At a time when the telecom industry is all about 5G, China has another perspective. It is already making moves to become a pioneer in 6G networks.
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A new independent fiber company will soon be launched by Bharti Airtel, India’s top telecom company, with Abhay Savargaonkar as CEO. According to some analysts, Airtel could imitate its approach to Indian tower operations and alleviate risks to create an independent fiber company that rents the main infrastructure to potential mobile customers.
Vietnam will start testing 5G networks in January 2019. Four telecom companies - Vietnamobile, a joint venture of Hanoi Telecom and Hongkong based Hutchison Asia Telecommunications, and three state-owned entities, Viettel, Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group, MobiFone are expected to receive 5G testing licenses in January.
Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecom services provider, and Telecom Egypt, Egypt's first integrated telecom operator, announced a strategic partnership, wherein, Airtel will get IRUs (Indefeasible Right of Use) on Middle East North Africa Submarine Cable (MENA Cable) and TE North Cable Systems. In addition, Airtel will also take large capacities on a long-term basis on two new state-of-the-art Cable Systems (SMW5 & AAE1). The transactions aim to be concluded after the fulfillment of all conditions precedents.
Vodafone New Zealand is unveiling an adaptable and agile network that can respond in real time to its customers’ changing demands by utilizing technologies from Ciena. Through a digital user-interface (UI), business customers will easily be able to request additional network capacity from Vodafone in a faster, automated way.
Singtel and Ericsson are strengthening their 5G Center of Excellence Program partnership with the announcement of a new initiative that will see Singapore’s first 5G pilot network go live by Q4 this year. The 5G pilot network will be deployed at one-north in Buona Vista, the country’s science, business and IT hub. Renowned for its early embracing of new technology, the move is a significant landmark towards making 5G a reality in Singapore.
InfiNet Wireless, the global leader in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, has been selected by China Mobile to overhaul its network used to connect its remote 4G base stations across the Xinjiang province.
South Korea’s KT showcased its global leadership in the field of next-generation wireless technology and services at this year’s Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018. The country’s largest operator demonstrated its 5G technology as part of its recently launched “Ni Hao 5G!” campaign, in addition to showcasing virtual reality, IoT and autonomous driving.
Recently, China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited (CMHK) announced that it will partner with Huawei to build a 5G-ready comprehensive transport network covering 5G transport, enterprise private lines, and home broadband. This project marks CMHK's transformation from providing pure mobile services to fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services, and strengthens the strategic partnership between Huawei and CMHK over network construction.
In an announcement made in the framework of the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018, Lan Chen, president and CEO of Docomo Beijing Labs, said that countdown to 5G launching has begun, with a plan to roll out the technology within 800 days.