Taiwan’s Far EasTone targets 5G services in 2018

first_img Asia 2degrees taps Ericsson for 5G RAN, core equipment Previous ArticleFeature: Mobile 360 Latin America day 1 highlightsNext ArticleVodafone all set for early 2017 NB-IoT launch Ericsson-Samsung patent deal ends legal disputes HomeAsiaNews Taiwan’s Far EasTone targets 5G services in 2018 Joseph Waring 5G labEricssonFar EasToneTaiwan Tags center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 SEP 2016 At the opening ceremony of its 5G lab in Taipei, Far EasTone Telecommunications said it expects to start offering 5G services in 2018, ahead of commercial operations in 2020.The operator, Taiwan’s third largest mobile player, aims to launch its first pre-commercial 5G services during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games (South Korea), the Taipei Times reported.The lab, developed in partnership with Ericsson, is the country’s first 5G lab. The facility demoed data transmission speeds of 1Gb/s on its 4G network, making it Ericsson’s ninth global 5G partner to reach that speed.While a number of operators and vendors have announced 5G tests and trials this year, the first official release of a 5G standard isn’t expected until mid-2018, with phase two following by the end of 2019 – so the consensus is that 5G launches won’t start until 2020. Widespread deployments of 5G aren’t expected to come until 2022 or later.Far EasTone, with nearly a 24 per cent market share (marginally behind number two Taiwan Mobile), announced in June it was working with the Swedish equipment vendor to set up the 5G lab in Taipei.It also announced plans earlier in the year to hire 2,000 employees this year to support its move to expand its services in areas such as video content and boost its marketing team.Long before 5G becomes a reality, the operator said it will upgrade its 4G infrastructure to LTE-Advanced using three carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256QAM technologies. Huawei, ZTE boost global infrastructure market share Related Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Authorlast_img read more

Three for One

first_imgRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Lexi Thompson is the one without scars. Yeah, you can’t see them on Michelle Wie and even the legend, Se Ri Pak, but they have struggled to return to this kind of stage, to a weekend on the leaderboard at a major championship. Sure, their stories are vastly different, but Wie and Pak share a common struggle in giving themselves the chance to win this Kraft Nabisco Championship. There’s still a long way to go, but if Wie or Pak is going to walk away with the Dinah Shore Trophy Sunday at Mission Hills Country Club, they might have to go through the big-hitting, youthful Thompson to get there. With an 8-under-par 64 Friday, Thompson shot up the leaderboard to gain a share of the lead with Pak (70). Thompson left Mission Hills with momentum after posting the best round of the day. At 7-under 137, Thompson and Pak were a shot ahead of Wie (71) after two rounds. Thompson is just 19, but she’s already a three-time LPGA winner. When she won the Navistar Classic at 16, she was the youngest player to win an LPGA event. When she was 12, she played in her first major, becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Kraft Nabisco Championship: Articles, photos and videos “This is one of my goals, to win a major this year,” Thompson said. Thompson is full of confidence and youthful ambition. She’s the kind of fearless player that Wie said she used to be when she was young. “You don’t know what failure is,” Wie said after Thursday’s first round. “I’ve had my ups and downs.” Wie, a two-time LPGA winner, knows failure. She has battled through injuries, slumps and burnout but looks poised for what swing coach David Leadbetter calls her “second coming.” She said her swoon is part of who she is today. “You just go out there and you’re grinding and grinding, and you don’t see any improvement,” Wie said. “I think that’s when you get most frustrated, with the least confidence. “I’m just really grateful that I went through that because I know how I overcame that. If I ever get where I’m not confident, I know how to get past it now.” Wie’s swing looks free again. Her ball-striking this year has been impressive. That’s partly due to the fact that she is less technical and analytical. She’s trying to play with the feel she played with as that young phenom. Wie is so committed to that, she quit looking at video of her swing. “It’s always a battle for me because I’m such a perfectionist,” Wie said. “I try to do everything perfectly. I’m really trying not to look at my swing, just really feel it and just try not to be perfect, just kind of hit some shots instead of trying to make a perfect swing. “It was hard. I almost felt like a bit of an addict. I really wanted to look, `Am I doing it right?’ But once I stopped looking at it, I don’t even want to look at my swing anymore. I don’t want to rely on my eyes again.” Wie is playing golf again, instead of just making swings. “When I was young, way younger, I just tried to hit the ball hard, to hit it far,” Wie said. “I definitely think I’m kind of going back towards that.” Wie’s putting, with that unorthodox “tabletop stance,” has been mostly good, but there’s still the occasional short miss between good par saves. She missed a 2 ½-footer for par on Thursday. She missed a 3-footer for birdie on Friday. “I was really proud of myself for making those par saves today,” Wie said. And a little good fortune never hurts. Wie got a lucky break at No. 2, her 11th hole. She hooked her tee shot hard toward the out-of-bounds stakes, but it hit a tree and bounced into the middle of the fairway. She made birdie. “Pretty lucky shot there,” Wie said. Pak, 36, is feeling fortunate to get herself in position to win her sixth major championship, her first Kraft Nabisco. Pak, of course, inspired a nation of South Korean girls with her U.S. Women’s Open and LPGA Championship titles in ‘98. A Hall of Famer, Pak has won 25 titles but just one over the last seven seasons with her last major coming eight years ago. Burned out after her meteoric rise, Pak came to a crossroads. “One moment, all of a sudden, I just hated golf,” Pak said. Pak found herself on driving ranges not wanting to be there, but she said she’s finding balance in her life. “I now understand the game of golf,” Pak said. If she found herself hoisting the Dinah Shore Trophy come Sunday, Pak said she might relish the moment more than she did winning majors in her youth. “Right now, this moment is probably the best I’ve ever had,” Pak said. “I find my game, I find my life. It’s just great to be out here.”last_img

Brain surgery for newlywed after ‘Durban blast’ in family living room

first_img“On Thursday evening, Saleem Khan told local media that his son had undergone brain surgery and remained in critical condition.” Image courtesy: IOL “On Thursday evening, Saleem Khan told local media that his son had undergone brain surgery and remained in critical condition.” Image courtesy: IOLA victim of a bomb attack that injured five in a residential area of Durban has undergone brain surgery.Zakariah Khan, son to Saleem Khan – who is believed to have been the target of the attack – was seriously injured when a bomb hidden within a “Get Well Soon” gift exploded outside the Khan family home.Zakariah’s wife, Maseeha, and his grandmother, Sara-Bibi, were also injured in the attack.On Thursday evening, Saleem Khan told local media that his son had undergone brain surgery and remained in critical condition.“He also has massive burns on his skin,” Saleem told South Africa media.“My mother [Sara-Bibi Khan] is still in hospital and due to the extent of her lacerations, may require the amputation of her leg.“My daughter-in-law [Maseeha] is out of hospital but is very traumatised.”Two explosives hidden within a pot plant delivery, with a card saying “Get Well Soon” arrived at the Khan home last week. When 22-year-old Zakariah opened the parcel in the living room where his wife and grandmother were also sitting, the first explosive went off.The two delivery men who dropped off the parcel were also injured.Saleem arrived home soon after to find his family bleeding and in “extreme shock” in the ripped-up lounge.They were rushed to hospital, and police later found a second explosive in the pot.No suspects have been arrested yet.last_img read more