Softbank has recently announced plans to merge its subsidiary Z Holdings, known formerly as Yahoo Japan, with mobile messaging giant and Whatsapp rival Line to form a Japanese internet juggernaut that would not only be a leader in data and AI, but also be able to compete with some of the world’s largest and richest technology companies, mainly in the United States and China.

Read more: Softbank, Line merger foretells the birth of a new tech powerhouse

Reports have surfaced stating that US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that licenses would be coming “very shortly” for American companies to sell components to Huawei. Ross said the government received more than 260 requests, noting that they “are more than we’ve expected.”

Read more: Huawei’s position looks promising with potential licenses underway for US companies

2019 marks the first year of global 5G commercial adoption. On June 6, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) officially issued 5G licenses to China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Broadcasting Network for commercial use, marking China’s official entry into the 5G era. On November 1, China's three mobile carriers began offering 5G mobile services to the public, accelerating the full commercial deployment of 5G.

Read more: China’s 3 mobile carriers kickstart commercial 5G rollout to the public

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) introduced its latest 5G Market Snapshot that shows the 50th commercial 5G network has now launched, following the recent switch on of services in China where China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom all went live and have already registered more than 9 million 5G subscribers. 

Read more: Significant milestone achieved as 50th commercial 5G network kicks off

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, in partnership with China Telecom and China Unicom, has today  completed the network verification based on the co-build co-share mode in the commercial 5G environment, launching the world's first NSA co-build co-share sites of 1.8 G/2.1 G/3.5 G in Hangzhou, China that fully verifies the large-scale commercial capabilities of the 5G co-build co-share mode, and lays a solid foundation for greatly reducing initial investment in 5G and efficiently promoting 5G constructions.

Read more: ZTE, China Telecom and China Unicom join forces to consolidate 5G network verification

The ZTE Wireless User Congress and 5G Summit 2019 held in Vienna, Austria witnessed the gathering of over 150 of the telecoms giant’s partners and industry leaders to explore the infinite possibilities of a 5G future and the challenges that lay ahead in terms of renewed business models and commercial deployment.

Read more: 5G Summit 2019: ZTE looks towards industry collaboration to power 5G innovation

Bourbon, a world leader in marine services for offshore oil and gas, has signed a contract committing more than 100 offshore support vessels (OSVs) to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress, the maritime broadband service that combines the speed of Ka-band with continuous back up from Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband operating on L-band.

Read more: Inmarsat, Bourbon partnership leads the way towards maritime digitisation

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