The global momentum towards the development and subsequent deployment of next-generation technology continues to gather pace. However, it's in Asia where most of the significant groundwork has been made in an effort to pave the way for the emergence of 5G.

Read more: China, Japan and South Korea leading the way for 5G commercialization

Glen Burrows, Vice President and General Manager, APJ OEM & IoT Solutions, Dell EMC, spoke to Telecom Review Asia Pacific about the company’s role in realizing the benefits of Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia-Pacific-Japan. The region is well-positioned to drive the rise of IoT due to urbanization, the proliferation of technology and manufacturing growth, Burrows said. Dell EMC sells data storageinformation securityvirtualization, analytics, cloud computing and other products and services.

Read more: Dell EMC: Realizing the potential of IoT in Asia

Global economic superpowers China and the US remain engaged in tense trade negotiations - although the threat of an all-out trade war between Washington and Beijing now appears to have been avoided. Relations appear to have now improved somewhat following a series of recent discussions and talks between representatives from both the United States and China and there now appears to be real hope that the issues at hand will be resolved in an amicable and fair manner.

Read more: Did China ‘trump’ the US in trade talks?

Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao has praised the Indian TRA for its progressive approach towards spectrum caps in the country - and has predicted rapid network expansion when the government applies the new spectrum measures which are still to be finalized.

Read more: Vodafone CEO praises Indian TRA for progressive approach towards spectrum caps

United States President Donald Trump is imposing $50-$60 billion of annual tariffs on products imported from China ranging from consumer goods to electronics. The US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was reportedly instructed by the President to publish a list of products that will be affected. China has responded with $3 billion in targeted tariffs.

Read more: US-China trade war could hike up smartphone prices

China’s telecommunications trio of China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom has formally announced that they have surpassed the 1bn 4G subscriber mark. The historic milestone was reached in December 2017, following an increase of almost 25 million LTE subs in that month alone.

Read more: Chinese operators reach 1bn 4G subscriber milestone

Chinese telecommunications carrier China Telecom appears to be a likely candidate to fill the role as the Philippines’ third mobile operator. The state-owned company published promising financial results for 2017 on March 28, with operating revenues up 3.9 percent year-on-year to reach 366.2 billion yuan. China Telecom CEO said the company is “further understanding and communicating” on the deal.

Read more: Could China Telecom become the Philippines’ next operator?

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) launched a public consultation to seek views on its proposed framework for the Telecommunication and Subscription TV Mediation-Adjudication Scheme which aims to introduce an alternative dispute resolution scheme for telecommunication and media services.

Read more: Singapore regulator proposes scheme to protect telecom customers

Emirates Data Clearing House (EDCH), a subsidiary of Etisalat Services Holding, hosted the seventh GSMA Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group (WAS#7) in Dubai from March 19-22, featuring keynote speakers and an update from the GSMA Technology Group on industry-wide issues affecting all GSMA work. Emirates Data Clearing House General Manager, Nasser Salim, encouraged attendees to collaborate and “take steps to improve our industry.”

Read more: EDCH hosts GSMA Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group in Dubai

Ericsson has launched its ‘Towards a 5G consumer future’ industry insight report that discusses the six calls to action from consumers that operators need to act upon to provide a foundation for adoption of 5G technology. The report, the largest 5G consumer expectation study to date, represents the views of 800 million smartphone users worldwide.

Read more: Ericsson study discovers what consumers want from 5G

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