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TPG Telecom Limited (“TPG”) and Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd (“VHA”) are pleased to announce that the companies have entered into a Scheme Implementation Deed (“SID”) under which the companies have agreed a proposed merger of equals to establish a fully integrated telecommunications operator in Australia (“Merger”).

(Hong Kong, 30 August 2018) SmarTone continues to pioneer new technology in Hong Kong with the launch of the city’s first live commercial License Assisted Access (LAA) Network. The network supports blazing 1Gbps download speeds using aggregate licensed and unlicensed LTE carriers with 5CC carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM.

(Fornebu, 28 August 2018) Telenor Norway has the fastest mobile network in the world, according to Ookla, which analyses the speeds from tests conducted by mobile customers.

Doha, 27 August 2018: The transformative potential of 5G to improve how we live and work and fulfil Qatar’s potential came closer to reality yesterday as Vodafone Qatar announced the switching on its first, live 5G network.

Ericsson supplied Mobily with a standalone end-to-end 5G system, including a prototype 3.5GHz radio, baseband, and prototype UE device for the 5G demo, which showcased 5G throughput, targeting speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Telstra today announced it had switched on 5G technology across selected areas of the Gold Coast, making Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network the first in the country to be 5G ready.

Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said this was just the beginning of Telstra’s roll out of 5G technology, with more than 200 5G-capable sites planned to be live around the country by the end of 2018.

(HONG KONG, CHINA - 13 August 2018) China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) is the first network provider in Hong Kong to successfully complete end-to-end 5G network testing (client terminal to application).

Over the past week, Telia has carried out a number of 5G demonstrations based on both end-to-end solutions and the upcoming 5G standards, which otherwise only come into force from 2020.

Vodafone has given farmers a look into a connected future with the successful trial of a self-install mobile coverage solution – the Vodafone Regional Coverage Hub.

The plug-and-play device delivers 4G voice and data services in locations where commercial networks are not traditionally deployed, or where coverage is patchy or unavailable.

As one of Ericsson’s key New Radio (NR) technologies, Massive MIMO has enabled the launch of Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) 6468 on the Etisalat UAE network. Etisalat has been able to test the benefits of Massive MIMO in real-life scenarios with the advanced NR Radio and Baseband (which are 5G ready) and the latest 5G Plug-Ins software.

Doha, 29 July 2018: Vodafone Qatar has ramped up for 5G with the first tests successfully conducted using spectrum in the 3.5GHz band allocated for 5G.

Vodafone Qatar’s engineers are already laying the groundwork for a 5G network at more than 50 sites in key locations across strategic cities in the country.

Oslo, Norway, July 2018 — ENGIE Lab CRIGEN and The IOTA Foundation (IOTA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in experimentation with the IOTA Tangle in the Energy and related IoT domains.

Global telecommunications company ZTE and mobile operator Hutchison Drei Austria are deepening their strategic partnership to prepare Austria for the introduction of state-of-the-art technology solutions. Thanks to ZTE's international role in the technology sector and its intensive research and development activities, the group has positioned itself as a leading expert in 5G techno

Bogotá, July 17, 2018 -. Telefónica and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) carried out a demonstration of 5G technology in Colombia, which managed to reach a record speed in data transfer of more than 27 Gbps, the highest that has been achieved in a test in the country. 

The Danish operator TDC’s Norwegian business encompasses GET, a leading provider of fixed and TV services, with a total of 518,000 households and businesses connected to its fiber-based network, and more than 1 million private and business customers who use the TV and broadband services on a daily basis.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Telstra and Intel have successfully completed the first end-to-end 5G non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP data call on a commercial mobile network at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast Australia in a multivendor setup. With this achievement, the companies have taken 5G out of the lab and into a real-world mobile network environment.

A world of new opportunities for creating more intelligent designs and solutions opens up with the new IoT solutions and the fast-paced 5G. When the two technologies meet, there is a bridge between the digital and physical world through the internet, where it is possible to collect, transport, and analyse on huge data packets that fly at the speed of lightning between physical thin

Paris, July 3, 2018 - Bordeaux is officially the first city in France to host a 5G pilot site. Bouygues Telecom has opened this morning the first 5G pilot site in France, from two base station antennas of their network, providing up to ten kilometers of coverage.

Asia-Pacific Telecom actively deployed 5G and NB-IoT IoT services. In October last year, it became the first Taiwanese telecommunications partner of the GSMA NB-IoT Forum. At this stage, Asia-Pacific Telecom is fully sprinting the construction of NB-IoT commercial network and obtaining NCC grants.

It was the first time in Hungary for presenting the 5G network in real-life settings in the Magyar Telekom Budapest HQ at Krisztina körút. The test network, operating within the 3.7 GHz spectrum, was established using pre-standard 5G equipment, prior to their commercial launch.

Elisa has become the first operator in the world to begin commercial use of a 5G network and starts selling 5G subscriptions. The first person to use the 5G network was Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, who made a video call to Kadri Simson, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure in Estonia.

Entel and Ericsson carried out a demonstration of 5G technology in Chile, which managed to reach a record speed in data transfer of more than 24Gbps, the highest that has been achieved in a test in South America. The technological milestone constitutes a relevant advance, which will allow testing the capabilities of 5G technology in an active network to telecommunications operators

When Telia Denmark later on this year brings the Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology to its entire network, Telia Company will become the first operator to deploy NB-IoT across the entire Nordics. The new technology, designed for the Internet of Things, makes it possible to easily connect a huge number of sensors directly to the mobile network.

Together with a number of selected corporate customers, Telia is busy testing a new high-tech mobile network to support the future Internet of Things (IoT). The test results are promising, and Telia expects to be in the air with a nationwide Narrowband IoT network before the end of 2018.

Following the auction which was carried out on 8th June 2018, TCRA hereby announces the successful conclusion of the auction of 2 x 20 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency range.

All spectrum available were assigned, and the results of the Auction are as follows:

The trial will test and highlight the impact of IoT solutions for city residents and nearby services, businesses, and infrastructure.

Manama, June 2018 – H.E Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, H.E. Shaikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Capital Governor, Dr. Mohammed Alamer, TRA Chairman, Shaikh Nasir Al Khalifa, TRA Managing Director (A) and Mr.

Internet of Things (IoT) service and solutions provider Thinxtra, announces Hong Kong’s first IoT network reaches full deployment covering more than 90% of the territory.

Demonstrating once again its pioneering and innovation, TIM is the first operator in the Brazilian market to activate the NB-IoT (Narrow Band in IoT) functionality in its 4G commercial network. The platform allows to offer Internet solutions of Things (IoT), using the frequency 700 MHz.

Vodafone UK today unveiled seven cities that will become 5G trial areas, with roll-outs starting between October and December this year.

They form part of our major investment in building a world-class network infrastructure to support Gigabit UK, a nation where people will enjoy ultra-fast connection speeds of one gigabit per second on the move, at home or at work.

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