Singapore telco StarHub has upped its 4G speed to 1Gbps — giving users faster access at various parts of the island.
Bangladesh mobile operators began offering 4G services last month, albeit in limited areas, after gaining the necessary licences.
China Telecom Beijing Research Institute and ZTE have inked a strategic agreement to develop cutting edge technologies including SDN/NFV, 4G+/5G and IoT related.
They will work closely and share resources to develop better network technologies that will support China Telecom’s network construction and service reconstruction. The collaboration will also benefit the industry by bringing more advanced, cutting-edge technologies and innovations to market.
“As we enter the artificial intelligence era, operators are expected to provide a full range of network solutions. Through this partnership, we will be able to significantly advance SDN/NFV, 4G+/5G, cloud computing and big data technologies in the coming years. I believe the new technologies will become a reality through pilot deployments”, said Zhang Chengliang, Vice President of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute.
Smartphone sale is rising in India with 28.3 million shipped in Q3, according to IDC. That’s a 21.4 percent increase from 23.3 million units for the same period last year.
In Q3, 4G enabled devices have witnessed almost a three-fold increase in unit shipment over the previous quarter.
“The growth in the smartphone market was helped by rising demand for affordable 4G smartphones,” said Karthik J, Senior Market Analyst, Client Devices, IDC.
ZTE has opened a new research and development (R&D) center in Tokyo to focus on the development of 5G and other next-generation network technologies.
The new R&D centre will support ZTE’s partnerships with operators and academic institutions in Japan on the deployment of ZTE’s proprietary pre-5G technology and ongoing research on 4G and 5G mobile communications. This is ZTE’s 20th R&D centre in Asia, North America and Europe.
In July, ZTE signed a memorandum of understanding with SoftBank Corp to collaborate on R&D on pre-5G mobile communications networks technology. Under the MOU, ZTE and SoftBank agreed to cooperate on R&D, evaluation and verification of mobile communications solutions based on ZTE’s pre-5G technology, including massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output).
LTE is growing phenomenally in China. By the end of 2014, China gained almost 100 million LTE subscriptions in the first year of full LTE commercialisation, demonstrating an accelerating growth momentum, according to ABI Research.
Thanks to the first-mover advantages, China Mobile seized almost 90 percent share of the LTE market in China.
“Since the other two China mobile operators — China Unicom and China Telecom — were granted preferred FDD-LTE licenses in March 2015, it is expected that China will overtake the US to become the largest 4G market in the world, accumulating 500 million LTE subscriptions, or 36.5 percent of the domestic cellular subscriptions in 2015,” said Marina Lu, Research Analyst of ABI Research.
This week’s introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge brought back memories of when the first Samsung Galaxy Note came out in 2011. While many were pooh-poohing the smartphone for being too large and bulky, I was really excited and among the first owners.
Four years down and I have not regretted that decision to cut over from what was the last Symbian-based Nokia phone to the massive Android smartphone. In fact, my family of four now carries the entire Samsung Galaxy Note range (OK, we’ve retired the original Note).
Last December, I upgraded from my trusty but slowing Note 2 to the Note Edge. It’s been nearly three months and I’m really loving it — the same feeling I had with the first Note.
Smartphone shipment in India observed its first drop in Q4, according to IDC. The decline was attributed to a high channel inventory at the beginning of the quarter among general trade which in turn was caused by the surge witnessed in online sales during festive season.
Q4 was seen as a correction phase when the Smart Phone market shrank by four percent while the feature phone market plummeted by about 14 percent over the previous quarter. The overall mobile phone market stood at 64.3 million units in Q4, which reflects a sequential drop of 11 percent over Q3 and an annual drop of five percent in 2014.
The feature phone to smartphone migration trend is clearly visible as smartphones formed a healthy 35 percent of the overall mobile business in Q4, an increase of 13 percent fom a year ago.
ZTE has completed pre-commercial field testing of multi-user and multi-stream transmission on a Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) base station, setting new records in single-carrier transmission capacity and spectral efficiency.
Using ZTE’s proprietary pre-5G multi-user/multi-stream spatial multiplexing technology, with user handsets based on existing 4G standards, the Massive MIMO base station demonstrated peak data throughput that is more than three times that of traditional base stations, and average data throughput that exceeds conventional systems by at least five times.
“Being a pre5G technology, ZTE’s Massive MIMO solution is delivering exponential advances to 4G networks without modifying existing air interfaces, making it possible for carriers to provide a 5G-like user experience on existing 4G handsets in an accelerated timeframe, ZTE successfully overcame the challenge of doing multi-user and multi-stream spatial multiplexing in a scattered-signal environment, clearing the main hurdle in the development of Massive MIMO technology,” said Xiang Jiying, Chief Scientist of ZTE.
