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

Nokia and leading Japanese operator KDDI have conducted a country-first trial simulating future 5G network demands, providing high-speed, one gigabit-per-second connectivity inside an apartment block using Nokia radio technology on the 28GHz band.

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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

Voice communications in New Zealand is in for a massive upgrade with Spark New Zealand, the country’s main telecom operator, announcing it is switching from the ageing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to a next generation IP-based network. 

Read more: Spark NZ outlines upgrade of New Zealand’s voice communications

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

Nokia is working with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO to test applications using a 5G base station and the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform end-user device. This demonstrates the potential of Nokia 5G FIRST to deliver enhanced broadband at vastly greater scale. A showcase at the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2017 will signal the start of 5G trials in the Tokyo area.

Read more: NTT DOCOMO and Nokia begin testing for 5G ecosystem in Japan

Nokia and China Unicom are conducting a live trial in China Unicom's commercial network using the Nokia Virtualized Services Router (VSR). The trial involves more than 5,000 residential subscribers and allows China Unicom to simplify and accelerate the delivery of residential broadband using a new, agile and flexible network which is based on virtualized network functions (VNFs).

Read more: Nokia, China Unicom conducting live trial of Virtualized Services Router

DoCoMo Pacific announced the start of the marine lay for its ATISA submarine fiber-optic cable system. On May 11th, DoCoMo Pacific hosted a landing ceremony for ATISA at Aquarius Beach, Saipan. Members of DoCoMo Pacific’s leadership team were joined by island dignitaries and business leaders for the event.

Read more: DoCoMo Pacific celebrates beginning of marine lay for ATISA submarine fiber-optic cable

Telkomsel recently announced Indonesia’s first FDD Massive MIMO demonstration in collaboration with Huawei. The demonstration achieved five times capacity of traditional FDD LTE 2x2 MIMO. As Massive MIMO is one of the key technologies of 5G, this successful demonstration realizes 5G-like experience in 4.5G network, and also marks 4.5G evolution, the beginning of 5G journey for Telkomsel 2017.

Read more: Telkomsel announced Indonesia’s first FDD Massive MIMO demonstration

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