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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today a contingent of mobile communications companies announced their collective support for the acceleration of the 5G New Radio (NR) standardization schedule to enable large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019. AT&T, NTT...


News Article | February 22, 2017
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eZ Cash, operated by Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka’s leading Mobile Network Operator, and TransferTo, (https://www.transfer-to.com), leading Cross-Border Mobile Payments Network, have partnered to expand international money transfer services to Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka and other emerging economies, remittances are an important source of income. Remittances to Sri Lanka have an estimated value of 8.5 percent of GDP and in 2015, grew by 10 percent. eZ Cash, powered by TransferTo’s Network, provides mobile money services to millions of Sri Lankans working overseas to send money home to their loved ones. By sending a Mobile Money remittance, families receive it instantly, securely and easily. Mobile Money is on average, more than 50 percent cheaper than using traditional remittance services . This helps families depending on remittances to receive the maximum funds and use it toward buying food, paying bills and education. Eric Barbier, CEO of TransferTo, says, “TransferTo is committed to providing a seamless solution for international money transfer services to reach billions across the emerging markets. Sending money home should be as simple as sending an SMS to the people who count. No one should worry about when they might receive it or how complicated it might be to get the actual funds. Network partners of TransferTo can now offer money transfers direct to eZ Cash to better serve their customers.” Fariq Cader, Vice President at Dialog Digital Services says, “eZ Cash is Sri Lanka’s leading mobile money service providing financial access across the underserved, newly banked and urban populations. We’re pleased to expand eZ Cash availability globally through TransferTo and give Sri Lankans working away from home, the peace of mind to send money to their families. They will know that money sent home will be received safely at any time or day of the week and can be used instantly to make purchases, pay bills or withdrawn as cash across our network of 16,000 agents.” eZ Cash is available to all Dialog, Etisalat and Hutch customers with over 2.6 million registered customers and a network of over 20,000 merchants. About TransferTo TransferTo operates a Cross-Border Mobile Payments Network for emerging markets, processing transactions in real-time for duly licensed financial institutions and merchants. TransferTo offers solutions for businesses providing remittance, push payment and merchant payment services. Leading companies around the world, including Vodafone’s M-Pesa, Airtel Money, Tigo Money, Western Union, Xoom and PayPal, rely on TransferTo’s Mobile Payments solutions for digital payments. For more information, please visit http://www.transfer-to.com About eZ Cash Sri Lanka’s pioneering mobile money service was launched in June 2012 by Dialog Axiata, enabling subscribers to send and receive money directly via mobile, plus, conduct utility and institutional payments. With the advent of Etisalat and Hutch on to the network, eZ Cash has grown to a subscriber base of over two million Sri Lankans with over 20,000 agent locations and merchant points island wide. eZ Cash is the winner of the Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Money Service at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015. eZ Cash became Sri Lanka’s first mobile money service following being awarded a license under the aegis of the Payments and Settlements Act No 28 of 2005.


News Article | November 15, 2016
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Kirusa, a global leader in providing mobile and social media solutions, today announced that its InstaVoice® service has reached the remarkable landmark of 100 million monthly active users. InstaVoice is highly popular amongst the mobile subscriber base in Africa. Nigeria tops the list of most number of users for this service, with over 50 million adopting InstaVoice. In Nigeria, InstaVoice is available for all mobile users across Airtel, Etisalat, and MTN. Some of the other countries in which InstaVoice is hugely popular are Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda. InstaVoice, based on Kirusa’s patented technology, helps mobile users to be connected with each other using missed calls, voicemail, and Voice SMS. InstaVoice caters to all mobile users across feature phones and smartphones, making it a universal service for all mobile users. Feature phone customers can click on a number to hear the voice messages they have received, and respond by a simple press of a key. Smartphone users can download the InstaVoice app from Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or Microsoft Windows Store, and receive their Missed Calls, Voice Mails, and Voice SMS in a simple, user-friendly interface. What’s more, users can connect their multiple SIM cards to InstaVoice, and received missed calls and voicemails to all their numbers from within the single app. Over 40 mobile operators across the globe have partnered with Kirusa to provide an integrated InstaVoice experience to their users. Adia Sowho, Director Digital Business, Etisalat Nigeria shared, “We congratulate Kirusa for reaching 100 million users. This landmark demonstrates the