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Tuesday 27 July 2021
O-RAN in uncertain future
Although Europe's four major telecom operators - Vodafone, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Telefonica - had signed memorandum of understanding on the implementation of O-RAN based networks in Europe in early 2021, Rakuten Mobile's ongoing operating losses have put uncertainty to O-RAN's future.
Monday 26 July 2021
Asian countries see mixed 5G progresses
5G subscriptions are growing at a rate of about one million per day. 5G is expected to become the fastest adopted mobile generation in history, compared to 4G LTE. It is estimated that by the end of 2021, 5G subscriptions will reach 580 million, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report 2021. However, the penetration rate of 5G in Asia still varies greatly from country to country and now many countries are aiming to win in this 5G rollout competition.
Monday 26 July 2021
India roundup: Bharti Airtel working with Intel for 5G
India's telecom operator Bharti Airtel is working with Intel for 5G networks, while the local EV and car electronics makets are expanding fast.
Friday 23 July 2021
Highlights of the day: Foundry houses gear up for car chips
Demand from the car sector has been strong, and foundry houses are stepping up efforts to rolling out more automotive chips. Apple's manufacturing partners are seeing COVID-induced disruptions to their production in Vietnam, and will have to move poduction of new-gen AirPods to China. And in China, construction of 5G base stations is slowing down this year.
Friday 23 July 2021
China 5G base station buildups lagging behind schedule
Taiwan-based optical component suppliers are likely to brace for lower-than-expected sales in the third quarter of 2021 due to the low order visibility for their 5G optical components from telecom supply chain in China, according to industry sources.
Tuesday 20 July 2021
Highlights of the day: Foundry outlook remains robust
Strong demand and tight capacity are pushing up foundry serivce quotes. Major Taiwan-based foundry houses are expected to report record-high sales in third-quarter 2021. The overall handset market may be weak, but 5G smartphone demand is picking up. Smartphone chip vendors expect their sales to be fueled by 5G offerings in third-quarter 2021. Servers are also gearing up for the 5G edge computing boom.
Tuesday 20 July 2021
Server makers gearing up for 5G edge computing boom
Server makers are gearing up to tap the high-margin edge computing market segment, which is expected to expand rapidly with the availability of 5G.
Wednesday 14 July 2021
ITRI unveils smart 5G O-RAN network management system
The Taiwan government-backed Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has teamed up with Pegatron and Keysight Technologies to develop a smart base station management system that complies with 5G O-RAN standards.
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Vietnam, India to partner for ICT development
Vietnam is looking to cooperate with India to promote ICT development, with both sides having held an online meeting recently over the matter, according to a report by VnEconomy.
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Reliance, Google reportedly to develop ultra-low-priced smartphones in India
India-based Reliance Industries reportedly is in talks with Google to jointly develop an ultra-low-priced smartphone, likely to be dubbed JioPhone Next, according to a local media report.
Monday 12 July 2021
Philippines' Globe Telecom ventures into startups to generate revenue from value-added services
The Philippines' Globe Telecom created revenue growth of more than 60% of revenue in seven years, with its almost 9% in average annual growth higher than the average of 6.53% for 16 telecom firms that NYU Stern School of Business tracks around the world. Through its 100%-owned subsidiary Kickstart Ventures, Globe Telecom has successfully built a digital ecosystem that offers a variety of value-added services to generate substantial revenue.
Wednesday 7 July 2021
Taiwan 5G subscriber penetration rate to reach 30% by year-end 2021
Taiwan is likely to see 5G penetration rate reach nearly 30% by the end of 2021, bolstered by expanding 5G network coverage and the availability of new 5G smartphones, according to industry sources.
Wednesday 7 July 2021
5G users in Thailand to exceed 5 million by year-end 2021
The number of 5G communication service users in Thailand is expected to exceed five million by the end of 2021, the Bangkok Post has cited a Ericsson report as indicating.
Tuesday 6 July 2021
US cable operators rely on MVNO to expand coverage
US cable operators Comcast, Charter, AT&T and Verizon have seen huge growth in users as remote learning and working are still dominant. Meanwhile, small and medium DSL Internet providers who do not offer high-speed Internet connectivity are struggling, seeking bankruptcy protecion or suffering huge declines in revenue. These DSL providers are now being subsidized by the US government to upgrade to fiber network. This year, the US telecom market will continue to robust growth, as the US government plans to funnel US$3 billion out of the Biden administration's US$1.9 trillion COVID relief bill into paying for low- and middle-income families' Internet bills.
Tuesday 6 July 2021
South Korea has fastest 5G downloading speed among 8 Asia Pacific markets, says report
South Korea has the fastest downloading speed of 5G services at 380.5Mbps among eight key markets in Asia Pacific, followed by Taiwan, Australia and Japan, while Thailand is at the bottom with 122.5Mbps, according to Opensignal.
Tuesday 6 July 2021
NXP and Jio Platforms collaborate for 5G in India
NXP Semiconductors and Jio Platforms (JPL), a subsidiary of Reliance, have announced a collaboration to implement a 5G NR O-RAN small cell solution that incorporates NXP's Layerscape family of multicore processors.
Thursday 1 July 2021
High-speed transmission chip demand to surge in 3Q21
Chip orders for servers, particularly high-speed transmission chip orders, will be ramping up substantially in the third quarter of 2021, according to industry sources.
Thursday 1 July 2021
Vietnam to phase out 2G, 3G serivces starting 2022
Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) has decided to start phasing out 2G and 3G technologies within the country in 2022 in a bid to encourage people to use smartphones and promote digital society.
Wednesday 30 June 2021
Internet use in Vietnam significantly increases in wake of pandemic
Facebook, citing its internal data and surveys conducted by WARC, has indicated that Internet services in Vietnam has increased sharply in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Vietnam-based ictnews.
Wednesday 30 June 2021
Qualcomm make headway in 5G mmWave SoC solutions market
Qualcomm has made headway in the 5G mmWave solution market, securing related orders from many telecom operators and smartphone vendors in North America, Europe, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand.
Tuesday 29 June 2021
Indosat completes operational feasibility test on 5G frequency band
Indonesia-based digital telecommunications provider Indosat Ooredoo has completed the operational feasibility test on the 5G 1,800 MHz frequency band, a step forward in digital transformation in the Southeast Asian country, according to local media reports.
Tuesday 29 June 2021
South Korea's handset industry is leading indicator of supply chain shift
In an effort to reduce costs and meet emerging markets' demand, Samsung has chosen to place two thirds of its global production capacity at 360 million phones near Hanoi, Vietnam and one third in Noida, India. At the same time, a group of American brands led by Apple have asked their Taiwan-based OEMs to set up production facilities in India. Taiwan's three largest manufacturers Wistron, Pegatron and Foxconn all have production lines up and running in India. Before this, Taiwan-based notebook computer manufacturers had already moved their production to major ASEAN countries. It is a definite trend that manufacturers are relocating part of their production out of China into ASEAN countries and South Asia amid the changes in the US-China trade relations and the paradigm shift toward regional production.
Monday 28 June 2021
Vodafone setting the tone for O-RAN networks
Vodafone has announced the construction partners for its Open RAN (O-RAN) networks that are being installed in the southwest of England and Wales, setting the stage for the further advancement of the O-RAN market.
Wednesday 23 June 2021
RF connector maker EZconn see bright outlook for 2H21
EZconn, a specialist in RF connectors and fiber optical devices, has said it expects its shipment momentum to stretch into the second half of 2021, having experienced robust sales for the first five months of 2021.