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LABÈGE, France, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, December 15th, 2016. Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), its Latin American partner, WND, and exclusive local operator, VELOCOM, announced their plan to roll-out of the Sigfox network across Argentina.

Mission to the Moon 2018: Vodafone and the Part Time Scientists, a Berlin-based startup, hope to write the next chapter in mankind’s biggest adventure by organising a new mission to the Moon to explore the lunar landscape.

The latest demonstration of 5G technology took place at Innovation Days, an event showcasing the latest innovations by Bouygues Telecom and its partners, held at the company’s Technopôle complex in Meudon-la-Forêt, France.

It was conducted using two prototype mobile devices, which were simultaneously connected to an Ericsson radio base station equipped with active 5G antennas.

TIM, the leader in 4G coverage in the country, is the first operator in Brazil to use the frequency of 2600 MHz and refarm the 1800 MHz frequency band to 4G LTE. TIM is now ready to make the move to future-proofing its network using the 700 MHz spectrum band, which enables excellent indoor and rural area coverage for 4G-enabled devices.

Luxembourg, 3 March, 2017 –Millicom International Cellular S.A. ("Millicom") and Bharti Airtel Limited (“Airtel”), today announced that they have, through their respective subsidiaries, entered into an agreement for Tigo Ghana Limited and Airtel Ghana Limited to combine their operations in Ghana.

Mobile operator TDC is piloting five different use cases for NB-IoT connectivity in Denmark. It is employing the low power wide area technology to connect water meters, central heating meters, air pollution sensors, garbage bins and a wristwatch that can monitor the wearer’s vital signs, providing live healthcare data to clinics and hospitals.

Announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the roll out of the network comes six months after the trial of the LoRaWAN technology and will be released on a project-by-project basis.

Cisco Jasper is seeing increasing support for NB-IoT throughout its global service provider partnerships and demand from enterprises worldwide. The company has already completed live trials, including initial core network trials with Optus in Australia, which has completed integration of the Cisco Jasper platform to support NB-IoT.

Telstra together with Ericsson today announced the upcoming deployment of LTE-B enabled in Telstra Media services and continued investment for the national roll-out of LTE-B in 2017 and beyond.

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), is expanding the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem family to include 5G New Radio (NR) multi-mode chipset solutions compliant with the 3GPP-based 5G NR global system.

Tokyo, Japan - February 22, 2017 - KDDI and Samsung Electronics today announced they have successfully completed a 5G handover trial. It is Japan's first ever 5G multi-cell handover test using the 28GHz spectrum to be conducted in a real outdoor environment, on Tokyo's metropolitan expressway amongst towering skyscrapers. 

LABÈGE, France, February  22, 2017 - Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Telefónica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and industry recognized IoT leader, announced today that they have struck a global deal to integrate Sigfox’s low-powered connectivity into the operator’s managed connectivity platform.

[Shenzhen, China, 15, February, 2017] Huawei, Vodafone and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have worked together on a project in Turkey to create the world's first network ready to use Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) technology, based on the 3GPP R13 standard.

Monday, February 13, 2017, Austin, TX – Alepo – an award-winning, global provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers, announced today, in partnership with Blue Arcus Technologies Inc., a leading provider of cost-effective mobile network solutions, the launch of LTE and WiFi services at TTC in Tuvalu.

The first base station using the new frequency range will begin operating in Somero and this will significantly improve local mobile broadband connections.

MTN Irancell, Iran’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has commercially launched its 4.5G LTE-Advanced services.

MOSCOW, Jan 23 (PRIME) -- Russian mobile operator VimpelCom, working as Beeline, has signed an agreement with Chinese telecom giant Huawei to study and test 5G technologies jointly, the companies said on Monday in a statement.

The launch marks the first phase of the company’s investment in its LTE infrastructure and will include the expansion of Digicel’s network with 14 new sites.

ISTANBUL – Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) is continuing its work on 5G technologies at full speed. Turkcell and Ericsson completed Turkey’s first ever 5G test, achieving download speeds of 24.7 Gbps on the 15 GHz spectrum, the broadest available. The test was also one of the first in the entire world.

3 January 2017, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, announced the company successfully completed joint-testing of its proprietary Pre5G FDD Massive MIMO solution, in partnership with China Telecom Innovation Center.

High internet speeds under the LTE Advanced Pro standard are achieved by combining frequency aggregation (LTE FDD 1800 MHz + LTE TDD 2600 MHz), multi-dimensional antenna systems (MIMO) 4x4 and modulation 256-QAM.

Doha, Qatar - Nokia and Ooredoo Qatar have achieved speeds of up to 1 Gbps in a demonstration application of 4.5G Pro technology using Nokia's three-carrier aggregation technique, 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and 4x4 Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO) with Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale radio platform. The demonstration took place in Ooredoo's headquarters, HQ2, in Doha.

(Oslo, December 14, 2016) As the first company in the Nordic region, Telia Norway today launches its own internet based on the new technology "Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT)". Together with partners, Telia is launching a commercial solution for Smart Agriculture based on NB-IoT at the same time as the first company in the world. This marks the start of deployme

Ooredoo has successfully conducted tests on one of the first-ever 5G trial systems, positioning Qatar as one of the only countries in the world – and the first in the GCC region – to achieve this incredible technical milestone.

Orion Sistema LLP, with the trademark OrionM2M, has begun to deploy the wireless LPWAN (Low-Power Wide-Area Network) network of things on the territory of Kazakhstan.

Valdur Laid, CEO of Sonera, said: “We want to drive the industry change and be at the cutting edge of development. Together with Nokia we will ensure that Sonera’s customers in Finland will be able to have the best network and we will also be able to start early with our 5G partnerships to make tomorrow’s services come alive.”

Proximus is the first Belgium operator to test 5G technology with technology provider Huawei. During the tests, speeds of up to 70 Gbps were reached, which is more than 100 times faster than 4G. With such speeds, you can download a movie in seconds. As a technology of the future, 5G is essential for new applications such as self-driving cars and the Internet of Things.

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCTI), a leader in Performance Critical Telecom solutions, announced today the launch of its heavy duty Rhino™ Dual LTE antenna. This new antenna is designed for tracking heavy equipment assets and fleet management applications.

Magyar Telekom and Ericsson Magyarország tested today the mobile technology enabling a download speed of 1200 Mbps in the Regional Digital Summit organized in Budapest.

Today, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announces the extension of its contract with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET). Under the terms, Ericsson will deploy its new radio technology on the 2.6 GHz frequency band in FET’s network, allowing the operator to roll out a combined LTE FDD/TDD network.

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