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Solomon Islands hands contract to Huawei despite financial warning
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8/19/2022  |  Post a comment
The Solomon Islands government has awarded a 4G expansion contract to Huawei, rejecting expert advice that the project may not be viable.
Macau 5G licenses attract tepid interest
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8/18/2022  |  Post a comment
Macau's 5G licensing process, one of the last in Asia, has been met with tepid interest from operators, with just two bidding for four licenses.
China telcos ride digital economy boom
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8/17/2022  |  Post a comment
The surging demand from Chinese businesses for digital transformation and industrial Internet services has become the chief growth driver for telcos.
CEO Penn bows out as Telstra clears last NBN hurdle
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8/12/2022  |  Post a comment
Telstra CEO Andy Penn bows out on a buoyant note, with the telco clearing its last big NBN hurdle and raising its dividend for the first time in seven years.
Huawei shrinks further despite enterprise gains
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8/12/2022  |  Post a comment
Total revenue has shrunk by a third since 2020, mostly because of the sharp decline in its handset business.
Philippines telcos trade barbs over fraud, lost calls
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8/11/2022  |  Post a comment
In a formal complaint to the Philippines Competition Commission, Dito says 80% of calls to one operator and 70% of calls to the other do not get connected.
SKT operating profit up 16%, eyes growth from new bank partner
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8/10/2022  |  Post a comment
South Korea's largest mobile operator improved revenue by 4% to 4.29 trillion won (US$3.29 billion) over last year.
Taiwan crisis another blow to the supply chain
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8/5/2022  |  Post a comment
The exercise involves more than 100 aircraft and ten warships, including ships that crossed the median line, the de facto maritime boundary with Taiwan.
After KDDI failure, SoftBank backs inter-carrier roaming
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8/5/2022  |  Post a comment
KDDI's network went down for 61 hours, denying connectivity to 30.9mn people and prompting Communications Minister Yasushi Kaneko to promise an inquiry.
China Broadnet to complete 700 MHz 5G rollout by year-end
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8/4/2022  |  Post a comment
China's smallest network has already achieved huge scale by global standards, with 200,000 basestations deployed in 2021 and 280,000 expected in 2022.
The great handset downturn
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8/3/2022  |  Post a comment
The weak handset market might be a good time to defocus from consumer 5G. Not only is demand soft, there is little in the device pipeline to excite take-up.
US gets chip war chest as China probe sidelines industry chief
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8/1/2022  |  Post a comment
The US campaign to recharge its chip sector and reduce its China exposure has hit a big milestone with the passage of the $52.7 billion CHIPS Act.
Aust NBN: Govt rejects new price plan, rules out privatization
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7/28/2022  |  Post a comment
Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said that the offer would lead to some price increases of up to 3% above inflation and was "not acceptable."
Cloud news: China unveils national cloud, Telstra commits to Azure
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7/26/2022  |  Post a comment
China Telecom is building a national cloud to serve state-owned companies. Meanwhile, a new deal in Australia will make Telstra the largest supplier of network capacity to Microsoft.
China Mobile shutters Fetion while 5G messaging struggles for users
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7/25/2022  |  Post a comment
Fetion was one of the first services to offer free voice, data and SMS, and it grew virally for several years until it ran into the WeChat juggernaut in 2011.
Google, Meta cables will be 'game-changers' for Africa
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7/25/2022  |  Post a comment
US Internet giants like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Netflix dominate global cable systems traffic at 76% of trans-Pacific traffic and 92% on Atlantic routes.
Huawei issues more debt to take total past $3B
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7/22/2022  |  Post a comment
Huawei has issued nearly 3x more debt in 2022 than all of last year, with another $591 million in notes.
Are telcos up for the quantum networking challenge?
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7/20/2022  |  Post a comment
Commercially-ready quantum is about a decade away. Among telcos, China and South Korea operators have dabbled in quantum key distribution (QKD) initiatives.
Vodafone NZ to sell mobile towers for $1B
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7/19/2022  |  Post a comment
The two Kiwi transactions are the latest in a flood of tower deals in Asia-Pacific over the past year.
