Chinese telecoms giant ZTE Corporation, together with Indonesian service provider Smartfren Telecom Tbk, successfully completed the Pre5G Massive MIMO service test. This is Southeast Asia's first field commercial trial of Pre5G technology that could support technology evolution from 4G to 5G, demonstrating Smartfren’s continuous leadership in 4G technologies to the benefit of its customers.

Read more: ZTE and Indonesia’s Smartfren complete region’s first Pre5G Massive MIMO test

M1 Limited (M1), Singapore’s third largest mobile carrier, and Huawei announced on 18 January that they had successfully achieved Singapore’s highest 5G transmission speeds of 35Gbps. The demonstration, at M1’s main operating centre in Jurong, is part of Huawei’s long-term commitment to the successful deployment of 5G network by the year 2020.

Read more: Huawei and M1 achieve Singapore’s highest 5G transmission speeds of 35Gbps

Consumers in Thailand have been given a boost following the official announcement of the launch of ‘Samsung Pay’ in the region from the Korean mobile giant. The cashless payment service has in fact been running in a limited number of outlets in an ‘early access’ fashion for the best part of a year.

Read more: Boost for consumers as ‘Samsung Pay’ officially launches in Thailand

Ericsson and Australian mobile operator Telstra have successfully demonstrated the ability to encrypt data securely while in transit between Los Angeles and Melbourne at 10Gbps, using Ciena’s ultra-low latency 10G wire-speed encryption solution. While encryption solutions exist today to protect data when it is ‘at rest’ (at the start and end points), this trial demonstrates the advanced security that can be delivered while data is ‘in transit’; that is, being transmitted beyond the walls of a datacenter across large networks, without any impact to performance.

Read more: Ericsson and Telstra demonstrate ability to encrypt data securely over intercontinental link

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