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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SmarTone and 3 Hong Kong launch WiFi calling for iPhones

Hong Kong’s second and fourth largest mobile operators have introduced WiFi calling on select 4G iPhone models. 3 Hong Kong, the territory’s second largest mobile player with a 25 per cent share of the market, has launched what it calls …

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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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Ambit launches 4G, first to offer VoLTE in Taiwan

Taiwan’s Ambit Microsystems has launched commercial 4G service and is the first operator in the country to offer Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Ambit is the sixth 4G operator in Taiwan, which has a population of 23.4 million. VoLTE calls are interoperable …

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LG Uplus claims first commercial VoLTE roaming

South Korea’s third largest mobile operator, LG Uplus, launched voice over LTE (VoLTE) roaming with Japan’s KDDI and plans to announce deals with additional foreign operators soon. The commercial roaming service, which it claims is the world’s first, is only …

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Asia briefs: China Tower to take control of 1M towers, M1 launches VoLTE & more

China Tower to take control of 1M towers China Tower, a joint venture set up last July, will soon take control of almost one million towers owned by China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. A Barclays analyst said the …

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China Mobile, Huawei demo “cloudified” VoLTE

China Mobile is partnering with Huawei to develop virtualised VoLTE services that use network function virtualisation (NFV) as the next-generation core network architecture. The two firms recently demoed so-called “cloudified” VoLTE service that runs on commercial off-the-shelf hardware servers and cloud …

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Asia Briefs: India’s DoT to suggest converged regulator, Huawei opens $170M R&D centre in Bangalore & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: India’s DoT to suggest converged regulator — report India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) reportedly will propose to the Prime Minister’s Office next …

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US Cellular CEO says network quality key to 2015 success

The CEO of US Cellular, Ken Meyers, believes the telco’s success in 2015 relies on the importance of network quality. While the USA’s fifth largest operator intends to roll out limited trials of VoLTE services in the next few months, Meyers conceded poor or incomparable network quality will quickly deter customers.