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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China Telecom aims for 95% 4G coverage by year-end

China Telecom is on track to build what it says is the world’s largest LTE-FDD network, with 460,000 base stations giving it 95 per cent population coverage by the end of the year. The country’s third largest mobile player, with …

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China’s 4G connections hit 201M; Unicom sees total base dip

China’s 4G user base hit 201 million at the end of May, up by 100 million from the end of 2014, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). China Mobile added 80 million 4G connections in the …

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China Telecom hits back at broadband criticism

The director of China Telecom’s Technology Commission, Wei Leping, claimed the country’s average broadband speed is 5.1Mb/s, not 3.4Mb/s as stated by Akamai, putting China in 58th place worldwide, not 82nd. Wei argued that the speed calculated by foreign firms …

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China’s operators set to make significant cuts to data pricing

China’s three operators have committed to sizeable reductions to their data prices, as well as improving network speeds, following political pressure from the country’s leadership, said Reuters. The move by China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom could spur the …

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China Telecom’s net profit falls 9%; continues to add subs

China Telecom’s Q1 results were hit by the country’s new value-added tax (VAT), with its net profit dropping 9 per cent and revenue declining 2 per cent compared to a year ago. The company’s unaudited results showed that net profit fell to …

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China Mobile adds 53M 4G connections in Q1

China Mobile’s 4G march picked up steam in the first quarter, with the country’s leading operator (and the world’s largest) widening the gap with the number 2 and 3 players as it added 53 million 4G connections. Its 4G connections jumped …

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Anti-graft watchdog targets former China Telecom head

China Telecom’s former president and chief engineer, Leng Rongquan, is under investigation for “suspicion of serious violations of the law” by the country’s top anti-graft agency. Reuters reported that the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) has opened the probe …

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High capex to weigh on Chinese operators’ margins

China Mobile and China Telecom are expected to continue to invest heavily in their 4G networks for the next two to three years to fight for market share, but the aggressive spending will curb their profit margin during that period, …

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