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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Reliance-Communications-set-to-launch-4G-services-across-India-in-phases/articleshow/52685199.cms

Philippine telcos start rollout of cell sites using the 700 MHz spectrum

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ two leading telecommunications companies – Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecom – fired up the country’s first cell sites utilizing the 700 megahertz (MHz) spectrum over the weekend.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/philippine-telcos-start-rollout-cell-sites-using-700-mhz-spectrum-858260516

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.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/singapore-introduces-new-4g-quality-service-standards-275450773

Taiwan market: LG launches G5 Speed smartphone

TaiwanDigi Times — LG Electronics has launched its LG G5 Speed smartphone in the Taiwan market in cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), priced at NT$23,900 (US$740) unlocked. The LG G5 Speed, which is almost identical to the LG G5, supports 4G LTE 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz using 3-carrier aggregation (3CA) technology, according to LG Taiwan.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160607PD201.html

India has really poor implementation of 3G Internet: petition

IndiaDeccan Chronicle — Mumbai: Lashing out at Indian telcos, a petition has been filed on an online portal, asking telecom regulator TRAI and the Telecom Ministry to employ an improved regulatory framework to guarantee uninterrupted mobile connectivity. A petition filed by the Logical Indian on Change.org suggested that most Indian telcos ‘advertise’ high-speed connections of 21 to 100 Mbps but barely deliver 2 Mbps.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/technology/in-other-news/090616/india-has-really-poor-implementation-of-3g-internet-petition.html

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

Intel to cooperate with Foxconn on 5G technology, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Intel, on May 31 at Computex Taipei 2016, announced an agreement with Foxconn Electronics to collaborate on developing network infrastructure technologies to make it easier for mobile telecom carriers and their solution providers to upgrade their networks and start preparation for 5G mobile communications.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160601PD205.html

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.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/cost-effective-lte-chips-will-make-iot-a-reality-by-2018-altair-co-founder/

Airtel completes acquisition of Videocon’s spectrum in six circles

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has said that it has completed the Rs 4,428 crore deal with Videocon Telecommunications Ltd (VTL) to acquire the latter’s spectrum in six circles. In March, Bharti Airtel and VTL had entered into a definitive agreement, wherein, Airtel proposed to acquire the rights to use 2X5MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band allotted to VTL for an aggregate consideration of Rs 4,428 crore.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Airtel-completes-acquisition-of-Videocons-spectrum-in-six-circles/articleshow/52430649.cms

Asia Mobile Operators and MVNOs

APACPRNewswire — NEW YORK: Across Asia a total of around 3.8 billion mobile subscribers were being served by a large number of mobile operators heading into 2016. The operators are continuing to drive the market, expanding it by between 5% and 10% annually at the moment. Whilst the overall growth rate in the region has moderated the sheer numbers are impressive. This market report presents a wide-ranging review, providing details on around almost 200 of the mobile operators to be found in Asia in 2015.

http://news.sys-con.com/node/3820648

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.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/ooredoo-myanmar-launch-4g-month

Bharti Airtel to sell 950 towers in Congo to Helios

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel Africa on Thursday said it will sell 950 mobile towers in Congo to telecom infrastructure company Helios Towers Africa (HTA) but did not disclose the deal size.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Bharti-Airtel-to-sell-950-towers-in-Congo-to-Helios/articleshow/52138250.cms

Call drops: Telecom companies under heavy debt?

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom companies today told the Supreme Court that entire sector is under huge debt and they have to pay big price for spectrum, therefore zero tolerance on call drops should not be imposed on them. Refuting the allegations of Trai that the telecom service providers are making huge gains in the sector, the companies told the apex court that they have been investing hugely on the infrastructure.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Call-drops-Telecom-companies-under-heavy-debt/articleshow/52096242.cms

Telstra opens its 4G network to MVNOs

AustraliaIT News — Telstra has begun wholesaling 4G mobile services to its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners, but speeds will be capped below those available to the carrier’s retail customers. The launch will see a number of retail service providers including AldiMobile, Woolworths, Telechoice and Better Life progressively enable 4G on customers’ existing 3G accounts from today.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/telstra-opens-its-4g-network-to-mvnos-418754

Airtel no longer has a premium over Idea: Himanshu Kapania, MD, Idea Cellular

IndiaTimes of India — Bharti Airtel’s pricing is now at par with that ofIdea Cellular, given that the Aditya Birla Grouptelecom operator is curbing promotional activities in voice, saidHimanshu Kapania, managing director, Idea Cellular. The company has consolidated its 9,700 telecom towers under a single subsidiary to increase operational efficiency, he told ET’s Deepali Gupta in an interview.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Airtel-no-longer-has-a-premium-over-Idea-Himanshu-Kapania-MD-Idea-Cellular/articleshow/52041695.cms

Ericsson calls for more bandwidth, from Thailand

ThailandBangkok Post — Policymakers are being urged to allocate more spectrum for mobile to meet rising bandwidth demand and support development of new wireless services in the data-driven digital economy. “The unused 2600- and 2300-megahertz spectra should be reallocated for wireless broadband service to serve skyrocketing mobile data traffic growth,” said Bunyati Kirdniyom, head of regulatory affairs at Ericsson (Thailand).

