Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao has praised the Indian TRA for its progressive approach towards spectrum caps in the country - and has predicted rapid network expansion when the government applies the new spectrum measures which are still to be finalized.

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China’s telecommunications trio of China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom has formally announced that they have surpassed the 1bn 4G subscriber mark. The historic milestone was reached in December 2017, following an increase of almost 25 million LTE subs in that month alone.

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Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) launched a public consultation to seek views on its proposed framework for the Telecommunication and Subscription TV Mediation-Adjudication Scheme which aims to introduce an alternative dispute resolution scheme for telecommunication and media services.

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Philippine telecom provider Globe Telecom plans to roll out 2 million new broadband lines by 2020 in line with its commitment of creating an “internet superhighway”. The telco deployed over the last two years more than 1 million new broadband lines, enabling more customers to enjoy video-streaming content.

On top of expanding coverage and enhancing capacities for mobile, Globe said in a statement that it’s determined to develop its wired broadband coverage in a bid to enhance customers’ quality of experience. In terms of wired broadband facilities, Globe was able to deploy fiber broadband in 12 cities in Metro Manila as well as in 19 provinces nationwide. 

Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group, said total deployment using various broadband technologies reached more than 1 million lines since 2016. The company’s bid to deploy 2 million broadband lines by 2020 is expected to redefine home broadband experience for Filipinos amid growing customer demand for bandwidth-intensive multimedia content.

According to Agustin, the company’s deployment of massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology has also been working to accelerate the company’s bid to roll out 2 million home broadband lines, with speeds of at least 10Mbps by 2020. “The goal is to provide for the growing data service needs of our customers and the company will continue to aggressively roll out broadband lines using latest available technologies such as the massive MIMO,” he said.

Massive MIMO technology enables a mobile network to multiply the capacity of a wireless connection without requiring more antennas. The technology thus increases wireless throughput, accommodating more users at higher data rates with better reliability while consuming less power. In the case of home broadband, speed and range benefits of MIMO technology allow customers to have reliable data connection especially since more and more customers are now using video streaming services.

Globe began early 2017 the commercial deployment of massive MIMO to enhance mobile internet connectivity experience of customers in high-density areas. The commercial deployment of the MIMO technology forms part of the company’s efforts to further improve mobile and wireless broadband internet experience of its customers by expanding on its network coverage and capacities.