In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets:
India’s Indus to use streetlights as cell towers
India’s Indus Towers plans to spend INR2.2 billion ($35.1 million) over the next three years to convert streetlights in New Delhi into telecoms towers.
The tower infrastructure firm, which is a joint venture of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, aims to install wireless gear on about 1,000 poles per year across the New Delhi area, the Economic Times reported.
The streetlights will also be upgraded with energy-efficient LED lights, CCTV cameras, Wi-Fi access points and will be connected to fibre-optic networks for backhaul.
4G drives China’s data usage up 75%
Mobile data traffic in China expanded 85 per cent during the first two months of the year compared to the same period in 2014, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The increase was driven by the rising number of 4G users (which recently hit 100 million and represent more than 10 per cent of total users) and the Chinese New Year in mid-February. The average monthly data usage reached 281.7MB in February, up 75 per cent from the year before, C114.net reported.
Samsung to use MediaTek APs in H2
Samsung is expected to use Taiwan’s MediaTek as a supplier of application processors (APs) for its smartphones in the second half of the year to improve its product mix, DigiTimes reports.
After Broadcom pulled out of the smartphone AP business, Samsung turned to Marvell and has partnered with China-based Spreadtrum to acquire APs for its lower-end smartphones. But Digitimes said the two vendors’ supply and support was weak, and their offerings lacked diversity and weren’t upgraded frequently enough.
Unicom, Bridge partner on enterprise mobility
China Unicom and Bridge Alliance announced they will work together to expand their enterprise mobility offerings and services for multinational companies in China, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
The partnership aims to help companies consolidate their mobile communication requirements and better manage costs, China Unicom said.
China Unicom is China’s second largest mobile operator with more than 300 million customers. The Bridge Alliance has 36 members across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Together, China Unicom and Bridge Alliance members have a customer base of almost one billion mobile subscribers.