popularity, scalability, and reliability of its InstaVoice service. InstaVoice is offering real value to our subscribers, and we wish Kirusa many more such milestones in the coming years.” “We are very happy in seeing Kirusa cross this milestone and wish it best in notching up more,” said Neeraj Gala, Director-Product & Innovation, Airtel Africa. “I have seen and experienced InstaVoice closely, since its introduction in Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to its many disruptive innovations that led to its Pan-African expansion, across the leading mobile carriers in the continent. What InstaVoice has achieved in the last five years is truly remarkable, and I look forward to working with the Kirusa team to expand InstaVoice services to Smart subscribers in East Africa,” said Akbar Ladak, Chief Operating Officer at Smart East Africa. Frederick Abbey, VAS Manager, Airtel Ghana spoke, “We congratulate Kirusa on achieving this milestone. The InstaVoice Services have built up a community of engaged users and continue to gain traction amongst our subscriber base.” “Over the last five years, we have seen increasing adoption of Kirusa’s InstaVoice messaging and social media services on our network. The Voicemail and Celeb features provide a more interactive and fun approach to Voice VAS. We wish them continued success beyond this 100 million milestone,” said Jojo Quansah, Products & Services Manager, Vodafone Ghana. Ameer Arif, Chief Commercial Officer, UTL Uganda spoke, “We think Kirusa has made a huge impact on the social media mobile applications in Africa. It has set yet another benchmark with this announcement.” “The impressive uptake of InstaVoice indicates that Kirusa is delivering unique features and innovation to users and carriers, with a cloud infrastructure used for interconnection between carriers within the same and different countries. Kirusa also remains committed to supporting the GSMA's 2020 Vision. Hence, it is not surprising to witness the company's impactful performance in this space," said Frost & Sullivan Director of Emerging Telecoms, Ronald Gruia. About Kirusa Kirusa is a global leader in providing telecom & social media solutions that enable customers to have a voice and connect seamlessly. Kirusa’s solutions include InstaVoice®, InstaVoice Celeb™, InstaVoice Sports™, InstaVoice Ring™, myGenie™ & a host of mobile marketing solutions, which are offered in partnership with over 40 mobile carriers in Africa, India, LatAm, and the Middle East, as well as via the app stores for iOS, Android & Windows. Kirusa solutions are built on its patented technology and its highly reliable, scalable multimodal & cloud platforms, which manage over 2.5 billion calls/messages a month. Kirusa solutions are being used by over 100 Million mobile users in four continents every month. Kirusa has been recognized as one of Top 20 most promising technology companies by Silicon India and one of Top 25 emerging technology companies by Smart Techie magazine. The InstaVoice app won first prize at NJTC Mobile Apps Forum. Informa selected InstaVoice as a finalist for the Best App in Africa. Headquartered in New Jersey and led by an experienced team of wireless telecom executives and technologists, Kirusa has offices in four continents. InstaVoice is a US registered trademark of Kirusa, Inc. For more information, visit: http://www.kirusa.com For further inquiries, please contact


News Article | February 28, 2017
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BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ingenu Inc.™, the company that delivers purpose-built IoT connectivity, and MEC Telematik, a provider of professional and consulting services to the information and communications technology industry, today announced the rollout of the Machine Network™ for IoT (Internet of Things) network connectivity across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, based on RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology. MEC Telematik has decades of experience in building networks in the Middle East, Africa and around the world, with involvement in nearly 100 projects to date. The company has developed strategic partnerships with leading vendors, government agencies and other organizations and has been affiliated with the GCC since 2003. With a track record of success with telecommunications industry leaders such as Etisalat, STC, Du, Qtel and Zain, MEC Telematik is uniquely positioned to deploy Ingenu’s RPMA network technology as the de facto standard for IoT connectivity in the Middle East. When launched, the Middle East network will be the world’s largest multi-country M2M/IoT network serving the countries of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan and others. It will provide affordable and reliable connectivity for applications such as asset tracking, logistics, environmental monitoring and smart city, among others. MEC Telematik will fund and undertake the build-out of the Machine Network which will be largely completed by the end of 2017. “ The Middle East is embracing the Internet of Things faster than any other region as it expands its focus on sustainability and smart technologies,” said Fred Wohl, CEO of MEC Telematik. “ We selected Ingenu because its network is specifically designed for machine connectivity and we are thrilled to bring RPMA to countries in the Middle East, and serve the myriad of IoT opportunities that are ideally suited for this innovative technology.” Ingenu is currently building out its Machine Network in the U.S. and is on pace to have over 100 major metropolitan areas covered by the end of 2017. The company is