In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets:
Jio 4G rollout faces delays — report
India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm, up against an H1 deadline for launching 4G services, reportedly has run into technical problems related to backhaul during trials.
Jio Infocomm, which received the 2.3GHz licence five years ago, faces penalties if it fails to offer 4G services by the end of June.
The Economic Times, quoting an inside source, reported that in addition to its backhaul not being ready, its billing system is not yet in place and will take close to a month to install. But it can’t be installed until its network is operational.
A Jio Infocomm representative, however, denied any testing problems, but did not comment on the expected launch date, the Times said.
Globe’s broadband revenues increase 22%
The Philippines’ Globe Telecom expanded its consumer broadband user base 37 per cent last year to 2.8 million and saw broadband revenue increase 22 per cent to PHP12.7 billion ($286 million).
Its wireless broadband and fixed broadband customer base grew 42 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively. The strong growth was credited to the operator’s aggressive acquisition campaigns and more affordable bundled plans launched throughout the year.
Samsung’s Vietnam unit ranked fastest growing
Samsung Electronics Vietnam was ranked the fastest growing company in Vietnam, according to the FAST500 report.
The company, which was set up in 2009 in the northern province of Bac Ninh as a 100 per cent subsidiary of South Korea’s Samsung, had a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 100 over the past three years, VietNamNet said.
The report is compiled by Vietnam Report and VietNamNet by ranking businesses based mostly on their CAGR between 2010 and 2013, plus growth in 2014 and growth forecast for 2015.
ZTE, Telkom plan video R&D centre
ZTE announced it will set up a joint innovation centre in Indonesia with Telkom Indonesia to develop IP-based video technologies.
The centre will focus on IPTV and OTT technologies, building partnerships with other technology providers and developing new services. It will have about 10 dedicated staff, from both ZTE and Telkom, in the initial stage.
Huawei, Baidu cooperate on indoor coverage
China’s equipment and handset vendor Huawei and search engine giant Baidu have agreed to cooperate to develop indoor mobile internet applications. The companies said they would jointly explore new business models for launching ICT convergence solutions across various industries.
The goal is to help operators upgrade their in-building coverage, said Peter Zhou, president of Huawei’s small cell product line. The focus will be on improving the indoor mobile broadband experience and operational efficiency of in-building coverage.