FTTH Council Asia-Pacific News Feed Week 50

Access to superfast broadband and speedy 4G services – that’s the standard across Asia, right? Countries such as South Korea (27 Mbps), Japan (19.5 Mbps) and Singapore (17.2 Mbps) tend to have consistent, high-quality connectivity. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case across the region……..

New Zealand’s largest operator Spark has deployed the market’s first 200G per wavelength production fiber link using equipment from Nokia. The operator’s new 200Gbps network link connects its core network with the global gateway, and will co-exist with Spark’s existing 10G and 100G channels…….

Telkomsel debuts 4.5G in nine Indonesian cities

Indonesia’s Telkomsel, working with Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE, says it has debuted 4.5G services in nine cities, namely: Grapari in Medan, Jakarta, Bandung, Denpasar, Mataram, Pontianak, Makassar, Manado and Ambon. The cellco is using 20MHz of bandwidth in the 1800MHz band combined with 4×4 MIMO technology for its 4.5G deployment…….

The government of the Philippines plans to institute a new bill by 2017 that will reform the country’s telecommunications industry, expanding the powers of regulators and allowing foreigners 100% ownership. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says the reforms will give the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ‘more teeth’, noting: ‘We need to strengthen the powers of the regulator. Make sure that it’s independent…….


India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel has announced it is investing in a new fiber cable between India and Myanmar. The operator plans to use the new fiber asset to offer end-to-end connectivity solutions in the Myanmar market, India’s Economic Times reported…….


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