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Telecom Secretary in India, Aruna Sundarajan expressed concerns about the country’s lack of quality mobile network services. She pointed out the fact that more towers and fiberisation is needed to follow the growth of subscribers. She said, during the second 5G India conference, “In a country where data is growing at 500 per cent, we need much more infrastructure. You need at least double the number of towers, at least double the size of fibre. Otherwise, where will the quality come from? So, they (operators) are working on that We are driving down hard on the service quality areas. We are beginning to see visible changes as a result of it. But it is not enough.” In a situation where call drops occur more often, falling service quality is concerning users and professionals. Manoj Sinha, the Telecom Minister, replied by confirming that the government is committed to “ensure quality of…

The investment required to upgrade a network to support standalone 5G technology is important. JP Morgan think this is the reason why Telecom companies stocks did not do so well last year. There is a serious concern that the investment might not be as effective as expected. The lack of return put an important shade on some valuation for some asian (China, Japan and South Korea) and Australian telecommunications stocks. Those worries could be explained as the daily applications and advantages of 5G technology are yet to be seen and to be invented. James Sullivan,head of Asia ex-Japan equity research at J.P. Morgan explained “It’s not really about faster download speeds,” he said. “It’s about internet of things, autonomous vehicles and things of that nature for which no one understands a monetization case for networks yet.” 5G will not only be customer centered but also will help companies in processing…

In a strange turn of events, the American government has been instructed by President Trump, to help Chinese tech giant ZTE Corp. The problems started for ZTE when they were caught shipping U.S. goods to Iran. The U.S. Commerce Department then prevented U.S. companies from doing any trade with ZTE. This decision literally crippled the company, forcing Donald Trump to step in and take a decision. In a recent tweet President Trump expressed its concerns and his will to find a solution. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/995680316458262533 The ban on doing trade with U.S. companies is supposed to last seven years. ZTE already paid a $1.2 billion in fine for that case. Recently, American delegations in visit in China were asked about this issue by Chinese officials, leading to Trump’s decision. ZTE currently employs 70,000 people, and earlier this month, it had to put on hold its main operations.

Huawei, the Shenzhen based technology company, has announced the launch of a smartphone that will use the famous cryptocurrency. It will use BTC.com’s platform as a Bitcoin wallet on its smartphones. New devices coming out of Huawei factories will integrate Huawei AppGallery that will give access to the Bitcoin wallet. “Cryptocurrencies have recently expanded the human understanding of digital economy at a large scale … We expect to see massive growth in global cryptocurrency adoption habits in the near future,” said the vice president of Huawei Mobile Services, Dr. Jaime Gonzalo. Through the app, users will be able to buy products and services with Bitcoins. They will also have the possibility to follow cryptocurrency mining and get blockchain informations. It will also be an opportunity for Chinese customers to have a taste of cryptocurrency. So far, Google Play on Android and Apple’s App Store were not allowed by Chinese authorities…

CTG (China Telecom Global) and Liquid Telecom (a pan-African telecom company) signed a deal to collaborate in the development of network solutions and services. In Johannesburg, Liquid Telecom’s headquarter held the signing ceremony between the Chinese and the African companies. Senior Representatives from China Telecom Donald Tan and Changhai Liu, and Liquid Telecoms CEO Nic Rudnick, and Chief Business Development officer Willem Marais, were present for this event. The two companies will be able to provide to their customers an extended coverage on those two parts of the world. “With more than 50 countries in the region, Africa is nonetheless the booming new market with the highest development rate just after Asia, and a very important market for CTG.” said Changhai Liu. As the Managing Director of China Telecom (Africa and Middle East) he also added, “This collaboration will enable both CTG and Liquid Telecom better serve our customers and…

BullsEye Telecom has entered the VoIP based Key System market. Founded in 1999 in Michigan, BullsEye started by focusing on its local market. Since then, they provide SD-WAN, VoIP, broadband, and POTS to customers across the U.S. They acquired an experience in converting Plain Ordinary Telephone Service (POTS) to VoIP lines. It was able to be a leader company in the U.S. as a multi-location communications solutions provider. They announced yesterday the launch of its VoIP Based key system. Evan Branstnern, network endpoint engineer, explains: “The goal with BullsEye’s VoIP Key System was to replicate a phone system that people are used to while at the same time integrate the latest technology and best practices that are reflected in a VoIP-based product.” This technology will let users park calls with just a button, and then see which line is parked or available. It also let calls being picked up from…

China Telecom (China Telecommunication Corporation) and HGC (formerly Hutchinson Global Communication) will be working together in building a carrier-to-carrier fiber optic connection on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. HGC, founded in 1992 under British ruling, is the leader in fixed-line operators. It also has an extensive number of infrastructures outside of Hong Kong. It is also one of Hong Kong’s main Wi-Fi provider with 29,000 hotspots. It is now owned by I Square Capital, under Asia Cube Global’s infrastructure. On the other hand, China Telecom is the most important state-owned telecommunication company in China. It manages the third largest broadband network in the world. Their internet offers has 160 million subscribers, and the customers’ number of their mobile service is 260 million. This Bridge connects Zhuhai, up north Macau, Macau itself and Hong Kong. It is set to open for vehicles on July 1rst 2018. It will also be used for…

Telinta, known for offering “White Label services,” is launching two new features: a new VoIP DID and a Wholesale Solution that will be toll-free. This will allow companies to sell in a much easier way Wholesale DIDs combines with Toll-Free numbers. All will be included, like switching, billing, customizing the portal, providing features and resources for resellers, etc. Telinta has a cloud-based platform called Telicore offering API to DID providers, that includes, among many others, VoIP Innovations, Voxbone and Magic Telecom. Their new all-in-one solution for VoIP service providers allows them to offer DIDs and Toll-free numbers to resellers and clients alike. It is able to manage different languages, currencies, credit card processors,  and adapt it for each brand using the white label platform. They can adapt to their specific demands, if they need to charge per month, per channel or per minute. Alex Ferdman, CEO of Telinta said “Telinta…

The battle over Telecom Italia seems to have to come to an end, as shareholders were called to elect a new board. Telecom Italia’s directors resigned last March. Paul Singer, head of Elliott Management, an activist fund, was successful to get two thirds of the seats. He won the battle over the French conglomerate, Vivendi. Despite only have 9% of the shares, Elliott was able to impose its team over Vivendi that possesses 24% of Telecom Italia. By pointing out the way Vivendi failed shareholder’s interest in Telecom Italia, Singer was able to get a vote in which they had two options. They could either pick up a board composed of ten Italian business personalities selected by Elliott, or keep a team made of Vivendi’s CEO and its employees for the most part. After that loss, Vivendi stated that it would “take all measures necessary to preserve its value and…

Yeastar is a Chinese company founded in 2006 and based in Xiamen. It offers innovative equipments in VoIP PBX systems and VoIP Gateways for the SMB. Since then, Yeastar became a leader in the industry. On the other hand, Snom (a leading German manufacturer) started in 1997 as one of the first to understand the VoIP technology, thus offering in 2001 the first IP phone. It has today one of the largest catalogue of products for any kind of business or need in connection to communication. It became in 2016 a division of VTech Holdings Limited. Both companies had an history of making sure that their products could work together. Still the interoperability was not complete until recently. As for now, Yeastar auto provisioning supports all the Snom IP Phones, as they were all successfully tested. The full range of Snom IP phones, including the latest Snom D785 advanced desk phone…