Nokia and Australian telco Optus have signed a five-year agreement under which Nokia will manage and maintain key components of Optus' network infrastructure, operations and field maintenance. As part of the contract, Nokia and Optus will develop a Network Operations Centre (NOC), building on global best practices and leveraging local talent to deliver higher performance networks.

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ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, declared that its CloudStudio (formerly vManager) VNFM product was ranked as Leader by GlobalData in its latest standalone VNFM survey report titled “ Standalone VNF Managers: Competitive Landscape Assessment”.

Read more: ZTE announce its VNFM product recognized globally as a leading solution

The Chinese government has set ambitious connectivity targets for 2020 as the demand for cellular Internet of Things (IoT) continues to increase. Statistics released by Internet of Things market research firm M2M claim that the global number of cellular Internet of Things subscribers increased by a whopping 56% in 2017, which was driven predominantly by demand in China.

Read more: Chinese government sets ambitious IoT connectivity targets for 2020

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet, helped Japan’s SoftBank Hawks seal a 4-3 victory over its opponent and won the championship at the main venue Yahuoku! Dome during the 2017 Japan Series.

Read more: ZTE’s pre5G technology helps Japanese multinational construct a ‘smart gym’

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, successfully connected Hong Kong (Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department) and Thailand (AEROTHAI) air navigation service providers (ANSPs) via the Asia Pacific Common Regional Virtual Private Network (CRV).

Read more: PCCW Global connects Hong Kong and Thailand air navigation service providers

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, and Velcom, a branch of A1 Telekom Austria Group, jointly announced the deployment of the first scaled commercial Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network in Belarus. The network was deployed in Minsk city first and then in other regions accordingly as scheduled. So far, Velcom has verified smart metering and smart city solutions in the network.

Read more: ZTE announces NB-IoT commercial deployment for smart city solutions in Eastern Europe

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and G-Mobile, a Mongolian mobile network operator, have signed a services agreement to protect and increase the Mongolian operator’s SMS revenue with PCCW Global’s A2P ValueMax, a solution that improves an operator’s A2P SMS business by preventing SMS fraud, maximizing SMS revenue and enhancing the subscriber experience.

Read more: PCCW Global signs services agreement to protect Mongolian operators SMS revenue

Japanese car manufacturing giant Nissan and its software gaming partner DeNA has announced that it plans to commence the public pilot of its self-driving ride-sharing service in Japan early next year. The disclosure represents the latest collaboration between a global car manufacturer and a technology firm that is leveraging automated driving technology into new mobility solutions.

Read more: Nissan and Japanese software firm to launch public trials of self-driving service next year

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