Spark New Zealand announced that it has commenced the development of a nationwide low power wide area (LPWA) network to enable the Internet of Things (IoT). “At Spark our Ventures team has been working on the exciting possibilities of the internet of things and what it could mean for New Zealand,” said Spark’s GM for IoT, Michael Stribling.

Read more: Spark developing nationwide LPWA network to enable IoT in New Zealand

DOCOMO PACIFIC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile phone operator, announced that construction and end-to-end testing of the 183-mile ATISA submarine fiber optic cable system, connecting Guam to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is complete and the system is ready for service.

Read more: Cable connecting Guam to Mariana Islands in the Pacific ‘ready for service’

Nokia and WorldLink are upgrading 650-km-long backbone network with Nokia's 1830 PSS (Photonic Service Switch) DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology to support bandwidth-hungry entertainment and enterprise services across Nepal. The intercity network stretches from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa and Birgunj, and provides international connectivity between Nepal and other countries including India.

Read more: Nokia and WorldLink build Nepal's first 100G optical network for super-fast broadband

Ericsson will build a Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) system for Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest integrated telecommunications services company, enabling the island to take its first steps toward joining the Internet of Things (IoT). Chunghwa Telecom will use the system to trial a range of IoT devices and applications in its laboratory.

Read more: Ericsson to build NB-IoT system for Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom

Huawei leads with the completion of China's second-phase 5G radio technology test in Huairou District, Beijing. This test procedure was organized by IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group. During the C-Band test, Huawei adopted 5G New Radio, Massive MIMO, and other technologies using the entire 200 MHz bandwidth to achieve over 6 Gbps of single-user downlink throughput and over 18 Gbps of cell peak rate.

Read more: Huawei leads with completion of China's second-phase 5G R&D test

The CTO of Australian incumbent Telstra has admitted that the telecommunications firm is pushing its gigabit LTE to maximize the most of its existing 4G network as it prepares for the forthcoming 5G era. Hakan Eriksson, CTO, said the primary objective behind Telstra’s strategy is to improve 4G as much as possible in order to be properly prepared for the introduction of 5G technology.

Read more: Telstra CTO admits operator is pushing its LTE in preparation for 5G

Thai communications provider True has awarded Ericsson the world's first major Dual Band Dot to deploy indoor networks across Thailand to improve indoor connectivity. True will install these Dots from May 2017, focusing on the northern, southern, and central regions of Thailand. The first deployments will be in hospitals, shopping malls, and hotels.

Read more: Thai communications provider to deploy world’s first Dual Band Dot solution network

Nepal Telecom has formally announced its intentions and strategic plans towards strengthening its wireline business. The telecommunications operator is taking progressive steps towards replacing its copper infrastructure with fiber. In addition to this, it further disclosed plans to launch FTTH and other value-added services according to reports emerging from the region.

Read more: CommunicAsia 2017 - Nepal Telecom takes steps towards modernizing fixed line network

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