In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets:
Xiaomi looks to India to make smartphones
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is looking at assembling devices in India within two years. The four-year-old firm has held discussions with possible partners to assemble handsets locally, the Economic Times reported.
The company was considering using a former Nokia facility near Chennai but, the Times said, quoting Xiaomi’s head of India operations, it hasn’t moved ahead because the area lacks the required component ecosystem.
The company said it is now shipping 200,000 units a week to India from China, up from 50,000 earlier in the year, and has had to charter special flights a few times to meet delivery schedules.
China issues another 8 MVNO licences
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued an additional eight MVNO licences, bringing the total number of MVNOs to 33.
The move is the country’s latest bid to open the telecoms sector, which is dominated by the big three state-owned operators. Smartphone maker Xiaomi and video sharing site Youku Tudou were among those receiving the new licences, according to C114.net.
After a slow start, the portal also reported that the country’s MVNOs now have more than one million subscribers, with the top three accounting for almost half that number.
Indosat rolls out LTE network in 23 cities
Indosat has completed the deployment of its Super 4G-LTE network in 23 cities across Indonesia. The operator claims the network’s peak speed of 185Mb/s makes it the fastest in the country.
Indosat is a subsidiary of Qatar-based Ooredoo and is the third largest mobile operator with an 18 per cent market share.
Globe’s postpaid revenue increases 11%
Globe Telecom from the Philippines said its postpaid revenues increased 11 per cent to PHP22 billion ($488 million) as it added about 200,000 postpaid subscribers during the first nine months of the year.
Although postpaid customers account for just 5 per cent of its user base, postpaid revenues accounted for 38 per cent of its total mobile revenue for the period.
Its mobile revenues grew at just 6 per cent to PHP57.6 billion.
Bakrie proposes debut restructuring
Indonesia’s Bakrie Telecom has proposed a debt-restructuring plan that will give creditors cash and debt-to-equity swaps. The operator’s shares were suspended a month ago after one of its creditors requested a court-supervised debt restructuring.