Ericsson has been selected by Indonesian operator XL Axiata, to supply network functions virtualization (NFV) technology. Ericsson will deploy its full stack cloud solution, including the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 based on Intel Rack Scale Architecture, and virtual network functions (VNFs) as part of XL Axiata's cloud evolution and realization of NFV. Separately, Ericsson has announced an NFV deal with Korean telco LG.

Read more: Ericsson to supply NFV to XL Axiata and LG UPlus

The Singapore-based Campana Group and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, now  a subsidiary of Nokia, have announced plans to build MYTHIC (Myanmar-Malaysia-Thailand International Connection), a 1,600 km submarine cable system that will link Myanmar to Malaysia and Thailand with onward connectivity to Singapore, Hong Kong and beyond.

Read more: New cable to link Myanmar to Malaysia and Thailand

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, are to each provide $150m loan funding to Ooredoo Group's fully owned subsidiary Ooredoo Myanmar to expand its mobile network in Myanmar.

Read more: Ooredoo Myanmar scores $300m loans for mobile network rollout

Ooredoo Maldives has partnered with Huawei Marine to deploy a fiber optic submarine cable with the aim of boosting broadband services in the Maldives.

The 1200km cable will use Huawei Marine's 100G technology and will provide Ooredoo with an enhanced resilient network that can fully address the country's increasing communication needs across developing islands and new resort locations.

Read more: Huawei Marine to build Maldives submarine cable

Energia Communications (EneCom) - a telco providing Internet and communication services to residential and corporate customers in Hiroshima and the surrounding Chugoku region of Japan - is to launch the first commercial deployment of technology in Japan using technology from Nokia.

Read more: EneCom to deploy Japan's first commercial network

Ericsson and Bangladesh mobile operator, Robi Axiata, have signed a three-year contract to upgrade Robi's 2G/GSM network in the Chittagong and Comilla regions of Bangladesh to 3G/WCDMA and make it ready for 4G/LTE. Existing base stations will be upgraded and Ericsson will deploy a substantial number of additional 3G/WCDMA sites in the same regions, enabling Robi to expand the network to address demand from rapid data growth.

Read more: Ericsson to upgrade Robi Axiata's network in Bangladesh

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, has signed a turnkey contract with Amper SA subsidiary Bluesky Pacific Group to roll out a new submarine cable system spanning more than 9,700 km across the Pacific linking New Zealand and Hawaii via Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Read more: Alcatel Lucent submarine networks to build NZ-Hawaii cable

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, and Telstra International have signed an IPX multi-service interconnection agreement, expanding their relationship in new market segments and benefiting their respective mobile and multinational customers.

Read more: PCCW & Telstra interconnect IPX

Bangladesh telco, Global Voice Telecom Limited (gvtele) has upgraded its international gateway with Dialogic's IMS-ready intelligent call and session control solutions to help lower costs and position itself to provide advanced services to the Bangladesh market.

Read more: Dialogic upgrades Bangladesh telco's international gateway

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