Why the worldwide smartphone market continues to be sluggish

All consumer electronics devices eventually reach market saturation, where most of the people that crave the product already have it. After declining by 0.3 percent in 2017, the worldwide smartphone market will shrink again this year.

Smartphone shipments are forecast to drop by 0.2 percent in 2018 to 1.462 billion units, which is down from 1.465 billion in 2017 and 1.469 billion in 2016. However, IDC expects the market to grow by 3 percent annually from 2019 onwards. Worldwide shipments should reach 1.654...

By David H. Deans, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Devices, Disruption, Smartphones.

How Asian telcos are leading global innovation investment

While most telecom service providers across the globe continue to invest in software-defined networking and open source software, a few are now investing in the new wave of technologies. In particular, technology leadership is a key component in China's strategic plan to stimulate new economic growth.

In its latest benchmarking study to identify the leaders and laggards in telecom service provider innovation, ABI Research has concluded that Asian telcos are the recognized technology trailblazers, followed...

By David H. Deans, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Innovation, Operators.

SoftBank and Huawei combine to demonstrate 5G use cases

SoftBank and Huawei have announced a variety of potential use cases for a 5G network.

The use cases include real-time UHD video transmission using ultra-high throughput of over 800 Mbps, remote control of a robotic arm using ultra-low latency transmission and remote rendering via a GPU server using edge computing to the company’s business partners.

The demo was conducted using a UHD camera, which was installed inside the demonstration room to capture outdoor scenery of the Odaiba Tokyo Bay area. The...

By Telecoms, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Connectivity, Networks.

The upside for network function virtualisation apps in Asia

Telecom service providers in the Asia-Pacific region are actively virtualising their network architecture. A flurry of new applications development is driven by open source communities - such as OPNFV and ONAP - as well as from individual efforts by telcos.

According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the network function virtualization (NFV) market in the Asia-Pacific region will grow to $9.24 billion in 2022.

NFV market development in Asia Pacific

Japan is the largest single market within the...

By David H. Deans, 25 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Networks, NFV.

Hutchison Telecom sells fixed line business to investment group for £1.4 billion

I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager based in New York, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% interest in Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) from Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (HTHKH).

The deal, which is about HKD 14.5 billion (£1.4bn), is expected to close by October, and will be carried out via I Squared Capital’s ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund II.

HGC is a Hong Kong-based fixed line service provider to fixed and mobile...

By Telecoms, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Connectivity, Networks, OTT Services.

SK Telecom announces commercialisation of LTE-A Pro technologies

SK Telecom has announced that it has successfully commercialised five-band Carrier Aggregation (CA) and 4X4 MIMO, which are key technologies of LTE-A Pro, the last stage of LTE evolution. It aims to enhance its data transmission speed and performance to represent an early application of 5G technologies that support Gbps-level data speeds and massive network capacity.

SK Telecom’s five-band CA LTE-A Pro service supports up to 700Mbps data rates, enabling users to download 2GB within 23 seconds. This...

By Telecoms, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Connectivity, LTE.

Japan prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games with 5G trial system

Japan will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2020 and the nation plans to ensure attendees can keep up with the athletes, at least on their mobile.

The country has begun a trial of a 5G system in Tokyo and rural areas as it prepares for the games and the expected launch of the fifth-generation mobile technology in 2020.

Headed by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the trials are expected to continue for the next three years and will involve a myriad of private-sector companies...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile.

SK Telecom boosts its smart home platform via collaboration with Samsung and LG

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South Korea-based operator SK Telecom has boosted its efforts at creating an open ecosystem around its smart home platform through collaboration with Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics.

SK Telecom has signed MoUs with both companies that will ensure interconnectivity of Samsung and LG’s smart home platforms with SK Telecom's Smart Home App. As a result, users of SK Telecom's smart home platform will be able to control consumer electronic products of Samsung and LG...

By Telecoms, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, IoT, Operators.

The 5G puzzle for operators: Asia most likely to lead way on deployment

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Mobile operators expect Asia to lead the development and deployment of 5G technologies, according to research from InterDigital.

The operator community as a whole expects Asia (71%) to lead development and deployment of 5G, ahead of North America (52%) and Europe (45%), although operators in North America were more likely to think they would lead the charge. Telcos in Asia are already putting forward their proposals; Japanese operator DoCoMo says it will launch a first release of 5G to...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Broadband.

Why 4G LTE mobile subscribers will double by 2014

The development of personal broadband, mobile device applications and services are being enabled by the next generation wireless broadband technologies -- such as WiFi, 4G LTE and LTE Advanced. The rapid adoption of 4G LTE mobile broadband technology is likely in the next two years, with the subscriber number doubling from an estimated 105 million subscribers this year to nearly 220 million in 2014, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. The new study found that with 2012 being a breakthrough year for LTE and deployments gaining momentum, subscribers will begin to sign up for services in...

By David H. Deans, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, LTE, Operators, Research.