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Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/22/2019 23:42
InterContinental Shenzhen, Shenzhen Telecom Engineering and Huawei have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to create the world's first 5G smart hotel. By introducing the hotel industry’s first end-to-end 5G network with integrated terminals and cloud applications, the project will enable InterContinental Shenzhen to provide guests with an innovative luxury experience and open the door for digital transformation of entire hotel industry through 5G technology. Shenzhen Telecom is deploying Huawei's 5G network equipment in the InterContinental Shenzhen to achieve...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/22/2019 23:42
Vietnamese operators MobiFone, VNPT and Viettel have all submitted proposals to participate in pilot mobile money services. Vietnam's prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed the telecommunications ministry and the State Bank of Vietnam to develop a project that will allow operators to pilot mobile money services not linked to customers' bank accounts, state-owned Vietnam News Agency reported. The three operators have submitted applications to launch mobile money services that will allow customers to transfer money using mobile phones, including Vietnam's unbanked...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/22/2019 23:42
Qatar-based Ooredoo Group has reported an 18% slump in full year profit for 2018, partly as a result of the ongoing impact of Indonesia's SIM registration regulations on earnings at subsidiary Indosat Ooredoo. The operator also blamed foreign exchange losses and declining revenues in Algeria for the decline in profit to 1.56 billion riyals ($428.5 million). Revenue meanwhile fell 8% to 29.92 billion riyals, largely as a result of the decline in revenue at Indosat Oreedoo from 8.1 billion riyals to 5.9 billion riyals. The introduction of the mandatory SIM...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/22/2019 22:41
China Mobile Hong Kong has relocated its 5G innovation center - known as the Hong Kong Open Lab - to Hong Kong Science Park. The relocation is aimed at accelerating the development of Hong Kong's 5G ecosystem and catering to the needs of local business partners. China Mobile first founded its 5G innovation center in Kwai Chung in 2016, and opened the center in March last year. The new Hong Kong open lab will provide a larger space to allow the company to develop a 5G network environment and larger co-working space for local partners to trial 5G network applications...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/18/2019 00:51
Analysys Mason forecasts that the total number of IoT connections (over both cellular and LPWA networks) could reach 5.4 billion in 2027. The number of traditional cellular IoT connections (that is, using 2G, 3G/4G and 5G networks) will grow to 1.7 billion by 2027 and the number of IoT connections using LPWA technology could reach as much as 3.6 billon (if LPWA technology meets our expectations). 5G will power 3% of all IoT connections (or 8% of those using traditional cellular networks), and the automotive sector will be the key vertical market. The number of lower-bandwidth connections...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/17/2019 23:50
HKBN has secured approval from the Communications Authority to complete its acquisition of WTT Holding after making new commitments to the regulator. HKBN and WTT revealed plans in August last year https://www.cw.com.hk/it-hk/hkbn-acquiring-wtt-holding-for-hk-10-5b to merger through an all stock deal valuing WTT at HK$10.5 billion. But the Communications Authority subsequently announced that it had identified a number of competition issues that could arise under the merger, and warned it may conduct a formal investigation into the merger. These issues included...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/17/2019 23:50
Intel has announced plans to exit the 5G smartphone modem business hours after Apple announced it was settling its legal battles with Qualcomm over modem patent licensing. Apple and Qualcomm announced they have reached an agreement whereby Apple will sign a six year patent licensing deal and agree to buy Qualcomm chipsets, in return for ceasing all litigation. Apple had ceased using Qualcomm chips for its smartphones and replaced them with Intel chipsets after accusing Qualcomm of using its patents to maintain a monopoly on the modem chip market, and Qualcomm countered by...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/17/2019 23:50
One year after US operators T-Mobile and Sprint finally finished the preliminaries and announced a merger, the proposed deal is under fire. Few ever thought the deal would get through regulators unscathed, but now we're finally getting to the details. According to the WSJ yesterday, the DOJ has told the two carriers that it is 'unlikely' to approve the deal as currently structured, or at least people at the DOJ involved in the approval did, as this doesn't appear to be a formal thing. The news adds to a growing list of regulatory objections from the states and from the FCC. ...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/17/2019 23:50
SK Telecom has revealed plans to launch a new AI voice activated digital assistant named NUGU Nemo. NUGU Nemo is an AI speaker with a 7-inch display that contains a range of free video and learning content for children. This includes Pinkfong from SmartStudy, which comes with a range of video and audio content as well as games aimed at helping kids learn Korean, English and mathematics. The device uses video recognition technology to protect children’s' eyesight by advising them to move back from the screen if they move within 15cm of it. For adults, the...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/16/2019 22:02
Japan's NTT Docomo has announced a new simplified mobile service fee structure that the operator says will reduce mobile charges by between 20% and 40%. The operator plans to completely separate handset and service fees and unify voice, SMS and data charges in response to criticism that its existing plans have been too complicated and hard to understand, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported. The new plans are divided into two categories - a "Gigalight" plan which will charge based on data consumed, and a flat rate "Gigaho" plan for heavy data users. Docomo also plans to...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/16/2019 22:02
