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Vodafone today announced it will take its first step into New Zealand’s 5G future and switch on a 5G network in December, starting in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.  The launch announcement coincides with today’s completion of the sale of Vodafone New Zealand to Brookfield and Infratil, and follows Vodafone’s recent rollout of 5G in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Germa

The call was conducted over 3.6GHz spectrum using Ericsson’s Baseband 6630, Radio AIR6488 and a 5G SA device based on a MediaTek chipset.

This milestone follows Ericsson’s recent announcement of cutting-edge Standalone (SA) New Radio (NR) software that enables super-fast response times and new capabilities to rapidly extend 5G coverage.

The United States Department of Commerce has imposed a total supply blockade on China's Huawei in the latest escalation of the ongoing trade war.

Maxis has announced the launch of the first commercial Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) service in Malaysia. Starting today, Maxis is activating its NB-IoT network in selected areas within key IoT market centres, which include Cyberjaya, Penang, Kuching, Putrajaya, Johor Bahru, and KLCC.

Viettel has installed the first 5G station in Vietnam on the roof of Viettel Center, Hoan Kiem District.

On April 9, 2019, Viettel announced a plan to improve 4G network quality. Technical solutions not only solve the problem of lack of 4G network in Vietnam, but also increase Viettel's 4G network speed up to 1.5 times faster now.

SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) today held a press conference at its Seoul headquarters to announce the beginning of the age of Hyper-Innovation with 5G. The company introduced in detail its unrivalled competitiveness in 5G network along with 5G price plans and services.

KT Corporation (KT) and Samsung Electronics today announced that they have successfully achieved 1 Gbps speed over the air using KT’s 5G commercial network deployed in Seoul, which has been providing 5G mobility commercial service from December 1, 2018, in collaboration with Samsung’s Networks Business unit.

(Hong Kong, 26 March 2019) SmarTone today announced that it has pioneered Hong Kong’s first 5G live field trial in both 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands simultaneously. To highlight the exciting possibility of 5G, a series of use cases also demonstrate some of the many ways in which 5G technologies will enrich and transform everyone’s lives.

KT (formerly known as Korea Telecom) has awarded Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) a 5G commercial contract to enable the nationwide launch of commercial 5G services in Korea starting early April 2019.

SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) and Samsung Electronics today announced that they have successfully completed the network device interoperability test applying Dual Connectivity technology using both 4G and 5G networks provided by Samsung’s Networks Business. It is also known as ‘E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC)’ based on the 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standard.

[Shenzhen, China, March 7, 2019] Today, Huawei announced that it has filed a complaint in a U.S. federal court that challenges the constitutionality of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Through this action, Huawei seeks a declaratory judgment that the restrictions targeting Huawei are unconstitutional, and a permanent injunction against these restrictions.

As a top Huawei executive, I’m often asked why the US has launched a full-scale assault on us. The Americans have charged us with stealing technology and violating trade sanctions and largely blocked us from doing business there.

Spark announced today that it has completed a nationwide rollout of its Internet of Things (IoT) cellular (Cat-M1) network. Spark is the first company to confirm the nationwide completion of a Cat-M1 network in New Zealand.

The network covers 98% of New Zealand’s population and has been deployed since September on over 96% of Spark’s mobile sites.

Optus today revealed the first details of its game changing 5G Home Broadband service which is underpinned by a plan to deliver 1,200 5G sites by March 2020.

In partnership with Nokia, who are supplying the 5G RAN and Fastmile 5G CPEs, Optus 5G sites are now live in two suburbs in Canberra, with an additional site live in Sydney and 47 more sites planned to be online by March 2019.

The Ministry of Communication and Information has officially refarmed 800 MHz and 900 MHz radio frequency bands today, Wednesday (01/23/2019). The frequency band is currently used for the purposes of carrying out cellular mobile networks, including PT Telekomunikasi Selular (TELKOMSEL) and PT Indosat, Tbk. (INDOSAT).

23 January 2019, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that ZTE and the Guangdong branch of China Mobile have completed the first 2.6 GHz NR test in Guangzhou 5G field trial.

18 January 2019, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced that the Guangdong branch of China Unicom and ZTE have made the world’s first 5G call by means of ZTE’s 5G prototype smartphone in Shenzhen 5G field trial.

Singapore’s first live 5G facility - a collaboration between Ericsson, Singtel and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) - has opened. Aimed at developing the 5G ecosystem in the country and driving 5G solutions for enterprises, the 5G Garage utilizes Singtel’s 3.5 GHz trial 5G network at Ayer Rajah.

Optus has taken another significant step towards its commercial launch of 5G today by making a 5G data call on 60 MHz using 3.5 GHz spectrum.

The call, made as part of pre-launch testing, was made from an Optus 5G site in Dickson, Canberra utilising a commercial grade 5G Radio Network and customer premises equipment (CPE) developed in partnership with Nokia.

Tokyo, January 11, 2019 – NEC Corporation today announced that it contributed to a video transmission test utilizing 5G conducted in November 2018 by NTT DOCOMO, INC. and TOBU RAILWAY CO., LTD. through the provision of 5G base stations (*) that support 4.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands.

Samsung Electronics and KDDI today announced that they have successfully completed a 5G test with real time transmission of 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) surveillance video on a train platform, the first in Japan.

True Group offers everyone complete experience of 5G for the first time at “True 5G Digital Thailand, the 1st Showcase Powered by TrueMove H” from Dec 14, 2018 – Jan 31, 2019 at True Branding Shop ICONSIAM.

Four companies have won valuable 5G spectrum in the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s latest spectrum auction in the 3.6 GHz band.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is pleased to announce that the VHA-TPG Telecom spectrum joint venture company, Mobile JV Pty Ltd (JV), has acquired substantial spectrum holdings in all available areas in the 3.6 GHz band auction for AU$263 million.

Telstra today demonstrated its 5G leadership through a series of world and Australian firsts, including the unveiling of the world’s first connection of a 5G mid-band commercial device and Australia’s first 5G video call.

PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has made the country’s first successful video call on a 5G connection between the newly launched Smart 5G cities in Pampanga and Makati City.

Hong Kong, 28 November 2018 – 3 Hong Kong, the mobile arm of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (HTHKH; stock code: 215), has completed successful outdoor 5G trials in both the 3.5 GHz and 28GHz spectrum bands.

Spark New Zealand recently notified the Director-General of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), in accordance with the requirements of the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act 2013 (TICSA), of its proposed approach to implementing 5G technology on the Spark mobile network. 

Vodafone New Zealand has simultaneously launched two new IoT* technologies, NB-IoT and LTE-M**, which will enable Kiwis to connect into the world’s leading IoT platform for a new, innovative range of IoT applications.  Vodafone is the global leader in managed IoT, with 77 million connections in more than 30 countries.***

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