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At the China Mobile Global Partner Conference in Guangzhou, China, MediaTek unveiled its first 5G modem – the Helio M70. Announced earlier in 2018, the Helio M70 is among the industry’s first wave of 5G multi-mode modems with integrated baseband and 5 Gbps download speeds, cementing MediaTek’s status as a 5G-leader.

Guangzhou, China - Nokia and China Mobile Research Institute today launched the industry's first hybrid indoor radio solution with location services to meet 5G connectivity demands inside busy large buildings such as business campuses and shopping malls. The jointly developed 5G hybrid distributed indoor system is aimed at lowering operators' deployment costs.

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.

Telia Company sells its interest in Ucell (FE Coscom LLC) to the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Assistance to Privatized Enterprises and Development of Competition for USD 215 million on a debt free basis. The U.S. Department of Justice has been duly informed about the transaction.

Vienna Airport is the first company in Austria to focus on the next evolution in mobile communications. The Pre5G Campus network, implemented by A1 in collaboration with technology partner Nokia, is already taking advantage of key features of the next 5G mobile communications generation. Technologies such as Network Slicing and Small Cells ensure maximum security and a

At the TIM laboratories based in Turin, the first OTA (Over the Air) connection trials compliant with the 3GPP 5G NR (New Radio) Release 15 specifications featuring Ericsson’s technology, using the Massive MIMO solution, were completed.

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.

CAMARILLO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that České Radiokomunikace (CRA), a Czech telecommunications company providing commercial Internet of Things (IoT) services to businesses, has deployed a nationwide LoRaWAN™-based network.

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.***

Deutsche Telekom is preparing the roll out of its 5G-ready LTE-M technology in 2019 with the accelerated development of LTE-M solutions. The company today unveils the finalists of the hubraum LTE-M Prototyping program at a summit in Vienna, Austria. The initiative was established by Deutsche Telekom’s in-house tech incubator hubraum in cooperation with its ICT services arm T-Systems.

Beirut, Lebanon - Nokia and Alfa, Lebanon's first mobile operator managed by Orascom TMT, will deploy 4.5G Pro technology using the Nokia AirScale 5G-ready radio platform following a recent successful test of the technology. With this, Alfa will be able to introduce Gigabit LTE speeds for its subscribers.

A world-class industrial 5G ecosystem will be built in the Nuottasaari industrial area in Oulu, Finland, and with Telia launching a pre-commercial 5G network in the city, the area will be one of the world's first industrial 5G environments.

Today, Spark and Emirates Team New Zealand opened New Zealand’s first interactive 5G test lab by starting an official countdown to Spark’s proposed 5G network launch date. Spark aims to have New Zealand’s first 5G network live on the Auckland Harbour by 1 July 2020 for Emirates Team New Zealand to use as part of its preparation to defend the America’s Cup. 

MTN South Africa and Ericsson have announced South Africa's first 5G customer trial, deployment with a fixed wireless access site at technology company Netstar’s headquarters in Midrand.

EE, the UK’s number one mobile network and part of BT Group, today announced that it is switching on 5G sites in 16 UK cities in 2019. The first launch cities will be the UK’s four capital cities – London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast – and Birmingham and Manchester.

As part of Orange’s ambition to succeed in the field of connected objects, Orange today announces the commercial launch of its Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) network in France. The launch in France follows the opening of Orange’s first LTE-M network in Belgium in May 2018. Orange will launch further LTE-M networks in Spain and Romania by the end of 2018.

(Kongsberg, 8 November 2018) Today, Telenor Group launched the very first 5G pilot in Scandinavia. The pilot will serve as a testbed for the superfast fifth generation mobile network in Norway.

The pilot was launched during the technology and innovation conference Kongsberg Summit and is a milestone in Norwegian telecommunications history.

The first 5G test networks are in place. When will 5G be available across Switzerland?

Our test networks in Burgdorf, Lausanne, Bern, Zurich, Geneva and Lucerne are some of the first in the world. These are not simply demo networks, but completely standardised networks. A successive expansion to around 60 towns and communities by the end of 2019 is currently planned.

5G devices are a step closer to becoming reality today, November 8, as several major communications industry players joined forces with Swisscom to achieve a global first by connecting a smartphone prototype to a live non-laboratory 3.5 GHz 5G network for the first time.

EE, the UK’s number one mobile network and part of BT Group, today announced that nine 5G trial sites are now live across East London.

The trial has so far encompassed every element of building a new 5G network, from obtaining planning permission and access agreements, through to managing power outputs. The trial will go on to assess the customer experience of new 5G spectrum.

ISTANBUL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) and the Samsung’s collaboration blazed a trail in Turkey. Turkcell, striving for Turkey to be one of the first countries to use 5G, and Samsung, offering 5G solutions, organized an event to experience live 5G in Turkey.

It is 11 o'clock in the morning. The electric minibus e.GO Mover drives networked in the 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven over the 400,000 square meter test area. Vodafone Germany boss Hannes Ametsreiter has invited to talk about the upcoming mobile generation 5G. To the 5G Mobility Lab. In the moving electr

CAIRO, Egypt – November 1, 2018 – Etisalat Misr and MediaTek today announced the commercial launch of next generation voice & video calling technologies - VoLTE & ViLTE - for the first time in the Middle East and Africa regions.

(Hong Kong, 24 October 2018) SmarTone collaborates with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Ericsson to showcase the power of 5G data connectivity in Hong Kong during the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit.

Telstra today announced Ericsson as its key 5G partner under an agreement that will see the two companies partner to deliver the next generation of mobile technology for Australia.

The agreement, signed by Telstra and Ericsson today, marks another important milestone in the nation’s 5G technology development and rollout.

Espoo, Finland - Nokia has been selected by Brazilian power distributor Elektro, part of the Neoenergia/Iberdrola group, to deploy a private LTE network to increase the reliability and efficiency of the electrical grid in the City of Atibaia and surrounding areas in the state of Sao Paulo.

Liquid Telecom has completed the acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent stake in its Zambian subsidiary, CEC Liquid Telecom, from Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC.

October 15, 2018, Moscow - PJSC "VimpelCom" (Beeline brand) and LLC Elster Metronika report on the successful launch of a pilot project to create a system of smart metering of electricity. The project was implemented on the basis of the network of the new standard of the Internet of things - NB-IoT (Narrow Band Internet of Things).

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