Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei announced the initiation of its "Slice Mall" innovation project, based on the concept of "slicing as a service and as a commodity." This global project aims at accelerating the commercialization of 5G slicing and helping carriers achieve business success in a range of vertical industries.

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The Southeast Asia-Japan 2 consortium (SJC2) has signed an agreement with Japanese IT firm NEC Corporation to build a high performance submarine cable connecting Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea and Japan. Construction of the 10,500-kilometer long cable is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020.

Read more: NEC to build submarine cable linking nine Asian destinations

The Indian government has taken proactive measures in an effort to relieve the financial pressures currently being endured by mobile operators in the country. Telecommunications operators in India have encountered a series of financial problems over the past twelve months, and that forced the cabinet to take action.

Read more: Indian government implements measures to ease financial pressure on operators

Ant Financial, the parent company of Chinese mobile payment platform Alipay, has reached an agreement to invest US$184.5 million for a 45 percent stake in Norwegian telecom group Telenor subsidiary Telenor Microfinance Bank (TMB) in Pakistan, to further develop TMB’s mobile payment and digital financial services in the country.

Read more: Alipay parent invests $184m to develop mobile payment in Pakistan

Chinese multinational telecommunications vendor ZTE which is a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet has partnered with market research firm IDC to jointly issue an "Expediting AI for Operations in the Networks of Future" white paper.

Read more: ZTE partners with IDC to examine the role of AI in future 5G networks

United States President Donald Trump issued a Presidential Order on 12 March blocking semiconductor company Broadcom from acquiring chipset maker Qualcomm for $117 billion. Under the terms of the order released by the White House, all of Broadcom’s director nominees are disqualified from standing for election as directors of Qualcomm.  

Read more: US President blocks Broadcom’s bid to acquire Qualcomm

Chinese multinational telecommunicator vendor ZTE and velcom, the Belarusian telecommunication operator have deploed the first commericial 5G-ready virtual core network in Belarus. Due to superior technical results, the project is one of the shortlisted nominees for the Best Network Software Breakthrough award of the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018 (MWC).

Read more: ZTE and Belarussian operator deploy world’s first 5G-ready network

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