Being the only official communication service partner for the 2022 Winter Olympics happening in Beijing, China, telecom giant China Unicom unveiled that it will be investing over $217 million (1.5 billion RMB) for its 4G service upgrade, and it is planning to create a 5G-based broadband network map offering high-speed connectivity and low latency.

Read more: Chinese telco promises 5G connectivity in 2022

InfiNet Wireless, the global leader in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, has been selected by China Mobile to overhaul its network used to connect its remote 4G base stations across the Xinjiang province.

Read more: Chinese operator partners with InfiNet Wireless to ensure seamless connectivity between base...

Regulator National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has confirmed that the consortium Mislatel would be the Philippines’ new mobile operator, after turning down two candidates which failed the original evaluation process. In fact, Mislatel is a consortium formed by China Telecom, Chelsea Holdings and Udenna Corporation.

Read more: A third telecom player wins the race in the Philippines

Recently, China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited (CMHK) announced that it will partner with Huawei to build a 5G-ready comprehensive transport network covering 5G transport, enterprise private lines, and home broadband. This project marks CMHK's transformation from providing pure mobile services to fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services, and strengthens the strategic partnership between Huawei and CMHK over network construction.

Read more: Huawei partners with CMHK on 5G-ready comprehensive transport network

A new independent fiber company will soon be launched by Bharti Airtel, India’s top telecom company, with Abhay Savargaonkar as CEO. According to some analysts, Airtel could imitate its approach to Indian tower operations and alleviate risks to create an independent fiber company that rents the main infrastructure to potential mobile customers.

Read more: Bharti Airtel meets growing data consumption with new independent fiber company

Vietnam will start testing 5G networks in January 2019. Four telecom companies - Vietnamobile, a joint venture of Hanoi Telecom and Hongkong based Hutchison Asia Telecommunications, and three state-owned entities, Viettel, Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group, MobiFone are expected to receive 5G testing licenses in January.

Read more: Vietnamese operators to begin 5G testing as of 2019

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecom services provider, and Telecom Egypt, Egypt's first integrated telecom operator, announced a strategic partnership, wherein, Airtel will get IRUs (Indefeasible Right of Use) on Middle East North Africa Submarine Cable (MENA Cable) and TE North Cable Systems. In addition, Airtel will also take large capacities on a long-term basis on two new state-of-the-art Cable Systems (SMW5 & AAE1). The transactions aim to be concluded after the fulfillment of all conditions precedents.

Read more: Airtel and Telecom Egypt partner on global submarine cable systems

Vodafone New Zealand is unveiling an adaptable and agile network that can respond in real time to its customers’ changing demands by utilizing technologies from Ciena. Through a digital user-interface (UI), business customers will easily be able to request additional network capacity from Vodafone in a faster, automated way.

Read more: Vodafone NZ unveils agile and programmable network

Singtel and Ericsson are strengthening their 5G Center of Excellence Program partnership with the announcement of a new initiative that will see Singapore’s first 5G pilot network go live by Q4 this year. The 5G pilot network will be deployed at one-north in Buona Vista, the country’s science, business and IT hub. Renowned for its early embracing of new technology, the move is a significant landmark towards making 5G a reality in Singapore.

Read more: The first 5G pilot network to be launched in Singapore

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