The Marshall Islands, a chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the central Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and the Philippines, now has internet services restored, after the nation endured a three-week blackout while its only subsea fiber-optic cable was repaired.

Read more: Internet restored to Marshall Islands after fiber-optic cabling was repaired

Singtel has launched Singapore's fastest mobile network with the nationwide deployment of a 450Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service. Delivering up to 50% faster download speeds than prevailing LTE services, this enhanced peak speed will allow customers to download a full length HD movie in less than two minutes over mobile data. The 450Mbps service is available to all Singtel 4G customers at no additional charge.

Read more: Singtel launches Singapore's fastest mobile network delivering up to 50% faster download speeds

Facebook and Ericsson, in conjunction with Thailand's Total Access Communication PLC (dtac), have joined forces to measure and improve the user app experience on the dtac network. Using a methodology developed by Ericsson and Facebook, typical Facebook interactions were triggered from Facebook test accounts and measured on different mobile test devices in central Bangkok. After adjustments to the dtac network, results showed big improvements to the Facebook app experience such as 60 percent improvement in Facebook uploads and downloads time.

Read more: Facebook and Ericsson join to measure and improve user app experience on Thailand's dtac network

Australian Stock Exchange-listed telco, Vocus Group, has contracted Alcatel Submarine Networks to construct its 4600km Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) that will connect Perth in Western Australia with Singapore via Jakarta.

Read more: Vocus contract Alcatel Submarine networks to build Australia-Singapore Cable

Nokia and Smart, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PLDT, have achieved 5G speeds of 2.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) using 100 MHz with latency of just 1 millisecond for the first time in the Philippines over a 'live' network. With its capability to deliver extremely high speeds coupled with low latency, 5G opens up exciting possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications for Filipinos, particularly in healthcare and smart cities.

Read more: Nokia and Smart showcase 'live' 5G for the first time in the Philippines

Singapore's three mobile network operators '” M1, Singtel and StarHub '” have adopted the GSMA's Mobile Connect authentication standard enabling their customers to accessa variety of online services with their mobile number. The Mobile Connect service is already used in 22 other countries

Read more: Singapore's mobile operators offer GSMA's web site single sign-on

Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson revealed their ambitious plans for 5G deployment in China. Ericsson endured a number of high-profile setbacks in recent months, but they've disclosed some of its strategies in relation to the 5G deployment in China '“ which is a market they feel is the future of global communications.

Read more: Ericsson announce ambitious 5G deployment strategy for China

Smart Axiata Co., Ltd. (Smart), the leading mobile telecommunications operator in Cambodia, has partnered with 365squared, an international managed services provider specialized in revenue assurance and managed solutions, to remove the effects of spam for Smart's subscribers and monetize its application-to-person (A2P) SMS traffic through the 365secure service. This service was successfully deployed for Smart in Cambodia in October 2016 to help deliver a better service for more than 8 million Smart subscribers and provide new revenue opportunities.

Read more: Cambodia's Smart partners with 365squared to remove effects of spam for its subscribers

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