ABI Research forecasts that Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices will exceed 1.6 billion annual shipments by 2023. Growth in segments like smart home, beacons and asset tracking, emerging IoT applications, alongside growth in existing key markets and the emergence of audio over BLE will enable the technology to achieve a CAGR of 27% between 2018 and 2023, tripling in size. Andrew Zignani, senior analyst at ABI Research, says the growth in BLE stems from continued technical enhancements that take advantage of opportunities arising from growing number of applications in various...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/16/2019 22:02
The latest CMR report, the Annual 4G LTE Devices India Market Review Report 2018, revealed that Indian consumers purchased 50% more 4G LTE devices in 2018 year-on-year, with shipments surpassing 200 million units. 4G devices include mobile phones, tablets and data cards. In 2018, 4G devices had a 64% market share. While 4G LTE enabled mobile device shipments crossed 60%, the 4G LTE tablets accounted for 44% of the total tablet shipments. 4G LTE contributed for 100% of the data cards shipped in calendar 2018. “4G is enabling Indians everywhere to raise above their social and...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/16/2019 22:02
Last Friday, Chinese investigators raided Ericsson’s offices in Beijing after receiving complaints about the licensing fees that Ericsson charges phone makers. Amid the background of increased global tension over Chinese vendors' 5G technology being banned by the US and other countries, officials from China's State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) are looking into Ericsson's patent licensing practices after receiving complaints, according to The Wall Street Journal. In an email to FierceTelecom, an Ericsson spokesman confirmed that the company was under...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/16/2019 22:02
Singapore is the top Smart Fiber City in Asia-Pacific, according to a new ranking released at the FTTH Council Asia Pacific Conference in Wuhan, China. The inaugural Smart Fiber Cities ranking list Singapore as the region's Champion, due to the city's 93% FTTH/B coverage, 100% 4G coverage and its over 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. For the regional rankings, FTTH Council Asia-Pacific evaluated cities with high FTTH/B coverage based on the innovative and useful solutions that have been developed to take advantage of this infrastructure. Cities were raked in two categories -...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/15/2019 21:34
As the first commercial deployments of 5G start to appear, the stage is set for consumers finally to find out what the powerful next-generation mobile standard promises can bring: an ambitious and far-reaching technological advance that transforms virtually all aspects of human activity—how we experience life, conduct business, create goods, and build societies. That’s the theory and the hope. For many in the industry 5G will set the stage for incredible change.
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/15/2019 21:34
ZTE, the Guangzhou branch of China Mobile and Ericsson have announced a joint demonstration of a VoLTE voice and video call between 5G and 4G smartphones. The successful call, completed at the end of March, utilized non-standalone 5G networks provided by different vendors, as well as China Mobile Guangzhou's existing 4G network. It used ZTE's 5G and 4G smartphones for the VoLTE voice and video call, as well as network equipment from the two vendors. Guangzhou is one of five 5G pilot cities for China Mobile, which is investing the most heavily in 5G among China's big...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/15/2019 21:34
Synergy Research Group (SRG) says a 30% spike in public cloud spending the data center hardware and software market grow to $150 billion in 2018. In addition, the requirement for ever-richer server configurations also drove up enterprise server average selling prices. Spending on enterprise data center infrastructure grew by 13% in part driven by the 23% growth in private cloud or cloud-enabled infrastructure, which helped to offset a marginal decline in traditional, non-cloud infrastructure. In terms of market share, ODMs in aggregate account for the largest portion of the...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/15/2019 21:33
The Vietnamese government has launched the first IoT Innovation Hub in the nation, in collaboration with Ericsson. The new center aims to provide a platform for IoT research and development, as well as commercial startups and IoT-related education, Vietnamnet reported. It will allow mobile operators, businesses, students, researchers and startups to develop and test IoT applications, and support the commercialization of IoT-based products. At an opening ceremony for the new Innovation hub, Vietnam's Ministry of Science and Technology signed collaboration agreements...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/15/2019 00:03
India's Department of Telecom (DoT) has conditionally approved Bharti Airtel's planned acquisition of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) on the condition that the operator provide a bank guarantee of around 85 billion rupees ($1.23 billion). Bharti Airtel received conditional approval for the merger last week, the Hindu Business Line reported, citing unnamed sources. The approval of the DoT was stipulated as a requirement for the merger by the National Company Law Tribunal in January. But according to the report, Airtel may approach the Telecom Disputes Settlement and...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 04/15/2019 00:03
Axiata Group has confirmed it has been ordered to pay tax on the transaction to acquire an 80% stake in its Nepali subsidiary Ncell. The Supreme Court of Nepal has issued a written order for Ncell and Axiata Investments UK to pay tax in relation to the indirect transfer of the 80% stake in Ncell, Axiata Group confirmed in a stock exchange filing. The transaction involved the sale of Reynolds Holdings, the holding company for the stake in Ncell, from the previous foreign owner of the operator, TeliaSonera. As per the court order, Nepal's Large Taxpayers Office has...

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