Google’s Project Loon

Google’s Project Loon has come to a halt in Sri Lanka. This project beams internet to remote areas of the world via balloons, abandoned on the island nation, according to a minister. Sri Lanka regulators have been unable to allocate Google a radio frequency for the airborne project without breaking international regulations.

Read more: Sri Lanka regulators unable to allocate frequency to Google’s Project Loon

Huawei, together with China Unicom Group, completed field verification of the industry's first FDD-based Massive MIMO technology on January 17, using the existing two-antenna receiving terminal on the 20MHz spectrum to achieve a peak network rate of 697.3Mbps, 4.8 times that of traditional FDD LTE. The successful verification also demonstrated the innovation ability of both sides.

Read more: Huawei and China Unicom jointly complete world's first FDD Massive MIMO Field Verification

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has gained significant ground on industry giants Apple and Samsung following a report issued by consultancy group Gartner. Samsung’s high-profile debacle with its Galaxy Note 7 impacted negatively on the organizations market share and that allowed Huawei to catch-up with their South Korean rivals.

Read more: Samsung and Apple issues help Chinese smartphone maker Huawei gain ground

It has long been speculated that the cause of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle was due to faulty batteries '“ and a report published by Reuters confirms that it indeed was the case for the South Korean multinational giants.

Read more: Samsung set to reveal faulty batteries as the cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires

India’s second largest telecom operator has been forced to restructure its management team following the departures of a number of key executives from the organization. Some industry analysts have suggested the emergence and impact of 4G start-up Reliance Jio was the main reason behind the restructuring process.

Read more: Vodafone India restructures management following departure of key executives

China Mobile have officially announced a partnership with Swedish telecommunications colossus Ericsson as part of their collective ambition on the Internet of Things (IoT) '“ which will see them attempt to serve 200 million connected devices by the end of the year.

Read more: China Mobile announce collaboration with Ericsson as part of combined efforts on IoT

Vice President of Xiaomi Global, Hugo Barra. AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been dealt a fresh blow following the resignation of their charismatic global VP Hugo Barra. Barra has overseen Xiaomi’s incredible growth from an in-house start-up to market leader, but his decision to depart from the company represents the struggles currently afflicting the organization.

Read more: Blow for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi as global VP resigns

China's largest mobile carrier, China Mobile, announced that its 4G subscriber base reached almost 510 million in November 2016. This reportedly represents a staggering 30% of the total number of 4G subscribers around the world. However, China Mobile added just over 12.5 million TD-LTE subscribers in November, compared with a net increase of 16.6 million 4G users in October, which represents slow growth for the company.

Read more: China Mobile's 4G subscription base reached almost 510 million in November

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