Myanmmar gets its first high-speed 4G service

MyanmarMIS Asia — Residents and visitors to Myanmar are now able to access the internet at 4G speeds, thanks to Nokia and telecommunications company Ooredoo Myanmar. Communications and information technology company Nokia has upgraded Ooredoo Myanmar’s existing 3G network using the Nokia Single RAN and Packet Core platforms. This initial 4G roll-out was completed under three months.

China Telecom reports strong growth in profit, 4G subs

VietnamMobile World Live — China Telecom, the country’s third largest mobile player, reported strong increases in profit and revenue for the first half of the year, as its 4G penetration hit 44 per cent. Its net profit for the period expanded 6.3 per cent to CNY11.7 billion ($1.76 billion), while EBITDA was down very slightly (0.4 per cent) to CNY50.6 billion.

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/China has made an incredibly quick switch from 3G to 4G

ChinaTech in Asia — Two-and-a-half years after China’s 4G mobile networks first switched on, the nation now has 562 million 4G subscribers across its three main telcos. That’s out of a total of 1.3 billion mobile SIM subscribers, according to the latest data from the three carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. The number is so high as some individuals have more than one number.

Reliance Communications set to launch 4G services across India in phases

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Reliance Communications (RCom) is set to launch 4G services on its own across India in phases, starting mid-August from the key circles of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and will gradually leverage its sharing agreement with Reliance Jio Infocomm as clearances come through.

Singapore introduces new 4G Quality of Service standards

SingaporeThe Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)  recently introduced a new 4G Quality of Service (QoS) standards  to ensure mobile phone users experience an acceptable level of service quality in Singapore. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)  providing 4G services are expected to comply with the new standards.

Asia Briefs: China’s 4G subs top 500M mark, Jas Mobile fined $5.6M for forfeiting licence

ChinaMobile World Live — China’s three operators now have more than two million 4G base stations, with 4G subscribers topping 500 million, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. 4G users account for nearly 40 per cent of the country’s 1.3 billion connections.

Asia Briefs: China’s 4G subs top 500M mark, Jas Mobile fined $5.6M for forfeiting licence

Affordable LTE chips to make IoT real by 2018: Altair co-founder

KoreaZDNet — The trend of a wide availability of cost-effective LTE modem chips and mobile carriers’ moves to change their business model to offer low-cost bandwidth will allow the public to truly feel the advent of Interent of Things (IoT) by 2018, according to Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of worldwide sales and marketing of Israeli firm Altair Semiconductor, which specializes in LTE solutions for IoT.

Ooredoo Myanmar to launch 4G this month

MyanmarTelecom Asia — Ooredoo Myanmar has revealed plans to launch 4G services in two cities this month, becoming the first operator to introduce 4G into the market. Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Rene Meza told the Myanmar Times that the operator plans to introduce 4G in Yangon and Mandalay first.

Malaysia in 4G mode while others mull 5G: Ericsson

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — THERE is no escape – with the perfect storm of 5G (Fifth Generation), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud, digital disruption is coming to every industry in Malaysia. Yet the country is still caught up in 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) mode, lamented Todd Ashton, head of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Huawei introduces LTE-M offering for railways

ChinaTelecom Asia — The Guangzhou and Shenzhen sections of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link have implemented Huawei’s Railway Operational Communication Solution a few years ago. The system is ready for implementation by the Hong Kong section of the express rail link, if and when needed, said Yuan Xilin, president of Transport Sector of Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies.

Viettel launches 4G service for Apple iPhones

VietnamVietnam Net — Viettel said last week that it had become the first mobile carrier in Vietnam to be allowed by Apple to provide 4G service for iPhone 5 smartphones, iPad 4 tablets and other products of Apple. Earlier, 4G LTE could not be used for Apple products in the trial period of the service in the southern province but be available for devices running on the Android operating system.

Malaysia’s LTE speeds close in on global average

MalaysiaTelecom Asia — Malaysia’s LTE operators are locked in a close battle for LTE dominance, with no one provider emerging as the 4G speed king, according to research from OpenSignal. An analysis of LTE performance from Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile from the wireless coverage mapping company finds that Malaysia’s 4G networks have come close to matching the global average speed of 13.5Mbps.

Reliance Jio’s 4G launch may be pushed to December

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Reliance Jio Infocomm’s commercial launch of 4G services could be further pushed to December, in which case the telecom arm of Reliance Industries may find it difficult to aggressively poach high-end consumers from incumbents Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular unless it brings down prices, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch has said.

China Mobile branches said to switch off 3G BTSs

ChinaTelecom Asia— Several of China Mobile’s regional branches have reportedly started switching off 3G-only base stations due to the unpopularity of the homegrown TD-SCDMA standard and the operator’s focus on 3G. Branches in multiple provinces have started closing base stations that only support the TD-SCDMA standard, Caixin Online reported,citing sources including an unnamed person who provides operation and maintenance services for the operator.

Vodafone trails Airtel in 4G speed on lack of waves

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Vodafone India’s 4G data speed is much lower than market leader Bharti Airtel’s due to its paucity of 4G airwaves, which could pose challenges for the company in differentiating in terms of overall user experience, US brokerage Citi Research said.

Huawei trials multi-giga backhauling tech

China.gifTelecom Asia — Huawei and Greek mobile incumbent Cosmote have completed a successful field trial of a new wireless backhaul technology combining E-Band and traditional microwave frequency. The companies tested Huawei’s Super Dual Band microwave transmission technology, which bonds spectrum in the 6-GHz to 42-GHz bands together with the high-frequency E-band (71-GHz to 86-GHz) via special link aggregation technologies.

