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 Wednesday, July 24, 2013

South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has outlined plans to extend its free public Wi-Fi service nationwide, according to the JoongAng Daily. It is understood that that ministry is now aiming to provide the free wireless broadband services in around 12,000 locations by 2017, up significantly from the 2,000 public access points that it currently has in operation. To that end, the ministry has confirmed that it will now begin deploying Wi-Fi infrastructure at 6,000 public health centres, community centres and welfare institutes from now until 2015. Construction will initially get underway in 1,020 remote areas including Ulleung Island and Cheolwon, Gangwon. Meanwhile, around 4,000 locations where private Wi-Fi services are provided by mobile carriers – including places such as public libraries, museums, police stations and hospitals – are to be opened to the public.

In announcing its plans, the ministry is said to have claimed that Wi-Fi usage is increasing, in part as customers look to reduce mobile phone bills. However, it has noted that around 53% of the country’s Wi-Fi hotspots are located in the capital Seoul and other nearby areas. With the government hoping to change this situation with the rollout of new Wi-Fi networks, ministry official Park Yoon-hyun was cited as saying: ‘Expansion of Wi-Fi areas will ease financial burdens on consumers and help narrow the information gap between people in Seoul and other cities.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:45:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Malik Shaban, the deputy CEO of ZTE in Libya, has revealed to the Libya Herald that a nationwide WiMAX network could be in place as early as August this year, confirming that work has now commenced on the second phase of deployment. The rollout, which is being carried out on behalf of the country’s dominant internet service provider (ISP), state-owned Libya Telecom & Technology (LTT), will see around 300 WiMAX base stations deployed across the country, with a particular focus on rural areas in the south. The rollout will supplement LTT’s current footprint of 346 towers, which cover 18 locations. However, the undertaking may not end there; LTT’s managing director, Saad Ksheer, told the paper that the company is planning a total of 588 new WiMAX towers to ease network congestion. ZTE has been active within Libya since September when it was drafted in to repair infrastructure damaged during the revolution. However, it is thought that ‘phase two’ of the rollout dates back to the period prior to the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:36:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 14, 2012

The Yemeni government has begun installing a national WiMAX network to improve the availability of internet access, reports National Yemen. The project is to be completed in two phases and will see the deployment of 28 stations covering Sanaa and Aden. The rollout is expected to cost YER591 million (USD2.736 million). Commenting at a ceremony marking the launch of the project, Minister of Telecommunications Dr. Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar said: ‘We are looking for all the people to benefit from this technology and it will be available to all kinds of people, and not just a specific group. It will be helpful in many fields – in education, health, communication.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 11:03:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) has awarded WiMAX licences to three operators to increase the availability of internet access in the nation. Neda Telecom, IO Global and Arianna Network Services were each awarded a licence for a fee of USD520,000. The MCIT said in a statement that between 20% and 30% of subscribers to telecoms services currently have access to the internet, though with the issuance of the trio of WiMAX licences, and the allocation of 3G licences earlier this year the ministry hopes to increase access to around 80% of the population within two years.

Telecom minister Amirzai Sangin added: ‘to change Afghanistan into [an] advanced technological and e-government country, implementing of advanced technologies is necessary and provides great facilities to the residents of the country. 3G and WIMAX technologies [will] provide fast internet services for the people of Afghanistan.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 10:57:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 29, 2012

A report published this week by Cisco during the Futurecom conference in Rio de Janeiro claims that Brazil is currently underserved when it comes to the deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots, accounting for only 0.5% of the global total of 777,000. Cisco’s Brazil president Rodrigo Abreu said that despite boasting the world’s fifth largest mobile subscriber base, behind China, India, the US and Indonesia, there were only 4,000 Wi-Fi hotspots deployed in Brazil in June, compared to 180,000 in the UK alone at the same date. Abreu confirmed that Brazil’s mobile network operators are keen to utilise Wi-Fi to alleviate congestion of their 2G/3G networks, but are still assessing how best to monetise such a business model.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 4:51:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Kyrgyzstan’s National Communications Agency has allocated spectrum for WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE) to a total of twelve companies, writes Tazabek. AsiaInfo, Global Telecom Asia, ToTel, Aknet, Kurulush Invest, T-Com, Fraton Plus, Aytel, Foris Telecom, WTT, Saima Telecom and Intranet KG have all been awarded spectrum according to the report, although it does not state which operators were awarded what frequencies.

