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Australia has called for the Solomon Islands to withdraw from an undersea cable project entitled ‘Project Honiara’ after the tender for the contract was awarded to Chinese telecommunications colossus Huawei. Australia and Huawei have had a checkered history and the country has cited security concerns in order to justify their calls to the Solomon Islands to withdraw from the project.

Read more: Australia calls for Solomon Islands to withdraw from telco project after Huawei wins contract

HomeGrid Forum announced China Telecom Shanghai Research Institute has become its newest promoter member. China Telecom Shanghai Research Institute is the major research organization within the China Telecom Corporation, and has worked on G.hn related projects for over three years.

Read more: China Telecom announces collaboration with HomeGrid for G.hn deployment across Asia

Samsung Electronics announced an expanded strategic partnership with PayPal, adding PayPal as a payment method within Samsung Pay wherever Samsung Pay is accepted – in-app, online and in-store. Access to PayPal will be available for all Samsung Pay users in the United States and will expand to other countries soon. Additionally, through Braintree, a PayPal service, merchants will be able to accept Samsung Pay as a method of payment in-app and online.

Read more: Samsung Pay announces partnership to allow users to pay via PayPal

China’s largest social media and gaming organization, will enter the domain of the ‘smart TV’ sector following the announcement that it has reached an agreement with TCL Corp. Tencent Holdings has agreed to allow its video content to be streamed on TCL’s ‘smart TVs’ – which will expand its content dominance from mobile phones to living rooms.

Read more: China’s largest social media company set to enter ‘smart TV’ sector

Chinese messaging app WeChat has reached an agreement with European (Dutch) operator KPN to launch a new European countries roaming SIM card for Chinese tourists travelling to Europe. “WeChat GO SIM card” is the first 4G prepaid SIM for tourists officially launched in cooperation with a European operator which has exclusive privilege for WeChat users.

Read more: WeChat to launch tourist SIM for Chinese travelers in Europe

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider  of  telecommunications,   enterprise  and  consumer  technology  solutions  for  the Mobile Internet,  hosted the Big Video Global Summit 2017 as growing demand for video services spur new innovations and network transformation.

Read more: MWC Shanghai - ZTE highlight opportunities in video technology at ‘Big Video Global Summit’

Australian telecom operator Optus announced a further $17.5 million commitment to improve 4G mobile coverage in the Australian island state of Tasmania. The investment will deliver improved call quality and faster download speeds for mobile customers in and around the capital Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Tasmania’s east coast.

Read more: Tasmania to receive $17.5 million mobile coverage improvements

A Chinese bicycle-sharing start-up has formally announced that it plans to expand its business into Japan. Beijing Mobike Technology has enjoyed incredible success since its inception - and its disclosure that it has set-up a subsidiary in the Japanese city of Fukuoka has cemented its status as one of the fastest-growing start-up companies in the world.

Read more: Chinese bicycle-sharing start-up expands into Japanese market

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