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Luxembourg, 16 November 2017 – Solomon Telekom Company Limited, trading under the name Our Telekom, is boosting its capacity with SES Networks to support the launch of its upcoming 4G/LTE network across the Solomon Islands archipelago.

Today, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), ZTE, and China Mobile announced that they have successfully achieved the world’s first end-to-end 5G NR Interoperability Data Testing (IoDT) system demonstrating a data connection based on 3GPP R15 standard.

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Abu Dhabi, 13 November 2017: Etisalat UAE today announced its first VoLTE call over Cat-M1 IoT network in the region setting the future roadmap to deploy advanced networks to meet demands for diversified mobile broadband and communication services for IoT. 

SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) today announced that the company successfully completed the deployment of LTE Cat-M1, the latest LTE technology for IoT applications

Douala - Vodafone Cameroon ceased operations with immediate effect this Friday, November 10, 2017. 

The trial, which took place in Buenos Aires, used Ericsson’s mmWave 28 GHz 5G Test Bed solution, reaching a record speed of 20Gbps.

(Kongsberg, 9 November 2017) Kongsberg is to become the first town in Norway which Telenor will pilot 5G technology. Autonomous buses, drones, emergency communication and eHealth are just some of the applications which may be trialled.

JOHANNESBURG - Nokia and Vodacom have signed an MoU under which the companies will trial Nokia 5G technology to accelerate the launch of the new technology and enable Vodacom to drive digitalization for the benefit of businesses and individuals in South Africa.

Reaffirming its leadership and innovation in the provision of new connectivity experiences, Movistar proves itself as a pioneer in the country launching 4G+, an LTE-A technology that makes it possible to navigate up to two times faster. LTE-A employs Carrier Aggregation, allows the combining of several frequencies to achieve greater data speeds. 

In a world first, Telstra and technology partner Ericsson have completed a 5G trial data call over 26 GHz or ‘mmWave’ radiofrequency spectrum using Telstra’s production core network.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has extended its 20-year strategic partnership with Entel, the largest telecommunications company in Chile. Under the terms of the new contract, Ericsson will prepare Entel’s network in the evolution path towards 5G by deploying its latest LTE FDD network technologies and LTE TDD Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output).

During the autumn, 1 Gbit/s mobile broadband connections have been under construction in the centre of Tampere and around Elisa Kulma shop in Helsinki. Network users can immediately benefit from the additional capacity of the base stations, and at the same time, this is yet another step towards 5G.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and SmarTone, the leading mobile network operator in Hong Kong are trialing FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) Massive MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology as part of the operator’s network evolution plan towards 5G.

Amsterdam, 27 October 2017 - VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving more than 235 million customers, today announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, VimpelCom Holding Laos B.V., has entered into an agreement to sell its 78% stake in VimpelCom Lao Co.

KT (Korea Telecom, CEO Chang-gyu Hwang, has announced the success of connecting Samsung Electronics’ 5G device to KT’s 5G trial network based on ’PyeongChang 5G specifications’ in the opening and closing ceremony stadium and main stadiums of PyeongChang Winter Olympics, on 27th of October.

October 24, 2017, Moscow. PJSC VimpelCom (Beeline brand), Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have completed LTE testing in the unlicensed spectrum of 5 GHz, also known as LTE License Assisted Access (LAA). The testing was conducted within the framework of the memorandum on joint testing and launch of 5G technologies, signed by VimpelCom and Huawei in

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and MTS (NYSE: MBT), the largest telecommunications operator in Russia, have agreed to upgrade the network of MTS. Ericsson will deliver the newest software features that will be continuously developed during the next three years.

Doha, Qatar – Gaza, Palestine

As part of its continuous efforts to improve and enhance its services in the markets where it operates, Ooredoo Group has announced that its operating company in Palestine, Wataniya Mobile, has officially launched its operations in Gaza.

Ericsson highlights the latest technology development for Magyar Telekom during its annual Innovation Day. At this year’s event, held at the Ericsson R&D center in Budapest, Ericsson engineers demonstrated the latest cellular radio equipment built on the pre-standard 5G New Radio (NR) 3GPP recommendations.

[Seoul, Korea, October 19, 2017] LG U+ and Huawei have successfully completed ‘Dual-Connectivity’ technology verification during a 5G field test in Seoul. ‘Dual-Connectivity’ technology provides a 20Gbps downlink rate by linking a 3.5GHz base station with a 28GHz base station. This verification showcases a major achievement made by LG U+ and Huawei in 5G joint innovation.

Nowadays, ofo, remote meter reading, smart watches and many other Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services become a part of daily life in China where trillion connections happen.

Vodafone Australia today announced the next stage of deployment of its commercial Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network, making it the first Australian telco to launch commercial NB-IoT services.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), PS Solutions Corp., affiliated with SoftBank Group Corp., and CKD Corporation, a supplier of actuation products, are collaborating on an update to “e-kakashi”, a platform which applies artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) technologies into agricultural processes.

IoT Net Adria signed an exclusive agreement with Sigfox , the leading global IOT - of things and announced the launch of the first national IoT network in Croatia.

Etisalat today announced its fastest 5G live trial reaching 71Gbps setting a global record in the industry and showcasing exclusive 5G demonstrations this year at GITEX Technology Week.

Etisalat Misr has signed a four-year contract with Ericsson to modernize and expand its core network and business support systems, which will help the operator capitalize on the growth in 4G and pave the way for 5G and Internet of Things.

Claro, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incoporated, today completed a pioneering end-to-end demonstration of Cat-M1 technology developed to support IoT applications. This is the first public test of Cat-M1 carried out in a commercial network in South America.

Optus has announced the successful live network testing of combined Massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) and 3CC Carrier Aggregation technologies, 3CC Massive MIMO.

The network trial, conducted on live traffic at Macquarie Park in June 2017, attained a highest speed of 818 Mbps. It was completed with technology partner Huawei.

Vodafone has taken the next steps in the advancement of its mobile network performance by successfully conducting its first field demonstration of Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) using a Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) band.

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