YTL in pact with GCT to launch WiMAX + HSPA 4G smartphone

Telecom Lead Asia: YTL Communications, Malaysia’s 4G mobile Internet provider, and GCT Semiconductor, a supplier of 4G mobile semiconductor solutions, have launched a new WiMAX + HSPA 4G smartphone.

The WiMAX + HSPA 4G smartphone is called Eclipse. The new phone is enabled by GCT’s WiMAX single-chip solution, GDM7205.

YTL’s 4G Android smartphone offers superior 4G speed and IP-telephony capabilities. The Eclipse is capable of switching between WiMAX and 3G/GSM networks.

The company claims that it is the first 4G-enabled all-IP phone encompassing VoIP and messaging, in addition to carrier-grade video conferencing capabilities.

“This revolutionary device will provide users with amazing possibilities. Not only does it embody the advanced telephony and high speed 4G data connectivity our Yes network has to offer, it elegantly supports legacy 3G/GSM telephony at the same time,” said Wing K Lee, chief executive officer of YTL Communications.

“We’re pleased to continue working closely with our partner YTL to offer its customers a state-of-the art WiMAX smartphone that provides global roaming capabilities on 3G and GSM networks,” said Kyeongho Lee, president and chief executive officer of GCT Semiconductor.

Yes, the popular brand of YTL, is the first mobile operator in the world to offer mobile Internet and mobile telephony together in one service.

Yes offers the lowest mobile rate for both postpaid and prepaid packages in the industry and currently covers over 70 percent of the population in Peninsular Malaysia.

GCT’s GDM7205 implements MIMO and all MAC and PHY features. Based on GCT’s CMOS radio frequency (RF) technology, the solution offers low-power transceiver which minimizes the number of external RF front-end components. 

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