Finnish tablet gaming developer Supercell has announced investment to the tune of $1.5bn from Japanese carrier SoftBank and its mobile gaming vehicle GungHo.
Russian carrier MegaFon has announced the commercial launch of an 8,700 kilometre long terrestrial fibre optic trunk connecting Europe and Asia.
David Mammadov, the CTO of Azqtel, Azerbaijan is speaking in the IP Network Evolution track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the evolution of its network from WiMAX to TD-LTE.
Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the appointment of former US ambassador to China to its Board of Directors, at the firm looks to expand its footprint in China.
New Zealand will soon have a choice of LTE service providers as Telecom New Zealand gears up to launch 4G services in November this year.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has teamed up with chip vendor Intel to cooperate on the development of a virtualised base station (vRAN) that can load and reconfigure all software functions in a general purpose server.
South Korean LTE pioneer SK Telecom has announced that it has begun offering LTE services using wider bandwidth in the 1.8GHz spectrum band, offering mobile broadband speeds of up to 150Mbps. The operator plans to expand the service to cover the entire Seoul area by the end of October 2013.
Asian operator group Axiata has announced the acquisition of a 95 per cent stake Indonesian operator Axis. Axiata’s own Indonesian subsidiary, PT XL Axiata (XL), has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with the subsidiary of Saudi operator group STC.
Australian communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked the entire board of the country’s national broadband network (NBN) project to tender in their resignations. Australia’s NBN is a national wholesale network currently being rolled out across the country, but has been hit by multiple delays for various reasons.
Thatha Rao, CTO, PT. Bakrie Telecom, Indonesia is speaking in the Network Optimisation track on Day One of the LTE Asia conference is taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his the various challenges of deploying LTE in a developing country.
Senior researcher for Telkom Indonesia: “Mobile cloud computing will be a great source of new revenues on top of LTE”
Hadi Hariyanto, senior researcher for Telkom, Indonesia is taking part in a panel discussion on integrating carrier Wi-Fi into telco networks on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we find out more about the complex spectrum issues that are holding back the deployment of LTE in Indonesia.
Member, board of directors, Chungwha Telecom & SVP, NCTU, Taiwan: “In Taiwan, we are prepared to develop LTE commercial services”
Yi-Bing Lin, member, board of directors, Chungwha Telecom & SVP, NCTU, Taiwan, is speaking on the subject of Taiwan’s mobile broadband on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the challenges of deploying LTE in Taiwan.
Russian operator group MTS plans to launch its first MTS LTE FDD network in Russia’s Northwest Federal District with Korean vendor Samsung. The rollout of the network is a part of the three-year agreement signed between the two firms in 2013.
Wing Lee, CEO of Malaysian communications provider YTL is speaking on the subject of Managed Service and Cloud Platforms on Day Two of the LTE LTE Asia conference taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the state of YTL’s 4G networks and Lee’s view on TD-LTE technology.
Bangladeshi operator Grameenphone will launch its 3G network beginning of October, according to local news reports, after it spent $210m on 10MHz of spectrum in the country’s recent 3G auction.
A recent benchmark test carried out by consultancy Signals Research yielded some impressive results for LTE-Advanced technology carrier aggregation, allowing South Korean operators to deliver consistent peaks in excess of 100Mbps and average downlink speeds of 62Mbps.
Executive adviser, KDDI, Japan: “Hetnets are a key technology to efficiently utilise spectrum resources”
Fumio Watanabe, executive adviser, KDDI & corporate officer CTO, UQ Communications, Japan is delivering the opening keynote on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we get an insight into how KDDI compares to its rivals.
South Korea is one of the world’s most advanced mobile markets, with all three operators running LTE and the race to LTE-A already underway. It serves as an interesting pilot for the promises and pitfalls many other operators will experience in the future.
South Korean carrier SK Telecom has been granted access to 35MHz of bandwidth in the 1800MHz frequency range, allowing the LTE-Advanced early adopter to enhance its services with faster downlink speeds.
VP mobile broadband, Reliance Communications, India: “Devices are the most important lever to grow broadband penetration in India”
Manu Khera, vice president of mobile broadband at Reliance Communications, India is speaking on in the Mobile broadband track on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we get his insight into some of the key challenges in deploying broadband in India.