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Japanese telco Softbank has announced plans to launch a LoRaWAN low powered wide area radio network for IoT in the current 2016 fiscal year and offer end-to-end IoT solutions, ranging from device and application support to consulting.

Read more: SoftBank to rollout Japan-wide LoRaWAN network, followed by NB-IoT and Cat M1

The ASC Signal Division of Communications and Power Industries LLC (CPI) has been awarded a contract for four 7.6m C and Ku-band capable antenna from NorthTelecom.  The antenna will be installed at one of the company's teleports with an emphasis on enhancing its offerings to a range of vertical sectors in the Asia-Pacific region.  According to ASC Signal, the four antennas will incorporate ASC's Next Generation Controller (NGC).  The award includes training services for the NGC controller.   

Read more: NorthTelecom awards antenna contract to ASC Signal Division of CPI for Asia Pacific region

Fixed broadband network operator, Hong Kong Broadband Network has been granted a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) license by the Office of the Communications Authority. It has signed a MoU with China Mobile Hong Kong, and says it is in discussions with two other local mobile network operators, with a view to launching mobile services to both the residential and corporate markets. It expects to soft launch the service in August.

Read more: Hong Kong Broadband gets into mobile telephony

Indonesian mobile operator, Indosat Ooredoo '” a subsidiary of Qatar based Ooredoo '” and mobile payments company Fortumo have formed a partnership to enable Indosat Ooredoo subscribers to charge purchases to their pre or postpaid mobile account, without the need to use a credit card.

Read more: Indosat Ooredoo and Fortumo enable mobile payments

The US Government has taken a significant step to securing the nation's leadership in the rapidly developing 5G mobile industry, announcing of a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative led by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable the deployment and use of four city-scale testing platforms for advanced wireless research over the next decade.

Read more: US Government pledges $400m for 5G development

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