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Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by Tele2 Russia to upgrade its network with the 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System, including software. More than 50,000 base stations will be deployed across the country as part of the five-year network modernization deal.

The deal will enable higher speed and capacity rates and prepare the Tele2 network for 5G.

[Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019] VIVA Bahrain, the leading telecommunication provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain, signed a nationwide 5G service launch MoU with Huawei, a leading global provider of ICT infrastructure and smart devices.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by Etisalat to deploy a 5G radio network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to help position the UAE at the forefront of 5G network deployment globally.

The deal is part of a strategic partnership which will also see Ericsson and Etisalat working together to explore 5G opportunities.

(Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 26 February 2019) Telenor Norway today announced Elverum as the first location for its 5G pilot with Ericsson. The mobile operator also revealed there will be 10 further collaborative 5G projects in Norway – and that soon, the next major city to get 5G will be named.

Today at MWC Barcelona, Sprint (NYSE: S) announced that standards-based 5G is now on-air, with commercial service expected to launch starting in May. Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City are expected to be among the first cities to offer commercial 5G service; with Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington D.C. also slated to launch in the first half of 2019.

Telenor Group and Nokia will test 5G capabilities in both the Radio Access Network (RAN) and the mobile core network in Denmark.

Nokia will deploy AirScale base stations for piloting 5G in Telenor Denmark’s commercial radio access network and will also test new functions in the cloud-core network as part of the 5G pilot.

Denmark will soon have its first life test of 5G - this is done with equipment from Nokia on Telenor's and Telia's common mobile network. Both Telenor and Telia have previously tested the mobile technology of the future and with the establishment of the new life test, the two telecom groups will be front runners compared to 5G here in Denmark.

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) have signed a deal to launch a mid-band 5G network in Saudi Arabia. The deal was announced at a signing ceremony at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.

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Madrid, Spain, Feb. 22, 2019 -- Vodafone Spain has become today the first operator in the world to make 5G standard calls from 5G mobile phones, after connecting the first smartphones to the 5G network with the specifications of the 3GPP NSA (Non Stand Alone) standard, which will be used later on commercial launch.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and Fastweb today announced an agreement to conduct Italy's first 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) trial on commercial spectrum. Companies are trialing to demonstrate how 5G FWA networks could serve as a compelling alternative to FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home) to deliver ultra broadband connectivity and gigabit experience to end users.

BARCELONA – Feb. 20, 2019 – MediaTek and Nokia today announced the completion of first wave 5G interoperability testing between the MediaTek Helio M70 5G modem and Nokia AirScale 5G Base Station.

DUBAI, UAE – Feb. 19, 2019 – UAE-based telco du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), along with Nokia, Affirmed Networks and MediaTek today announced the launch of next generation Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in the United Arab Emirates based on the latest 3GPP Release 14 standard.

CommScope is collaborating with Nokia to develop passive-active antenna solutions which enable operators around the world to optimize tower space usage, increase cell site capacity and lay the groundwork for a 5G ready future.

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.

DNA's 4G network upgrades started in autumn 2018 in Turku have been completed. The entire 4G network in Turku has been upgraded to higher performance and 5G deployment capability. With upgrades, local 4G data rates have risen more than double.

Following the successful and first commercial pilot of 5G technology in the Kingdom in June 2018, VIVA Bahrain, the leading telecommunication provider in Bahrain, announced the completion of 5G readiness in key locations across Bahrain. VIVA Bahrain is now the first operator in the Kingdom to enable adoption of 5G service and is planning further roll-outs of 5G across the country.

In December 2018 and in early 2019, the largest telecom operator in Ukraine conducted tests of the NB-IoT network - a network specifically designed for "smart" devices. The quality of the Internet of Things network was tested in a special laboratory of Kyivstar on gas and water meters. Successful testing of the network has made it possible to scale the project and star

Vodafone UK, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and Ericsson are conducting ‘over the air’ tests with 5G technology and a device that is similar in size to the 5G mobile phones that are being developed.

Darmstadt has joined the ranks of Deutsche Telekom's 5G cities. A first group of 5G antennas is now in operation in that city. The new systems follow 5G-antenna test fields in Berlin and the Port of Hamburg.  The aims in connection with the Darmstadt 5G test field include gathering experience with installation and operation of systems for the new technology.

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Nokia and Zain KSA have started a massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) pilot in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on the TD-LTE network using 2.6 GHz spectrum.

CommScope has introduced new 3.5 GHz-capable antennas for macro and small cell densification to help increase network capacity and migration to 5G. Customers deploying newly licensed spectrum bands will be able to increase capacity in existing LTE networks and prepare for future 5G networks with CommScope’s 3.5 GHz-capable base station antennas.

The new frontiers of mobile technology arrive in Sanremo. On the occasion of the Festival, in fact, TIM lights up in the city of flowers some antennas for the new 5G network that use the frequencies acquired at the recent tender of the Ministry for Economic Development with a total investment of 2.4 billion euros.

New milestone for the O2 network and the business customer area of ​​Telefónica Deutschland. Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M have started on the company's live network. Thus, Telefónica Deutschland offers business customers machine networks for their IoT applications, such as m

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.

Magyar Telekom launched its first standard 5G station at the end of January. The station located at downtown Zalaegerszeg uses the 3.7 GHz test spectrum. The test gigabit network operating under real-life conditions runs on a standardized 5G system and uses 5G components ready for commercial launch.

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).

Telefónica's subsidiary Telefonica Centroamérica Inversiones, S.L., 60% of which is owned, directly and indirectly, by Telefonica and 40% by Corporación Multi Inversiones, has reached an agreement with América Móvil, S.A.B. of C.V. for the sale of the entire share capital of Telefónica Móviles Guatemala, S.A.

Turkcell have stepped up its 5G game through this new collaboration. In a joint effort with Ericsson, Turkcell has achieved Turkey’s first end-to-end, 3GPP-compliant, multivendor 5G data call on 3.5 GHz band.

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.

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