Huawei expands consumer business into payments, ridesharing
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7/15/2022  |  Post a comment
Huawei's handset business might be getting crushed by sanctions, but the big vendor is not giving up on consumers.
Telstra nabs Digicel as Pacific Cold War rolls on
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7/14/2022  |  Post a comment
Digicel is just one of a series of skirmishes in a new Cold War unfolding around Pacific infrastructure.
China's top 5G enterprise use cases
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7/12/2022  |  Post a comment
Chinese operators have deployed 6,518 private 5G networks, between them supporting some 20,000 applications.
KT pushes ahead with K Bank IPO
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7/11/2022  |  Post a comment
KT says financial services revenue accounted for 14.5% of operating revenue in 2021. This is all part of KT's ambitious plan to transition from telco to digital platform operator, developing fresh revenue streams from content, ecommerce, financial services and cloud.
Telstra's rivals push back against TPG sharing deal
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7/8/2022  |  Post a comment
Unlike many network sharing deals that are based on joint access, this partnership gives Telstra full control over the infrastructure and network coverage.
China's private data center players turn their eyes abroad
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7/7/2022  |  Post a comment
China's private data center operators are starting to eye opportunities abroad. While the domestic market is still growing at a healthy clip, it's getting tougher to make money as new private players pile in.
Samsung set for jump in profit as chip outlook sours
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7/5/2022  |  Post a comment
Analysts are expecting Samsung Electronics to report its best Q2 performance in four years on the back of strong semiconductor sales.
KDDI network goes down for two days after maintenance failure
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7/4/2022  |  Post a comment
The Japanese operator's network failure knocks out 39 million services across banking transport and payment.
Malaysia government, telcos finally agree on 5G industry structure
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6/30/2022  |  Post a comment
Malaysia's six leading telcos agree on terms to invest in the government-backed 5G wholesaler DNB. The agreement finally paves the way for the launch of 5G commercial service 18 months behind schedule.
Turning off 2G in China harder than it looks
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6/29/2022  |  Post a comment
Despite years of effort and repeated government instructions, the three Chinese telcos struggle to migrate customers from aging 2G and 3G networks to 4G or 5G.
China's newest operator launches into 5G market
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6/28/2022  |  Post a comment
China's fourth telco debuts amid fears of price war between mobile network operators.
China chips: Growing faster but still a laggard
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6/27/2022  |  Post a comment
China's chip sector is growing fast but it's still consuming far more than it produces - with growth driven by US sanctions.
China 5G shows good subs growth as handset sales slump
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6/22/2022  |  Post a comment
The world is on target to pass 1 billion 5G subs by the end of the year in the view of several market forecasts.
China has more than 5K 5G private networks
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6/22/2022  |  Post a comment
With 5,325 private networks, China's industrial 5G has achieved serious scale.
China Mobile pays $620M for controlling stake in security firm
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6/21/2022  |  Post a comment
Operator's investment arm China Mobile Capital has acquired 23.08% of Venustech's voting stock through its purchase of 284 million shares at 14.57 yuan.
NTT Docomo takes the metaverse plunge
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6/17/2022  |  Post a comment
The company is eyeing the industrial metaverse, but most telcos remain on sidelines. Docomo is aiming at non-telecom services accounting for half of revenue in three years.
China carmaker Geely launches into mobiles, satellites
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6/15/2022  |  Post a comment
Subsidiary Hubei Xingji Shidai Technology this week acquired control of Alibaba-backed handset firm Meizu for an undisclosed amount.
Huawei's auto business rebounds
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6/14/2022  |  Post a comment
The Wenjie M5, the first model to be equipped with Huawei's Harmony OS, is reportedly the fastest to reach 10,000 units sold in China.
KT plows $9B into digital diversification
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6/13/2022  |  Post a comment
The South Korean operator is making a big bet on cloud, media and artificial intelligence as its telco unit struggles.
As 5G licensing gathers pace, Huawei talks up IP creds
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6/10/2022  |  Post a comment
Alan Fan, head of Huawei's IP department, says more than 2 billion smartphones have been licensed with Huawei IP in the past five years – around 27% of the total.
