Chunghwa Telecom, Advantech, HwaCom Systems cooperate to offer 4G-based ITS solution

TaiwanChunghwa Telecom (CHT), industrial computing solution provider Advantech and information, network, telecom integration service provider HwaCom Systems on November 19 signed an MoU for cooperation to offer a 4G-based ITS (intelligent transportation system) solution, according to Advantech.

Digi trains its 4G LTE guns on Maxis

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — TWO of Malaysia’s ‘Big Three’ mobile operators have taken their gloves off, and the stakes are bragging rights – or customer experience, if you prefer – over Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) superiority. Digi.Com Bhd fired the first salvo about a month ago when it declared that with its 50% population coverage, it had the “widest 4G LTE network” in the country.

Ministry ready to support 4G networks

MyanmarMyanmar Times — U Thaung Tin said his ministry will not deter operators from using more advanced technology. “If operators want to launch a 4G network for their subscribers, we are ready to support the spectrum,” he said. The 4G Long Term Evolution, or LTE, networks are faster than their third-generation, or 3G, counterparts. They also require more expensive handsets and use up more data, requiring users to add credit to their phones more often.

DataWind planning to launch sub-Rs 3,000 4G smartphone

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Canada-based low-cost tablet and smartphone maker DataWind is considering a foray into the affordable 4G device segment by mid-2016 and plans to start two new manufacturing facilities with an initial investment of Rs 200 crore in the country. “We may work on a sub Rs 3,000-priced 4G-enabled smartphone next as the 4G market matures in India,” DataWind chief executive Suneet Singh Tuli told ET, adding that the company is closely watching the telcos’ 4G moves.

Digi begins VoLTE tests on its 4G LTE network, from Malaysisa

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — DIGI Telecommunications Sdn Bhd said it has started field tests on Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology over its 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) network. Digi, which is claiming that its 4G LTE network is now the widest in the country – a claim that rival Maxis Communications Bhd may dispute – said that the addition of VoLTE capability will further enhance the subscriber experience. VoLTE brings voice calls over a 4G LTE network, Digi said in a statement.

Qualcomm and KT to build LTE-based IoT security solution

KoreaZDNet — Global chipmaker Qualcomm and South Korean telco KT announced on Friday a joint business project to develop a “LTE based Internet of Things (IoT) security gateway solution” for new ATMs. Their IoT gateway solution will combine KT’s expertise in IoT security with the design know-how underpinning Qualcomm’s LTE microchips.

Maxis claims 4G LTE leadership in Q3 2015

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — MAXIS Bhd threw the Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) gauntlet back at rival Digi.Com Bhd, saying that it was the leader, even as it reported a 5% increase in revenue for its third quarter (Q3) 2015 which ended Sept 30. Maxis recorded Q3 revenue of RM2.166 billion versus RM2.065 billion in the corresponding period a year ago. For the none-month period ended Sept 30, it recorded total revenue of RM6.425 billion versus RM6.266 billion a year ago. [RM1 = US$0.24]

Digi Q3 2015 revenue dips, Internet revenue surges 18%

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — CELLULAR provider Digi.Com Bhd reported third quarter 2015 (Q3 2015) revenue had dropped to RM1.67 billion from RM1.76 billion in the corresponding period last year, although Internet revenue grew 18% year-on-year and 4.5% quarter-on-quarter.

FET may compete for TDD-LTE frequency band, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) is likely to compete for frequency band units designated for TDD-LTE 4G in the open bid to be held by the National Communications Commission (NCC) in November 2015, company president Yvonne Li said at an October 28 investors conference. NCC released 700MHz, 900MHz and 1,800MHz frequency bands for FDD-LTE operations in October 2013 and will release 2,600MHz frequency bands for FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE in November 2015.

Smartphones the biggest hit on Flipkart’s Big Billion sale

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Flipkart, the country’s largest online retailer and marketplace, sold more than $200 million worth of mobile phones during the five-day Big Billion Days sale, with most consumers demanding 4G-backed devices, a top executive said. Flipkart sold 250 mobile phones every minute, of which 190 were 4G phones, during the five days, chief business officer Ankit Nagori said.