Source: Telegeography.

CIS | LTE | Wifi WiMax
Monday, October 29, 2012 3:56:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT), which announced the launch of a Wi-Fi hotspot network earlier this year to augment its upcoming launch of HSPA-based mobile broadband services, reported this week that it has rolled out 43 Wi-Fi coverage areas under the ‘bzone’ banner. TSTT chairman Everald Snaggs said that the public hotspots were deployed over the last three months, providing free high speed internet access to TSTT’s fixed and mobile broadband customers, and claimed to have attracted 12,000 regular Wi-Fi users across the islands so far. Snaggs added that the HSPA+ network would be launched ‘soon’, with rollout being carried out at over 400 cell sites across the country. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that TSTT announced plans to roll out the new 3.5G network (being marketed as ‘4G’) in April 2012 via a contract awarded to Huawei Technologies of China, in a move that marks a shift away from the telco’s existing WiMAX and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO wireless broadband strategy.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 10:32:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

According to local press reports, Russian wireless giant Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) is set to launch its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network on 1 September, replacing its existing WiMAX service in the process. In an unconfirmed report that cited company representative Dmitry Solodovnikov, Vedomosti suggested that the in-deployment LTE network will have a far larger scope than its WiMAX predecessor, with some 2,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) expected to be constructed by end-2012, compared to just 200 WiMAX BTS currently in operation, serving around 70,000 wireless broadband subscribers in and around Moscow. LTE modem sales will commence on 7 August, although no price has been disclosed thus far; rival MegaFon’s LTE-suitable E392 modem is priced at RUB2,990 (USD92.90). Any WiMAX customers who have purchased a modem since April 2012 will be eligible to exchange them for free and obtain one month’s free data access, while longer-term users who make the switch will be granted three months’ complimentary LTE access as an incentive.

As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in February 2012 MTS was awarded Moscow’s first LTE licence by the Federal Supervision Agency for IT, Communications & Media (Roskomnadzor). The concession, which will allow it to provide 4G wireless services in the 2595MHz-2620MHz frequency band, will reportedly support the Time Division (TD)-LTE standard. Under the terms of its licence, MTS is required to launch its LTE network on or before 29 December 2013; the concession is valid until 29 December 2016. Slightly confusingly, the frequencies which MTS was awarded for LTE use were the same ones that Roskomnadzor ostensibly seized from the company’s former WiMAX subsidiary Comstar UTS in order to pave the way for the introduction of LTE in the capital. Previously, Sistema, the Russian conglomerate that owns MTS, demanded compensation to the tune of RUB1.5 billion from the winners of the tender, effectively demanding recompense from itself.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:42:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Zimbabwe’s largest cellco Econet has relaunched its mobile WiMAX broadband services, having slashed its prices and made available once again its mobile WiMAX USB modems which were previously taken off the shelves whilst it concentrated on marketing its 3G cellular mobile broadband services instead. As TechZim reports, Econet is now offering a ZTE TU25 mobile WiMAX dongle modem for a one-off price of USD45 and internet access for USD0.025 per MB, compared to a previous pricetag for the same modem of USD175 two years ago (with a cost per MB of USD0.15). The mobile WiMAX service was launched commercially in April 2010 by Econet’s Ecoweb ISP unit, but its high prices made it unattainable to the average internet user, and marketing of the service to new customers was suspended after five months as Econet focused on its 3G network development, and repositioned WiMAX as a fixed-wireless service, offering indoor modems as part of its ‘@Home’ and ‘@Work’ WiMAX packages. The relaunch of mobile WiMAX packages appears to be timed to fight the challenge from rival ISPs launching the technology, including Utande, by undercutting their prices.

