The Chinese government has set ambitious connectivity targets for 2020 as the demand for cellular Internet of Things (IoT) continues to increase. Statistics released by Internet of Things market research firm M2M claim that the global number of cellular Internet of Things subscribers increased by a whopping 56% in 2017, which was driven predominantly by demand in China.

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South Korean conglomerate Samsung has unveiled an innovative and cutting-edge digital cockpit that is destined to reshape the future of the automotive industry. Samsung which is world’s number 1 smartphone manufacturer, revealed its new innovation with Harman at CES 2018.

Read more: Samsung unveils digital cockpit that incorporates 5G connectivity

Singapore-based ride-hailing service Grab, identified as Uber’s biggest competitors in Southeast Asia has acquired Indian-based startup iKaaz in an effort to develop and enhance its mobile payment strategy. The deal which has remained undisclosed will see the Indian firms engineering team partner with the Bangalore-based engineering office which Grab formally opened in 2017.

Read more: Singapore-based ride-hailing firm acquires Indian startup to boost mobile payment system

3G services will end in Taiwan by the end of the year, when operators' 3G licenses are due to expire, the Taipei Times reported. The island nation has 6.4 million 3G users who will need to migrate to 4G, as 3G licenses are scheduled to expire on December 31 and services will end in 2019.

Read more: Taiwan set to end 3G services by end of 2018

New Zealand-based company Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity company specializing in undersea communications technology, announced that more than half of the 15,000km of undersea fiber-optic cable that comprise the Hawaiki transpacific cable system have been implemented by TE SubCom.

Read more: Hawaiki Transpacific cable system ready for service by June 2018

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and G-Mobile, a Mongolian mobile network operator, have signed a services agreement to protect and increase the Mongolian operator’s SMS revenue with PCCW Global’s A2P ValueMax, a solution that improves an operator’s A2P SMS business by preventing SMS fraud, maximizing SMS revenue and enhancing the subscriber experience.

Read more: PCCW Global signs services agreement to protect Mongolian operators SMS revenue

Nokia and Australian telco Optus have signed a five-year agreement under which Nokia will manage and maintain key components of Optus' network infrastructure, operations and field maintenance. As part of the contract, Nokia and Optus will develop a Network Operations Centre (NOC), building on global best practices and leveraging local talent to deliver higher performance networks.

Read more: Nokia signs five-year agreement with Australian telco

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, declared that its CloudStudio (formerly vManager) VNFM product was ranked as Leader by GlobalData in its latest standalone VNFM survey report titled “ Standalone VNF Managers: Competitive Landscape Assessment”.

Read more: ZTE announce its VNFM product recognized globally as a leading solution

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