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Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/14/2019 23:18
Reliance Jio, an Indian mobile provider owned by Reliance Industries, is the sixth largest wireless operator in the world with about 280 million subscriptions. That's an amazing feat considering it only started offering wireless services in late 2016. If the record books have an entry for the speed of gaining wireless subscribers, Jio would be at the top. Jio offers incredible deals on its LTE service, and subsidizes some handsets to get more 4G phones into the hands of more people. With 250 million smartphone users, Jio has helped many previously disconnected customers to begin...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/14/2019 23:18
Singtel has reported a 14% slump in net profit for the December quarter, largely as a result of the financial pressures faced by Indian mobile associate Bharti Airtel. Singtel reported a Q3 group net profit of S$823 million for the quarter. Operating revenue grew 1%, or 4% in constant currency terms, to S$4.63 billion. But intense competition in India, higher depreciation and amortization costs from regional associates and lower NBN migration revenue in Australia all impacted the group's bottom line during the quarter. Domestic consumer revenue fell 6% for the...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/14/2019 22:17
Telstra appoints former KPN CEO to the board. Dutch telecoms veteran Eelco Blok (pictured) will join Telstra board as a non-executive director, effective February 15, 2019, the Australian telco announced. Blok, who will also be a member of the nomination committee, will stand for election at Telstra’s annual general meeting later in the year. Blok has almost 35 years’ telecommunications experience at Dutch-based landline and mobile telecommunications company, KPN, where he was CEO for seven years until April last year. He started his career in a finance role...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/14/2019 22:17
The Asia Pacific, excluding Japan (APEJ), region IoT market is expected to grow to $381.8 billion by 2022, predicts IDC. According to the latest IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, the APEJ region will be the leader in worldwide IoT spending with the region accounting for 36.9% of the total worldwide IoT global expenditure in 2019, followed by US and Western Europe. In 2018, China spent $159.1 billion, making it the top spender in the region.
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/14/2019 22:17
According to Synergy Research Group cloud spending grew 48% in 2018, beating the growth achieved in 2017. Amazon continues to dwarf the competition with its share equal to the combined shares of the next four competitors. Still it was a good year for Microsoft, Google and Alibaba – who all saw growth in 2018. But not everyone is a winner. Small-to-medium sized cloud operators collectively lost five percentage points of market share in 2018. Many of those smaller players are still growing revenues but find themselves unable to keep pace with the market leaders. ...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/14/2019 22:17
The Philippines' Globe Telecom will press ahead with plans to launch 5G services powered by Huawei next quarter, despite pressure from the US government to avoid the use of Huawei equipment in 5G rollouts. Globe plans to launch initial 5G services late in the second quarter, the Nikkei Asian Review reported, citing comments from the company's CEO Ernest Cu. According to the report, Globe has determined that Huawei's 5G technology is more than a year ahead of its competitors, and the operator plans to use this advanced state to its advantage. Globe is also in talks...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/13/2019 21:47
The Port of Marseille-Fos, France's main trade seaport, has announced a new project based around the innovative concept of the maritime data hub. The port plans to construct new subsea cable landing infrastructure that will provide a plug-and-play interface for subsea cables passing through the Marseilles area. The project is aimed at transform the port into a global digital gateway and interconnection hub offering reliable landing infrastructure for subsea cables. Marseilles authorities will support the project by setting up a one-stop-shop system for permittng...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/13/2019 21:47
Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten has selected Nokia as a key partner for its planned nationwide mobile network. Under the agreement, Nokia will provide Rakuten Mobile Network with full turnkey network planning, deployment, integration and management services for the cloud-native mobile network. The network will use Nokia Cloud RAN, cloud-native core and AirScale remote radio head technologies, as well as integration into Rakuten's edge cloud network. Nokia and Rakuten will also work together to develop core functions to maximize automation, AI and machine...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/13/2019 21:47
IDC predicts that by 2022 homes will have an average of 1.3 billion connected devices. Fixed network and cable network operators have long been capitalizing on this offering wired and wireless connectivity solutions for homes. In more recent years operators have moved towards a multiple Wi-Fi Access Point (Multi-AP) strategy to tackle the home coverage problem, address congestion, and provide optimal service uniformly around the house. The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) says there is a need to provide a uniform approach towards home connectivity as in-home Wi-Fi networks...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/13/2019 21:47
Of the four global leaders in the 5G, including China, South Korea and Japan, it is the US that is leading at the moment, according to ABI Research. The researcher attributes this lead due to a number of conditions including market size, the financial health of mobile service providers (MSPs) or operators, and the forward-looking moves of the US regulator – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). "The United States has a stronghold because its carriers have an enhanced fiscal position - they will spend approximately $40 billion on network infrastructure alone during...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/13/2019 21:47
Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 375.4 million units during the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q18), down 4.9% year over year and the fifth consecutive quarter of decline. The challenging holiday quarter closes out the worst year ever for smartphone shipments with global smartphone volumes declining 4.1% in 2018 with a total of 1.4 billion units shipped for the full year. With challenging market conditions continuing into the first quarter of 2019, the likelihood of a declining market this year becomes more of a reality. "Globally the smartphone market is a mess right now,"...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/12/2019 23:19
The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is continuing its campaign against the use of illicit streaming devices in the region, this time turning its attention to Malaysia. AVIA has published the results of research indicating that 25% of Malaysian consumers use a TV box that can be used to stream pirated television and video content. These illicit streaming devices (ISDs) often come pre-loaded with pirated applications that provide free or low-cost access to pirated content from around the world. More than half of consumers who own an ISD say they purchased their...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/12/2019 23:19
Nokia has announced the launch of off-the-shelf IoT packages designed to help operators expand in vertical IoT markets with new service offerings. The four new packages have been built on the Nokia Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) platform, and have been designed to help simplify the set-up and operation of enterprise IoT services while reducing time to market. The four new solutions include Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service, which involves using sensors to capture environmental, soil and crop data an analyzing the output to provide insights to help farmers manage crops more...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/12/2019 23:19
Google unveiled a new type of encryption called Adiantum to make sure all Android devices are secure, including older devices. Android offers storage encryption using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). And most new Android devices provide AES via Arm’s version 8 processor cryptography extensions. However, Android runs on a wide range of devices. This includes not just the latest flagship and mid-range phones but also entry-level Android Go phones sold primarily in developing countries, along with smart watches and TVs. In order to offer low-cost options, device...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/12/2019 02:11
To produce goods and deliver services in the physical world, special communications are needed. These communications often necessitate low latency, high reliability, and high communication service availability. The upcoming 5G systems are targeted to extend mobile communication services beyond mobile telephony and broadband into new vertical domains with special communication services to provide automation for various use cases and services. Communications for automation in vertical domains come with demanding and diverse requirements with respect to latency, data rates,...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/11/2019 23:04
Hong Kong's Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has published a spectrum release plan for the next three years, including spectrum in key 5G bands. OFCA has confirmed it is planning to assign spectrum across four frequency ranges in 2019, including 200 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5-GHz band – a frequency band expected to be widely used in 5G networks worldwide - for the provision of mobile services from April 2020. The regulator also plans to allocate 4,000MHz of spectrum in the 24-GHz to 28-GHz bands for use in fixed wireless services, 100MHz of spectrum in the 3.3-...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/11/2019 23:04
A member of the Philippines' House of Representatives has revealed that he expects the market's two incumbent mobile operators – PLDT and Globe Telecom – to sell off their telecoms towers in support of the common tower provider policy. Makati City district representative and deputy minority leader Luis Campos Jr has indicated that the government believes PLDT and Globe are likely to eventually sell their combined 16,000 towers to any or all of the companies involved in the shared tower initiative, the Manila Bulletin reported. In a statement, Campos said PLDT and Globe will...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/11/2019 23:04
Ericsson and Intel have announced a multi-year collaboration to develop software defined infrastructure (SDI) for the 5G era. The two companies plan to develop a next-generation infrastructure management platform combining the capabilities of the Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel Rack Scale Design technology. With the platform, the companies plan to extend the agility of the cloud to the hardware infrastructure layer, providing the transparency and efficiency required for 5G, network functions virtualization and distributed cloud capabilities. Under the...
Telecom Asia (Asia) 02/11/2019 23:04
Indonesia's Telkomsel has strengthened its threat protection capabilities by adopting the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform. The operator has initially deployed the security suite on its business-critical billing platform, to support its 168 million subscribers. The security platform includes a next-generation firewall, cloud-delivered threat intelligence services and endpoint protection capabilities. Telkomsel will be able to use the platform to gain additional control of network traffic by setting comprehensive security rules. The operator...

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