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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


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.

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Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and Australia’s Telstra are planning to conduct interoperability testing and an over-the-air field trial based on the expected 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP, which will form the basis of the global standards.

Read more: Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm collaborate to accelerate 5G NR deployment in Australia

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

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'

Google’s Project Loon

Google’s Project Loon has come to a halt in Sri Lanka. This project beams internet to remote areas of the world via balloons, abandoned on the island nation, according to a minister. Sri Lanka regulators have been unable to allocate Google a radio frequency for the airborne project without breaking international regulations.

Read more: Sri Lanka regulators unable to allocate frequency to Google’s Project Loon

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that it will pave a new way to 5G evolution - for 4G operators across the globe.

Read more: ZTE paving a new way to 5G evolution for 4G operators all over the world

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has gained significant ground on industry giants Apple and Samsung following a report issued by consultancy group Gartner. Samsung’s high-profile debacle with its Galaxy Note 7 impacted negatively on the organizations market share and that allowed Huawei to catch-up with their South Korean rivals.

Read more: Samsung and Apple issues help Chinese smartphone maker Huawei gain ground

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