Singtel pushes fibre adoption to support Smart Nation

Written on Monday, 02 October 2017 08:07
Singapore-based telecom provider Singtel announced that it will accelerate fibre-based service adoption for its business and residential customers. Currently, fibre-based networks deliver speeds of up to 100Gbps and provide the connectivity needed for Smart Nation envisioned by Singapore. “We are pleased to make this technology adoption push in support of today’s digital economy and tomorrow’s connected Smart Nation,” said Mr. Wong Soon Nam, Vice President, Consumer Products, Consumer Singapore, Singtel. Smart Nation, launched in 2014 by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee…
India’s largest telecom services provider, Bharti Airtel, announced a strategic partnership with South Korean telecom provider SK Telecom, under which the Indian comapny will leverage SK Telekom’s expertise to build the “most advanced telecom network in India”. “SK Telecom is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Bharti Airtel, a global leading mobile operator,” said Park Jung-ho, the President and CEO of SK Telecom. “SK Telecom will work closely with Bharti to achieve new network innovations so as to deliver…

Ooredoo reaffirms its commitment to reduce digital inequality

Written on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:34
Ooredoo was recognized for its commitment to reduce digital inequality in the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s ‘The State of Broadband 2017: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development’ report. Ooredoo’s commitment to reduce digital inequality stems from its core mission to make the internet accessible and enjoyable for everyone, the company said in a release. According to the report, while 48 percent of the global population is now online, some 3.9 billion people still do not have internet access, with the…
At Mobile World Congress Americas, US telecom provider Sprint and Ericsson unveiled the results of the first US 2.5GHz Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) field tests conducted in Seattle, Washington and Plano, Texas using Sprint’s spectrum and Ericsson’s 64T64R (64 transmit, 64 receive) radios. Sprint and Ericsson are preparing for commercial deployment next year, with Massive MIMO capable of increasing Sprint’s network capacity up to ten times. Testing of Massive MIMO on the Sprint LTE Plus network in downtown…

Dutch telco KPN ranked world’s most sustainable

Written on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:43
Dutch telecommunications company KPN has been recognized as an “industry leader” in the telecommunications category of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The independent experts consider KPN the most sustainable telecom company in the world as it outranks all others in the index. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which was introduced in 1999, gives the sustainability scores of the world’s largest 2,500 publicly traded companies and is divided into sectors. The ranking is based on economic, societal and environmental performance. KPN…

SK Telecom launches in-car AI virtual assistant

Written on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:35
SK Telecom announced that its mobile navigation app ‘T Map’ is now powered by its artificial intelligence (AI) platform NUGU, named ‘T Map X NUGU’. The AI-based navigation service allows drivers to use their voice to enjoy the existing navigation features as well as other useful features offered by NUGU. T Map was launched by SK Telecom in 2002, and is the leading mobile navigation service in South Korea. In July 2016, the company opened T Map to subscribers of…

KDDI and Samsung break record in high-speed 5G mobility test

Written on Sunday, 17 September 2017 08:59
Japanese telecom operator KDDI and Samsung Electronics announced the completion of a comprehensive set of 5G tests which demonstrate the viability and performance of 5G millimeter wave mobility solutions at speeds over 190km per hour which is the fastest record in the world. The successful results highlight the potential and capability of 5G to support a wide variety of future service scenarios. The demonstration, which took place at 'Everland SPEEDWAY' in South Korea, involved a battery of individual tests to…

Oman’s third mobile license postponed

Written on Sunday, 17 September 2017 06:45
Oman has postponed its third mobile license offering due to complications regarding Zain Group’s acquisition of a 9.84 stake in partially state-owned Oman Telecommunications (Omantel), according to UAE newspaper The National. The winner for the license bid was initially going to be announced on September 4. Regional telecom companies – including UAE’s Etisalat Group, Saudi Arabia’s STC, Sudan’s Sudatel and Kuwait’s Zain Group – placed their bids for the Oman license this year. The winner would compete against the country’s…

Virgin Mobile UAE’s ‘customer-centric’ approach

Written on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:55
Virgin Mobile UAE’s mobile plans are “totally customer-centric” said Product Manager Juraj Cangar speaking at the brand’s Design District HQ in Dubai on September 6. Customers can have their SIM card delivered to them “within an hour”, personalize their monthly mobile plan, and choose their own phone number, all via an in-house built app. The fully app-based mobile service is part of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), the parent company of ‘du’. Both Virgin Mobile UAE and du will share…

IoT to generate $1.8 trillion in revenue for mobile operators

Written on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:49
Internet of Things (IoT) will generate estimated US$1.8 trillion revenue for mobile network operators by 2026, driven by the early deployment of commercial Power Wide Area Networks in licensed spectrum, according to GSMA, which highlighted new figures in the IoT Forecast Database Research published by analyst house Machina Research. The new findings highlight the massive growth opportunities for mobile operators delivered through new mobile IoT applications and services. To date, 12 mobile operators have launched 15 commercial Mobile IoT services,…

Russia’s MegaFon shows strength and denies CEO rumors

Written on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:37
MegaFon, one of Russia’s leading telecom providers, posted positive results for Q2 2017, with revenue up 13.9 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) to reach RUB 89,689 million. OIBDA increased by 15.8 percent y-o-y to reach RUB 34,236 million. The company has denied recent press speculation regarding the possible resignation of its CEO Sergey Soldatenkov. In an effort to reassure its shareholders, MegaFon said recent reports and media speculation published in Russian business daily Vedomosti on the possible resignation of the company’s CEO…

Cook Islands telecom provider to launch 4G+

Written on Monday, 11 September 2017 11:07
<p>Bluesky Cook Islands, the sole provider of fixed phone, mobile and broadband services to the Cook Islands, has increased the amount of satellite capacity it is using from SES Networks, in order to launch 4G+ service to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, the two key cities of the island nation.<br><br> In the announcement made by SES, the increased capacity delivered on the low latency, high throughput O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) fleet will also allow the extension of 4G/LTE mobile backhaul service…
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