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MTN, Huawei launch Commercial 2G, 3G, 4G & NB-IoT spectrum sharing solution

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NEW DELHI: In a global first, MTN SA have successfully commercially deployed Huawei’s CloudAIR 2.0 solution to share spectrum between 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT radio technologies in the 900MHz band.

MTN SA and Huawei established a Joint Innovation Program in 2017 to research and trial innovative technologies, such as CloudAIR 2.0, in MTN SA’s network. Huawei’s CloudAIR 2.0 solution supports overlap of 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT services in the 900MHz spectrum band, which enables MTN SA to make more efficient use of its limited 900MHz spectrum allocation and achieve a 45% increase in LTE throughput within the band.

Giovanni Chiarelli, Chief Technology and Information Officer for MTN SA, said: “Spectrum is an extremely precious asset. This new network optimization technique improves spectral efficiency and gives MTN the ability to deploy LTE within the same 900MHz band alongside GSM, UMTS and NB-IoT, while significantly improving LTE coverage and user experience.”

Edward Deng, President of Wireless Solutions of Huawei, said: “The spectrum cloudification sharing capabilities of CloudAIR 2.0 enable the deployment of different radio access technologies within the same spectrum. This solution can allocate and adjust spectrum resources according to the changes of mobile traffic and avoid legacy radio access technologies from occupying prime spectrum, thereby improving spectral efficiency.”

“CloudAIR 2.0 is a valuable solution that can hasten radio technology evolution, to increase network capacity, and improve customer experience.” Edward Deng added.

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2G mobile Internet restored in Kashmir from midnight

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NEW DELHI: After remaining shut for more than five months, 2G mobile Internet services on postpaid as well as prepaid phones will be restored in the Kashmir Valley from Saturday but can only be used to access 301 websites approved by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, an official order said.

According to a notification issued by the home department of the Jammu and Kashmir administration, access to the internet with 2G speed on mobile phones will resume from January 25.

Access shall be limited only on whitelisted sites and social media applications will continue to remain out of bounds for the Valley’s residents, it said, adding, data services shall be available on postpaid as well as prepaid SIM cards.

The move comes within a week of the administration ordering restoration of prepaid mobile services in the Valley and resumption of 2G mobile data service on whitelisted websites across the Jammu division.

The sites approved include search engines and those associated with banking, education, news, travel, utilities and employment.

The latest development comes after the Supreme Court, in a significant ruling on January 10, asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to review within a week all orders imposing curbs in the Union Territory. The Supreme Court came down heavily on the UT administration for arbitrarily shutting down the Internet, the facility described as a fundamental right by the apex court.

Internet services, landline and mobile phones were snapped across Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of the Centre’s announcement to scrap special status of the erstwhile state and its bifurcation into Union Territories on August 5.

While most of the services except mobile Internet were restored in Jammu within a week, Kashmir witnessed restoration of landlines and postpaid mobile services and Internet facilities for essential services like hospitals in phases.

Source: Press Trust of India

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Mobile Internet services again snapped in Jammu region

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NEW DELHI: Low-speed (2G) mobile Internet services were once again snapped in five districts of Jammu region on Sunday to check rumour-mongering, a day after the services were restored.

A police official said authorities concerned directed service providers to snap the services around forenoon.

The official said the decision was taken to check rumour-mongering and maintain peace and tranquillity.

Low-speed mobile Internet services were restored in five districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday after remaining suspended for nearly a fortnight.

Mobile Internet services were snapped across Jammu region on August 4, a day before the Centre revoked provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Curfew-like restrictions were put in place across the state hours before the move. However, the restrictions were subsequently eased.

Immediately after resumption of 2G mobile Internet services in five districts of Jammu region, Jammu Inspector General of Police Mukesh Singh had warned of strict action against anyone circulating fake messages or videos on social media.

Source: Press Trust of India

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Lava doubles its market share to 13% in 2G feature phone segment

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NEW DELHI: Lava International Limited showed tremendous gain in the Feature Phone market with over 100% growth in its market share from 6% to 13% in the Q1 results of 2019 as reported by Counterpoint Research. In the 2G Feature Phone segment Lava came a close second to Samsung with a difference of only 2% in the market share.

Counterpoint technology market research is a global firm specializing in mobile & technology products in the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) industry.

According to the latest research by Counterpoint the Indian Feature phone market is at 400 million users. With this exceptional gain in market share, Lava is amongst the most popular brands in the segment.

Lava was also reported as the No. 1 Feature Phone Brand in India by Cyber Media Research (CMR) in the month of February 2019. Lava had reached the top spot with 16% market share while Samsung and LYF tied at 15% share each.

Commenting on the results, Sunil Raina, President and Business Head, Lava International Limited said, “We have always maintained an extremely strong position in the Feature Phone segment. It is our focus, commitment to empowering Indian customers and most importantly perseverance which have helped us to achieve this. Over the years, we have been building capabilities within India in product design & manufacturing – in order to make valuable technologies accessible and provide reliable products to our customers. We are the only brand to have complete end-to-end control on product value chain within India complemented by our robust distribution network and speedy customer service. This feat is a true testimony of our customer-centricity and we thank all our consumers and partners for the trust they have reposed in us.”

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