also partnering with global companies, such as MEC Telematik, to build nationwide public networks specifically for IoT traffic in their respective countries. “ The expansion of Ingenu’s Machine Network to the Middle East provides robust, reliable coverage to support the growing IoT technology development taking place in the region,” said John Horn, CEO, Ingenu. “ We look forward to collaborating with MEC Telematik to enable new business opportunities and expand the global availability of RPMA.” Utilizing globally available spectrum, Ingenu’s RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology is purpose-built for M2M/IoT connectivity, offering unparalleled range, coverage and capacity with extremely low power requirements and longer-lasting battery life. It uniquely enables devices to connect more efficiently and cost-effectively in both the uplink and downlink. Requiring fewer towers to provide coverage to large areas (1:10 to 1:30 radio towers needed for RPMA vs. cellular), RPMA is rapidly becoming a global standard for IoT communication. For more information on RPMA technology, visit www.ingenu.com/technology/rpma/. Ingenu™ is building the Machine Network™, the world’s largest IoT network dedicated to LPWA (low-power, wide-area) connectivity for machines. Operating on universal spectrum, the company’s RPMA® technology is a proven standard for connecting Internet of Things (IoT) devices around the world. The Machine Network will have further reach, global range and longer lasting battery life than any existing network. Ingenu is led by a highly experienced team, including veterans from Verizon, T-Mobile, and Qualcomm. Information about Ingenu can be found at www.ingenu.com, or follow us on Twitter @ingenunetworks. MEC Telematik is an ICT consultancy business providing telecoms, media and technology professional services to clients around the world. MEC operates client service offices in numerous high growth market regions with offices in UAE, Iraq, Romania, Libya and others. MEC experts have performed thousands of projects across its portfolio of services, including project and program management, new license acquisition, network planning and rollout, due diligence, strategic planning and business operations optimization. Information about MEC Telematik can be found at www.mecgulf.com.


-    Operators and technology partners to support proposal to accelerate the schedule for 3GPP 5G NR standardization to meet increasing global mobile broadband needs -       -    New proposal introduces an intermediate milestone to complete standardization of a variant called Non-Standalone 5G NR - BARCELONA, Spain- February 26, 2017 - Today a contingent of mobile communications companies announced their collective support for the acceleration of the 5G New Radio (NR) standardization schedule to enable large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019. AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, INC., SK Telecom, Vodafone, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., British Telecom, Telstra, Korea Telecom, Intel, LG Uplus, KDDI, LG Electronics, Telia Company, Swisscom, TIM, Etisalat Group, Huawei, Sprint, Vivo, ZTE and Deutsche Telekom will support a corresponding work plan proposal for the first phase of the 5G NR specification at the next 3GPP RAN Plenary Meeting on March 6-9 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The first 3GPP 5G NR specification will be part of Release 15 - the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. Based on the current 3GPP Release 15 timeline the earliest 5G NR deployments based on standard-compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices will likely not be possible until 2020. Instead, the new proposal introduces an intermediate milestone to complete specification documents related to a configuration called Non-Standalone 5G NR to enable large-scale trials and deployments starting in 2019. Non-Standalone 5G NR will utilize the existing LTE radio and evolved packet core network as an anchor for mobility management and coverage while adding a new 5G radio access carrier to enable certain 5G use cases starting in 2019. The new proposal and the intermediate milestone also re-affirm and solidify the schedule for the complete standard, including Standalone 5G NR in Release 15. The supporting companies are further committed to make forward compatibility a key design principle for the standardization of the first release of 5G NR. This will enable in-band introduction of new capabilities and features in subsequent releases critical to enabling yet to be identified industries and use cases and achieving the 5G vision to connect everything to everything. The proposal is consistent with 3GPP's commitment to enable a flexible evolution and inter-working of the radio access network towards 5G NR and the evolution of the core network towards the 5G System. As proven by the broad Industry support, this proposal delivers the ability to address the increasing global demand for enhanced mobile broadband services with 5G NR in 2019, while continuing to address the broader vision for 5G NR in 2020 and beyond. AT&T "We support both the Standalone and Non-Standalone configurations of 5G New Radio," said Tom Keathley, senior vice president- wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. "Our focus is on prioritizing important specifications in the standards to bring 5G to market as quickly as possible. In the process of defining any standard, it is normal to make some decisions earlier than others. These accelerated decisions on key components of 5G New Radio standards will allow an earlier start on the development of the infrastructure and devices of tomorrow's 5G deployments." NTT DOCOMO, INC. Seizo Onoe, executive vice president and chief technology officer, NTT DOCOMO said, "5G is the key enabler to create new business opportunities across industries. DOCOMO plans a commercial launch with Non-Standalone 5G NR by 2020. Acceleration of the standardization schedule will facilitate early implementation of the standard-compliant 5G NR. We will ensure the highly-stable 5G services through large-scale trial activities with a wider range of industry partners." SK Telecom, Co. Ltd. Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice president, Head of Network Technology R&D Center, SK Telecom said, "As the demand for 5G commercialization is rapidly increasing, it is crucial to complete globally agreed 5G standardization in time. 3GPP NR is the global 5G standard and we are making continuous efforts to accelerate 3GPP NR standardization with partners." Vodafone Group Luke Ibbetson, head of research and development and strategy, Vodafone Group, said: "Standardisation of the New Radio interface will be critical to the successful development of 5G over the coming years. As the industry starts to design and test a new generation of services and applications, a common global standard for the underlying mobile technology will allow innovation to flourish and help us achieve economies of scale." Ericsson Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Network Products, says: "The faster we commercialize 5G based on 3GPP specifications, the faster we will realize its benefits for the entire industry. We are thrilled to participate in this initiative to accelerate the 5G ecosystem and commercial deployment." Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president, QCT said, "5G NR technologies will be critical to meet the ever-increasing connectivity requirements for emerging mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud computing, and we are already seeing the need to bring these technologies to devices globally sooner rather than later. There is great value in accelerating the timeline to commercialization, while maintaining the global scale through the proper standardization process in 3GPP." British Telecom Howard Watson, CEO BT TSO noted, "By accelerating the creation of the new radio interface we will be able to enable the 5G experience for customers sooner driving our purpose of using communications to make a better world". Telstra Mike Wright, Telstra's Group Managing Director Networks, said "Telstra is committed to the benefits of industry standardization and the development of this intermediate milestone for 5G NR would allow the benefits of early launch of 5G in the 2019 timeline following extensive pre-5G testing planned by Telstra during 2018." Korea Telecom, Co. Ltd. "We are pretty encouraged by the increasing voices heard within the telecom industry that the process of New Radio Specification should be expedited," said YongGyoo Lee, Senior Vice President - Network Strategy, Korea Telecom. "KT views that Non-Standalone and Standalone modes are equally important for the sake of completeness of the Standard Specification. However, we believe that early introduction of 5G network, compensated by already-prevailing LTE coverage, is a reasonable approach for the operators when taking the ROI factors into the consideration, and it justifies the slight preference for NSA mode in terms of priority. Our view is that 5G is not just the matter of achieving higher data speed. Rather, we believe that it will completely turn around the way the communication service is provided to the customers and eventually open up the opportunity for the telecom operators to diversify the new revenue streams in a cost-effective way. I am sure that the whole industry will enjoy the benefits from quick introduction of 5G into the market, enabled by the acceleration of 5G NR Specification in 3GPP." Intel Corporation Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of Next Generation Standards, Intel Communications and Devices Group, says, "Intel is committed to accelerating the roll out of 5G from the cloud to the network to the device. Global industry collaboration to accelerate the 3GPP NR standard is a lynchpin to making 5G a worldwide success and to scale. 5G is a true inflection point in technology and will transform our lives and society in ways far beyond previous connectivity standards, and as such, the ability to solidify a global standard is more critical than ever." KDDI Corporation Yoshiaki Uchida, Managing Executive Officer, Technology Sector, Member of the Board, KDDI Corporation said, "For rapid commercialization of 5G, forming an ecosystem by global harmonization including frequency bands and specifications is even more crucial than in the previous generations. KDDI is targeting to start 5G services in 2020, which mandates early completion of NR specification. We sincerely hope the acceleration of related 3GPP activities." LG Electronics Go-Hee Choi, Senior Vice President, Head of Advanced Standard R&D Lab, said, "LG Electronics believes that the early completion of 5G NR global standardization would be crucial in satisfying growing market demands for new innovative 5G experiences and making 5G a worldwide success. We fully support the initiative for 5G NR global acceleration and will make every effort to expedite the completion of 5G NR specification in 3GPP based on global partnership." Telia Company Mauro Costa, Director, Network Architecture & Strategy, Telia Company says, "A global standard is a fundamental pre-requisite to make 5G a success and open