Four of Hong Kong’s mobile operators have successfully bid for a total of 50MHz of radio spectrum in the 2.5/2.6GHz band, according to the nation’s telecoms regulator the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA). The total amount raised from the auction stood at HK$1.54bn ($200m). The spectrum will enable the successful bidders to further develop 4G services in Hong Kong.
Chinese kit vendor ZTE has teamed up with the nation’s leading mobile operator China Mobile, and US semiconductor firm Marvell Technology Group to make what it claims is the world’s first voice over TD-LTE (VoTD-LTE) call.
Russian operator MegaFon has become the latest carrier to join Teleónica’s partnership programme, which aims to pool resource, know-how and purchasing power across an international roster of telcos.
China Mobile will not stick exclusively to TDD LTE but will operate a FDD LTE network at the same time, CEO Li Yue revealed at a 4G conference held in Taipei last week. The dual path technology strategy will be taken to encourage the take up of dual-mode, multi-band devices around the world, he said.
In a bid to encourage direct foreign investment into the country, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a draft proposal to allow mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to set up in the market.
China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator will launch LTE in Hong Kong on 18 December, according to reports. Hong Kong is already well served for LTE with all four other operators, Hutchison, PCCW and CSL and CMHK, offering 4G services. The move however, has larger significance in that it indicates that China Mobile is readying a wider TD-LTE–based launch in mainland China.
The world’s largest mobile operator, China Mobile, has reported first half net profit of $9.76bn on operating revenues of $41.86bn. But in a statement the firm said that competition in the Chinese market – from peers as well as internet players – is intensifying. The growth potential in “traditional telecoms services” is shrinking in China, it said.
China Mobile has signed deals with Ericsson and ZTE to help build its converged LTE-FDD/TDD network in Hong Kong. The operator has signed contracts with both vendors for the project after acquiring spectrum in the 2330MHz-2360MHz band. The network will cover Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and the converged network is due to be launched in the fourth quarter of the year.
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China Mobile has announced that it is launching FDD-LTE services in Hong Kong. It joins CSL, a unit of Australia’s Telstra, which has has already launched 4G services in Hong Kong. China Mobile is also currently conducting tests aimed at launching LTE services in two years in mainland China.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) will extend its TD-LTE technology to support the 1.9GHz frequency bands, in a move that will enable operators to use existing 1.9GHz spectrum to provide LTE services. The vendor has now upgraded its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station to support 1.9GHz TD-LTE and will be conducting trials of its capabilities in China. The offering is expected to be commercially available by Q4 2012.
The world’s biggest carrier in terms of subscribers, China Mobile, is testing interoperability specifications for the time division flavour of LTE (TD-LTE) with US operator Clearwire.
Spreadtrum, a Chinese fabless semiconductor designer has unveiled its first LTE enabled design. The SC9610 is a baseband modem based on TD-LTE, set to become the predominant LTE technology in China.
A former deputy general manager at China Mobile has been sentenced to death by the Chinese state, having been found guilty of corruption. Zhang Chunjiang, who was detained late in 2009, confessed to having accepted US$1.16m in bribes between 1994 and 2009.
ZTE’s Blade touch-screen handset has racked up sales in excess of two million, making it one of the best-selling smartphones globally. The device, which was first sold in the UK in 2010 under the brand “San Francisco” by carrier Orange, is sold in 30 regions, with ZTE saying it has “successfully penetrated Japan and Finland, the home markets of major ZTE competitors.” The uptick in sales for the Chinese manufacturer comes on the back of its announcement of projected sales of 80 million devices this year, up from 60 million in 2010.
Taiwan-based device manufacturer HTC is looking to broaden its reach in both China and Europe with announcements of expansions into both markets. In the case of China, the company has announced its plans to increase the number of retail outlets there from 630 to 2000 by the end of 2011. With a market 10 times bigger than Taiwan’s, where HTC is the dominant player, China could be a lucrative revenue stream for HTC if it can take on Huawei and ZTE, both of which have been paying increasing attention to western markets lately.
Altair Semiconductor, a developer of LTE chipsets, has shown off its TD-LTE chipset running at up to 50Mbps on the downlink, and 18Mbps on the uplink. The demonstration was made to China Mobile executives at a Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance board meeting using an AsiaTelco manufactured USB dongle.
While the signs are that the next iPhone will not feature LTE, Apple has “reached consensus” with China Mobile on the use of the carrier’s forthcoming TDD-LTE network for a future iPhone.
When 24 of the telecoms world’s biggest players announced the formation of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) at the Mobile World Congress in February 2010, it’s fair to say the pundits’ response was overwhelmingly sceptical. Peters Suh, WAC CEO, tells Telecoms.com such scepticism was misplaced.
Alcatel-Lucent, the French network equipment supplier, has announced that it has successfully completed the first call over a trial TD-LTE network it has constructed for China Mobile.