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:59:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 22, 2012

Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), the country’s incumbent fixed line operator, has introduced a wireless broadband service based on WiMAX technology. The Daily Times cites MTL’s acting CEO Elias Imaan as saying that the new offering will be available to both residential and business customers, and will be rolled out in phases across the country, beginning with central business districts and some suburbs of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. The second phase, scheduled to take place in the fourth quarter of 2012, will cover the remaining parts of the three cities, as well as other districts. Imaan added that MTL, which also offers internet access via CDMA and DSL technology, has rebranded all of its consumer internet services under the uniform MiNET brand.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 12:02:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Global public Wi-Fi hotspot numbers are set to grow from 1.3 million in 2011, to 5.8 million by 2015, a 350 percent increase. The number does not include 'community hotspots', where users share their own Wi-Fi access point with others, which add an additional 4.5 million worldwide, according to a report released by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and compiled by Informa. The findings show that 58 percent of operators - including 47 percent of mobile operators - believe Wi-Fi hotspots are either very important or crucial to their customers' experience; offload busy mobile broadband networks; and provide a value-added services platform. The survey found that smartphone connections to Wi-Fi hotspots will soon overtake laptops globally. Laptops now represent less than half (48%) of the connections to hotspots, smartphones account for 36 percent and tablets 10 percent.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:28:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Latest figures from ABI Research indicates that there are currently more than 500 3G network commitments, and over 300 WiMAX and LTE announcements worldwide. This equates to more than two billion of the world's population being covered by high-speed data networks. The demand for speedy data networks continues to rise across the globe.

"While many networks in US and Europe are working towards complete coverage for 3G services, some mobile operators in other regions find themselves tangled up with government bureaucracy, which impedes progress in upgrading the network technology," comments ABI Research mobile services research practice director Neil Strother. "India has at last concluded its 3G spectrum auction after repeated delays; Thailand's attempt to catch up with 3G licensing has once again stalled due to reorganization of the telecoms regulator."

ABI Research estimates that nearly 82% of the population in Western Europe is currently covered by 3G networks, while only about 12% of Asia-Pacific's population has access to 3G services. "3G coverage in the Asia-Pacific region is set to rise dramatically in the next few years as Chinese and Indian operators such as China Unicom and Bharti Airtel begin actively rolling out new data networks," notes ABI research associate Fei Feng Seet.

Network sharing has became more common in a number of mature markets. For example, French mobile operator SFR will be sharing the rural build-out of its UMTS network with domestic rivals Orange France and Bouygues Telecom. Meanwhile, T-mobile and Orange UK have formed a new joint venture called "Everything Everywhere" in a bid to share costs and spectrum.

Source: Cellular News

3G | Wifi WiMax | World
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:53:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 02, 2010

The Asia-Pacific region has overtaken North America as the home to the largest number 4G broadband wireless subscribers. According to figures from TeleGeography’s 4G Research Service, there were around 1.7 million pre-WiMAX and WiMAX customers in Asia at the end of March 2010 compared to 1.4 million in the US and Canada. With the global 4G subscriber total standing at more than 5.7 million, the Asia-Pacific region now accounts for 29% of the overall market, up from 22% a year earlier and just 6% at the end of 2006.

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Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, September 02, 2010 10:11:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 31, 2010

­Under the banner, "Plug, Pay and Go," the weekend saw the official launch of Digicel's WiMAX network in Jamaica. The network is available across all fourteen parishes covering 60% of the population and 200 communities with further rollout planned. That translates to 410,000 households in Jamaica.

Digicel says that it has leveraged its existing network and investment in Jamaica of over US$850 million with a further investment of US$22.7 million in rolling out the WiMAX network.

Customers have unlimited usage and can choose between affordable prepaid 7 day, 14 day or 30 day plans or a monthly postpaid plan. Colm Delves, Digicel Group CEO, comments; "This is the biggest thing we have done in Jamaica since we launched here nearly ten years ago. Digicel is delivering the fastest and best wireless broadband service to customers across Jamaica and bringing the internet to people and places who have never had it before.

"Recent research from CESifo suggests that a 10% increase in broadband penetration can help to raise annual per capita GDP growth by 0.9 to 1.5 percentage points. With Digicel 4G Broadband, we are making wireless broadband internet an easy-to-access, affordable reality and empowering Jamaican people and businesses to get the best out of the internet -- whenever and however they want it. With Digicel 4G Broadband, the possibilities are endless."

