Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday Review: Facing East

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom, in Beijing and Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 16 April 10

Hong Kong's CSL, China's ZTE set out to inspire the global mobile industry, plus a look at Germany's and India's spectrum auctions.

The eyes of international travellers are firmly focused on Northern Europe at present where a sizeable cloud of volcanic ash emanating from an eruption in Iceland has closed airports in a number of countries. Indeed, as it stands, I have no idea how much longer I will be staying in China after Britain's airspace was closed on Thursday for the first time in living memory. A brief stopover in Beijing could turn into a lengthier visit unless air travel to the U.K. resumes in the very near future. But while I'm keen to head westwards, the mobile industry is taking its inspiration by looking in the other direction, at least according to Hong Kong mobile operator CSL and Chinese equipment maker ZTE. "People are looking at what's going on here [in Hong Kong]," Christian Daigneault, chief technology officer at CSL told journalists on Thursday as he detailed the telco's ongoing LTE trials and commercial rollout plans. Daigneault added that to date around 80 global mobile operators have visited CSL to learn how it is progressing. CSL CEO Tarek Robbiati believes his company has a lot to teach other operators…

The eyes of international travellers are firmly focused on Northern Europe at present where a sizeable cloud of volcanic ash emanating from an eruption in Iceland has closed airports in a number of countries. Indeed, as it stands, I have no idea how much longer I will be staying in China after Britain's airspace was closed on Thursday for the first time in living memory. A brief stopover in Beijing could turn into a lengthier visit unless air travel to the U.K. resumes in the very near future. But while I'm keen to head westwards, the mobile industry is taking its inspiration by looking in the other direction, at least according to Hong Kong mobile operator CSL and Chinese equipment maker ZTE. "People are looking at what's going on here [in Hong Kong]," Christian Daigneault, chief technology officer at CSL told journalists on Thursday as he detailed the telco's ongoing LTE trials and commercial rollout plans. Daigneault added that to date around 80 global mobile operators have visited CSL to learn how it is progressing. CSL CEO Tarek Robbiati believes his company has a lot to teach other operators…

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