Global mobile satellite operator, Inmarsat, has signed an agreement with Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) form a joint venture to provide aircraft cabin and cockpit connectivity services to China's commercial aviation market. Inmarsat services to be provided will include Global Xpress Aviation and SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S). The final agreement is expected to be signed later this year.

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The US Department of Commerce (USDOC) has granted the CES Asia 2016 ""Official Trade Fair"" certification. The show is owned by the US Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which is responsible for the annual CES show in Las Vegas. It is co-produced by Intex Shanghai and will run from May 11 to13 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center.

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Marc Halbfinger has been chief executive officer of PCCW-HKT subsidiary PCCW Global since July 2007 and is responsible for the integrated global communication solutions business at PCCW Global. Marc sat with Telecom Review to update us on why MWC is such an important event to attend, and where PCCW Global stands in an industry that is shifting at an unprecedented velocity.

Read more: PCCW Global CEO, Marc Halbfinger caught up with Telecom Review at MWC 2016

KT, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom and Verizon have agreed to form a new global initiative, the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance, to develop an aligned 5G trial specification that will serve as a common, extendable platform for different 5G trial activity around the world. It will focus on technical fundamentals and promote a more inclusive, open and collaborative approach to the development of 5G trial networks, including 5G radio interface trial activities and providing the ability to test and validate key technical components.

Read more: KT, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Verizon form global 5G alliance

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