The 5G race in Asia is underway, with the region’s powerhouses, Japan and South Korea, going head-to-head. Both countries have major international sports showcases coming up, giving local telcos the chance to flex their muscles. South Korean providers are working towards early deployment of 5G for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018; while Japanese providers have the opportunity to showcase full-fledged 5G at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  

Read more: Asia’s powerhouses aim for 5G at upcoming Winter and Summer Olympics

Roland Sladek, vice president of International Media Affairs at Huawei

At IFA 2016 in Berlin this September, Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the Huawei Nova and the Huawei Nova Plus, the first smartphones in a new series designed to meet the needs of a more diverse customer-range. As the world's third largest smartphone vendor, Huawei is spreading its wings, says Roland Sladek, vice president of International Media Affairs at Huawei, who recently spoke to Telecom Review about the challenges Huawei faces in penetrating new markets like the United States, to see through its ambition to be the top premium smartphone distributor in the world.

Read more: Huawei's VP of International Media Affairs says company aims to be no. 1 in smartphone market

Singapore has announced that it will invest over $100m in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) in an effort to get its Smart Nation vision back on track. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong publicly voiced his concerns over the project a number of months ago - and conceded that the Smart Nation initiative was moving much slower than initially expected. Prime Minister Loong claimed that the private sector really needed to do more in order to kick-start and propel the initiative forward.

Read more: Can investment of $100m in AI get Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’ vision back on track?

His Excellency Mr. Yasser El Kady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Arab Republic of Egypt

Telecom Review hosted its 7th successful annual Summit on December 13, 2016, held under the recurring theme: '˜It's All About SMART Networking'. Once again, the Summit gathered the best telecom and ICT industry leaders under one roof at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, to share knowledge and insights about transitions happening within the telecom and ICT industry. This year's event focused on ICT as being the heart of a '˜Smart City'. Esteemed guests included His Excellency Mr. Yasser El Kady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Arab Republic of Egypt, who delivered an inspiring keynote speech.

Read more: Telecom Review Summit 2016 was all about ICT as the heart of a '˜Smart City'

Telecom Review secured an exclusive interview with ZTE Director of Wireless Innovation Solutions, Summer Chen, in order to find out where the company stood in relation to implementing 5G technologies and establish what projects it's currently working on to ensure the transition from 4G to 5G.

Read more: ZTE’s Summer Chen confident the vendor will be first to deploy 5G technologies

Jakarta Smart City (JSC) is the most integrated public reporting and information platform in Jakarta, Indonesia’s sprawling capital city with a population exceeding 9 million. JSC was initiated in December 2014, developed to create one platform that provides public information about the city – in an age where data sharing is the key to prosperity. The initiative contributed to the motion of smart cities with the use of technology and communications to achieve better public services. It aims to enhance public participation, and enable the government to utilize data, provide feedback and criticism easily. Heading JSC’s IT Development is Prasetyo A. Wicaksono, a computer software specialist, who shares the initiative’s vision for a more efficient, resilient and connected Jakarta.

Read more: ‘More connectivity, less discrepancy,’ says Jakarta Smart City’s Head of IT Development

Nations around the world have watched with envy as India has garnered a reputation for being a budget-friendly option for launching satellites into space. In February this year, India broke the world record of sending the most satellites into orbit on a single mission, securing the nation's reputation as a reliable and well-priced satellite launcher. The nation's success hasn't gone unnoticed by its top regional competitor.

Read more: India captures world’s attention as budget-friendly satellite launcher

Ericsson's IoT Marketing Director Warren Chaisatien

Internet of Things (IoT) will shape communication in everyday life and business models. When smart products are connected, business opportunities and disruptive ideas involving things yet to be named will emerge, along with markets yet to be discovered. A world of opportunity awaits us. Once implemented, 5G, in conjunction with IoT, will further enable organizations to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with drastically new business models and use cases, including IoT applications.

Read more: IoT is shrinking the world, says Ericsson's IoT Marketing Director Warren Chaisatien

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong (center) is surrounded by the press

Samsung shocked the world in September last year when it suspended sales of its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7 as reports of exploding batteries threatened to damage the reputation of the South Korean technology giant. The fiasco hit Samsung hard, after a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 cost the company an estimated $5.3 billion, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. But even though the odds were stacked against the smartphone manufacturer, Samsung is showing signs of making a stunning comeback.

Read more: Samsung post-fiasco: beleaguered has-been or comeback king?

By Chad Dozier, Caterpillar Inc.

In many areas of the world, traditional grid supplied power can be unreliable or even unavailable. An energy storage solution can keep a telecom site operational during periods of grid instability by discharging stored energy. One emerging solution is a zinc-air energy storage system.

Read more: How Zinc-air Energy Storage Could Change the World

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