Huawei scores victory in telecom equipment market space, says Dell’Oro Group

It would be fair to say Huawei has not had a stack of good press in recent weeks – but a new report from Dell’Oro Group has seen solid uptick with regards to the telecom equipment market.

According to the latest note from the analyst group, Huawei now holds 29% of the telecom equipment market, ahead of Nokia – including Alcatel Lucent – and Ericsson. The Chinese vendor has increased its market share by eight...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Infrastructure, Operators, Research.

How mobile-first enterprise leaders are driving innovation trends

As more CIOs and CTOs adopt mobile-first strategies, mobility solutions revenue from the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan (APeJ), will record 5.7 percent year-over-year growth, reaching $541.9 billion in 2018 and $615.4 billion by 2022.

Spending on mobility-related hardware, software, and services is estimated to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7 percent during the forecast period, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Mobility solutions market...

By David H. Deans, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Devices, Mobile, Research.

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 volume in...

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

Mobile will connect the next billion Internet users, but at what cost?

Emerging markets continue to feature heavily in the keynote speeches at MWC 2013, with both Nokia and Bharti Airtel’s CEOs highlighting that the next billion Internet connections will come from mobile users in emerging markets.

Ovum forecasts that emerging markets will be the key source of future mobile connections growth, particularly in Africa and Asia-Pacific. Between 2012 and 2017, Ovum expects that there will be 1.6 billion new mobile connections across the world, with 61% of these coming from Asia-Pacific....

By Ovum Research, 27 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Asia, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Japanese operators gamble on iOS and Android #AppsWorld

The US dropped to second place in terms of app revenue generation last year for the first time ever, supplanted by the new dominant player whose smartphone market is beginning to snowball, Japan.

Mobile app intelligence and metrics tracking firm App Annie has released a detailed breakdown of the the complex Japanese market, detailing the precarious stance this smartphone onslaught has forced domestic carriers to adopt.

Smartphone uptake among the Islands’ population progressed at a leisurely pace until...

By Matt Henkes, 29 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Asia, Operators, Smartphones.

20 cultural tips for understanding ‘face’ when doing business in Asia

Whilst the focus of this blog is the intersection of telecoms and technology with law and regulation, it does occasionally stray into ‘softer’ topics. With the first anniversary of our Singapore office coming up after the lunar new year, I was reflecting on what I had learnt in my time here.

Just after arrival I had blogged about the

By Rob Bratby, 23 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Industry.

Thailand is playing catch-up in auctioning spectrum for mobile broadband

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy

A decade after most countries awarded 3G licenses at 2.1GHz, Thailand has finally taken its first steps to catch up with them, conducting its own auction of frequencies in this band.

In October 2012 the National Broadcasting and Telecoms Commission (NBTC) auctioned 45MHz of spectrum to three mobile operators. The auction raised only a fraction above the minimum price, and the Ministry of Finance has since issued a complaint to the National...

By Ovum Research, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband, Research.

Can HTC go for the jugular in Chinese smartphone market?

Everyone’s getting used to struggling financial results from the telecoms industry these days due to the bleak economic outlook.

Announcing quarterly figures is akin to a death sentence, especially if the big companies find the going difficult.

Huawei posted strong sales revenue figures of CNY 102.7bn (£10.4bn), overtaking Swedish giants Ericsson through the first two quarters of 2012.

But despite this, they posted a 22%...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Operators, Smartphones.

Hong Kong beats South Korea to broadband speed crown

Hong Kong has overtaken South Korea in having the fastest broadband in the world for both mobile and fixed connections.

The latest State of the Internet report from content delivery providers Akamai showed that Hong Kong’s average peak connection speed hit 49.2Mbps in the first quarter of 2012, with long-time leader South Korea relegated to second place with 47.8Mbps.

These two nations were streets ahead of Japan (39.5), Romania (38.8) and Latvia (33.5) who comprised the top five peak speeds.

South...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband.

LG announces 3D-enabled game apps for Smart TV

The Korean electronics giant LG has announced that its Cinema 3D Smart TVs are to get a series of 3D game apps.

This has been described as an industry first, as until then these games were only available on 2D on smartphones and tablets via Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.

Five popular games have been launched initially, with more becoming available during August.

The five games are Air Penguin, Burn the City, Diversion, Downhill Bowling 2 and Frisbee Forever. The service will be available in all...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Asia, Cloud, IPTV, Smart TV.

Infonetics: Mobile network services market will grow to $976bn

Infonetics Research has released its latest report on the mobile network service provider ecosystem, which tracks operator subscribers and revenue derived from pre-paid and post-paid mobile broadband data, voice, and messaging services. "The mobile world is undeniably shifting from voice to data, as mobile operators migrate as many subscribers as they can to data service plans and smartphones," says Stephane Teral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research. Already in North America and...

By David H. Deans, 30 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband, Mobile, N America.