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:26:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 05, 2010

Panama has rolled out the first phase of the Internet for All project. Over 328 Wi-Fi hotspots have already been deployed, with an additional 300 locations to be provided with free Wi-Fi connections by April, according to Panama's president Ricardo Martinelli. The first phase of the project covers 11 cities across the country, including Penonome, Colon, David, Chitre, Arraijan, Panama, La Chorrera, Santiago, Sona and Pese. Users can access the internet at speeds of up to 512 kbps. Free internet access centres have been deployed at public schools, parks, libraries, community gyms, as well as municipal and government institutions. The Wi-Fi project is expected to benefit around 2.3 million users across Panama.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, February 05, 2010 9:35:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has invited Caribbean countries to use the country’s Simon Bolivar (Venesat-1) satellite, which entered operations in January and covers the island region, reports BNamericas. Chavez added that, in partnership with his close ally Cuba, it was his aim to implement satellite-based tele-medicine, tele-education, internet access, social services, and mobile telephony programmes covering the whole region. Science and technology minister Jesse Chacon emphasised that Venesat-1 will enable the provision of telephony, high speed internet and TV services in isolated areas in Venezuela and will also be instrumental in the implementation of tele-medicine and tele-education programmes. The minister said work had begun to connect all university branches in the country with their main campuses via the satellite, and there were plans to connect hospitals in Caracas with small medical centres in remote southern areas. Uruguay is also entitled to use Venesat-1 for research purposes.

Chacon also announced that the state is undertaking a project to deploy a free public Wi-Fi mesh network covering 50 square kilometres in the city of Barquisimeto, the Lara state capital. Hotspots would initially be used principally by students and for tracing vehicles. Chacon inaugurated one of 50 digital access centres planned for Lara this year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 3:23:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wireless broadband technology provider Alvarion has been chosen to deploy the first mobile WiMAX network in Papua New Guinea for government-run telco Telikom PNG, which plans to provide nationwide coverage using the vendor’s end-to-end mobile WiMAX 4Motion solution in the 2.3GHz frequency band. Alvarion’s local partner for this project is Telrad Networks. Telikom PNG’s first wireless broadband network in the capital city of Port Moresby has been launched in the last few weeks and is expected to provide connectivity to approximately 1,500 users. The second network to be deployed in the city of Lae is planned to go live in the second quarter of 2009. Further expansion is expected at the end of 2009, extending the network to all regional cities as part of a master plan to achieve nationwide coverage for 55,000 end-users. According to Alvarion’s press release Papua New Guinea has a population of almost six million and an internet penetration rate below 2%, and Telikom PNG has seized on WiMAX as a method of cost-effectively expanding data and voice services over a wide area.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 9:29:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 04, 2009

Worldwide, approximately 1.45 million BWA/WiMAX subscribers were added during 2008, while the WCDMA subscriber base increased by more than 90 million. The average quarter-over-quarter subscriber growth rate in 2008 was 21.5%, according to the 7th issue of the 4GCounts Quarterly Report from Maravedis.

"Total BWA/WiMAX revenues for 2008 totaled US$1.82 billion, compared US$898.78 million in 2007 - a 102% annual revenue increase despite the economic downturn that began affecting operator revenues in Q3 2008," noted Maravedis CEO and founder Adlane Fellah.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, May 04, 2009 10:39:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 23, 2009

At the end of 2008, only 11% of worldwide wireless subscriptions were 3G. By the end of 2013, the percentage of 3G and 4G subscriptions will reach 30%, reports In-Stat. This trend is reflected in fourth quarter 2008 wireless infrastructure contract awards.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:48:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Communications market research firm Infonetics Research released the fourth quarter edition of its WiMAX report this week, noting that the overall WiMAX equipment and device market held steady in 4Q08 over 3Q08 at $275 million, as the 802.16e mobile WiMAX segment increased 5% to counter a slight dip in the 802.16d fixed WiMAX segment.

In 2008, the number of fixed and mobile WiMAX subscribers hit 3.9 million, up 120% from CY07.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:44:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 17, 2008

The cost of talking on the go is coming down, thanks to an increasing number of options for using Internet calling services on cellphones as an alternative to traditional cellular service plans.

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Source: IHT.

Friday, October 17, 2008 9:53:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |