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Taiwan market: 4G user base 1.7 million, says NCC

Oct 23, 15:15

The number of 4G subscribers in Taiwan has increased to 1.7 million, according to the National Communications Commission (NCC).

Chunghwa Telecom participates in NCP submarine cable construction

Oct 22, 11:44

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has announced its participation in a joint-venture constructing and maintaining the New Cross Pacific Cable (NCP), a submarine cable system linking Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and the US.

China Mobile January-September profit down on year

Oct 21, 13:56

China Mobile has posted consolidated revenues of CNY481.235 billion (US$78.07 billion) for January-September 2014, increasing 3.9% on year, while its net profit of CNY82.602 billion decreased 9.7%.

Taiwan market: 4G users to reach 3 million by year-end 2014, says CHT chairman

Oct 21, 11:59

The number of 4G mobile communication subscribers in Taiwan will continue increasing to three million by the end of 2014, accounting for 13% of Taiwan's population, according to Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) chairman Rick Tsai.

Connected devices driving strong growth in gateway investments by ISPs, says IHS

Oct 17, 15:46

The global market for broadband consumer premises equipment (CPE) will end 2014 with the highest growth in revenues since 2010, increasing by 20% from 2013 to reach nearly US$11 billion, according to IHS.

Huawei Technologies developing 5G technology

Oct 17, 15:17

Huawei Technologies has been developing 5G mobile communication technology with a planned R&D budget of US$600 million until 2018, according to company acting CEO Ken Hu.

Chunghwa Telecom nets NT$3.94 per share for January-September

Oct 13, 10:29

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has reported net profit of NT$3.48 billion (US$115 million) for September 2014, resulting in net EPS of NT$3.94 for January-September.

Taiwan market: TWM to offer tier pricing for 4G services

Oct 8, 13:54

Taiwan Mobile (TWM) will offer tiered usage-based pricing for its 4G services in place of existing unlimited plans, with the new pricing effective from November, according to company president James Jeng.

Foxconn invests in TWM

Stockwatch - Oct 7, 11:53

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has announced that it has acquired 31.974 million shares of Taiwan Mobile (TWM) for a 0.93% stake at NT$93.2 per share and a total of NT$2.98 billion (US$98.5 million) through a venture capital subsidiary.

Digitimes Research: Telecom reform policies pave way for healthy telecom development in India

Oct 3, 10:33

The government in India, at the end of 2012, implemented the National Telecom Policy, a set of reform policies including nationwide licensing in place of regional licenses, enforcement of regulations on the use and auctioning of frequency bands, mechanisms for mobile telecom carriers to withdraw from...

Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom to launch NFC mobile payment services

Oct 2, 10:56

Taiwan-based Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) will launch NFC-based mobile payment services through cooperation with MasterCard, four local banks and EastCard on October 16. The service will support the HTC Butterfly 2, HTC One M8 as well as Sony Mobile Communications' Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia Z2 initially,...

Taiwan market: FET leads in 4G user base at end of August

Sep 29, 23:06

Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) had 254,000 4G subscribers at the end of August, the largest number among the three main 4G mobile communication operators in Taiwan, according to statistics from the National Communications Commission (NCC).

China August mobile phone user base grows to 1.267 billion, says MIIT

Sep 29, 12:39

There were 1.267 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of the end of August 2014, growing 0.32% on month and 5.97% on year, with 479.6 million (37.85%) of them being 3G users and 879.48 million (69.42%) using mobile Internet-access, according to China's Ministry of Industry...

Taiwan market: Wider bandwidths expected for 4G in 2015, says FET president

Sep 29, 11:29

Taiwan government is expected to release 2600MHz frequency band units in 2015 with bandwidth of 20-30MHz (for download) to meet fast growing demand for 4G mobile communication services, according to president Yvonne Li for Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET).

Taiwan market: Taiwan Star Cellular aims at 200,000-300,000 4G users at end of 2014

Sep 26, 11:54

Taiwan Star Cellular, which started 4G commercial operations on August 25 has more than 60,000 subscribers currently and aims to reach 200,000-300,000 at the end of 2014, according to company president Cliff Lai.

Taiwan market: TWM to obtain 14.9% stake in Ambit

Sep 26, 11:26

Taiwan-based 4G mobile communication licenseeTaiwan Mobile (TWM) has announced it will invest NT$2.98 billion (US$99.3 million) to acquire a 14.9% stake in another 4G licensee Ambit Microsystems, and acquire 4G frequency band 728-733MHz (for upload) and 783-788MHz (for download) from Ambit at NT$3.433...

Taiwan market: NCC offers 5700-6400MHz unlicensed band for 4G Small Cell

Sep 25, 11:08

Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) has decided to assign 5700-6400MHz as an unlicensed frequency band for 4G mobile communication operators to deploy outdoor Small Cell base stations to enhance backhaul networks.

