In its revised mobile service bundles, SingTel added free wi-fi access for its mobile users in selected locations in Singapore. This is said to be part of its strategy to alleviate data congestion on its 3G and 4G networks.
The trend is set to continue across the globe as telcos wrestle to cope with the increasing demand for mobile data. To enable wi-fi access, they need to purchase wi-fi test equipment, creating strong opportunities for Wi-Fi test equipment manufacturers globally.
According to Frost & Sullivan, the wi-fi test equipment market earned revenues of US$528.9 million in 2013. This is expected to more than double to reach US$1.09 billion in 2020.
Just as consumers are enthusing about 1Gbps fibre broadband, Huawei has upped the ante in wi-fi speed with the successful testing of 10Gbps wi-fi in laboratory trials at its Shenzhen campus.
This is a significant milestone, as it is marks the dawn of a new era in big data applications using ultra-fast wi-fi technology to boost data rates to 10Gbps.
The 10Gbps prototype achieved a record transmission data rate of 10.53Gbps on 5GHz frequency bands. The success of this prototype development, and the tenfold increase in spectrum efficiency that made it possible, paves the way for the validation of technologies needed to support the creation of next generation wi-fi.
ZTE has introduced two new 4G mobile routers with data download speeds of 110 Megabits per second for users in Japan.
The ZTE Pocket WiFi SoftBank 203Z and Pocket WiFi (GL09P) 4G routers, which are made available by major Japanese operators SoftBank and eAccess respectively, are powered by Qualcomm’s new Gobi chipset, supporting LTE Advanced and carrier aggregation technology.
The new ZTE mobile routers offer multi-network compatibility, supporting three network types – AXGP, FDD-LTE and W-CDMA. Both support simultaneous connections by as many as 14 users, and are equipped with an 5,000 mAh high-capacity battery, allowing 900 hours of standby time and 14 hours of continuous use.
ZTE has launched the Net Spherehome networking solution, which comprises multiple home networking terminals including a wireless router, portable APs and wireless PLC adapters to let users build high-quality home networks.
The solution uses a wired extension, wireless expansion, a master/salve mode, and unified management, which allows Wi-Fi signals to penetrate walls. A wireless router is a core aspect of the solution, but it also includes APs and PLC adapters. The APs are configured and managed through the wireless router to enable easy installation and plug-and-play.
ZTE’s home networking product portfolio has unrivalled environmental credentials. Its individual products lead the industry in reducing energy consumption and the Net Spheretotal solution also can adjust Wi-Fi signals and save electricity through intelligent control to deliver a greener, healthier home network.
Samsung has announced the new eight-inch GALAXY Tab 3 that sports a slim bezel that makes it easier to read and have a more engaging multimedia experience. The physical keys on the bezel at the bottom give users a comfortable smartphone-like experience in navigation.
Travellers will enjoy features such as S Translator provides instant translation through voice recognition and via text on applications including email, text message, and ChatON. Additionally, Trip Advisor provides real-time local information along with the user’s travel paths. Users can get useful travel information and make reservations at tourist spots and hotels, among others.
The Galaxy Tab 3 will be available in white from August 3 at S$668 for the LTE version without contract and S$468 for the WiFi version at telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics and IT stores, and Samsung Experience Stores.
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.
ZTE has launched the ZTE MF93D ultra speed 4G (LTE) uFi (unified WiFi) mobile hotspot device, which can reach a maximum speed of up to 100Mbps and be accessed by 10 users at the same time.
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.