China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will permit foreign firms to offer services in Shanghai and allow them to take full ownership of their businesses in the country, according to state agency Xinhua.
Australian carrier Telstra on Monday announced the sale of its struggling directories business. The sell off comes just weeks after the company offloaded Hong Kong operation CSL.
China Mobile is deploying Voice over LTE (VoLTE) on its commercial TD-LTE network in Guangzhou ahead of a wider nationwide rollout. The company has tapped up local equipment supplier ZTE to deliver the project.
Norwegian group Telenor has named a CEO for its Indian subsidiary Uninor following the resignation of former CEO Yogesh Malik in November last year.
Indian carrier Aircel has tapped ZTE to deploy an LTE network in Chennai, Rest of Tamil Nadu (RoTN) and several other business critical circles in the country. ZTE recently completed the migration of Aircel’s data services to an LTE evolved packet core in the Chennai and RoTN circles.
Pakistani operator Warid Telecom has teamed up with Bank Alfalah to launch a mobile money service. The service, Mobile Paisa, will initially enable users to make utility bill payments and secure money transfers across Pakistan. The operator said that it plans introduce further services in the near future.
Australian operator Optus has begun testing what it claims to be the world’s first TD-LTE Advanced carrier aggregation. The firm claims to have achieved single user peak speeds of up to 160Mbps on its commercial 4G Plus LTE network.
European network vendors Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks have both announced new LTE customers in key Asian markets. Sweden’s Ericsson has won a supply deal with Japan’s KDDI, while NSN has a contract with China Telecom.
Chinese operators China Mobile and China Unicom have both begun constructing their own cloud computing parks in the country’s Guizhou Province, according to state news agency Xinhua.
Kit vendor Alcatel-Lucent has announced two deals to supply access technology for China Telecom and China Mobile’s LTE networks.
The CEO at Vodafone Australia will head the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project. Bill Morrow has been appointed CEO at NBN Co, the company responsible for delivering Australia’s nationwide fixed-line broadband upgrade. He will assume his role in the new year, based in Sydney,
Singaporean operator SingTel has enhanced its network capacity by deploying a SON solution and small cell technology. The operator is rolling out the equipment in crowded locations such as shopping malls, event and concert venues, and selected commercial and residential buildings.
Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have announced an infrastructure sharing agreement. The two will share their inter and intra city fibre networks, submarine cable networks, towers and internet broadband services. They added that they will also look for other such opportunities to share assets in the future.
Mobile operators in New Zealand have joined forces to clamp down on the use of stolen handsets in the country. Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees have worked together over the past year to develop a blacklisting system, which gives each operator the ability to block the IMEI number of a mobile device that has been reported as stolen across all three networks, usually within 24 hours.
US MVNO Ultra Mobile, already disruptive with its free international texting plan, has launched an international calling plan packing 1,000 minutes for $19 per month.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued 4G licences to the country’s three mobile network operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, according to state news agency Xinhua.
Filipino operator Smart Communications said it has conducted the first successful video multicast over LTE is in Southeast Asia. When the service comes to market, Smart believes that the technology will allow consumers in the Philippines to watch lag-free live video on their LTE smartphones and tablets.
UK fixed line operator BT is looking to expand its footprint in Asia Pacific, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA) by hiring over 400 personnel in key markets in the region.
Chinese operator China Mobile has teamed up with infrastructure vendor Huawei to demonstrate the world’s first international VoLTE HD voice and video calls between a TDD LTE network and a FDD LTE network, the vendor said.