Thursday, April 29, 2010

Taiwan's Chunghwa Continues ADSL-to-FTTx Migration

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom was serving 4.3 million broadband subscribers as of March 31, 2010. There were 1.74 million FTTx subscribers, accounting for 40.4% of Chunghwa's total broadband subscriber base. This compares to 1.64 million FTTx subscribers at the end of the last quarter (Dec 2009).

By the end of the first quarter 2010, the number of ADSL and FTTx subscribers with a service speed greater than 8 Mbps reached 2.1 million, representing 48.8% of total broadband subscribers, compared to 39.0% at the end of the first quarter of 2009.

As of March 31, 2010, Chunghwa had 9.4 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 4.2% compared to 8.98 million at the end of the first quarter of 2009. Chunghwa had 4.9 million 3G subscribers at the end of March 2010, accounting for 52.7% of its total subscriber base.

Chunghwa's total consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2010 increased by 1.0% year-over-year to NT$49.6 billion, of which 44.8% was from the mobile business, 11.8% was from the internet business, 34.7% was from the domestic fixed business, 8.0% was from the international fixed business and the remainder was from the other business segment. The primary reasons for the year-over-year increase were the economic recovery and the company's marketing efforts.

Two Minute Video: Dispersion Compensation at 40 and 100 Gbps

Presented by Dr. Adell Asseh, Proximion

Motorola Achieves 80 Mbps Downlinks in TD-LTE Field Trials with China's MIIT

Motorola has completed the Phase I TD-LTE field trials with China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). This over-the-air (OTA) TD-LTE trial included key functionality, performance and mobility test cases in a multi-sector, multi-site environment that lays a solid foundation for large scale TD-LTE deployment.

Motorola noted the following achievements for the trial:

  • High performance with downlink throughput up to 80 Mbps

  • Successful demonstration of key TD-LTE features including mobility and handover with live applications, low latency and more

  • Utilization of third-party user equipment (UE) test to guarantee standard compliance

  • TD-LTE trial sites overlaid on existing 2G/3G sites

Motorola is now ready to begin Phase II TD-LTE field trials with increased focus on applications and quality of service (QoS) in Shunyi, Beijing.

The milestone follows the recently announced TD-LTE key functionalities test initiated by the TD-LTE working group, which was set up by MIIT in June 2009 with China's three telecom operators and other key industry partners.

In addition, Motorola said it is demonstrating end-to-end TD-LTE experiences at the Information and Communication Pavilion to support China Mobile Communications Corporation's (CMCC) presence at the Shanghai Expo.

Ericsson Outlines TCO2 Framework for Energy Efficiency

Two-thirds of all CO2e emissions associated with network equipment during its lifetime are attributed to its operation, according to a recently published whitepaper from Ericsson.

To help operators who are being challenged to respond to growing carbon emissions concerns, volatile fuel prices and potential added costs such as carbon taxes, Ericsson is now offering a TCO2 approach that measures carbon emissions and uses the total-cost-of-ownership methodology. During 2009, Telstra worked with Ericsson on this approach during a nationwide carbon and energy audit of its wireless network.

Ericsson said telecom operators can use its TCO2 methodology in network operations to evaluate carbon emission
and energy consumption savings from different solutions and network scenarios.

In its whitepaper, Ericsson observes that networks worldwide are expanding to serve more subscribers and increasing traffic per subscriber. The ICT sector is estimated to account for about 2 percent of global energy use and subsequent carbon emissions (with telecom representing just 0.6 percent). Nevertheless, the absolute amount of energy consumed by telecom networks is growing -- along with associated CO2e emissions.

However, the carbon intensity of the network traffic is lower than the activities the traffic replaces (such as video conferencing replacing travel). One approach is to increase energy efficiency in driving additional traffic so the carbon intensity differential between that traffic and the activities it replaces is as great as possible.

Ericsson TCO2 also provides a framework for evaluating two or more network architecture choices for their overall energy efficiency. The approach applies to both greenfield and existing networks.

The whitepaper is posted online.

Motorola and Opticon Announce Cross Licensing Agreement

Motorola announced a cross license agreement settling all outstanding intellectual property disputes between the two companies and their subsidiaries, including Motorola's subsidiary, Symbol Technologies.

Under the cross license agreement, Opticon has taken a royalty bearing license to Motorola's patents in the fields of laser based barcode scanning, imaging based barcode scanning and mobile computing. The specific terms of the settlement are confidential.

Cisco Wins Major Contract with Emirates

The Emirates Group a three-year contract for the purchase of Cisco network support and optimization services to be financed by Cisco Capital in the UAE. Emirates Group has selected Cisco Gold partner Gulf Business Machines (GBM), a leading IT solutions provider in the Middle East fulfilling the IT requirements of local, regional and international organizations in the GCC, to purchase Cisco services and work closely with Cisco to deliver these services and support the Cisco infrastructure.

Cisco said this deal represents an important milestone in that the Emirates Group is one of the first companies in the region to utilize the additional innovative resources that Cisco has to offer beyond its products and standard maintenance services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Telecom's Mobile Base Continues Fast Growth as Wireline Declines

China Telecom continues to ramp-up its mobile subscriber base, ending Q1 2010 with 65,450,000 mobile subscribers up by 9.36 million for the quarter. The average mobile service revenue per user per month (ARPU) for the first quarter primarily remained stable, while the average mobile minutes of usage per user per month (MOU) has slightly increased, as compared to that for the full year of last year.

However, due to this intensified mobile substitution and churn of its Personal Handyphone System (PAS) subscribers, China Telecom continued to record negative growth in its number of local access lines in service for the first quarter. It ended Q1 with 184.23 million local access lines in service, down by 4.3 million for the quarter.

Mobile voice usage is correspondingly expanding rapidly and will likely soon eclipse local access voice usage.

Services like Internet and data services, integrated information services continued its robust growth momentum, which effectively mitigated the impact of decline in the wireline voice services. The wireline broadband subscribers reached 55.84 million, representing a net addition of 2.38 million.

For Q1, the China Telecom Group reported operating revenues of RMB 52,712 million, representing an increase of 3.6% from the first quarter of last year. The profit attributable to equity holders of the Company was RMB 4,272 million, representing a decline of 9.1% from the first quarter of last year and an increase of 127.4% from the fourth quarter of last year. EBITDA (before CDMA network capacity lease fees) was RMB 22,796 million, an increase of 2.7% from the first quarter of last year and an increase of 22.7% from the fourth quarter of last year. EBITDA margin was 43.2%, representing a decline of 0.4 percentage points from 43.6% of the first quarter of last year and an increase of 8.5 percentage points from 34.7% of the fourth quarter of last year.