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.
Optus will use its new 700MHz and 2600MHz spectrum to bring 4G services to up to 200 new locations around the country over the next six months. Optus, along with Telstra, was granted an early access license to the 700MHz spectrum it won in the 2013 federal digital dividend auction in late July, ahead of the spectrum’s official launch in January next year. The telco has also been testing 4G services on 2600MHz spectrum – similarly secured in the digital dividend auction – since January this year.
Bolt, Indonesia’s only 4G mobile internet service, has been a ray of light for Indonesia’s techies since it launched 10 months ago. But the way the company is treating its users lately, it’s likely a backlash is coming. Operating in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi areas, Bolt currently serves over 750,000 users in Indonesia – many of whom will notice big changes in the next billing cycle. The company has very stealthily increased prices and slashed data plans, without making any formal announcements on its website or social media accounts.
After visiting China’s smartphone industry in August and September, Digitimes Research found that demand for 4G smartphones in China did not rise as expected and most vendors’ domestic shipments did not achieve any growth. Digitimes Research estimates that even if China’s top-three telecom carriers strengthen their promotions for the fourth quarter, vendors that focus mainly on domestic shipments such as CoolPad, Lenovo and Xiaomi, are still unlikely to achieve their shipment targets for 2014.
TAIPEI — Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. has the most 4G subscribers in Taiwan with a 40 percent market share, the company said Monday, citing figures from the country’s communications regulator. The latest figures of the National Communications Commission (NCC) showed that as of the end of August, Far EasTone had 250,000 4G users, more than its two bigger telecom rivals, Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile, the company said.
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.