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

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’

China Telecom has announced details of a collaboration with Huawei over the deployment of the nation’s first ever ROADM deployment. It was officially disclosed that Huawei had secured the exclusive contract for the project in a statement issued to the press. Huawei will oversee China Telecom’s Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) Network project – which is the country’s first intelligent ROADM WDM backbone network to be constructed in China.

Read more: CommunicAsia 2017 - China Telecom selects Huawei for country’s first ROADM deployment

Huawei exclusively won the bid for China Telecom's Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) Network Project in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. This is the first intelligent ROADM WDM backbone network to be built in China, marking the beginning of China Telecom's optical transport network evolving towards the intelligent optical networking era. This is also a major step forward for the "CTNET2025" network transformation strategy of China Telecom.

Read more: Huawei to help build China Telecom’s intelligent ROADM WDM backbone network

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.

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The Australian state of Tasmania is set to become the first state to have a full IoT (Internet of Things) network with 95 percent of the population set to be covered by the dedicated network by the end of 2017. Digital services provider TasmaNet in partnership with IoT and communications services provider Thinxtra are building the island-state’s network.

Read more: Tasmania to become first Australian state to have full IoT network

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