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Bangladesh is going to connect its second submarine cable to get another 1500Gbps bandwidth, as the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium is set to connect its global operation to Bangladesh. The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5), a consortium of 15 telecom operators from 17 countries, shared the news at a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey.

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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

Bharti Airtel

Indian telecom giants Bharti Airtel signaled its intent following its acquisition of Norwegian company Telenor’s local operations following its decision to exit the Indian market. India has one of the world’s most competitive mobile markets – and this latest announcement is set to shake things up even further.

Read more: Bharti Airtel acquires Telenor’s operations as it exits India

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

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has completed joint verification trials of Massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology with Japanese ICT company NEC, for future 5G base stations. The trials took place in central Tokyo and the Kangaawa Prefecture of Japan, using NEC’s massive-element active antenna system (AAS), achieving spectral efficiency eight times higher than LTE.

Read more: Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and NEC complete Massive MIMO test

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

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