up for innovation and new business opportunities. Considering the large and increasing 5G interest from our customers, we see a strong need to have the standard to progress fast and complete on time. The acceleration of the 3GPP NR standard is an essential step in this direction." Swisscom Daniel Staub, Head of Joint Mobile Group, Swisscom and in charge of the 5G implementaion said: "As a European technology leader, Swisscom wants to get 5G early. Swisscom is fully committed to standards. Therefore, a proprietary or close-to-standard implementation is not of interest to Swisscom. As a consequence, Swisscom is fully supporting 5G NR acceleration to always provide the best experience on the best network to our customers." Etisalat Group Hatam Bamatraf, Chief Technology Officer, International said: "Etisalat Group is committed to the accelerated development of 5G that meets a global standard. Such a standard will have a positive impact on efficiency and the quality of the services we can deliver to our customers. Being part of this collective effort from the industry to take forward 5G NR, reflects Etisalat Group's open approach to partnership and our focus on innovation." Huawei "5G will usher in an era of deep convergence between telecom and vertical industries, meaning 5G standards will apply to multiple scenarios and enable the digital transformation of multiple industries." Mr. Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei 5G, said: "We need to define a Future-Proof 5G architecture which combining innovative achievements from various industries, to meet the requirements of numerous applications step by step and then to ensure the strategic vision and leading capabilities of 5G." vivo Yujian Shi, senior vice president, vivo said, "Both Non-Standalone and Standalone 5G NR are very important scenarios. A unified 5G standard for both scenarios has contribution to build up a global 5G ecosystems. The acceleration of 5G will help the earlier mature of 5G terminal industry. As a global terminal vendor, we will continuously create surprising to our customers in coming 5G era." ZTE Xu Huijun, CTO of ZTE, said, "As a global leader in telecommunications and information technology, ZTE sees the significant importance of 3GPP standard beneficial to whole industrial chain and keeps contributing actively to global standards. ZTE will work together with partners to push forward 5G test and trial steadily, to promote the 5G commercialization world widely." Deutsche Telekom "Deutsche Telekom is committed to this initiative to accelerate the availability of standardized 5G technologies to meet the evolving broadband demands of our customers," says Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom. "The early availability of standards will enable smooth evolution paths towards the next generation of communications, provide the basis for extensive pre-testing activities and generate confidence in the benefits and potential of the new technology for the entire industry." About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation's best data network and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.  Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and YouTube at youtube.com/att. © 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. About NTT DOCOMO NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 72 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide LTE network and one of the world's most progressive LTE-Advanced networks. DOCOMO is a leading developer of a 5G network that it plans to deploy by 2020, as well as network function virtualization (NFV), NFC infrastructure and services, emerging IoT solutions, and more. Outside Japan, the company is providing technical and operational expertise to seven mobile operators and other partner companies, and is contributing to the global standardization of all-new mobile technologies. DOCOMO is listed on stock exchanges in Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM). Please visit https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/. About SK Telecom Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com. About Ericsson Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com. About Qualcomm Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G - and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages About Telstra Telstra is a leading telecommunications and information services company. We offer a full range of services and compete in all telecommunications markets in Australia, operating the largest mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Globally, we provide end-to-end solutions including managed network services, global connectivity, cloud, voice, colocation, conferencing and satellite solutions. We have licenses in Asia, Europe and the United States and offer access to more than 2,000 points of presence across the globe. For more information visit www.telstra.com. About Korea Telecom KT is leading the development of the ICT industries of Korea since its foundation in 1981. Being a formerly state-owned firm, KT is South Korea's first telephone company and dominates the local landline and broadband business. It serves roughly 90% of the country's fixed-line subscribers and 45% of high-speed internet users. Since the merger with its wireless subsidiary KTF back in 2009, KT expanded its business scope and included mobile communication as its main service. Its mobile subscriber base totals around 18.9 million as of the end of 2016 and about 75% of it, that is, roughly 14.2 million are LTE subscribers.  