Bandwidth demand set to rebound: TeleGeography
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6/8/2022  |  Post a comment
Demand from over-the-top players is set to drive a bandwidth rebound on the trans-Atlantic cable route.
NTT Docomo to start 6G trials with Nokia
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6/6/2022  |  Post a comment
The Japanese operator said it would begin indoor trials before March 2023 and outdoor trials over the following 12 months.
Korean telcos' air taxi rivalry takes flight
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6/3/2022  |  Post a comment
The Korean government has set 2025 as the target starting data for commercially available urban air services.
Optus calls on regulator to kill Telstra-TPG deal
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6/1/2022  |  Post a comment
Optus can't match Telstra's coverage footprint, especially in 5G, and the partnership threatens to erase Optus' coverage and price advantages over TPG.
Dito issues warning as losses mount
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5/31/2022  |  Post a comment
Dito CME, the parent of the Philippines' newest operator, struggles to find a foothold against two powerful incumbents.
China's PLA wants to be able to take out Starlink
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5/30/2022  |  Post a comment
PLA scientists say the LEO network's capabilities, including huge global footprint, ubiquitous broadband and low latency, pose a military threat to China.
Australian regulator rejects NBN price revamp
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5/26/2022  |  Post a comment
ACCC rejects new NBN pricing and calls for industry consultation.
Malaysia govt, telcos on collision course over 5G wholesale plan
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5/25/2022  |  Post a comment
Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz has rejected an appeal by the telcos to allow them to take a controlling stake in the new network.
Industry outlook darkens as Asian suppliers slash production
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5/24/2022  |  Post a comment
Asian handset and component suppliers are cutting production, throwing a shadow over the mobile industry outlook as the global economy slows.
Private equity firms weigh bid for HKBN
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5/20/2022  |  Post a comment
HKBN has Hong Kong's most extensive fiber network and the second largest broadband customer base.
China handset sales fall off a cliff
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5/19/2022  |  Post a comment
Total smartphone shipments sank 40.5% to 21.5 million in March, with 5G shipments down 41% to 16.2 million.
A rich history, but modern technology has sidelined the ITU
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5/18/2022  |  Post a comment
Today the ITU is best-known for hosting the quadrennial World Radio Conference that decides on spectrum allocations for every industry that uses electromagnetic bands.
Sensing, deep learning, massive MIMO: 6G begins to take shape
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5/17/2022  |  Post a comment
Sensing, deep learning and upgrades to massive MIMO and full duplex are emerging as some of the key technologies that will define 6G, experts say.
KT content business in sweet spot as 5G makes little impact
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5/12/2022  |  Post a comment
KT's media and enterprise, and a big drop in marketing cost, have powered a 40% earnings spike.
SKT soars into metaverse as AI businesses gather steam
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5/10/2022  |  Post a comment
Total sales rose 4% to 4.28 trillion won (US$3.35 billion), with media and enterprise units posting the biggest growth.
Samsung: We need to expand mmWave to meet 6G needs
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5/10/2022  |  Post a comment
It says current spectrum won't be enough to meet all 6G capacity requirements, meaning spectrum ranges must open up in the sub-THz range, from 24-300GHz.
SKT cybersecurity spin-off pulls plug on $2.8B IPO
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5/9/2022  |  Post a comment
Korea's SK Telecom called off the IPO after encountering what it said was lackluster response from institutional investors early this week.
The Internet saved us in the pandemic; let's make it a human right
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5/6/2022  |  Post a comment
After all of talk and not that much action, the UN and the ITU have set out a road map toward achieving universal affordable connectivity by 2030.
Consumers still seeking a reason to buy 5G
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5/4/2022  |  Post a comment
5G might account for just over half of all new handset shipments, but with a dearth of new services consumers have limited reason to embrace it.
China offers tech truce as recession looms
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5/3/2022  |  Post a comment
With COVID-19 lockdowns and weaker global demand stalling its economy, China has pulled two levers to reboot growth – including a U-turn on the war on tech.
Network operators plot their paths to next-gen broadband
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5/2/2022  |  Post a comment
Right now many telcos are still grappling with the early stages of 10G PON, also known as XGS PON, which can deliver multi-gigabit services.
