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Elisa took yet another step towards 5G networks on Wednesday 7 February, when VR, AR and game applications were tested in a 5G network that Elisa and Huawei had built in Pasila, Helsinki. The 5G network operates at the 3.5 GHz frequency, which is the most important 5G frequency band. The event also saw Europe’s first 5G gaming experience.

Madrid, February 6, 2018.- Telefónica and Huawei have achieved a new milestone with the world’s first Proof-of-Concept (PoC) testbed for 5G based vehicle communication networks (known as 5G-V2X) in their 5G Joint Innovation Lab at Madrid. This is another solid step to promote 5G commercialization and expand the 5G ecosystem after both companies completed 5G UCNC trial in 2017.

The telecom regulator yesterday gave Robi the go-ahead for tech neutrality as the country's first mobile operator in 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands, as part of plans to boost telecom service quality.

BTRC expects to earn over $100 million by offering tech neutrality to the operators, except for Teletalk and Citycell, said Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of BTRC.

Telstra today opened a 5G Innovation Centre at its Southport Exchange on the Gold Coast where it will test next generation mobile technologies in Australian conditions to support the early commercial deployment of 5G mobile services in Australia.

Optus has announced its intention to commence the roll out of 5G technology in Australia by early 2019 with a fixed wireless product in key metro areas.

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 2, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced its LTE Advanced (LTE-A) wireless network has delivered data speeds of a Gigabit per second (Gbps) in recent deployment testing, another network first for Canada's largest communications company.

Ukrainian mobile operators today sold the first licenses for frequencies under 4G networks. The total amount of the proceeds is UAH2.46 billion, UAH169 million more than the starting value.

Tatarstan in March of this year will begin testing mobile communication of 5G in Innopolis, and also in Kazan. This was reported by the agency "Tatar-Inform" with reference to the Minister of Informatization and Communications of the Republic of Roman Shaikhutdinov.

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Argentina telecommunications provider Telecom Argentina said on Wednesday it would invest $5 billion in the country through 2020 to expand its network and improve infrastructure.

A new 13-meter radio telescope, which will soon be launched in the Leningrad region, will increase the accuracy of the Russian navigation system GLONASS, TASS reports with reference to the Institute's scientific director Alexander Ipatov.

Amsterdam, 31 January 2018 - VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON).

Tallinn, Estonia, January 31, 2018 – Connected Baltics, the exclusive Sigfox operator of the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Levira, the leading digital services provider from Estonia, entered the IoT partnership to offer Sigfox’s low-powered connectivity into the Levira’s IoT offerings and solutions.

Today, at the 4G-tender, the operator lifecell purchased 2*15 MHz in the 2600 MHz band for the development of its own 4G-network. According to the results of the bid winning, the company will pay 909 250 000 UAH to the state treasury for the first two lots.

Under the patronage of His Excellency, the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Dr. Ghazi Al Jbour, Orange Jordan officially announced the launch of the advanced 4G+ services (LTE- A Pro).

[Shanghai, China, January 25, 2018] Deutsche Telekom (DT), Intel and Huawei announced they have collaborated to achieve the world's first 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT) based on the 3GPP R15 Standard with a commercial base station.

“I’m happy to announce another step in our effort, to over time, leave Eurasia and focus on the Nordic and Baltic regions within the framework of our New Generation Telco strategy. I would also like to thank Geocell’s employees for their outstanding contributions and wish them all the best in the company’s next phase,” says Johan Dennelind, President and CEO of Telia Company. 

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has decided to be liberal with the mobile phone operators and declare all of the five applicants eligible for the fourth generation licences.

A team of the commission has already evaluated the applications for the licence and spectrum auction, said Md Jahurul Haque, legal and licencing commissioner of the BTRC.

The ongoing digitalization of our society is already changing many processes in business and private life are already changing. The most important requirement is that digitization must be simple, usable everywhere and secure. Modern technologies and network infrastructures from Deutsche Telekom help to network machines, cars and countless other things on the Internet of Things (IoT).

The decision of the GKRC was taken at the meeting after the report of the Union of Mobile Telecommunication Operators LTE was presented. The minutes of the meeting of the SCRM are published on the website of the Ministry of Communications. In particular, for the establishment of NB-IoT networks in Russia, the commission authorized the use of radio frequency bands 453-4

At the meeting of the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (GKRCH) held at the very end of 2017, a number of decisions were made that allow us to say that the development of the LTE-450 standard in Russia will receive a new impetus, and the future of projects for the construction of communication networks based on this standard may not be as unpromising as the experts drew in the forecasts.

The 5G network is the new generation of mobile internet connection networks that is beginning to develop in the world and whose first real applications in the field of communications will be the month next during the celebration of the Olympic Winter Games, to be held in the city of Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

MegaCom became the winner of the first electronic trading in the history of Kyrgyzstan in the form of an auction for the right to use radio frequencies in the 1800 MHz band. This will allow the company to expand existing GSM and LTE networks throughout the country.

Entering of 2018 means that we are one step forward in witnessing the commercial use of 5G. In 2017, 5G was absolutely a hot topic in the communications industry: Relevant standards, technologies, and layers made progress in several areas, mainstream vendors successively launched their pre-commercial products, and certain carriers actively carried out field tests.

[Turkey, Istanbul, Jan 17, 2018] Vodafone Group’s Networks Centre of Excellence team and the Huawei Mobile Innovation Centre have been testing a dynamic way to help address spectrum constraints in Turkey. The teams have completed the world’s first trial of GSM/LTE (GL) 900 MHz dynamic spectrum sharing on Vodafone’s commercial networks in the Black Coast city of Trabzon.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians in the West Bank are finally getting high-speed mobile data services, after a yearslong Israeli ban that cost their fragile economy hundreds of millions of dollars, impeded tech start-ups and denied them simple conveniences enjoyed by the rest of the world.

The Zigbee Alliance warmly welcomes the China Unicom Research Institute, one of China’s three major mobile service carriers, as they join the Alliance at the Participant level.

France’s mobile carriers are planning to spend more than €3 billion on the deployment of 4G LTE networks in underserved areas across the country to eliminate coverage gaps by 2020, according to Julien Denormandie, French junior minister for territorial cohesion.

Together with technology partner Nokia, A1 presented another major evolutionary step on the way to 5G: for the first time, data transmission in Vienna of 1.5 Gigabit / s was achieved in the A1 network.

Telstra today announced a major step forward in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Australia with the successful deployment of Narrowband technology in its IoT Network.

January 10, 2018, Moscow. PJSC VimpelCom (Beeline brand) demonstrated a speed of more than 1 Gbit / s on the radio interface during testing in Moscow. The development of technologies allowing to achieve such speeds lies at the heart of the memorandum of PJSC VimpelCom and Huawei about joint testing and launch of technologies of the 5G standard.

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