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China shipped 25.2 million mobile phones in December 2020, representing a 12.8% decrease year-on-year, accounting for 94.8% of total mobile phone shipments in the month. For the whole year, smartphone shipments reached 295.7 million, declining 20.4% year-on-year. This represented 96% of total mobile phone shipments.

Read more: China’s smartphone shipments dropped 20.4% in 2020

Ooredoo and CK Hutchison Holdings Limited ("CK Hutchison") have entered into an exclusive and non-legally binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in relation to a potential transaction to combine their respective telecommunications businesses in Indonesia, PT Indosat Tbk and PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia.

Read more: Ooredoo, CK Hutchison union eyes joint business venture to boost Indonesian operations

MediaTek has been selected to be on the test bed for Wi-Fi 6E, a new certification from Wi-Fi Alliance® for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ devices with 6GHz support.  MediaTek has both an access point wireless solution, MT7915-AP-AX, and a client-side wireless solution, MT7915-STA-AX on the test bed. These two test bed devices support unlicensed operation in the 6GHz and include many advanced Wi-Fi 6 features such as multiple resource unit (RU) sizes for optimal simultaneous OFDMA operation of multiple clients, along with other cutting-edge connectivity features.

Read more: MediaTek chosen for next-gen Wi-Fi 6E certification

Samsung Electronics’ operating profit for the three months that ended in December 2020 is forecast to jump 26% from a year ago, totaling 9 trillion won. Consolidated sales in the last quarter are up close to 2% from a year ago, reaching 61 trillion won. This brings Samsung’s full year operating income to 35.93 trillion won and sales to 237.31 trillion won in 2020.

Read more: Samsung forecasts Q4 profits ahead of Galaxy S21 launch

Singtel has reorganised its structure to position the Group to capture new digital growth. Key to this is the creation of a new portfolio under its Group Enterprise division dedicated to driving 5G Enterprise business across the region by leveraging the Group’s regional footprint. The move to help businesses accelerate their digital transformation comes as companies embrace new business models and race to go digital in response to COVID-19 and the resulting changes that travel restrictions and lockdowns have had on the broader business landscape. In addition, Singtel’s ICT arm NCS, the largest ICT services provider in Southeast Asia, reports directly to the Group CEO to accelerate its expansion into Asia Pacific, with special focus on Australia and China. These changes came into effect on 1 January 2021.

Read more: Singtel reorganises structure to drive 5G enterprise business in Asia Pacific

Nokia announced the ‘Nokia Local 5G Technology Partnership’, a new strategic alliance involving Conexio, Hitachi Kokusai, NS (Nippon Steel) Solutions, Omron and Sharp to accelerate adoption of 5G-based enterprise industry solutions in Japan.

Read more: Nokia announces group collaboration to enhance enterprise industry solutions

A new study by Nokia and Telefónica has found that 5G networks are up to 90 percent more energy efficient per traffic unit than legacy 4G networks. The research, which was conducted over a three-month period, focused on the power consumption of the Radio Access Network (RAN) in Telefónica’s network. The rollout of 5G networks is set to increase traffic dramatically making it critical that the energy consumed does not rise at the same rate. The findings highlight both companies’ commitment to climate change.

Read more: Research by Nokia confirms 5G networks up to 90 percent more energy efficient

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