Huawei revenue and profit take another tumble
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4/28/2022  |  Post a comment
The company said the fall in profit was mainly due to the drop in revenue as well as higher investment in new business segments and business continuity.
2022 could be even worse, warns Huawei co-chair
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4/27/2022  |  Post a comment
Chairman Ken Hu noted threats from escalating economic risks – Ukraine, inflation, the pandemic, rising commodity prices and volatile foreign exchange rates.
Asian streaming still a growth market for Netflix and telcos
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4/26/2022  |  Post a comment
Asia is the one region where Netflix grew its subscriber base in the first quarter.
Chinese telcos ride strong enterprise demand
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4/22/2022  |  Post a comment
Soaring demand for enterprise services, including 5G, has propelled China's three big telcos to some strong Q1 results.
China exempts key factories to avert supply chain crisis
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4/20/2022  |  Post a comment
Chinese authorities select 666 local companies including TSMC and SMIC for exemptions as proliferating pandemic lockdowns take their toll on the economy.
China Mobile preps world's first 5G VoNR service
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4/15/2022  |  Post a comment
But with free messaging apps already providing high quality voice and video calls, will consumers really care?
Asian telcos, investors can't get enough mobile tower deals
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4/14/2022  |  Post a comment
In the largest deal, Singtel-backed Australia Tower Network (ATN) joined with pension fund AustralianSuper to buy Axicom, one of the biggest tower companies.
Yes, China's tech sector really is slowing while telcos surge
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4/13/2022  |  Post a comment
All evidence points to a new era for China tech of flatter growth, harsher regulatory oversight and more stringent social and political demands.
Japan speeds up rollout targets to close 5G gap
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4/11/2022  |  Post a comment
Japan is making a renewed push to speed its national 5G rollout, a top economic priority of the new government.
China's chip sector flounders, Samsung off to a flier
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4/8/2022  |  Post a comment
China has tipped billions of dollars into semiconductors yet its global market share actually fell last year, research firm IC Insights has revealed.
How governments are shaping the race to 6G
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4/7/2022  |  Post a comment
The creation of 6G will occur at industry level and in the 3GPP, not in government. But their decisions will impact the next generation's development.
Huawei taps Meng Wanzhou for top executive post
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4/5/2022  |  Post a comment
Huawei has appointed CFO Meng Wanzhou to its top executive position, a further sign that the daughter of co-founder Ren Zhengfei is being groomed to take over the company
What's gone wrong at Huawei enterprise?
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4/4/2022  |  Post a comment
With US sanctions crushing its handset business and throttling network gear sales, Huawei sees salvation in corporate demand for cloud and smart connectivity.
5G private networking needs devices, says NTT
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4/1/2022  |  Post a comment
NTT's Shahid Ahmed says the problem is acute in healthcare, which has a broad range of specialist devices that must comply with regulator standards.
Penn to step down as Telstra chief
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3/30/2022  |  Post a comment
Telstra CEO Andy Penn steps down to make way for CFO Vicki Brady.
Huawei sags under weight of sanctions despite asset sales
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3/28/2022  |  Post a comment
Huawei's two main business units are suffering and the company relied mainly on divestments for higher profits.
China's 5G juggernaut begins to slow down
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3/28/2022  |  Post a comment
Since launch at the end of 2019, Chinese operators have rolled out 1.5 million 5G basestations – over 60% of the global total – and clocked up 355 million subscribers.
ZTE whistleblower: They think the law is just a suggestion
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3/24/2022  |  Post a comment
A decade on, ZTE whistleblower shares inside story of illegal trades – as Chinese vendor exits US probation despite last-minute allegation of visa fraud.
NBN's fixed wireless access, satellite networks get $555M boost
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3/23/2022  |  Post a comment
The Australian federal government says it will tip a further A$480 million into the national broadband project, with NBN Co. adding another A$270 million.
China cranks up national data center, computing project
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3/22/2022  |  Post a comment
China telcos, cloud firms join in huge national computer grid scheme.