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/956321/ericsson-calls-for-more-bandwidth

Mobile operators comply with one in four data requests

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Though Myanmar’s telecoms industry and accompanying legislation has rapidly developed in the past few years, a detailed framework for how authorities can ask for confidential user information has not yet been settled on, according to Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg. Telenor and Ooredoo are currently following an interim arrangement that allows them to review requests and even refuse to comply.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/19721-mobile-operators-comply-with-one-in-four-data-requests.html

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.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobility/malaysia-trapped-4g-mode-while-world-preps-5g-ericsson-0

Myanmar mobile leaps along

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Much talk in the telecoms market has been dedicated to the digital leapfrog: the almighty hop from legacy technology to a mobile-first future. Myanmar’s operators – state-owned incumbent Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), Ooredoo and Telenor – have seen subscriber figures jump by millions over the past few years; and though coverage rates have climbed higher than ever before, they’re not stopping now.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/19801-myanmar-mobile-leaps-along.html

Huawei, StarHub complete 1Gbps LTE-A trial

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Huawei and StarHub have completed a live demonstration of the world’s fastest 1Gbps indoor coverage network at the Pan Pacific Singapore. The trial combined StarHub’s 55MHz of frequency spectrum across the 1800-MHz, 2100-MHz and 2600-MHz bands to deliver gigabit-bandwidth.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/huawei-starhub-complete-1gbps-lte-trial

Nokia, Turk Telekom to develop 5G, IoT technologies

APACRCR Wireless — Finnish vendor Nokia and Turkish mobile telephony operator Türk Telekom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate the development of 5G radio access network technology. Under the terms of the MoU, both firms will work together on testing 5G and Internet of Things technologies for tracking, metering, smart cities, smart home and latency-sensitive applications.

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160418/europe/nokia-turk-telekom-develop-5g-technologies-tag23

Pakistan to hold 850-MHz auction before 1800-MHz

PakistanTelecom Asia — The Pakistani government has decided to hold an auction for 850-MHz spectrum before a separate auction for the 1800-MHz band. Durung a high-level meeting chaired by finance minister Ishaq Dar, the government reviewed spectrum demand and a market assessment report prepared by international consultants, The Nation reported.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/pakistan-hold-850-mhz-auction-1800-mhz

Viettel to roll out 3G-only network in Myanmar

MyanmarTelecom Asia — Vietnamese military-run operator Viettel has provided details of its plans for entering the Myanmar mobile market, including a goal of connecting 95% of the country’s population within three years. Viettel was recently selected as the international partner for a consortium of 11 local technology and other companies selected to become Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/viettel-roll-out-3g-only-network-myanmar

XL Axiata sells 2,500 towers to reduce debt

IndonesiaDigital News Asia — IN a widely anticipated move to further pare its debts, Indonesian telco PT XL Axiata has signed an agreement with PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo) to sell 2,500 of its 6,500 towers. The purchase price of Rp3.5 trillion (US$266.5 million) works out to Rp1.4 billion (US$106,000) per tower. The all-cash transaction will be completed by June 30.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/xl-axiata-sells-2500-towers-reduce-debt-0

Taiwan market: Taiwan Star Cellular starts 4G operation on 2,600MHz band

TaiwanDigi Times — Taiwan Star Cellular has started operating its 4G network on a 2,600MHz frequency band with bandwidth of 40MHz in the Taiwan market, the third 4G operator to do so. Taiwan Star Cellular originally operated 4G on a 900MHz frequency band with bandwidth of 20MHz, and acquired the (2,500-2,520MHz for upload and 2,620-2,640 for download band at NT$6.615 million (US$200.5 million) on December 7, 2015.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160414PD211.html

Worldwide 5G service revenues to reach US$247 billion in 2025, says ABI Research

APACDigi Times— ABI Research projects that mobile broadband operators will reap 5G revenues of US$247 billion in 2025 with North America, Asia-Pacific, and Western Europe being the top markets. Specifically, network operators, vendors, and standards bodies will finalize technical details concerning the millimeter wave by 2020, with rollout ramping up afterward.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160413PR200.html

Huawei emphasises importance of 4.5G, gigabit-speed broadband for IoT

ChinaZDNet — In response to the increasing influx of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices, Chinese technology giant Huawei will leverage multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) to boost mobile coverage to “4.5G” prior to the introduction of 5G, in addition to attaining gigabit-speed fixed broadband through DOCSIS 3.1 and 10 GPON.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/huawei-emphasises-importance-of-4-5g-gigabit-speed-broadband-for-iot/

SK Telecom completes field trial for its 5G system

KoreaZDNet — SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest mobile carrier, and Samsung successfully tested a 5G system using 28 GHz millimeter wave technologies last Thursday, bringing the country a step closer to launching super-fast data for a host of new tech, such as VR, holograms, IoT, and driverless cars.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/sk-telecom-completes-field-trial-for-its-5g-system/

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.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/huawei-introduces-lte-m-offering-railways

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.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/154224/viettel-launches-4g-service-for-apple-iphones.html