Major telecom groups in the APAC region recently unveiled the roll-out of new services as part of their drive to upgrade their mobile networks.
Indonesia's Indosat announced the launch of its Unified Communications Services to enterprise mobile users, based on Centile Telecom Applications' Istra Mobile solution. This will enable the Indonesian telecom operator to offer services such as call centre, system recording and conference bridge directly to enterprise GSM mobile phones.
Indosat said it had chosen Centile as its partner due to its recognised leadership in mobile and converged Unified Communications and its excellent capabilities. According to Fadzri Sentosa, director and chief enterprise, wholesale officer at Indosat, the implementation of the Istra Mobile platform will give Indosat a significant competitive advantage over its rivals in fixed and mobile markets.
In Singapore, mobile phone customers will be able to make clearer voice calls and faster call connections by the middle of the year, when SingTel, StarHub and M1 are set to roll out Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which will run on 4G networks. Lim Eng Huat, StarHub's head of Mobile Network Engineering, said in a statement that the network upgrade would enable his company to offer maximum download speeds of 300 Mbps and would be finalised by the end of the year.
Another major player, Hong Kong's CSL, which was the first to introduce a dual band 4G LTE/DC-HSPA+ network in Asia, has said it would cooperate with ZTE and Qualcomm on testing a new LTE Advanced CAT6 modem, using the Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 chipset. Commercial launch of the modem is scheduled for the second half of 2014. In its statement, CSL noted that there is no other operator in Hong Kong at present with sufficient FD-LTE spectrum to reach the optimal theoretical speed of 300 Mbps with LTE-A.
Jeremy Hopwood | Head of Project Solutions