Singtel's Australian subsidiary, Optus, has signed a MoU with Nokia to collaborate on the development of 5G, initially through a trial using Optus spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The two say they will trial an early 5G prototype in the band '” whch has been globally harmonized by the ITU '” in Australia in 2017.

Read more: Singtel Optus and Nokia to collaborate on 5G in Australia

Indonesian mobile operator, Indosat Ooredoo '” a subsidiary of Qatar based Ooredoo '” and mobile payments company Fortumo have formed a partnership to enable Indosat Ooredoo subscribers to charge purchases to their pre or postpaid mobile account, without the need to use a credit card.

Read more: Indosat Ooredoo and Fortumo enable mobile payments

Japanese telco Softbank has announced plans to launch a LoRaWAN low powered wide area radio network for IoT in the current 2016 fiscal year and offer end-to-end IoT solutions, ranging from device and application support to consulting.

Read more: SoftBank to rollout Japan-wide LoRaWAN network, followed by NB-IoT and Cat M1

The ASC Signal Division of Communications and Power Industries LLC (CPI) has been awarded a contract for four 7.6m C and Ku-band capable antenna from NorthTelecom.  The antenna will be installed at one of the company's teleports with an emphasis on enhancing its offerings to a range of vertical sectors in the Asia-Pacific region.  According to ASC Signal, the four antennas will incorporate ASC's Next Generation Controller (NGC).  The award includes training services for the NGC controller.   

Read more: NorthTelecom awards antenna contract to ASC Signal Division of CPI for Asia Pacific region

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