China Mobile to deploy largest LTE network
The world’s largest 4G LTE network is set to be deployed in China over the next six months, covering over a hundred cities and 500 million people. China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua told that his company is building the network using the time-division variant of LTE (TD-LTE), with 220,000 base stations. According to latest figures for January 31 this year, China Mobile has just over 714 million customers, having added 4.3 million since December 2012. Just under 95 million of these are on 3G service.
Japan Authorities Arrest People for File-Sharing Crackdown
Japan’s National Police Agency announced that police departments across all 47 of Japan’s prefectures conducted searches in 124 different locations between February 19th and 21st. According to the agency, the resulting 27 arrests were for copyright violation of movies, television shows, anime, and music using file-sharing software. two main pieces of file-sharing software were used by those arrested: an application called Share and another named Perfect Dark. The new copyright law went into effect on October 1st, 2012, and under its provisions those found guilty of uploading copyrighted material could face up to 10 years in prison or a fine of ¥10 million (approximately $1.6 million).
LG has sold more than 10 million LTE smartphones
LG Electronics (LG) reports that it has sold more than 10 million LTE smartphones worldwide, a result of the company’s aggressive push into 4G markets with a combination of the best hardware and advanced 4G LTE technologies. According to Strategic Analytics, global shipments of LTE smartphones are expected to drastically increase to 275 million units this year. LG is aiming to double its LTE smartphone penetration this year, expanding its presence in both established and emerging markets with a variety of devices. New for 2013, LG’s Optimus F series will deliver a high-speed experience to users transitioning from 3G to 4G LTE networks in countries around the world.
Gucci to launch mobile site in Asia Pacific
After receiving a very positive response from its mobile optimised site in North America, the luxury fashion brand Gucci is planning to launch a similar site for its consumers in the Asia Pacific market in the coming months. The site has been optimized for both iOS and Android. Gucci already has websites for 27 countries across the world for online shopping, but this is the first time that it has gone on mobile. The mobile site already accounts for 27 percent of the total traffic and 13 percent of total revenue.
SingTel launches LifeLabs in Israel to invest in biometrics and mobile technology
Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and Amdocs, a software provider for telecom companies, have opened a development centre in Israel as part of SingTel’s investment in new technology. SingTel said its initial focus will be on voice and facial recognition as well as systems that enable mobile and Wi-Fi networks to work more efficiently. This will be SingTel’s third so-called “LifeLabs” in addition to similar centres in Singapore and Boston. SingTel has a corporate venture fund of S$200 million and part of this will be dedicated to Israel. SingTel will also invest in Israeli start-ups, fund academic and research institutes and collaborate with incubators and angel investors to find interesting technologies.