In the China market, China-based vendors have a significant advantage in pricing for TD-LTE smartphones compared with international vendors and therefore are seeing combined shipments that soon stand a chance of exceeding international vendors, according to China-based handset supply chain makers. Qualcomm, Marvell, Taiwan-based MediaTek and China-based Spreadtrum Communications have offered multi-mode and multi-band TD-LTE chips solutions in hot price competition, the sources said.
SINGAPORE and SANTA BARBARA, CA — (Marketwired) — 09/23/14 — LTE Asia Summit — D2 Technologies, the market leader in embedded IP communications software platforms, today announced that it will showcase an implementation of the GSMA’s Network 2020 “green button promise” truly native IP-based communication experience providing native VoLTE calls, video-based calling and Rich Communication Services (RCS). D2 will showcase its mCUE 4G embedded IMS client, which is integrated in the handset device, during the LTE Asia Summit, which kicks off today.
Telstra will cease development of 900 Mhz + 1800 Mhz for its LTE-Advanced network to instead focus on pairing 1800 Mhz with its newly acquired 700 Mhz spectrum. Telstra’s first round of trials for LTE carrier aggregation technology – in which two frequencies are used at the same time to theoretically double upload and download speeds – in July last year combined 900 MHz and 1800 Mhz spectrum on the Sunshine Coast.
Prices of entry-level 4G smartphone solutions have dropped to US$8-9 per unit recently and could slip to US$6-7 in the first half of 2015 as chipset solution vendors are applying aggressive pricing in order to land design-wins for smartphones to be released in early 2015, according to industry sources. MediaTek, Marvell Technology and Broadcom have cut prices of their 4G 32-bit quad-core solutions to US$8-9 after Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 210, priced at US$9, said the sources.
TAIPEI–Taiwan’s fourth-generation (4G) wireless industry is estimated to be worth up to NT$1.5 trillion (US$50 billion) in two years, driven by a wider availability of 4G applications, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. To achieve that target, the ministry plans to help build 4G services integrated with security, health care, logistics, entertainment and cash flow systems around Taiwan and its outlying islands to increase public access to 4G applications.
While there have been many 4G smartphones for sale at retail prices of CNY1,000 (US$163) or below in the China market, China-based vendors including Coolpad and Lenovo are expected to launch models for sale at CNY500 or below by the end of 2014, according to president He Ning for China Mobile Device, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile. 4G smartphones priced at up to CNY500 will be mainly support TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA and GSM, with chip solutions to be provided by Taiwan-based MediaTek, He said.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Aiming at the younger demographic, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT, 中華電信) recently announced three student-specific post-paid service plans for its fourth-generation (4G) long term evolution (LTE) service. Those enrolled in NT$587 and NT$787 data plans before Jan. 1 2015 will be granted five free hotlines and have 50 smartphone models to choose from, while those who opt for NT$987 plan are allowed free intra-network air time.
MobiFone said it had upgraded 1,000 3G BTS (base transceiver station) to raise the 3G speed to 42 Mbps in Hanoi, HCM City and Dong Nai province. It plans to put into operation another 1,000 BTS in Da Nang and Can Tho cities by the end of September, raising the total number of 3G 42Mbps BTS to 2,000. The maximum speed on a BTS or a cell is 42Mbps. It can be accessed on a customer device when the entire BTS serves only one device. The three network operators have all announced that the 3G access speed will be improved sixfold.
Telstra has unveiled a $1.3 billion investment plan to expand coverage of its LTE (4G) network to 90 percent of the population and to exploit its recently acquired 700MHz spectrum by enabling compatible devices to use 700MHz and 1800MHz frequencies simultaneously to boost bandwidth. Services will be turned on in parts of Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Bundaberg, Yamba and Sarina in the week beginning 15 September.
4G and 3G mobile phones as it struggles to regain the top position which it lost in 2012 to South Korea’s Samsung, presently the largest selling brand in India. BERLIN: Erstwhile market leader Nokia has indicated it may enter into a price war for 4G and 3G mobile phones as it struggles to regain the top position which it lost in 2012 to South Korea’s Samsung, presently the largest selling brand in India.
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.