MEF has announced the 15 MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstration teams selected to participate in the sixth annual MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase at MEF19, held 18-22 November 2019 at the JW Marriott LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California.

Read more: MEF19 to host PoC demonstrations featuring 46 key industry players

Two weeks after the abrupt cancellation of the mega-merger proposal between Axiata Group Bhd and Telenor, President and CEO of Axiata Group Jamaludin Ibrahim has made it clear that the company would begin focusing on forming partnerships with competitor markets, namely those within Indonesia and Malaysia, in the next three to five years.

Read more: Axiata eyeing new partnerships just two weeks after Telenor deal ends

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet Exchange (IX) operator, have collaborated to extend the reach of DE-CIX’s cloud and data center offerings via the Console Connect SDI® platform by PCCW Global. The collaboration will also provide Console Connect customers direct on-demand access to the DE-CIX platform via the self provisioning platform.

Read more: PCCW Global, DE-CIX to expand global footprint via the SDI® platform

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, Orange, the leading telecommunications operator in France and a major investor in over 40 submarine cables in the world, and PEACE Cable International, a leading international submarine cable operator, signed an agreement during the Submarine Networks World event in Singapore to deploy the Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) submarine cable system, with a 12,000km ultra-low latency high-speed cable system that will relieve critical congestion on one of the busiest data routes in the world.

Read more: PCCW Global, Orange and PEACE Cable International collaborate to create intercontinental submarine...

KDDI Corporation, a leading telecoms company in Japan, has selected Nokia as a primary partner to upgrade its 4G network to 5G with Nokia’s industry-leading radio access solution AirScale, which supports both 4G and 5G operations. This will allow KDDI to modernize its 4G network and meet the growing consumer and industrial demands for 5G.

Read more: KDDI partners with Nokia to support 5G transition

Vice President for 5G Core Network Technology at KT, Yongmin Choi took to the stage at 5G Asia 2019 to explore the potential of 5G network management on a larger scale during his keynote speech “Preparing for the 2nd phase of 5G commercialisation: Findings and future tasks”.

Read more: Yongmin Choi at 5G Asia: KT is ready for the next chapter in 5G virtualisation

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) announced that Tiago Rodrigues has taken the helm as CEO, following a unanimous vote at the wireless industry group. Rodrigues, who has been with the WBA since 2004, replaces CEO Shrikant Shenwai, a WBA founder and long-term advocate who will continue working closely with WBA and the wireless industry.

Read more: Wireless Broadband Alliance elects Tiago Rodrigues as new CEO

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, together with China Telecom and Haier AC, has today released the industry's first 5G NB-IoT-based shared air-conditioner centralized control standard.

Read more: ZTE launches industry's first 5G NB-IoT-based joint home appliances standard   

MEF is pleased to give companies until Thursday, 19 September, to make submissions for the 2019 MEF Awards program, which recognizes service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation on a global basis.

Read more: You still have the chance to make submissions for MEF Awards 2019

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