Huawei demos live 4K broadcasting at record distance

China.gifTelecom Asia — At the Mobile World Congress 2016, Huawei demonstrated live 4K broadcasting over a record distance in the industry and also unveiled the 4K Video Network solution to build a network with a User, Unified, Ubiquitous-Mean Opinion Score for Video (U-vMOS) of as high as 4. A network with a U-vMOS score of 4 or higher will bring differentiated business competitive strength for carriers.

China Unicom procures 469,000 4G base stations, say reports

ChinaDigi Times — Telecom carrier China United Network Communications (China Unicom) has procured equipment for setting up 469,000 4G base stations, with Huawei Technologies and ZTE together winning over 80% of the procurement volume, Ericsson about 11%, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell together about 7%, according to China-based media reports.

4G, mobile payments game changer for financial inclusion: Economic Survey

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Enhanced mobile payments technology along with 4G introduction will prove to be a game changer, facilitating the implementation of government’s social sector schemes in a faster and more secure manner, says the Economic Survey. Besides, connectivity through optical fibre network will also help transform the delivery of these programmes and boost the telecom sector growth.

Ericsson wins deals with Telenor Asia, XL Axiata

APACTelecom Asia — Ericsson has secured a five-year contract with Telenor Group to deploy LTE networks in Thailand, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide equipment for LTE rollouts by Thailand’s Dtac, Bangladesh’s Grameenphone and Telenor Myanmar. The contract also covers the transformation of Telenor’s 2G and 3G networks in the markets, to help improve network capacity and enhance the mobile broadband experience.

Telstra to deliver 1 Gbps mobile speeds this year

AustraliaIT News — Telstra is upgrading its mobile network to support the LTE category 16 standard and offer a boost in peak speeds on its 4GX network to 1 Gbps in the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane CBDs later this year. The upgrade will coincide with the launch of the first hotspot capable of accessing the higher speeds, a 1 Gbps Netgear mobile broadband device. The network upgrade will mean theoretical peak download speeds of 1000Mbps and peak upload speeds of 150Mbps.

Telstra preps LTE network for the internet of things

AustraliaTelstra has turned on support for the low-speed category one LTE standard on its 4G network, to be used for communications between ‘internet of things’ (IoT) connected devices. In a blog post last week, Telstra’s group managing director of networks, Mike Wright, said the telco will partner with its main vendor Ericsson and device makers to trial Cat-1 LTE.

SingTel close to city-wide 3CC LTE-A coverage

SingaporeTelecom Asia — SingTel and Ericsson have announced they expect to achieve Singapore-wide deployment of a 900-MHz LTE network by the end of March. The network will allow SingTel to offer customers deeper indoor 4G coverage across the city. The upgrade will allow the operator to offer nationwide three-carrier aggregation with download speeds of over 300Mbps. SingTel is currently the only operator in Singapore to operate a tri-band LTE network on the 900-MHz, 1800-MHz and 2600-MHz bands.

Singtel and Ericsson trialling narrowband networks for IoT

SingaporeZDNet — Singtel and Ericsson have announced their collaboration on enabling Singtel’s 4G network for the Internet of Things (IoT), including a trial of narrowband IoT technology during the latter half of 2016. Instead of using cellular networks for the IoT, narrowband low-power, long-range, wide-area networks that use available, unlicensed radio spectrum could allow for extended coverage and less complex devices with higher battery life, meaning more connected devices overall.

Huawei expects 60 4.5G deployments this year

ChinaTelecom Asia — There will be 60 commercial deployments of 4.5G technology in 2016, marking the site of a “golden five-year period” for the standard, Huawei’s president of products and solutions Ryan Ding has predicted. At a pre-MWC media briefing, Ding said the 4.5G standard has a vital role to play as a stopgap technology for 5G. He said the technology is becoming increasingly mature and standardized.

LTE shows it can slim down like the cool kids for IoT

APACMIS Asia — LTE is the champion for smartphone service, but in the Internet of Things, it’s just starting to become a challenger. On Tuesday, Sequans Communications announced what it called the first chip for LTE Category M, a variant of the global mobile standard that is tuned for low-power IoT gear like utility meters, factory sensors and wearables. The chip, called Monarch, will be ready to go into devices when Category M networks go live late this year or in early 2017, the company said.

Idea Cellular to launch 4G services in Maharashtra, Goa, North East

IndiaTimes of India — CHENNAI: Idea Cellular will launch its 4G service in Maharashtra, Goa and North East by next month, a top official said. The company has launched the service in 29 towns across 20 districts in eight telecom circles operating in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana and Odisha, Idea Cellular Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Rajat Mukarji said.

Airtel launches 4G services in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s top telecom operator Airtel has launched its 4G services in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Available at a price of 3G, subscribers can enjoy Airtel 4G with immediate sim swap and home delivery of sim cards, the Airtel said in a statement.

5 reasons why 4G is not able to excite mobile users in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Given the present 2G and 3G mobile Internet speeds in India, it could be safe to assume that most users were just waiting for 4G to happen. After all, 4G by definition is fast. Or, it should be. Of course, it is too early to comment on the state of 4G connectivity in India. However, it is clearly visible that telcos are more excited about 4G than consumers, despite the promise of more speed at the same price of 3G.

Vodafone launches 4G services in Delhi-NCR

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Country’s second-largest telecom operator Vodafone India has announced the rollout of 4G services in national capital Delhi. Vodafone’s 4G services will be available in Delhi and NCR, starting with Gurgaon. The company said that 4G services will be rolled out in a phased manner across the city within few months.