The three-year project, which aims to build smart cities based on “mature business models,” will allow telecom or information technology operators to apply for subsidies for 4G applications such as security, health management, cash flow, entertainment, transportation and logistics, according to officials at the ministry’s Industrial Development Bureau.
Optus is set to roll out 4G to around 200 regional location across Australia over the next six months. The new locations will significantly expand the reach of Optus’ existing 4G network, with plans to cover 90 per cent of the Australian population by April 2015. 4G services will be turned on using the new 2600MHz and 700MHz spectrum, which become available from October 2014 (except Western Australia, which is available from February 2016) and January 2015 respectively.