Clouds part for China Telecom as business soars
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3/21/2022  |  Post a comment
Cloud, digitalization and industrial 5G have powered China Telecom to a 25% hike in full-year earnings.
Malaysia wins telcos' backing for 5G wholesale network
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3/18/2022  |  Post a comment
The government has rejected appeals by the telcos to issue a second 5G wholesale license, but it will allow them to own as much as 70% of the wholesale network owner, Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB).
GalaxySpace launches China's first LEOsat test constellation
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3/16/2022  |  Post a comment
It is the first Chinese company to mass-produce satellites, reportedly aiming to build 300 to 500 annually at a cost of around several million yuan each.
Business is booming at China Unicom
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3/14/2022  |  Post a comment
China Unicom's industry Internet unit leads the way, overtaking fixed-line broadband to become its second-largest segment.
Asia-Pac telcos ready $6B in tower sales
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3/10/2022  |  Post a comment
PLTD chairman Manny Pangilinan told a briefing last week that the bids came from global tower companies, some in partnership with local firms, and were all above the target P50 billion (US$960 million) mark.
Huawei carries on in Russia as other Chinese firms wait and see
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3/8/2022  |  Post a comment
The exit of western brands from Russia might seem like a golden opportunity for Chinese firms, but it is not that straightforward.
Telstra, OneWeb cue LEOsat partnership for Australia and Pacific
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3/7/2022  |  Post a comment
The companies say they are exploring new solutions for connectivity in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
How Dish's cloud journey has already reshaped its business
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3/7/2022  |  Post a comment
The deployment so far, in partnership with Nokia, Mavenir and AWS, had already yielded lessons in how the new architecture can drastically change a telco operations and business.
Asia's operators talk going carbon neutral at MWC22
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3/3/2022  |  Post a comment
Asian operators came together at Mobile World Congress to talk about decarbonizing network equipment and other efforts to go carbon neutral.
SKT taking its metaverse platform to the world
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3/2/2022  |  Post a comment
The company aims to launch the Ifland metaverse service in 80 countries this year as part of an effort to become a global leader in key next-gen technologies.
How real is China's 5G gap?
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3/1/2022  |  Post a comment
China has deployed 1.4 million 5G basestations, which it says accounts for more than 60% of the world's total. The US has around 50,000.
China Mobile: 6G needs some scientific breakthroughs
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2/28/2022  |  Post a comment
6G remains in danger of fragmentation, according to one of China Mobile's top researchers.
COVID-19 weighing on Hong Kong telco SmarTone
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2/24/2022  |  Post a comment
The pandemic is weighing heavily on Hong Kong's telcos, with SmarTone's CEO Allen Fung describing it as 'a quite difficult period' as profits fall.
Will KT change slush fund culture after latest brush with law?
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2/23/2022  |  Post a comment
KT Corp has copped a $6.3 million fine from the SEC for running a slush fund and paying bribes – the latest in a series of brushes with the law.
Telstra, TPG strike ten-year network-sharing, spectrum deal
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2/22/2022  |  Post a comment
Telstra has struck a network-sharing deal with TPG Telecom worth as much as A$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) in revenue over ten years.
Is Huawei really selling its autonomous driving business?
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2/21/2022  |  Post a comment
Huawei in talks to sell smart driving business to VW – report.
Telstra mobile business powering through in game of two halves
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2/18/2022  |  Post a comment
Telstra CEO Andy Penn is adamant things are on the up at the Australian operator – whatever the numbers might appear to say.
After two blockbuster years, Mediatek revamps to stay ahead
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2/16/2022  |  Post a comment
The company has overtaken Qualcomm to lead the smartphone SOC market, with a 43% market share in Q3.
Malaysia 5G network boss blames 'posturing' MNOs for delays
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2/15/2022  |  Post a comment
The head of the government-funded Digital Nasional Berhad said the 5G wholesale network plan had been 'inordinately delayed' because of the operators' behavior.
Could a solar storm bring down the Internet?
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2/11/2022  |  Post a comment
After Starlink loses 40 satellites to a geomagnetic storm, news that a severe solar storm could crash the entire global subsea cable network.

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