India’s Airtel starts LTE-FDD trials

India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel kicked off LTE-FDD trials in Chennai yesterday and will extend them to Mumbai and Hyderabad by the end of the month. It is offering existing 3G users a free upgrade to 4G. The operator, …

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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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Globe completes $700M 4G expansion

Globe Telecom in the Philippines announced today it has completed a $700 million network modernisation initiative, which included the rollout of 4,300 LTE cell sites. Globe, the country’s second largest mobile player with a 38 per cent market share, expanded …

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China’s FDD-LTE licences to be issued in May — report

An ambition by China Telecom and China Unicom to be on equal 4G footing with market leader China Mobile is putting pressure on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to speed up the issue of full nationwide FDD-LTE licences, with …

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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 Telecom shortlists five FDD-LTE vendors

China Telecom has named five vendors – Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE – to supply FDD-LTE equipment for the second phase of its FDD-TDD hybrid network. The companies were shortlisted to supply base stations, an operation and maintenance centre and other …

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Vendors prepare for 4G in India with release of low-cost smartphones

In preparation for the launch of 4G services in India early next year, a number of local and foreign handset vendors are introducing low-cost TD-LTE smartphones. Xiaomi, Lenovo, Microsoft Devices, Xolo and Gionee have released 4G handsets priced at INR8,000-15,000 …

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China Telecom, Unicom get green light to expand FDD-LTE trials

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) today approved requests from China Telecom and China Unicom to expand their hybrid LTE network trials to an additional 15 cities, giving them licences to operate FDD-LTE services in 56 markets. Currently …

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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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