Recently, MTN South Africa, Qualcomm Technologies and Huawei jointly completed a 4x4 MIMO field trial in a live network, where the average download throughput increased by 74 percent compared to traditional LTE 2x2 MIMO. Based on that excellent performance of the technology, MTN plans to rollout South Africa's largest 4x4 MIMO network in 2017 to provide users with the best 4.5G experience.

Read more: MTN, Huawei and Qualcomm complete 4X4 MIMO live network test

Nokia is providing Xiaomi, a leading electronics manufacture and Internet service provider in China, with a state-of-the-art fiber optic network to link 7 data centers in the Beijing region. The new network will enable the fast-growing company to reduce bottlenecks in its data transport network and bring higher-speed, lower latency Internet services to its customers.

Read more: Nokia provides Xiaomi with data center solution that can create a 'private cloud'

A leading Chinese telecommunications organization has announced plans to introduce 4G services as a mobile network operator (MVNO) in Hong Kong in April. China Telecom which is the third largest operator in the country will launch its new services under the CTExcel brand. The operator boats over 215 million mobile connections in China and was awarded an MVNO license from Hong Kong’s Communications Authority last year.

Read more: Chinese telecommunications operator to launch 4G mobile virtual service in Hong Kong

SoftBank announced on March 15 that it was granted an experimental license to conduct tests on the 28GHz frequency band, a candidate for 5G in Japan. SoftBank will commence indoor and outdoor trials in Tokyo Waterfront City (Daiba District) using the 28GHz band with a view to future commercial deployment.

Read more: SoftBank granted license to conduct 5G tests on 28GHz frequency band

SEA-ME-WE 5

Bangladesh is going to connect its second submarine cable to get another 1500Gbps bandwidth, as the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium is set to connect its global operation to Bangladesh. The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5), a consortium of 15 telecom operators from 17 countries, shared the news at a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey.

Read more: SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium set to connect its global operation to Bangladesh

Bharti Airtel

Indian telecom giants Bharti Airtel signaled its intent following its acquisition of Norwegian company Telenor’s local operations following its decision to exit the Indian market. India has one of the world’s most competitive mobile markets – and this latest announcement is set to shake things up even further.

Read more: Bharti Airtel acquires Telenor’s operations as it exits India

On February 28, KT CEO Chang-Gyu Hwang, presented the Pyeongchang 5G Specification-based on 5G End-to-End Network at the MWC 2017, held for four days from February 27 in Barcelona, Spain. This is the first time that a perfect 5G mobile network interlocked with 5G terminals, base stations, and core devices is being presented.

Read more: Korea Telecom (KT) presents the Perfect 5G End-to-End Network at #MWC17

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has completed joint verification trials of Massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology with Japanese ICT company NEC, for future 5G base stations. The trials took place in central Tokyo and the Kangaawa Prefecture of Japan, using NEC’s massive-element active antenna system (AAS), achieving spectral efficiency eight times higher than LTE.

Read more: Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and NEC complete Massive MIMO test

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