Rising demand for broadband will spur economies in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC).
According to a new GSMA report, increased broadband connections in APAC will generate US$1.2 trillion of GDP growth and create up to 35 million new jobs by 2020.
However, this opportunity can only be realised if governments act now to fully release existing harmonised mobile spectrum bands and allocate more spectrum for mobile to meet rising consumer demand and support the development of new mobile services in the longer term.
Apple and Samsung, beware! Chinese smartphone vendors are hot on your heels. According to IDC, a wide range of Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the market in Q2, with Huawei nearly doubling its shipment from a year ago, followed by Lenovo.
Huawei’s growth is spurred by 4G LTE pick up, particularly in China, as all three national carriers subsidised 4G handsets to encourage consumers to upgrade from 3G. Outside of China, large volumes of its lower-cost Y series fueled growth across most regions. The company continues to focus on broadening its global reach and the Q2 results show that the momentum is undoubtedly there.
Lenovo had a record quarter in China despite tremendous pressure from local brands. During the quarter, Lenovo saw increased success from the A788T and the 3G A388T. While its Motorola acquisition is undergoing approval, Lenovo continued to gain traction in international markets. Though less than five percent of Lenovo’s shipments were registered outside of China in Q2 2013, this share nearly tripled this Q2, with emerging markets, particularly BRIC countries, picking up the largest volumes.
With a highly-connected world where fast Internet access is vital, ZTE has pushed the envelope a little further with its pre-5G concept shared at LTE World Summit 2014 in Nice, France.
It has announced that under certain conditions, some 5G technologies can provide a 5G-like user experience on 4G terminals without changing the air interface standards.
“With next-generation 5G technologies being deployed in 2020, there were industry concerns over what technologies will be used in the next six years. To address this, ZTE proposes to apply some of the 5G technology on top of 4G to meet users’ requirements,” said Dr Xiang Jiying, CTO of wireless products at ZTE.
As mobile data services are undergoing tremendous growth, mobile networks demand multi-frequency and multi-system fusion. This leads to many challenges including high network deployment costs, insufficient site resources, too many antenna sites, and high operation and maintenance (O&M) costs.
ZTE has launched the Ultra Broadband Remote Radio Unit (UBR) which includes the following innovative features: big pipe based on ultra broadband technology for 4G and beyond, flexible power allocation and multi-band pool, smart base transceiver station (BTS) site with intelligent operation and service mode.
By using a new type of amplifier and an advanced digital pre-distortion (DPD) architecture and algorithm, UBR currently achieves 365MHz (1850~2170MHZ) transmitting bandwidth through a single channel, a first in the industry. The UBR can work on two different bands: 1800MHz and 2100MHz. For each band it can support GSM, UMTS and LTE mode simultaneously. The 2 × 80W transmitting power can be flexibly adjusted on two frequency bands, and also adjusted on three different systems: GSM, UMTS, and LTE modes.
The embedded SiteWeb is an intelligent maintenance solution. It commissions and maintains a UBR in a tower using Wi-Fi together with a UBR commissioning and maintenance application installed on a smartphone. This greatly improves RRU commissioning and maintenance efficiency, and reduces O&M costs for operators. In addition, the SiteWeb solution provides ambience intelligence, video applications, and other functions which add more value for operators and reflect new trends in base station features.
By using a series of advanced cooling and innovative duplexer technologies, UBR is the smallest and lightest product in the industry, as compared with other manufacturers’ RRUs with the same transmit power. UBR provides 2T2R (2 transmitter, 2 receiver) and 2 x 80W (transmitting power) and it is only 12 litres in size and 12 kg in weight requiring only one person to install it.
ZTE is focused on meeting operators’ requirements and is committed to providing high-performance, cost-effective products and services. ZTE’s UBR can help operators tackle critical multi-frequency, multi-system fusion challenges and roll out high-quality 4G networks in the 4G era.
Telecom New Zealand has launched a new 4G LTE network that can provide speeds of up to 150 Mb/s to mobile subscribers in parts of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The telco has made access to the 4G network free for all of its current subscribers who have 4G-capable devices. It recognises that the network’s faster data will quickly become the “new normal” for New Zealanders who have embraced smart devices.
