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China awards FDD-LTE licences

The US House Intelligence Committee has issued a report warning US operators not to trust China's ZTE and Huawei

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has finally awarded FDD-based 4G licences to smaller carriers China Telecom and China Unicom. The pair, which trail China Mobile, have both received FDD-LTE licences, giving them the opportunity to deploy more universally compatible FDD-LTE technology.

Docomo pitches soft programmable eSIM

The eSIM should make device provisioning easier

Japanese incumbent operator NTT Docomo said it intends to introduce Japan’s first embedded SIM in M2M devices. The eSIM is software programmable, meaning it can be used on the networks of various international operators.

Telstra wins deal to deploy Fibre for NBN

Telstra has won a fibre contract

Australian carrier Telstra and the organisation responsible for the country’s next generation broadband network, NBN Co, on Thursday said they had reached an agreement to pilot the planning, design and construction of 1000 nodes across Queensland and New South Wales, ahead of an anticipated large scale integration of Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) technology into the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Agilent to support China Mobile’s 5G endevours

Agilent will contribute testing expertise

Test and measurement firm Agilent Technologies has announced an agreement to collaborate with China Mobile Communications Research Institute (CMRI) on the development of 5G wireless. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing, under which Agilent will actively support the research and development programs on 5G, led by CMRI, and provide test and measurement solutions for next-generation 5G wireless communication systems.

Bharti Airtel, Loop Mobile merge in Mumbai

Bharti Airtel has sold a five per cent stake in its business to Qatar Foundation Endowment

Indian carrier Bharti Airtel said Monday that it has now signed a definitive agreement to merge operations with that of Loop Mobile and create Mumbai’s largest mobile network.

China Unicom invests HK$3bn to build Hong Kong datacentre

China Unicom said Thursday that it will invest HK$3bn to build a Hong Kong datacentre, which will host the company's growing cloud services portfolio

China Unicom announced its intention to build it largest datacentre outside mainland China Thursday, which will host the company’s growing portfolio of cloud-based services. The telco said it plans to invest HK$3bn (£240m) in the new facility.

SKT cranks LTE-A up to 225Mbps

SK Telecom is offering super fast broadband

Maintaining its technological edge, South Korea’s SK Telecom on Thursday announced that it has commercialized 225Mbps LTE-Advanced – three times as fast as 75Mbps LTE – for the first time in the world.

Telecom New Zealand adds more cloud to arsenal

More datacentres are coming

Telecom New Zealand on Wednesday announced that it has agreed to acquire business cloud services specialist Appserv, building on other recent acquisitions in the space and giving Telecom NZ greater leverage in the enterprise sector.

Google buys satellite specialist; but for connectivity or cars?

Avonline to deliver 20 Mbps satellite broadband

Towards the end of last week, Google quietly dropped $500m on a satellite company that specialises in super high quality imaging. Now that the market has had a few days to digest the purchase, it seems the possibilities for Google are several – including connected car applications and connectivity for remote regions.

China Mobile moves on True Thailand

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China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile carrier in terms of subscribers, has taken an 18 per cent stake in third placed Thai operator True Group for $882m.

Docomo tests virtualised Evolved Packet Core

NFV is being widely tested

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and local equipment vendor NEC said Monday they have successfully virtualised the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) in joint verification tests to support the functions required for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Telstra partners with Fon

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Australian incumbent Telstra is set to create one of the world’s largest wifi networks under a A$100m plus deal with global hotspot network Fon.

WhatsApp gains more traction in India

WhatsApp has 500 million users

Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp has struck its fourth carrier deal in India, extending its services further into the territory through a contract with Bharti Airtel.

Vimpelcom Q1 profit down by 90 per cent

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Amsterdam-headquartered operator Vimpelcom, which has operations in Russia, the CIS as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Italy and Pakistan, has reported a 90 per cent year-on-year dive in net profit for the first quarter of 2014. Revenue was down ten per cent to $5.02bn, while profit for the quarter sat at $39m, down from $408m for the first quarter of 2013.

IP interconnect hub launches in Asia

The AIX caters to Indonesia  and Malaysia

IP interconnect provider XConnect and Malaysian and Indonesian ICT specialist Extol this week launched the Asian Interconnect Exchange (AIX), giving local service providers access to an IP hub where they can exchange IP traffic and services.

Fantastic 5

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Poor old Mobistar. The Belgian operator was probably bristling with pride this week after becoming the first in its market to complete a test of LTE Advanced technology. In partnership with Huawei it aggregated 1800MHz and 800MHz spectrum to drive throughput of more than 200Mbps. The firm’s chief network officer heralded “the future of high-speed mobile” upon the trial’s completion.

Docomo to begin 5G trials in Japan

DoCoMo is trialling 5G

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has farmed out trial contracts to several big infrastructure vendors in order to pilot 5G mobile network technologies, promising data rates of 10Gbps.

LG launches smart appliances integrated with Line

LG has launched a range of smart appliances in its home market of South Korea

Handset and electronics manufacturer LG has launched a range of smart home appliances in its domestic market of South Korea in a bid to steal a march in the connected home sector.

Telenor appoints Pakistan CEO

Michael Foley has been appointed CEO of Telenor Pakistan

Norwegian operator group Telenor has appointed Michael Patrick Foley as CEO for its Pakistan operation. Foley currently serves as chief commercial officer at the Canadian State Lottery and will assume the role on July 1st, 2014.

SingTel fined $4.8m for network outage

Singapore's SingTel has been fined S$6m ($4.8m) by the country's telecoms regulator following a nine-day outage

Singapore’s telecoms regulator has imposed a financial penalty of S$6m ($4.8m) on mobile operator SingTel following a service outage that lasted nine days and affected almost 270,000 customers.

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