In Brief:China Mobile 4G Customer Base Nears 410 Million 

Singapore’s leading mobile operator by subscribers Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), working in partnership with Sweden’s Ericsson, has successfully tested fifth-generation mobile technology, part of the city-state’s push to become a ‘connected society’. In the tests, which used Ericsson’s 5G radio prototypes, the pair achieved a peak throughput of 27.5Gbps, with latency of just two milliseconds (2ms). The demo also introduced what Singtel and Ericsson claim to be the world’s first ‘end-to-end low latency live video streaming’ over 5G. The cellco has also called on other industry players to join it in developing new services and applications within a ‘5G ecosystem’, as it readies itself for the anticipated standardisation of 5G in 2020 by deploying key pre-5G technologies including carrier aggregation (CA), 256QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and Narrow-Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT).

***State-owned utility firm Kenya Power expects to start rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections in partnership with telecoms operator Safaricom in December this year, the company’s Managing Director Ben Chumo told Citizen Digital. An ISP subsidiary, known as Kenya Power International, has been established to operate the FTTH business, providing the utility firm with an alternative revenue stream. ‘We have close to five million homes connected to the grid and we want to take advantage of the grid to deliver the fibre to homes,’ Chumo said, adding that the internet service will be more affordable than rival offerings because Kenya Power will not have to dig trenches to lay the fibre-optic cables.

***The Indian cabinet has approved the spectrum usage charge proposed by the Telecom Commission last week.
As a result, the way is clear for prospective bidders to be invited to apply to take part in the Department of Telecommunications' (DoT's) upcoming spectrum auction, the state confirmed.
Spectrum acquired via the auction, which could take place in September, will be charged at 3% of the operator's adjusted gross revenue (AGR), excluding revenue from wireline services, the cabinet ruled. The state is selling off frequencies in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands.

***Nokia has again raised its target for cost reductions, after reporting a further slowdown in the mobile broadband market in Q2. Pro forma revenues, adjusted for the takeover of Alcatel-Lucent, fell 11 percent year-on-year to EUR 5.676 billion, and the company's adjusted operating profit was down 49 percent to EUR 332 million. The net result was a loss of EUR 726 million, hurt by around EUR 600 million in restructuring costs for the integration of Alcatel-Lucent as well as a write-off for a customer in Brazil.

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•Singtel’s Optus in M2M and GPS wholesale pact
•Reliance Jio to connect to Asia-Africa-Europe One subsea cable
•Enel plans wholesale fibre for city of Venice
•NTT expands Japanese LTE Network
•CenturyLink aims at 11m broadband connections by 2017