According to Tim Miles, CEO of Telecom’s enterprise business arm Gen-i, 4G would help to feed growing demand for new applications which leverage the high speeds, while the seamless integration of the 4G network with 3G, fibre and Wi-Fi into a single platform for mobility would deliver a superior overall experience for customers.
1O1O and one2free have turned on the first VoLTE (Voice over LTE) network in Hong Kong powered by Hong Kong’s Trusted Network. The full commercial launch is expected to take place in the first half of 2014, in line with projected device maturity in the market.
CSL’s VoLTE offers clearer voice, instant connection, and better quality video calls enabled by ZTE’s IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) solution. Customers will experience a clearer voice and richer multimedia experience, with a distinct improvement in video call quality with VoLTE.
VoLTE also allows 1O1O and one2free to achieve better spectral efficiencies and will increase network capacity and subsequently enhancing the 4G LTE experience.
ZTE has launched the MF253 LTE wireless router that enables 4G mobile data access for homes, retail stores and offices.
With a sleek upright design, the MF253 supports data downlink speeds of 100Mbps, and 50Mbps for uplink, delivering high-speed mobile Internet access for up to 32 users simultaneously. It comes with a streamlined white chassis and blue indicator lights.
Customised versions for markets in the Americas, Europe and China ensure comprehensive support for a broad range of LTE spectrum used in different markets globally. Support for an external antenna will allow the MF253 to be deployed in areas of poor mobile signals.
ZTE has introduced the new MF90 4G uFi (unified WiFi) mobile hotspot device that delivers high-speed data access for mobile consumers via LTE wireless networks.
The MF90 supports simultaneous wireless data access by 10 users, and offers maximum data transmission speeds of 100Mbps. It is supported on mainstream 4G frequency bands globally, including Asia Pacific, and is backward compatible with 3G and 2G networks. The MF90 supports dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi networks, WiFi 2X2 MIMO, and 802.11 b/g/n.
Offering improved power consumption capabilities compared with first-generation LTE uFi devices, the MF90’s 2300mAh battery supports four hours of continuous use, meeting the needs of most business users and consumers.
The launch of new 3G data plans by all three Thai mobile operators will introduce broad changes to the competitive dynamics among mobile operators, particularly in how they deal with the mass market segment.
IDC issued this warning after a review of the price plans and potential market share of the three mobile operators after the release of their 3G service plans.
IDC believes the industry is set for a slew of promotional and pricing competitive pressures in the next six months, possibly resulting in significant churn among the customer base if one of the telco operators does not keep its defenses up.
Incorporating second generation Qualcomm LTE chips, the ZTE MF93D provides significant performance enhancements to ZTE’s first generation LTE uFi products including decreased power consumption and improved heat dispersion. It supports dual-band 2.4G/5GHz WiFi networks and mainstream 4G bands in the Europe and Asian-Pacific regions, and can also use 3G and 2G networks, eliminating the cost of upgrading terminals. With increased battery capacity of 2800mAh, users can enjoy ultra speed surfing on the Internet.
As well as improved performance, the ZTE MF93D offers a 1.4-inch touch screen and support for a uFi monitor, allowing users to access the Internet with just one key. Users’ mobile phones can be used to simply and quickly check the status of uFi devices, network signal strength, battery capacity, data flow statistics, and upload/download speed.
“The ZTE MF93D’s powerful functions and outstanding performance have already ensured the popularity of the device with mainstream operators all over the world,” said Dr Liu Shuliang, MBB Product Planning Director of ZTE.
ZTE has announced the ZTE Grand S – 5.0 FHD LTE, the flagship handset in its high-end Grand Series line of products.
The ZTE Grand S is the company’s first FHD smartphone and the world’s thinnest within five-inch FHD quad-core smartphones, enabled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.
Developed by ZTE, the ultrathin body and high definition display of the ZTE Grand S offer consumers the latest in style, quality and functionality.
NVIDIA has introduced NVIDIA Tegra 4 , the world’s fastest mobile processor, with record-setting performance and battery life to flawlessly power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto infotainment and navigation systems, and PCs.
Tegra 4 offers exceptional graphics processing, with lightning-fast web browsing, stunning visuals and new camera capabilities through computational photography.
Previously codenamed “Wayne,” Tegra 4 features 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce GPU cores – or six times the GPU horsepower of Tegra 3 – which deliver more realistic gaming experiences and higher resolution displays. It includes the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15, which delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps.
Tegra 4 also enables worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support through an optional chipset, the fifth-generation NVIDIA Icera® i500 processor. More efficient and 40 percent the size of conventional modems, i500 delivers four times the processing capability of its predecessor.