SoftBank signs “pre-5G/4.5G” deals with ZTE and Huawei

Japan’s third largest mobile operator SoftBank has signed separate TD-LTE network development deals with both of China’s major telecoms equipment makers – ZTE and Huawei. SoftBank said today it has worked out a deal with ZTE to use its “pre-5G” …

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SoftBank embraces TD-LTE to handle peaks and cut costs

LIVE FROM BROADBAND ASIA, SINGAPORE: Japan’s SoftBank has successfully deployed TD-LTE networks to cope with the uneven distribution of data consumption across sites that impacted quality of service and was previously costly for it to address. Han Gang, ZTE’s VP …

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Asia Briefs: Japan’s mobile network spending falls 19%, Q1 smartphone output in China slows & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: Japan’s mobile network spending falls 19% Japan’s mobile infrastructure market dropped 19 per cent to $4.1 billion last year as 3G investments …

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Bolt Super4G claims first LTE SON deployment

Indonesia’s Bolt Super4G claimed to be the first mobile operator to deploy an LTE self-organising network (SON). Bolt, which launched 4G service in Jakarta a year ago and has less than 1 per cent of the country’s mobile connections, was the first …

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Asia Briefs: Flip-phones make comeback in Japan, Uber needs more time to comply in Vietnam & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: Flip-phones make comeback in Japan Sales of flip-phones in Japan increased 5.7 per cent last year to 10.6 million units, while smartphone …

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Nokia wins Airtel 4G contract, works with SKT to cut LTE-A interference

India’s largest mobile operator, Bharti Airtel, has contracted Nokia Networks to build out its FDD-LTE network across six regions. The rollout is intended to boost Airtel’s coverage and capacity in dense areas and covers base stations, small cells and a …

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China’s 4G connections double to 100M in Q4

China Mobile more than doubled its 4G connections in Q4, reporting 90 million 4G connections just a year after it was granted a TD-LTE licence, helping take the country’s total LTE connections base past the 100 million mark. The market …

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Asia Briefs: GSM operators call for reallocation of 800MHz band, TD-LTE connections near 100M & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: GSM operators call for reallocation of 800MHz band The Cellular Operators Association of India has called on the government to reconfigure the …

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China Mobile announces plans for acquisitions

China’s leading carrier, China Mobile, is looking to expand its business through acquisitions the company has revealed. Company chairman Xi Guohua said during the operator’s financial results announcement that it will “look for appropriate external investment opportunities in an active but cautious manner,” as well as looking to increase its presence in the market.