KT also has keen interests in introducing the most innovative technology to the market and hence providing the best service quality to the customers. As an official partner for Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in 2018, KT is committed to provide the telecommunication service for the event and more specifically will showcase the world-first 5G trial service during the Games. For more information, you can visit at www.kt.com/eng/. About Intel Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) expands the boundaries of technology to make the most amazing experiences possible. Information about Intel can be found at newsroom.intel.com and intel.com. About KDDI Corporation KDDI, a comprehensive communications company offering fixed-line and mobile communications services, strives to be a leading company for changing times. For individual customers, KDDI offers its mobile communications (mobile phone) and fixed-line communications (broadband Internet/telephone) services under the brand name au, helping to realize Fixed Mobile and Broadcasting Convergence (FMBC). For business clients, KDDI provides comprehensive Information and Communications services, from Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) networks to data centers, applications, and security strategies, which help clients strengthen their businesses. For more information please visit http://www.kddi.com/english. About LG Electronics LG Electronics, Inc. is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 77,000 people working in 125 locations around the world. LG comprises four business units: Home Appliance & Air Solutions, Mobile Communications, Home Entertainment and Vehicle Components. LG Mobile Communications is a global leader and trend setter in the mobile and wearable industry with breakthrough technologies and innovative designs. By continually developing highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery, camera optics and LTE/LTE-A technology, LG creates handsets and wearables that fit the lifestyles of a wide range of people all over the world. LG is seeking to provide a playful mobile experience that extends beyond the scope of traditional smartphones. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LG.com. About Telia Company We're Telia Company, the New Generation Telco. Our 21 000 talented colleagues serve millions of customers every day in one of the world's most connected regions. With a strong connectivity base, we're the hub in the digital ecosystem, empowering people, companies and societies to stay in touch with everything that matters 24/7/365 - on their terms.   Headquartered in Stockholm, the heart of innovation and technology, we're set to change the industry and bring the world even closer for our customers. For more information, please contact our press office +46 771 77 58 30, visit our Newsroom or follow us on Twitter @Teliacompany. About Swisscom Swisscom, Switzerland's leading telecoms company and one of its leading IT companies, is headquartered in Ittigen, close to the capital city Berne. Swisscom's international activities are concentrated mainly in Italy, where its subsidiary Fastweb is one of the biggest broadband providers. More than 21,000 employees achieve a revenues of CHF 11.64 billion to the end of 2016. Swisscom is one of the most sustainable companies in Switzerland and Europe. About TIM TIM Group is Italy's leading ICT company, supporting the country's "Digital Life". TIM's offer is built on top quality and maximum dissemination of convergent services and premium content relying upon innovative infrastructures, a vast choice of APPs and devices, tailored and modular solutions, both for retail and business. The three-year business plan 2017-2019 provides for approx. 11 bln. euros in investments in Italy, of which circa 5 bln. euros to accelerate UBB networks development. By 2019, TIM targets to cover 95% of households with fibre and 99% of the population with 4G. About Etisalat Group Etisalat Group is one of the world's leading telecom groups in emerging markets. Etisalat's current market cap is over 132 billion AED (36 billion USD). With reported net revenues of AED 51.7 billion and net profit of AED 8.3 billion for 2015, Etisalat ranks amongst the most profitable telecom groups in the world. Its high credit ratings at AA-/A+/Aa3 reflect the company's strong balance sheet and proven long-term performance. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Etisalat was established four decades ago in the UAE as the country's first telecommunications service provider. An international blue-chip organisation, Etisalat Group provides innovative solutions and services to 163 million subscribers in 17 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.  Etisalat Group's mission is to provide a best-in-class total customer experience domestically and internationally, deliver attractive returns to shareholders while investing in the long-term future of the company, and supporting economic development in all the markets we operate in. About Huawei Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. As a responsible and robust business player, innovative information society enabler, and cooperative industry contributor, Huawei is committed to building a Better Connected World. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end capabilities and strengths across carrier, enterprise, consumer, and cloud computing domains. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide create maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company that is fully owned by its employees. For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com. About vivo vivo is a fast-growing world leading smartphone brand. The company is one of the top 3 smartphone vendors in China. More 100 million users from China and South-east Asia are enjoying exciting mobile broadband lives with vivo smartphone. vivo creates products for energetic, trendy, pleasure-seeking young urbanites, combining extraordinary appearance, professional-grade audio, and a fast and smooth user experience. At vivo, we are firmly dedicated to pursuing true perfection, while continuously creating the surprising. Additional information about vivo products is available at http://www.vivoglobal.com. ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE's M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to provide customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE's products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn. About Deutsche Telekom: With some 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and more than 18 million broadband lines, Deutsche Telekom is paving the way for the gigabit society.  For more information, please visit telekom.com


News Article | February 20, 2017
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Dublin, Feb. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their offering. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2014 through 2022. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Number of Unique Subscribers in Thousand. The report profiles 88 companies including many key and niche players such as Key Topics Covered: 1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW Mobile Communications: An Introductory Prelude 4G: The Latest Transformative Phase of Mobile Communication Sector 4G Penetration Rates Continue to Rise Key Advantages Offered Drive Wider Adoption 1 Gbps Downlink Peak Data Speeds of LTE-A Tilt the Tide In Favor of 4G Evolution in Peak LTE Downlink Throughput over the Years Thrust towards QoS & QoE Instigates 4G Deployments Operators Prioritize 4G in line with Changing User Expectations Developed Countries: The Foremost Adopters of 4G Services Developing Countries: Hot Spots for Future Growth Positive Economic Scenario to Help Augment Market Prospects 2. MARKET TRENDS & GROWTH DRIVERS 4G Makes Robust Gains in General & Enterprise Consumer Markets Transition from 3G to LTE and WiMAX Fuels Market Growth Smartphones Usage Patterns Favor 4G Market Uptrend in Mobile Internet Usage Elevates Market Prospects 4G to Play Pivotal Role in Future Growth of Mobile Traffic 4G Offers Comprehensive Support for IoT & M2M Enterprises Prefer 4G Solution in their Mobility' Ecosystem 4G to Improve Prospects of SMEs 4G for Seamless Mobile Cloud Services OFDMA-Based LTE-A Propagates 4G Market Expansion Both LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD Gain Traction LTE-A Enhancements Augment Proficiency of 4G Networks Carrier Aggregation: A High-Tech Enhancement 4G Deployments with Small Cells Gather Steam VoLTE to Drive Uptake of 4G Services 4G to Proliferate Wi-Fi Domain Digital Transactions Made Easier with 4G High-Potential Opportunities in Automotive Sector 4G to Aid Healthcare Sector Public Safety Operations Made Easier with 4G LTE 4G: Boon for App Developers Seamless Support for App Innovation Upcoming 5G Technology to Influence Market Prospects 3. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW Evolution of Mobile Network Technologies First Generation Networks (1G) Second Generation Networks (2G) 2.5 Generation Technology (2.5G) Third Generation Networks (3G) Value Chain in 3G Mobile Networks that Support 3G Services UMTS/ WCDMA Important Features of WCDMA HSPA Features Benefits Offered HSDPA HSUPA HSPA+ CDMA 4. SERVICE/PRODUCT LAUNCHES AT&T to Enhance 4G LTE Capacity in Henry County Verizon and Samsung Launch 4G LTE Network Extender for Enterprise AT&T Rolls Out 4G Services in Greene and Owen County Reliance Jio Unveils 4G SIM Cards Micromax Introduces Micromax Canvas Spark 4G Smartphone Micromax Introduces Canvas 5 Lite Smartphone Asus Introduces ASUS Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE Telstra Commences Wholesale 4G Mobile Services to MVNO Partners VNPN-VinaPhone Commences 4G Services in Vietnam BTL and Huawei to Rollout 4G LTE Network in Belize Etisalat Nigeria Introduces Mobile 4G LTE Service in Nigeria Zantel to Unveil 4G Services in Tanzania Lenovo Unveils A2010 4G LTE Smartphone Micromax Introduces New 4G LTE Smartphones Etisalat Introduces 4G LTE Services in the Middle East 5. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY AT&T Collaborates with Honda North America Avago Technologies Acquires Broadcom KDDI Signs VoLTE Roaming Agreement with Verizon Qualcomm Signs Patent License Agreement with Lenovo Idea Cellular Selects Ericsson for 4G Upgrade Vodafone Teams Up with Afrimax Group U.S. Cellular to Add 4G LTE Cell Sites Mitel® Takes Over Mavenir Systems Sistema Shyam Teleservices to Merge with Reliance Communications MediaTek Extends Collaboration with Micromax Informatics SK Telecom Selects Broadcom 6. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS 7. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/sh3mrq/4g_lte_long_term


Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their offering. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2014 through 2022. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Number of Unique Subscribers in Thousand. The report profiles 88 companies including many key and niche players such as Key Topics Covered: 1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW Mobile Communications: An Introductory Prelude 4G: The Latest Transformative Phase of Mobile Communication Sector 4G Penetration Rates Continue to Rise Key Advantages Offered Drive Wider Adoption 1 Gbps Downlink Peak Data Speeds of LTE-A Tilt the Tide In Favor of 4G Evolution in Peak LTE Downlink Throughput over the Years Thrust towards QoS & QoE Instigates 4G Deployments Operators Prioritize 4G in line with Changing User Expectations Developed Countries: The Foremost Adopters of 4G Services Developing Countries: Hot Spots for Future Growth Positive Economic Scenario to Help Augment Market Prospects 2. MARKET TRENDS & GROWTH DRIVERS 4G Makes Robust Gains in General & Enterprise Consumer Markets Transition from 3G to LTE and WiMAX Fuels Market Growth Smartphones Usage Patterns Favor 4G Market Uptrend in Mobile Internet Usage Elevates Market Prospects 4G to Play Pivotal Role in Future Growth of Mobile Traffic 4G Offers Comprehensive Support for IoT & M2M Enterprises Prefer 4G Solution in their Mobility' Ecosystem 4G to Improve Prospects of SMEs 4G for Seamless Mobile Cloud Services OFDMA-Based LTE-A Propagates 4G Market Expansion Both LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD Gain Traction LTE-A Enhancements Augment Proficiency of 4G Networks Carrier Aggregation: A High-Tech Enhancement 4G Deployments with Small Cells Gather Steam VoLTE to Drive Uptake of 4G Services 4G to Proliferate Wi-Fi Domain Digital Transactions Made Easier with 4G High-Potential Opportunities in Automotive Sector 4G to Aid Healthcare Sector Public Safety Operations Made Easier with 4G LTE 4G: Boon for App Developers Seamless Support for App Innovation Upcoming 5G Technology to Influence Market Prospects 3. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW Evolution of Mobile Network Technologies First Generation Networks (1G) Second Generation Networks (2G) 2.5 Generation Technology (2.5G) Third Generation Networks (3G) Value Chain in 3G Mobile Networks that Support 3G Services UMTS/ WCDMA Important Features of WCDMA HSPA Features Benefits Offered HSDPA HSUPA HSPA+ CDMA 4. SERVICE/PRODUCT LAUNCHES AT&T to Enhance 4G LTE Capacity in Henry County Verizon and Samsung Launch 4G LTE Network Extender for Enterprise AT&T Rolls Out 4G Services in Greene and Owen County Reliance Jio Unveils 4G SIM Cards Micromax Introduces Micromax Canvas Spark 4G Smartphone Micromax Introduces Canvas 5 Lite Smartphone Asus Introduces ASUS Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE Telstra Commences Wholesale 4G Mobile Services to MVNO Partners VNPN-VinaPhone Commences 4G Services in Vietnam BTL and Huawei to Rollout 4G LTE Network in Belize Etisalat Nigeria Introduces Mobile 4G LTE Service in Nigeria Zantel to Unveil 4G Services in Tanzania Lenovo Unveils A2010 4G LTE Smartphone Micromax Introduces New 4G LTE Smartphones Etisalat Introduces 4G LTE Services in the Middle East 5. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY AT&T Collaborates with Honda North America Avago Technologies Acquires Broadcom KDDI Signs VoLTE Roaming Agreement with Verizon Qualcomm Signs Patent License Agreement with Lenovo Idea Cellular Selects Ericsson for 4G Upgrade Vodafone Teams Up with Afrimax Group U.S. Cellular to Add 4G LTE Cell Sites Mitel® Takes Over Mavenir Systems Sistema Shyam Teleservices to Merge with Reliance Communications MediaTek Extends Collaboration with Micromax Informatics SK Telecom Selects Broadcom 6. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS 7. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/lqtzws/4g_lte_long_term


Strategy and M&A leaders from leading global telecom, media and technology companies including Amazon, Altice Group, BT, Endemol Shine, Etisalat, Google, Vivendi, Millicom and Scripps will discuss the impact of mergers and acquisitions at TMT M&A Forum 2017 in London on March 28-29. Over 100 key speakers including CEOs, CSOs, CFOs, Heads of M&A, Investment Bankers, Private Equity investors, legal and professional advisers have been announced for the event which has been expanded to two days this year to meet demand as convergence drives more deals across the sector. “We are delighted to have such an outstanding line up of new speakers representing Telecoms, Media and Tech as well as the leading Investment Banks, Law Firms, Private Equity investors and advisers active in TMT M&A,” said TMT Finance Managing Director, Dominic Lowndes. “The event provides an exciting opportunity to discuss the best strategies for growth and investment and the likely impact of the next wave of merger and acquisitions with the people leading, advising and financing those deals.” A maximum of 350 senior executives can attend the event which is Chatham House Rules with no media permitted. Key sessions at the event include: Telecom and Media M&A Strategies; TMT M&A; Enterprise Cloud Consolidation; Digital Transformation through M&A; Datacentres and Hosting; TMT Infrastructure M&A; Health; Mobile Towers; TV, Video, Broadcast and Satellite; Digital Leaders; Financing TMT LBOs; Regulation and Risk in TMT M&A; Digital Disruption; Fintech; Mobile Money and Banking; M2M and the Internet of Things; Artificial Intelligence; Virtual Reality; Investor Strategies and IT Services and Software. TMT M&A Forum 2017 takes place in London on March 28-29, gathering key industry, finance and advisory executives to discuss global opportunities for partnership and investment across telecoms, media and tech. For more information, go to http://www.tmtfinance.com/merger/programme


Strategy and M&A leaders from leading global telecom, media and technology companies including Amazon, Altice Group, BT, Endemol Shine, Etisalat, Google, Vivendi, Millicom and Scripps will discuss the impact of mergers and acquisitions at TMT M&A.

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