Asia Briefs: MPT to expand Myanmar network with Japanese funding, China Telecom plans VoLTE in 2017 & more

MPT to expand network with funding from Japanese partners Myanmar’s state-owned operator plans to expand its network by increasing the number of base stations from 2,000 to 5,000 by Q2 next year. Its Japanese partners KDDI and Sumitomo will contribute …

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Asia Briefs: StarHub revamps management team, Huawei signs $500M deal with STMicro & more

Singapore’s StarHub revamps management team Singapore’s second largest operator StarHub has appointed a new CFO, CMO and chief strategic partnerships officer (CSPO). Dennis Chia, joining from semiconductor packing and testing firm STATS ChipPAC, will take over as CFO. Howie Lau, …

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Asia Briefs: Thai minister rejects return of 4G spectrum, Foreign climbers get free WiFi on Mount Fuji & more

Thai minister rejects return of 4G spectrum Thailand’s ICT minister has ordered state-owned CAT Telecom to drop its proposed agreement with dtac to return 5MHz of unused 1.8GHz spectrum, as it wants to avoid a delay in the 4G auctions …

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Asia Briefs: GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda, Ericsson appoints head of North East Asia & more

GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda The GSMA and ITU, with support from ICANN and the Internet Society, organised a forum in Bangkok this week that brought together more than 100 policymakers, regulators and industry executives to discuss the development …

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Asia Briefs: Korean operators to launch interconnected VoLTE, Qualcomm leads $6M investment in MangoPlate & more

Korean operators to launch interconnected VoLTE South Korea’s mobile operators – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – announced they will introduce the world’s first commercial interconnected VoLTE service this month. The service, officially unveiled by Minister Yang Hee Choi …

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Asia Briefs: Samsung top LTE patent holder, Philippines approves bill for free WiFi in public places & more

Samsung is top LTE patent holder — TIPO South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is the top holder of standard-essential patents related to LTE technologies, according to a two-year study by Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO). Samsung led with a 17 per …

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Asia Briefs: APAC operator capex up 4.2% in 2014, Acer expands IoT partnerships & more

APAC operator capex rose 4.2% in 2014 Global telecoms operator capex growth outpaced revenue growth last year, with capex expanding 2.9 per cent to $352 billion while service revenue inched up 0.4 per cent $1.99 trillion, according to IHS Infonetics. …

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Asia Briefs: PLDT reshuffles to focus on digital, LG Uplus claims 600Mb/s with LTE-U & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: PLDT reshuffles to focus on digital The Philippines’ largest operator PLDT announced a number of management changes along with its Q1 results, …

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Asia Briefs: TRAI calls for licences for MVNOs, MyRepublic preps for 4th licence & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: TRAI calls for licences for MVNOs India’s telecoms regulator has recommended that a separate licensing category be created for mobile virtual network …

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