Celcom and Ericsson today had teamed up to showcase Malaysia’s first 5G trial. Not only this is the first in the country but it’s also the first 5G trial to be conducted in South East Asia utilising the higher 28GHz band.
Celcom says they are working towards building the most advanced 4G network in the country. To achieve that, they are undergoing a nationwide modernisation exercise with Ericsson Malaysia and Huawei Technologies. More than 4,600 communication towers will be upgraded with the latest 4G equipment and software.
One of the leading content delivery networks (CDN) and cloud-based service providers, Akamai Technologies, has just released their global State of the Internet Q3 report and our data shows that we’ve dropped the ball in some areas.
A few days back, Xiaomi had ran into a roadblock where it had gotten banned from importing and selling its smart phones in India over a patent dispute. Finally they managed to get the green light to resume sales but only if it uses Qualcomm’s processors. Apparently the root cause of this patent dispute lies on MediaTek units which allegedly infringed Ericsson patents on 3G, EDGE and AMR technologies. Xiaomi has managed to obtained an exemption for selected models as Qualcomm has licensing agreements with Ericsson.
This prompts Xiaomi to reintroduce the Redmi 1S that offers Dual-SIM 3G with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Since the dual-sim 3G Redmi Note is affected, Xiaomi India will try to introduce its newer Redmi Note 4G (single SIM) that uses Qualcomm instead of MediaTek’s processor. India is a huge market for Xiaomi and they aim to sell 100,000 units each week.
India is a huge market for Xiaomi where it has sold over 800,000 smart phones since its arrival in July. Before the year is out, the aggressive Chinese brand was slapped by a court order to cease imports and sales of its smart phones until February 2015. This is due to Ericsson’s allegation that Xiaomi has infringed 8 of its patents on 3G, EDGE and AMR technologies.
Xiaomi and its online retail partner Flipkart were ordered to provide details of its revenues made so far. If the court’s outcome goes in favour for Ericsson, Xiaomi might possibly follow MicroMax’s predicament of paying 1% of its retail price royalty.
To date, Xiaomi has been doing quite well with its Mi 3 and Redmi 1S handset and they have already captured more than 1% market share in India. Unlike in Malaysia where 5,000 to 8,000 smart phones take a few minutes to sold out, Xiaomi India enjoys having tens of thousands being snapped up in just a matter of seconds. Most recently they had sold out 75,000 units of its Redmi Note in just 8 seconds. As result, Xiaomi had to move stocks from other markets just to fulfil the huge demand.
Sony Corporation and Ericsson today has jointly announced that Sony will buy Ericsson’s 50% stake in Sony Ericsson. This makes the business 100% wholly owned by Sony after the 2 companies were together for 10 years.
According to the release, Sony will have the opportunity to integrate smart phones into its array of network connected consumer electronics devices such as tablets, television and computers. In addition, it will provide Sony a wider intellectual property cross licensing including patents related to wireless handset technology. For Ericsson, they will be receiving €1.05 billion and shall focus on enabling connectivity through R&D. You can read the full press release here.
Now what’s gonna happen next? Another rebranding exercise to drop Ericsson from the name?
Check out the story behind the Sony Ericsson logo design. An organic and futuristic approach to combine “s” and “e”.
According to a Bloomberg report, Sony Ericsson is phasing out Nokia dominated Symbian platform as they claim that the ecosystem isn’t as good as Android. Its CEO Djurberg also added that a X10 successor is expected to be announced this quarter and they would need to launch a Windows Phone 7 device soon.
Sony Ericsson did a horrible job on Symbian and did even worse on Android platform. Now they want to jump right into Windows Phone 7? We simply can’t understand what is their focus right now. When Sony Ericsson started to offer Android, we’re pretty excited as we would expected them to make feature-packed phones with no compromises. In the past, Ericsson was at the forefront of mobile technology especially at the time when Bluetooth and GPRS was introduced. We’re sure you remembered their flagship phones like the R380 symbian smartphone and the T39 which is among the first few to have Bluetooth and GPRS support.
Today, their latest Android line up is still running an older Android 1.6. Even the latest Xperia X8 was not spared while its Android rivals are churning out 2.2 Froyo devices right now. Their last flagship Symbian device, the Satio was utterly rubbish when it comes to usability. Our point is simple, if they can’t even do a proper job on Android, why bother with Windows Phone 7?
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U Mobile is taking on the bigger 3G boys by offering the first ever commercial HSPA+ coverage in Malaysia. This HSPA+ coverage boast a blazing 42Mbps but it is contained only within Berjaya Times Square.
According to its latest CEO Dr Kaizad Heerjee, users will be able to enjoy better mobile broadband with its upcoming USB devices that support HSPA+ soon. So far Berjaya Times Square is the only location and they are expected to roll out to more places in the Klang Valley in the coming weeks.
HSPA+ is the next revolution of HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) which some say is 4G speeds with enhanced 3G technology. We have yet to see any HSPA+ device in the market but looks like U Mobile will be bundling them soon.
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Celcom’s CEO Shazalli Ramly was quoted saying: “We have clear reasons for doing (these) trials and (find out) what the technology can do (for us). Ericsson and Huawei are doing the trials for us.” If we read that correctly, sounds like Celcom is merely watching its vendors doing the salesman demo. Apart from all the hype and buzz that LTE is said to deliver, they didn’t share any results or speed capabilities that the technology has to offer on their test network. It would be interesting if Celcom pulls a PR stunt by claiming highest 4G connectivity at the peak of Mount Kinabalu.