Thai communications provider True has awarded Ericsson the world's first major Dual Band Dot to deploy indoor networks across Thailand to improve indoor connectivity. True will install these Dots from May 2017, focusing on the northern, southern, and central regions of Thailand. The first deployments will be in hospitals, shopping malls, and hotels.
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Nokia is working with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO to test applications using a 5G base station and the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform end-user device. This demonstrates the potential of Nokia 5G FIRST to deliver enhanced broadband at vastly greater scale. A showcase at the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2017 will signal the start of 5G trials in the Tokyo area.
Nepal Telecom has formally announced its intentions and strategic plans towards strengthening its wireline business. The telecommunications operator is taking progressive steps towards replacing its copper infrastructure with fiber. In addition to this, it further disclosed plans to launch FTTH and other value-added services according to reports emerging from the region.
DoCoMo Pacific announced the start of the marine lay for its ATISA submarine fiber-optic cable system. On May 11th, DoCoMo Pacific hosted a landing ceremony for ATISA at Aquarius Beach, Saipan. Members of DoCoMo Pacific’s leadership team were joined by island dignitaries and business leaders for the event.
China Telecom has announced details of a collaboration with Huawei over the deployment of the nation’s first ever ROADM deployment. It was officially disclosed that Huawei had secured the exclusive contract for the project in a statement issued to the press. Huawei will oversee China Telecom’s Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) Network project – which is the country’s first intelligent ROADM WDM backbone network to be constructed in China.
Nokia and leading Japanese operator KDDI have conducted a country-first trial simulating future 5G network demands, providing high-speed, one gigabit-per-second connectivity inside an apartment block using Nokia radio technology on the 28GHz band.
Huawei exclusively won the bid for China Telecom's Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) Network Project in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. This is the first intelligent ROADM WDM backbone network to be built in China, marking the beginning of China Telecom's optical transport network evolving towards the intelligent optical networking era. This is also a major step forward for the "CTNET2025" network transformation strategy of China Telecom.
Voice communications in New Zealand is in for a massive upgrade with Spark New Zealand, the country’s main telecom operator, announcing it is switching from the ageing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to a next generation IP-based network.
The Australian state of Tasmania is set to become the first state to have a full IoT (Internet of Things) network with 95 percent of the population set to be covered by the dedicated network by the end of 2017. Digital services provider TasmaNet in partnership with IoT and communications services provider Thinxtra are building the island-state’s network.
Korea Telecom (KT) Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu announced that it succeeded in a 5G field test on an airport railway which connects Seoul city center and Incheon to show a successful 5G pilot service in 2018.