Digitimes Research: Broadband Internet user bases in ASEAN countries growing fast

Sep 24, 21:40

All of the 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries except Laos and Myanmar have started nationwide fixed-line broadband Internet-access networks and the total number of subscribers increased to 19.9 million at the end of 2013, with a 2003-2013 CAGR ate of 40%, double the global...

Taiwan makes plan for TD-LTE, FDD LTE, says NCC

Sep 17, 12:03

Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) has made a draft plan to release frequency band units for TD-LTE and FDD LTE mobile communication operation, according to NCC chairman Howard Shyr.

China Mobile chairman calls for cross-strait cooperation in 5G development

Sep 17, 11:15

China Mobile chairman Xi Guo-hua, in an opening speech for the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) annual conference in Taiwan on September 16, expressed the hope that the telecom industries in Taiwan and China can co-develop 5G technology standards based on GTI and other platforms through cooperation with...

China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua

Taiwan assigns too few band units for TDD, says SerComm president

Sep 16, 11:47

The Taiwan government plans to assign 2600MHz frequency band units of 50MHz bandwidth for TDD (time division duplexing), and the bandwidth takes up only 10% of total bandwidth available for beyond 4G (B4G) and 5G development, much less than at least 30% as assigned in many other countries, according...

Huawei, Lenovo looking to enhance presence in high-end smartphone segment

Sep 15, 21:32

The new flagship smartphones recently unveiled by China-based handset vendors Huawei and Lenovo aim to enhance their presence in the high-end smartphone segment, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom sets iPhone 6 contract-bundled pricing

Sep 15, 11:00

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has announced contract-bundled purchase prices for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which are expected to be launched in the Taiwan market in late September, according to the company.

Chunghwa Telecom nets NT$3.49 per share for January-August

Sep 11, 15:41

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has reported net profit of NT$2.88 billion (US$96 million) for August 2014, resulting in net EPS of NT$3.49 for January-August.

Digitimes Research: 3G to take up 53.1% of mobile communication users in ASEAN in 2016

Sep 5, 15:24

The total number of mobile communication subscribers in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) market will reach 744.3 million in 2016, with 3G to account for 53.1%, 2G for 39.9% and 4G for 7%, according to Digitimes Research.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone vendors turning to retail and online channels for better profits

Sep 2, 14:12

Because telecom carriers in China have sharply reduced subsidies to smartphone purchasing, China-based smartphone vendors, which used to cooperate tightly with telecom carriers and adopted a strategy of flooding the market with multiple smartphone models, are turning to marketing through retail and...

Taiwan market: TWM, FET add 1800MHz to 4G operation

Sep 1, 11:48

Taiwan Mobile (TWM) and Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) have obtained licenses for operations on 1800MHz frequency band units from the National Communications Commission and started 4G services using the band units.

Asia Pacific Telecom to merge with Ambit Microelectronics

Sep 1, 10:58

Shareholders of Asia Pacific Telecom (APT), the only CDMA 2000 operator and one of the six 4G mobile communication licensees in Taiwan, at a meeting on August 29, approved the merger of the company with Ambit Microelectronics, also a 4G licensee, through a stock swap of 0.4975 APT shares for one Ambit...

Taiwan market: CHT, TWM, FET offer 4G pricing with unlimited use

Aug 29, 15:52

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), Taiwan Mobile (TWM) and Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET), viewing that Taiwan Star Cellular has offered unlimited 4G mobile Internet bundled with a 24-month contract at a fixed monthly rate of NT$599 (US$19.97), on August 28 announced unlimited 4G price-plans of their own,...

China Telecom records 1H14 revenues of CNY166.0 billion

Aug 28, 16:04

China Telecom generated consolidated revenues of CNY166.0 billion (US$26.9 billion) for the first half of 2014, including revenues of CNY16.6 billion, and increasing 5.3% on year, according to China-based tech.qq.com.

Taiwan market: FET and TWM add 390,000 4G users in two months

Aug 26, 12:14

Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) and Taiwan Mobile (TWM), two of the six next-generation (4G) mobile communication licensees in Taiwan, kicked off commercial operations in early June 2014 and on August 25 announced that the number of subscribers increased to more than 200,000 and 190,000, respec...

Taiwan market: Taiwan Star Cellular kicks off 4G operation

Aug 25, 21:42

Taiwan Star Cellular, one of the six next-generation (4G) mobile communication licensees in Taiwan, on August 25 announced the launch of commercial operations and is offering a fixed monthly charge of NT$599 (US$19.97) bundled with a 24-month contract with unlimited use, with the price available until...

Mobile Internet will continue to drive mobile revenues, contributing to 31% of global service revenues in 1Q14, says ABI Research

Aug 25, 15:38

In the first quarter of 2014, worldwide mobile service revenues increased 0.58% on year to US$264 billion, according to ABI Research. Revenues for 2014 will grow 2.9% on year to US$1.01 trillion, mainly driven by the robust growth of the mobile Internet market.

