DNB to deploy new energy-efficient radio in Malaysia

10 October 2022

Ericsson has announced that Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) will be the first operator in Asia to deploy a new breed of radio equipment which, it claims, cuts operating costs by delivering better energy efficiency.

The Air 3268 for mid-band 5G networks is reportedly the lightest and smallest Massive MIMO radio in the industry. Weighing in at 12kg, each unit is 40% lighter than the earlier generation, and 18% more efficient. The equipment utilises the Ericsson Silicon system-on-a-chip set-up to deliver real-time channel estimation and precise beamforming, which will improve coverage as well as the user experience.

This latest news comes after DNB and Ericsson successfully demonstrated a 5G Voice over New Radio (VoNR) call for the first time over a live 5G network, back in June. VoNR uses DNB’s 5G network architecture to deliver a high-definition, audio-video experience thanks to ultrafast 5G speeds throughout the duration of the calls. VoNR is also expected to generate new revenue opportunities among MNOs with ready 5G Cores.

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Vietnam wants Thai investment in 6G development

14 July 2022

Vietnam has invited Thailand to participate in the development of wireless communications, including 6G technology.

Thai minister of digital economy and society Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn made the announcement after meeting with Vietnam’s minister of information and communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng.

Chaiwut said the development of 6G technology will only serve to improve various platforms, such as cyber security. He added that Thailand and Vietnam will establish a joint committee to develop digital economy and promote new start-ups. This will allow the nations to explore future opportunities.

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Pakistan’s operators warn of outages

13 July 2022

Pakistan’s telecom sector has warned the government of phone network and internet service outages, amid long and frequent power outages in the country.

The country is facing an escalation of its power crisis after it failed to agree on a deal for natural gas supply next month. Tenders for July were scrapped due to high price and low participation as the nation is already taking action to tackle widespread blackouts.

“Telecom operators in Pakistan have warned about shutting down mobile and internet services due to long hours power outages nationwide, as the interruption is causing issues and hindrance in their operations,” the National Information Technology Board (NIBT) posted on Twitter.

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Bangladesh: nearly half of telecom towers still down in flood-affected areas

13 July 2022

The Association of Mobile Telecom operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) said 45% of the mobile phone towers of the four telecom operators were still down due to electricity crisis in Sylhet, Sunamganj and Netrokona districts.

A statement issued by the national trade organisation said: “‘Most parts of Sylhet, Sunamganj and Netrokona districts in the northeastern part of the country have been inundated by the flood waters, disrupting power supply to those areas.”

Mobile service providers are trying to keep the network running with generators in those areas, it added. However, due to the disruption of road communication, it is becoming difficult to reach the generators at the sites.

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