The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is to hold its Global Leadership Summit in conjunction with CES Asia 2016 scheduled for Shanghai May 11-13 'to promote cross-industry collaboration and innovation.'
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Ericsson has signed a business support systems (BSS) transformation contract with Bhutan Telecom, Bhutan's largest telecom service provider, under which it will convert Bhutan Telecom's billing systems into a convergent environment supporting mobile, fixed line and DSL broadband subscribers.
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.
Indosat Ooredoo and IBM have announced a five year, $200m partnership under which IBM and Indosat Ooredoo subsidiary, Lintasarta, will develop and deliver solutions on the IBM Cloud to help businesses streamline processes and improve productivity.
ZTE and China Unicom have signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Software Defined Network/Network Function Virtualization (SDN/NFV). They aim to build-on current SDN/NFV network development trend, implement SDN/NFV applications, and promote the next-generation network construction for China Unicom.
Huawei has announced, at the CeBIT show in Hannover Germany, the global marketing theme for its Enterprise Business Group: ""Leading New ICT, Building a Better Connected World."" It says the theme defines how the company is enabling enterprises to transform and thrive in the digital era.
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.
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.
Cisco has announced plans to invest $100m in India, including $40m to fund early-stage and growth-stage companies and train 250,000 students in India by 2020.
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.