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SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) today announced that it expanded the coverage of its LTE-A Pro services – providing up to 700Mbps to 900Mbps speeds – to 75 cities and 31 counties in Korea.

[Seoul, South Korea, September 12, 2017] In the Sangam area of Seoul, a hotspot for digital and media businesses, LG U+ and Huawei successfully completed the first phase of their 5G intensive urban field test. This 5G field test was designed as commercial-oriented and realized by an end-to-end 5G network with 5G gNodeB, Ng Core and a 5G mobile bearer network.

Kuwait, September 11, 2017: Zain Group, the leading mobile telecommunications provider in the Middle East and North Africa, announces that it has successfully tested 5G technology achieving maximum throughput speeds of over 70 Gbps over 2 GHz spectrum.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and KDDI, a leading Japanese operator, have agreed to test a 5G proof of concept on the 4.5GHz frequency band in a number of cities across Japan.

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has officially launched a 4.5G network, which the company claims is the first of its kind in the country.

The 4.5G network is expected to improve data service provision, including media streaming and messaging services.

Luxembourg, 4 September 2017 – Bluesky Cook Islands, the sole provider of fixed phone, mobile and broadband services to the Cook Islands, has increased the amount of satellite capacity it is using from SES Networks, in order to launch 4G+ service to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, the two key cities of the island nation.

(31.08.17): Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, has today officially launched Vodafone Ireland’s commercial Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network.  Vodafone is the first Irish operator to bring this technology to market and is on course to help transform Ireland into a ‘smart nation.’

Ericsson is continuing to support SoftBank Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., with 5G Proof of Concept (PoC) activities. The two companies are set to conduct a joint end-to-end trial of 5G in the 4.5GHz band in the urban areas of Japan.

[Shenzhen, China, August 29, 2017] China Mobile (Shenzhen) and Huawei recently completed technical field trials on 4.5G Evolution in which spatial multiplexing of Massive MIMO was used on commercial UEs to achieve the world's first 1 Gbps cell throughput with only 20 MHz TDD spectrum. It is considered as a key milestone in the field of Massive MIMO.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and SmarTone, the leading mobile network operator in Hong Kong, have taken a significant step toward 5G with the successful trial of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology in a live over-the-air demonstration in Hong Kong.

Ooredoo today announced the expansion of its broadband network to all corners of the Maldives, with the launch of Faseyha Home Broadband. 

ISTANBUL – Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) continuing to invest in LTE - A infrastructure, became the first operator in Turkey to support NB-IoT (NarrowBand-Internet of Things) required for new-gen innovative applications on LTE – A networks. NarrowBand technology is an upper segment of IoT (Internet of Things) which allows things to communicate over the internet like the people.

China Unicom with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have commercially launched a Gigabit LTE network, allowing subscribers to enjoy the services and benefits available with high-speed mobile broadband data.

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been selected by VIVA Dominicana to deploy Ericsson Revenue Management products, as part of a five-year, full end-to-end network modernization project with the operator. The solution includes Ericsson Charging System 16, Ericsson Multi Mediation, and all systems integration services and consultant services.

Copenhagen, Denmark - Telenor and Telia have signed a managed services contract with Nokia that will see the company manage their joint mobile radio network in Denmark. The agreement will allow Telia and Telenor to offer customers of Denmark's largest mobile network even better coverage and greater capacity for a world-class mobile experience.

Minister of Communications and Technology Dr. Ali Al-Zafair held a press conference in the presence of Dr. Abdullah Al-Gharbi, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, and Mr. Ziad Sebh, Managing Director of MTN Syria and Mrs. Magda Saqr, General Manager of Syriatel.

VIENTIANE - The Lao Telecommunications Company (LTC) and Nokia Shanghai Bell Co. Ltd have agreed to enhance cooperation on LTC network expansion, strategy and 5G alliance.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and C&W Communications (C&W), have successfully completed a Gigabit LTE trial in Antigua and Barbuda and started testing a pre-5G network, under C&W’s residential brand Flow. C&W is part of the Liberty Global group, one of the world’s largest broadband and internet service providers.

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PCTEL, Inc. announced today its new multi-band LTE/Wi-Fi/GNSS antenna with a sub-inch profile. The antenna combines PCTEL's high rejection multi-GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technology for precision timing and location tracking with high performance multi-band data connectivity.

China’s Comba Telecom has vowed to provide Lao users with improved service and mobile experiences after it successfully acquired a majority stake in Laos’s ETL Public Company and stepped up its management improvement efforts.

Yaounde – Vodafone Cameroon and Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) have signed a strategic national network sharing agreement which sees the next-generation operator expand its 4G coverage to residents of Douala, Yaounde and other cities of the country.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has become a member of a consortium led by the operator Zain in Kuwait. The consortium will carry out a large digital transformation project for local utilities. The project will be completed by 2024 and as the sole technology partner, Ericsson will deploy a new smart metering solution.

The Canadian telecoms ministry – Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED) – has launched a consultation on a licensing framework for the auction of mobile spectrum licences in the 614 to 698 MHz (600 MHz) band, aiming to boost competition, investment and business opportunities in all regions of the country.

MegaFon became one of the first operators in Europe who launched the commercial Gigabit LTE network and showcased the operation of the commercial device in that network. Today’ s event is another milestone in the telecommunications development in Russia. It is a qualitatively new level of services for MegaFon subscribers.

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) – The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel signed an agreement on Wednesday that would allow Palestinian mobile service providers to offer 3G services to their Palestinian customers.

Australia's largest mobile carrier has switched on Cat M1 on its 4GX footprint in an effort to boost IoT uptake on its network.

Vodafone continues with its successful implementation of the NB-IoT technology and is now testing the narrow-band Internet of Things system in live operation in partnership with the company Jablotron and Landis+Gyr and Department of Telecommunications of the Brno University of Technology.

Optus is spending $1 billion building 500 new mobile base stations around regional Australia to compete better against Telstra and Vodafone. 

VIVA Bahrain, the innovative telecom operator and credited with the widest 4G network coverage in the Kingdom, has unlocked a host of new advanced LTE capabilities, paving the way towards 5G services.

Together with MTS, the largest mobile network operator in Russia, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has conducted the first successful live trial with a commercial small cell product of Rel-13 Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology in Russia.

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