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Chinese carriers add 28.3 million 5G subscribers in January

Chinese operators recorded a net gain of 28.3 million 5G subscribers in January, according to the carriers’ latest available figures. China Mobile, the world’s largest operator in terms of subscribers, added a total of 14.48 million 5G subscribers during the first month of 2022.The operator...

Telstra inks network sharing deal with TPG Telecom in Australia

Australian carriers Telstra and TPG Telecom announced a ten-year regional Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) commercial agreement. Under the terms of the deal, TPG Telecom will secure access to around 3,700 of Telstra’s mobile network assets, increasing TPG Telecom’s current 4G coverage from around 96% to...

EU starts WTO dispute against China over telecom patents

The European Union has filed a case against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for restricting EU high-tech companies from going to a foreign court to protect and use their patents. In a release, the European Commission noted that China "severely restricts EU companies...

FSG selects Nokia, Mavenir to rollout Australia’s fourth mobile network

Australian rural carrier Field Solutions Holdings (FSG) has selected Nokia and Mavenir as its primary technology partners to build Australia’s fourth mobile network. As part of the deal, the technology partners will supply 4G and 5G radio access networks and mobile core.  Mavenir will provide...

Telstra’s 5G network covers over 77% of Australian population: CEO

Australian operator Telstra’s 5G network reached 77.5% of the country’s population as of the end of last year, the carrier’s CEO Andrew Penn said in the company’s earnings release. Penn said that Telstra’s 5G network was now more than twice the size of Telstra’s next...

Vodafone Idea, Nokia demonstrate 5G VoNR in India

Indian telecom operator Vodafone Idea says that it has successfully demonstrated 5G Voice over New Radio (VoNR) in partnership with Finnish vendor Nokia. The telco said that the demo was part of the ongoing 5G trials in the city of Gandhinagar, in Gujarat. Once deployed, the...

SK Telecom ends 2021 with 9.87 million 5G subscribers

South Korean operator SK Telecom ended 2021 with a total of 9.87 million subscribers in the 5G segment, after a net addition of 4.4 million customers during the year, the carrier said in its earnings statement. In the last quarter of 2021, SK Telecom added...

Keysight helps LG Electronics to demo 6G RF front-end module

Keysight Technologies said it helped Korean company LG Electronics to demonstrate a 6G radio frequency (RF) front-end (RFFE) module at the 2021 Korea Science and Technology Exhibition held at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) in Ilsan, Korea in December 2021. 6G standards have not...

India expects 5G auction to be completed by August: Report

India expects to conclude its 5G spectrum auction by August and for services to be rolled out subsequently, CNBC reported, citing the country’s Telecommunications and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. The ministry said that the country’s telecoms regulator TRAI is in the final stages of its...

Rakuten Mobile reaches coverage target for its 4G network

Japanese operator Rakuten Mobile announced that the population coverage ratio for its 4G network has reached 96%. Rakuten Mobile noted that the goal had been reached four years ahead of the target set when it initially outlined its deployment plan. This plan had been approved...

5G accounts for nearly 30% of mobile subscribers in South Korea: report

Nearly 30% of mobile subscriptions in South Korea were on 5G networks at the end of last year, Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing data from the Ministry of Science and ICT. The total number of 5G subscribers amounted to 20.92 million as of the...

Indian government confirms 5G auction for 2022

India seems to be set to auction new frequencies to allow local telcos to launch 5G services as the nation’s Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled plans for an auction later this year. The official confirmed that operators are expected to launch...

ZTE’s profits, operating revenue expand in 2021

Chinese vendor ZTE reported that its net profit attributable to holders of ordinary shares of the listed company reached CNY6.5-7.2 billion ($1.02-$1.13 billion), an increase of 52.6% to 69% year-on-year. “During the year, the company, confronted with complex external environment, continued to solidify its position...

LG Uplus ends 2021 with 4.62 million 5G subscribers

Korean operator LG Uplus ended the fourth quarter of 2021 with 4.62 million 5G subscribers, up 67.9% year-on-year, according to the company’s latest earnings statement. The telco added a total of 1.87 million 5G subscribers during last year, while total net additions in the fourth...

Chunghwa Telecom ends 2021 with over 12,000 5G base stations: CEO

Taiwanese operator Chunghwa Telecom ended 2021 with over 12,000 5G stations across Taiwan, the company’s CEO, Harrison Kuo, said during a conference call with investors. “In the fourth quarter, the mobile market in Taiwan remained steady as operators focused on 5G migration and development. By...

China ends 2021 with 1.43 million 5G base stations

China ended 2021 with a total of 1.43 million 5G base stations across the country, Chinese press reported citing data from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The ministry said that Chinese operators have deployed a total of 654,000 base stations nationwide during...

Huawei’s green 5G strategy aims to help telcos obtain energy savings: VP

Chinese vendor Huawei’s green 5G strategy aims to help carriers to build networks with high performance and energy saving at the same time, Daisy Zhu, VP of wireless marketing for Huawei, told RCR Wireless News. “Green is the latest buzz word to make it into...

Korean government cooperate with local firms on future 6G networks

The Korean Ministry of Science and ICT announced that it is working on next-generation network development strategies together with local carriers and tech firms SK Telecom, KT, LG Uplus, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, Business Korea reported. The government and the companies aim to carry...

Nokia, SK Telecom collaborate on virtualized RAN

Nokia and Korean telco SK Telecom said they have successfully completed a proof-of-concept (PoC) and demonstration of what they call the world's first 5G 64TRX wireless-based cloud Radio Access Network (vRAN) in Korea. Both companies plan to start field testing a vRAN in 2022. The demonstration...

Chinese telcos add almost 27 million 5G subscribers in December

Chinese operators recorded a net gain of 26.9 million 5G subscribers in December, according to the carriers’ latest available figures. China Mobile, the world’s largest operator in terms of subscribers, added a total of 12.5 million 5G subscribers during the last month of 2021.The operator...

NTT Docomo unveils ‘Drop-n-Prop’ antenna

Japanese telco NTT Docomo announced that it has developed an antenna system capable of creating a high-frequency mobile communication cell when a small piece of plastic is placed on top of a dielectric waveguide. In a release, the carrier said that the solid plastic cube...

5G smartphone shipments in China grow over 63% y-o-y in 2021: Report

Shipments of 5G mobile phones in the Chinese market reached 266 million units in 2021, up 63.5% compared to shipments the previous year, local press reported, citing a report by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology. According to the report, shipments of 5G...

Smart Communications selects Samsung for 5G SA deployment

Philippine mobile services provider Smart Communications has partnered with South Korean vendor Samsung for the deployment of the former’s 5G Standalone (5G SA) technology in the Philippines. This development follows Smart's recent activation of initial commercial 5G SA sites in Makati. Earlier, Samsung was able...

Indian operators urge government to reduce reserve price for 5G spectrum

Indian telecom operators have submitted comments to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) asking the government to cut the reserve price for 5G spectrum, according to local press reports. Operators are saying that the reserve price for the 5G spectrum needs to be cut...

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