China July mobile phone user base grows to 1.263 billion, says MIIT

Aug 25, 10:51

There were 1.263 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of the end of July 2014, growing 0.24% on month and 6.60% on year. Of the subscribers, 476.90 million (37.75%) were 3G users and 872.21 million (69.04%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to China's Ministry...

Taiwan market: Internet penetration reached 77.66% in 1H14, says TWNIC

Aug 22, 14:52

An estimated 16.22 million Taiwan citizens aged 12 or above used fixed-line or wireless Internet services during the first half of 2014, equivalent to a penetration rate of 77.66%, according the latest survey undertaken by the government-sponsored Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) during May...

Taiwan market: New iPhone expected to drive demand for 4G subscriptions

Aug 19, 11:24

Many 3G mobile subscribers in Taiwan are waiting for the launch of the new iPhone with which they will shift to 4G subscriptions, and therefore the new iPhone is expected to boost demand for 4G subscription, which will possibly happen in late October or early November, according to sources with handset...

China Mobile 1H14 net profit down 8.5% on year

Aug 15, 15:53

China Mobile, the largest mobile telecom carrier in China, has released its first-half 2014 financial report, with net profit of CNY57.7 billion (US$9.36 billion) decreasing 8.5% on year.

Taiwan market: Taiwan Star Cellular offers free 4G trial services

Aug 14, 16:19

Taiwan Star Cellular has announced one-month free 4G trial services with no volume limits. It said it has established a 4G network covering 80% of Taiwan's population.

Digitimes Research: Singapore tops ASEAN countries in LTE subscriptions

Aug 13, 19:36

Fifteen mobile telecom carriers in seven ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries had started LTE commercial operations as of the end of the second quarter of 2014, and Singapore ranked first with LTE subscribers accounting for nearly 30% of all mobile communication subscriptions, according...

Chunghwa Telecom nets NT$3.12 per share for January-July

Aug 11, 11:49

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has reported net profit of NT$3.37 billion (US$112 million) for July 2014, resulting in net EPS of NT$3.12 for January-July.

Digitimes Research: ASEAN countries have potential in mobile handset market, but pre-paid services may be an issue

Aug 5, 11:01

Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had a total of 700 million mobile handset users and 20 million fixed-line broadband users in 2013, and compound annual growth rates (CAGR) for handset users and fixed-line broadband users from 2003-2013 were 24% and 40%, respectively,...

Chunghwa Telecom lowers 2014 capex budget by 5-10%

Jul 31, 12:06

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has decided to reduce its 2014 capital expenditure budget by 5-10% from NT$40.1 billion (US$1.34 billion) to NT$36.09-38.095 billion.

Taiwan market: FET aims at 95% 4G coverage at end of 2014

Jul 30, 22:02

Far EasTone Telecommunications has been deploying its 4G network around Taiwan and aims to reach a population coverage of 95% at the end of 2014, according to company president Yvonne Li.

TWM foresees profit drop in 3Q14

Jul 29, 11:55

Taiwan Mobile (TWM) has released financial forecast for third-quarter of 2014, expecting net profit to shrink 16.85% sequentially.

Taiwan market: Nearly 1,500 4G base stations in operation at end of June, says NCC

Jul 23, 15:21

Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) approved the establishment of 2,918 4G base stations, and 1,458 ones were in operation as of the end of June 2014.

China Mobile TD-LTE user base increases to nearly 14 million in June

Jul 23, 15:00

China Mobile saw its number of TD-LTE subscribers increase to 13.943 million at the end of June 2014, according to the company.

TWM, FET to swap 1800MHz band units for 4G

Jul 17, 15:46

Taiwan's National Communications Commission on July 16 consented to the exchange of two 1800MHz frequency bands between Taiwan Mobile (TWM) and Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) to facilitate each other to start 4G mobile communication operations on the band units as early as the end of third-quarter...

Taiwan market: Taifo licensed to operate FTTH services in Taipei

Jul 17, 11:57

Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a license to Taiwan Intelligent Fiber Optic Network Consortium (Taifo) for operating FTTH fixed-line broadband Internet-access and VoIP communication services around Taipei City.

China market: China Telecom starts dual-mode 4G trial operation

Jul 17, 11:07

China Telecom has kicked off TD-LTE/LTE FDD dual-mode 4G trial operation in 16 cities in China and plans to invest CNY13.2 billion (US$2.1 billion) in 4G infrastructure in 2014, according to China-based www.jinghua.cn.

Cumulative shipments of 300Mbps smartphone modems to exceed 700 million by 2019, says ABI Research

Jul 15, 16:09

Shipments of second-generation LTE basebands, commonly called Cat4, enabling mobile users to enjoy up to 150Mbps bandwidth, barely exceeded 42 million in 2013. However, key chipset suppliers are stretching their muscles for next-generation basebands that will enable speeds of up to 300Mbps, namely...

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