Singapore leads SEA in smartphone, MBB adoption

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Singapore continues to lead Southeast Asia in both smartphone and mobile broadband subscriptions population penetration, Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report shows. Smartphone penetration in Singapore has exceeded 100% and mobile broadband subscriptions have passed 140%, the report shows, ahead of the Southeast Asian average penetration levels of around 40% and around 60% respectively.

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).

Australia Telstra unveils new mobile advances in Barcelona

AustraliaChina Daily — Australia’s leading telecommunications service firm Telstra announced a series of mobile advances at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, paving the way for the launch of a 5G trial service on the Telstra mobile network at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, in partnership with Sweden’s Ericsson. The new technology signifies a breakthrough in mobile speeds and features, and isin line with the firm’s ambition to use the 2018 Commonwealth Games “as a testbed to create one of the world’s most advanced technology-enabled sporting eventsof the decade”, said Mike Wright, Telstra’s Group Managing Director Networks.

Ericsson working with AWS to make carriers more agile

AustraliaMIS Asia — Ericsson and Amazon Web Services are partnering to help service providers use the AWS cloud to quickly roll out and expand services in areas like the Internet of Things. The partnership, announced Monday at Mobile World Congress, is part of Ericsson’s efforts to help carriers evolve from traditional data-center infrastructure to Web-scale technologies. Like enterprises, fixed and mobile operators want to become more agile so they can meet growing and changing demands from users.

Ericsson India partners with Idea for 4G roll out

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Idea Cellular announced an agreement with Swedish communication technology multinational Ericsson to deploy 4G network across select Indian telecom circles which serve over 40 million subscribers.The agreement includes the transformation of Idea Cellular’s existing mobile radio access and core network infrastructure across nine circles for 2G and five circles for 3G

Ericsson said to win 3G deal with Vodafone India

IndiaTelecom Asia — Ericsson has reportedly won a multi-million contract to upgrade Vodafone India’s 2G network and roll out 3G in five of India’s 22 telecom circles, taking over from Nokia as the equipment vendor in the areas. A source close to the deal told the Economic Times that Ericsson is swapping Nokia equipment installed in the Vodafone networks across 10 states.

Emerson Network Power identifies five data center trends for 2016

APACNetworks Asia — Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, today released five data center trends to watch for in 2016. “Data center technologies are emerging and evolving at an astounding pace. Our customers in Asia are investing in upgrading their legacy infrastructure while driving innovation to deliver more value added services,” said Anand Sanghi, president, Emerson Network Power in Asia.

Ericsson partners LG Uplus to develop 5G and IoT technologies

KoreaMIS Asia — Ericsson and LG Uplus have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. According to a media statement, this five-year agreement will cover four key areas: IoT infrastructure, including narrow-band LTE; software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) to make the core network 5G ready; global content delivery networks (CDNs); and IoT-advanced technologies.

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.

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.

Emerson Network Power strengthens APAC business

Wesley Lim has been promoted to director of DCIM business in Asia and Kenny Khow named director of the newly-created DCIM professional services team in Asia. Lim continues to be based in Singapore and to report to Gene Hayden, vice president and general manager for sales and marketing, Emerson Network Power in Asia Pacific. Lim now heads up the full spectrum of DCIM business including sales development, pre-sales support and professional services across the Asia market, including Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia, North Asia, and Pakistan.