China’s telecom operators turn to 4G+

ChinaWant China Times — China’s three state-owned telecom operators are turning to “4G+” mobile services, a fourth-generation (4G) wireless service that offers faster connections, to compete for subscribers, according to tech blog Guancha01. Despite its late start in introducing 4G services at the end of 2013, China has been building its wireless network faster than any other country in the world, thanks to the momentum spurred by its three state-owned telecoms, the blog said.

4G auctions set to give huge boost to Thailand’s digital economy

ThailandMyanmar Times — The private sector, meanwhile, believes that having faster high-speed mobile network technology will promote the country’s e-commerce.  The NBTC expects to receive at least 73 billion baht from the 4G spectrum auctions of four licences in November. The revenue will pass directly to state coffers, Mr Takorn said at a seminar entitled “4G: the turning point of the country”.

Telkomsel 4G/LTE masuk Manado

IndonesiaDigital News Asia — PT Telekomunikasi Selular Indonesia (Telkomsel) terus memperluas jangkauan layanan 4G/LTE (long term evolution) di berbagai kota di Indonesia. Kali ini Telkomsel memilih Manado sebagai kota kedelapan penyedia akses 4G secara komersial setelah Jakarta, Bali, Bandung, Medan, Surabaya, Makassar, dan Lombok.

Digi now claims the ‘widest 4G LTE network’ in Malaysia

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — ONCE seen as the underdog in the Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) war, Digi.Com Bhd is now claiming the widest 4G LTE network in Malaysia with its 50% population coverage. Having the widest 4G LTE network in the country puts Malaysia’s third largest mobile operator one step closer to achieving its long-term goal of becoming the best mobile Internet provider for the mass market within the next three years.

Vodafone India to launch 4G services in Mumbai by December-end

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Vodafone India has announced it will launch its 4G services in Mumbai by December. “We are the leading service provider in Mumbai and our customers have a lot to look forward to. We are excited to launch our new 4G services in the superior 1,800MHz band in Mumbai,” Ishmeet Singh, business head-Mumbai, Vodafone India, said in a statement.

Ericsson’s 5G Radio Test Beds Win 2015 LTE Asia Award

APACNasdaq — Ericsson ‘s endeavors toward developing robust 5G networks have earned accolades, with the company winning the “Biggest Contribution to 5G Development” award in this year’s Informa Telecoms & Media’s LTE Asia Award function. The “5G category” has debuted this year and Ericsson’s contribution to 5G radio test beds fetched it the award.

Tata Teleservices wants airwaves freed for 4G services

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Tata Teleservices is applying to liberalize its CDMA airwaves in at least four circles, a possible first step towards a spectrum trading pact with Telenor’s Indian arm which needs to offer 4G services to stay relevant in the country’s competitive highspeed data market. The Tata Group company has written to the telecom department (DoT) to liberalize airwaves in Andhra Pradesh and Delhi service areas by paying the market, or auction-determined, price for spectrum and is planning to do the same for Mumbai and Maharashtra, said three people familiar with the details.

StarHub, Nokia Networks boost 4G experience in Singapore with VoLTE deployment

SingaporeDigital News Asia — SINGAPORE’s StarHub has successfully deployed Nokia Networks technologies as part of its 4G HetNet (Fourth Generation Heterogeneous Network) in Marina Bay, a commercial, residential and entertainment hub in the island-republic. The deployment required the integration of Nokia Networks’ TD-LTE, FDD-LTE and outdoor small cells solutions, Nokia Networks said in a statement.

Rcom, Reliance Jio, Tata Firm Up 800 Mhz Lte Plans?

IndiaRTN Asia — Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communication is unlikely to go for pan-India spectrum trading or sharing with Reliance Jio Infocomm. Instead, the company is expected to focus on its merger with MTS to get the requisite spectrum in majority of the circles for LTE launch. Only in a handful of circles — less than 10 — where MTS and RCom do not have enough spectrum would RCom enter into an alliance with Reliance Jio for spectrum sharing or 4G intra-circle roaming, according to industry sources.

LTE-boosted aid for emergency services from Nokia Networks

MalaysiaNOKIA Networks said it has enhanced its LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile broadband portfolio with selected partner products to give first responders and other public safety personnel access to multimedia tools and applications. LTE technology offers high bandwidth and high reliability for disaster-level operational capabilities and information management with low latency, for the fastest connectivity, the company said in a statement.