Indonesia’s XL Axiata turns to Ericsson for 4G/ LTE deployment

IndonesiaDigital News Asia — CELLULAR provider PT XL Axiata Tbk has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson for the design and implementation of a 4G/LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) network and the upgrading of its existing 2G and 3G (Second and Third Generation) networks in Jakarta and Central Java.

Chuan Wei To Deploy LTE and VoLTE In Cambodia

CambodiaTele Analysis — Cambodia’s Chuan Wei has signed a frame agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to expand mobile ultra-broadband connectivity across the country thereby deploying LTE and VoLTE. The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE and VoLTE technologies will allow Chuan Wei to meet growing data demands of more enterprise customers while launching new consumer services.

South Korean TD-LTE Wireless Connectivity Strengthens With China

KoreaChina’s ZTE Corporation has signed a TD-LTE wireless cooperation deal with both the China Mobile Research Institute and South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. The tripartite memorandum of understanding will cover in-depth cooperation on technologies including TDD/FDD data roaming and VoLTE, addressing possible interconnection and interoperability issues as TD-LTE networks are constructed in South Korea.

Viettel to trial 4G from October

VietnamVietnam Net — Viettel said to use the 4G services, users will have to change their SIM cards but the rates will not be higher than the current 3G services. This telecom service provider plans to have 12,000 4G base transceiver stations by  the end of the first quarter 2016, besides 67,000 existing 2G and 3G stations.

SKT, Ericsson, Sony to trial wearables over LTE

JapanTelecom Asia — SK Telecom will work with Ericsson and Sony Mobile to trial the use of IoT wearables over LTE networks. The trials will involve testing new device and network innovations for wearables that have consumer lifestyle and wellness applications. The devices will have multiple sensors providing accelerometer, identification, pulse meter and GPS functionality.

Microsoft India eyes 4G, Windows 10 for revival

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Microsoft is building a pipeline of fourth-generation smartphones to be launched in India around the year-end, and is banking on Windows 10-based devices to make a mark in the highly competitive mobile market where it is rapidly losing ground.

25% of smartphone sales to be 4G by year end: Micromax

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Country’s second-largest handset vendor Micromax said it expects one-fourth of its smartphone sales volume to come from 4G devices by end of the year.  The company, which has four LTE-enabled devices in its portfolio is looking to aggressively scale up the number to over 10 devices by the end of December.

Mediatek bets big on 4G, to up India headcount

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Mobile chipmaker Mediatek said it plans to expand its research and development team in the country on the back of strong growth in India, one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets globally. MediaTek, which works with domestic handset makers like Micromax, Karbonn and Lava, and has some 500 people across R&D and a design centre in Bangalore, plans to add “a few hundred” people over the next 1-2 years.

Ericsson bags 3G, 4G contracts from Bharti Airtel

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson said it has bagged a four-year 4G network rollout contract in Delhi from Bharti Airtel. The company has also signed another four-year agreement with Airtel to expand its 3G network across eight telecom circles in the country. Financial details of the contracts were not shared by Ericsson. This is Ericsson’s first 4G network using LTE-FDD technology in Delhi.

Vodafone plans 4G push to counter Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio

IndiaTimes of India — New Delhi: The entry of Mukesh Ambani’s 4G vehicle Reliance Jio by the end of the year is prompting incumbent telecom operators to announce competing plans on the high-speed network. Days after Bharti Airtel laid out a comprehensive national 4G plan, close rival and the country’s second-biggest mobile operator Vodafone also said that it will offer the services by the end of this year.

ZTE 6-Month Net Profit Rises 43.2% as 4G LTE Network Revenue Surges

ChinaBusiness Wire — SHENZHENL: ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, announced that first-half net profit rose 43.2% as the company increased sales of 4G LTE network equipment to carriers. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company jumped to RMB 1.62 billion (US$252 million) in the first six months, according to the results announcement posted by ZTE today. Basic earnings per share climbed to RMB 0.47, while revenue increased 21.8% to RMB 45.9 billion.

China Unicom, China Telecom setting up FDD LTE networks, say reports

ChinaDigi Times — China Unicom and China Telecom have been actively establishing FDD LTE networks in China since they obtained FDD LTE licenses in late February 2015, and aim to complete installing 500,000 and 460,000 base stations, respectively, by the end of 2015, according to China-based media reports.

Digitimes Research: AP suppliers adopting different strategies for 4G CA solutions, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — With the proportion of 4G devices in China’s smartphone shipments having already surpassed 90% in first-half 2015, application processor (AP) suppliers have taken different strategies for their carrier aggregation (CA) solutions for the 4G network, according to Digitimes Research.

Airtel launches pan-India 4G services

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Airtel has commercially launched its 4G high-speed data services in 296 towns across India. The telecom operator has been carrying out public test runs of the service in select towns with the first 4G network deployed in Kolkata in 2012. The service will be available to customers through 4G-enabled mobile phones, internet dongles and Wi-Fi routers.

New M1 plans make recontracting cheaper

SingaporeNetwork Asia — Following their Data Passport announcement, M1 launched new mobile plans for customers in Singapore who do not need a new mobile phone when they recontract. The company said that the rationale behind is was that Singapore consumers today have access to a wide selection of smartphone models at affordable prices even without contract. This has given consumers even more flexibility over the smartphone they want to use, and how often they wish to upgrade it.

Singtel upgrading 4G network to hit 337Mbps in Singapore

SingaporeZDNet — Singtel has said it is the first telco in Southeast Asia to offer a tri-band 4G network using LTE-900, with the upgrade promising to provide customers who own compatible mobile devices with improved 4G coverage, most notably underground and in indoor areas. “Demand for data is growing exponentially, and we are always looking for ways to improve the mobile experience for our customers. Our goal is to deliver the most reliable and seamless connectivity,” Singtel’s VP of mobile marketing Diana Chen said at the launch on Tuesday.

Seatel banks on its 4G services, from Cambodia

CambodiaPhnompenh Post — Entering Cambodia’s oversubscribed telco sector, new entrant and Chinese-owned Southeast Asia Telecommunications is placing its bets on a 100 per cent 4G network, as it looks to differentiate itself from the Kingdom’s already-established telecom providers. Southeast Asia Telecommunications, or Seatel, officially launched its operations yesterday in Phnom Penh, despite having entered the country last year.

Reliance to roll out 4G service in December

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: India’s diversified major Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) will roll out its ambitious 4G mobile-cum-broadband service Jio in December through 1,000 retail stores, a senior company official said. “We will start extensive beta testing of our telecom infrastructure, including network across the country in the ensuing weeks to commence operations in December,” RIL chief financial officer V. Srikanth told reporters here on Saturday.

Telecom firms positioning themselves early for 5G in China

China.gifWant China Times — Chinese telecom operators have begun planning for the arrival of the fifth-generation (5G) wireless telecommunication technology, which is expected to be commercially launched in 2020, Chinese web portal NetEase reported. Although China only began offering 4G services at the end of 2013, telecom companies are already planning for the introduction of 5G, the standards for which will be established in 2016, the web portal said.

Bharti Airtel starts 4G trial in four cities

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel rolled out fourth generation (4G) trials in four cities on Friday, a company statement said here.  The cities are Rourkela in Odisha and Manipal, Udupi and Tumkur in Karnataka. With these launches, the company now offers 4G in 44 cities in India. The company first launched its 4G services in Kolkata in April 2012.