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A mobile hot-spot network featuring an extremely fast 1.25Gbps data transmission has been developed for public transportation systems by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in South Korea. A pilot project featuring the new technology in Seoul's subway lines will begin later this year.

Read more: Ultra-high speed Wi-Fi developed for Seoul's subway trains

Singapore’s leading telecommunications provider achieved a world first mobile peak speed with Ericsson on 12 February. Singtel achieved 1Gbps mobile peak speed on Ericsson’s quad-band FDD/TDD Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology. This will enable Singtel to optimize the usage of its newly acquired 2500 MHz spectrum band and enhance the consumer’s mobile experience.

Read more: Ericsson achieves world first mobile peak speed in Singapore

In a global first, Indian telecom provider Bharti Airtel successfully deployed three radio technologies (GSM, UMTS, LTE) on the 900MHz band within an 8.8MHz spectral bandwidth by using Huawei’s CloudAIR solution to deliver a superior 4G experience to its customers. Bharti Airtel is India’s largest mobile operator.

Read more: Superior 4G on 900Mhz band now available in India

Australian telecom provider Optus has announced its intention to commence the roll out of 5G technology in Australia by early 2019 with a fixed wireless product in key metro areas. This announcement follows the launch of a successful outdoor trial for 5G New Radio, which showed 2Gbps download speeds using a potential device for a fixed wireless service in the home and business.

Read more: Australian telco to commence 5G roll out in 2019

Spark, New Zealand’s largest telecom provider is building a long-range (LoRa) network to enable Internet of Things (IoT) in New Zealand’s most populated urban areas, switching on sites in Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland in time for the New Year.

Read more: Spark builds long-range network to enable IoT in New Zealand

China Telecom and Huawei have collaborated to deliver a detailed report entitled ‘5G Network Slicing Enabling Smart Grid’ which provides the results of the detailed analysis from a 5G network slicing project they duo embarked upon.

Read more: Huawei and China Telecom release joint-report on 5G Network Slicing for enabling Smart Grid

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