CC Puan, the CEO of Green Packet Berhad, which is the parent company of Malaysian WiMAX operator Packet One (P1), anticipates strong WiMAX subscriber growth through 2009.
Chinese supplier Huawei has announced that Retelit, a broadband wireless access (BWA) provider in Italy, will deploy its mobile WIMAX infrastructure. The deal includes MIMO-enabled 802.16e base stations, ASN gateways, as well as Huawei’s hybrid TDM-IP microwave equipment and network management systems.
The long-awaited 3G capex boom in China is like a warm fire on a cold night for mobile networks vendors, many of which are struggling with everything from slack sales and falling margins to lingering integration problems.
The Informer keeps seeing these financial crisis-induced marketing emails that say things like: “Now is the perfect time to innovate!” or “Now is the perfect time to implement this cost management solution!”. But it strikes the Informer that what now is really the perfect time for is to be a Chinese equipment vendor. While all the other vendors are loosening their collars and tightening their belts, and shedding staff like a dog sheds hair (unless it’s a Portuguese Water Dog, of course), the Chinese vendors are having a right old knees-up.
The mobile handset operating system backed by web giant Google kept something of a low profile during the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week. Taiwanese vendor HTC, maker of the first ever Android-based handset, was the only company to come out with a solid addition to it’s portfolio in the shape of the [...]
Just when you thought IMS had dropped off the map, Spanish carrier Telefonica has tapped Chinese vendor Huawei to deliver a Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for its Latin American operations. The SDP platform, to be commercially launched during the first half of 2009, allows Telefonica to deliver value added services and eases the process of [...]
Huawei and ZTE are the only clear-cut winners to emerge so far. Who are the winners and losers from the award of 3G licences in China last month? As widely expected, China Mobile was granted a TD-SCDMA licence, China Unicom a WCDMA concession, and a CDMA2000 EV-DO licence was awarded to China Telecom. But as [...]
Scandinavian carrier TeliaSonera said Thursday that it has tapped Swedish vendor Ericsson and Chinese firm Huawei for the roll out of an LTE network in Sweden and Norway. Although LTE has won much support worldwide, the TeliaSonera announcement marks a first in terms of commercial contracts struck. Ericsson said it has already started the rollout [...]
It may be a new year but nothing much has changed, has it. For example, the Informer – as is often the case – is struggling to think of a second sentence for this week’s edition. At least that problem’s solved now, anyway. Really, though, 2009 feels like more of 2008. Maybe that’s what life’s like when you hit a certain age but, either way, it doesn’t feel much like we’re leaping forwards into the glorious and thrilling unknown.
The mobile division of Austrian carrier Telecom Austria said Friday it has started the first femtocell pilot in Central Europe. Mobilkom has rolled out the technology with 35 selected residential and business customers throughout Austria, using kit from Chinese vendor Huawei. As the carrier explains, a femtocell effectively creates an individual indoor 3G network connected [...]
In a week of financial turmoil it will come as little surprise to learn that Chinese mega-vendor Huawei has decided to postpone the sale of a stake in its handset unit. Back in May, when the firm hired Morgan Stanley to organise the sale of a business worth an estimated $3.5bn, local reports claimed network [...]
Kit vendor Nokia Siemens Networks and its Finnish parent Nokia have struck a patent licensing agreement with Chinese manufacturer Huawei. On Monday, the firms said that the deal covers all standards essential patents relating to GSM, WCDMA, CDMA2000, optical networking, datacom and WiMAX in mobile devices, infrastructure and services. Ilkka Rahnasto, VP of Intellectual Property [...]
The certification of Chinese vendor Huawei’s 802.16e USB dongle by the WiMAX Forum last week is an “industry milestone” and should give the mobile WiMAX market a significant boost in the near term. So says Dean Bubley, founder of consulting firm Disruptive Analysis. “Given their track record of ramping up volumes, plus their enviable record [...]
While Vodafone has still got its wallet out, some speculators believe the mobile operator is eyeing up a portion of Chinese manufacturer Huawei’s handset business. Rumour has it that Huawei decided to put up to 50 per cent of its handset business on the market last week, in a bid to raise around $2bn and [...]
Does the march of mobile instant messaging and email sound the death knell for text messaging?
Issue 140 April 2007
MNOs’ fixed plays: Carriers are increasingly turning to fixed operations as a means of boosting their portfolios.
Ron Resnick: Chairman of the WiMAX Forum, Resnick talks to MCI about his plans for deployment of mobile WiMAX.
Chinese equipment vendor Huawei received a boon from Spanish carrier Telefonica Monday, when it bagged the contract to roll out a GSM overlay on Brazilian subsidiary Vivo’s network. Brazilian operator Vivo thumbed its nose at the CDMA fraternity last month with the announcement that it is to deploy a GSM/WCDMA network overlay. Vivo, which is [...]
Motorola and Chinese vendor Huawei are the latest manufacturers to form a partnership for equipment deployment. On Wednesday the pair announced a collaboration to combine their expertise and portfolios in UMTS and HSPA technologies. The move has something of an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” feel about it, as Huawei has been eating [...]