Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications has received formal confirmation from its launch partner, Arianespace, that the company’s GX5 satellite will be launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday 22 November 2019. The launch window is between 21:08 and 22:43 UK time / UTC.

Read more: Inmarsat’s GX5 satellite to kick off by week’s end

Confirming Telecom Review North America’s in-depth reporting ten months ago there is now even more concern about this project. This reporting ten months ago was based on Telecom Review North America’s interviews and contacts at all levels of the submarine industry, especially in Asia.

Read more: 300 Million dollar submarine cable may be blocked

Bharti Airtel’s CTO Randeep Sekhon has called for affordable first-wave 5G smartphones in India in order to power mass consumption of the high-speed wireless network service, despite predictions from industry experts that these devices would easily gain popularity and acceptance in the next two years.

Read more: Bharti Airtel CTO calls for reasonably priced 5G phones

Nokia and Hutchison 3 Indonesia (3ID) have completed the first 5G end-to-end live network trial in Indonesia. The trial, which was conducted on a Nokia network on millimeter wave frequencies, demonstrates the 3ID network’s ability to support end-to-end 5G deployment.

Read more: Nokia and Hutchison 3 conduct first 5G end-to-end live network trial in Indonesia

Ooredoo Myanmar has announced the growth in internet usage brought about by the Beyond Access Myanmar Program. The Beyond Access Myanmar project aims to support Myanmar’s libraries to serve more people with critical information and services. The program saw a total increase of 117,472 people accessing the internet for the first time and nearly 9,500 people regularly using tablets/laptops at libraries in rural and peri-urban areas within a six-month timeframe.

Read more: Ooredoo Myanmar’s digital library program encourages digital literacy among citizens

Most of the global internet traffic today utilizes infrastructure located primarily in the northern hemisphere to link Asia, Europe and North America. Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere, which includes parts of Asia, Africa and South America is heavily connected via links coming from the North as well. However, the traffic to the southern region currently travels a longer route which may affect the internet experience of the end users.

Read more: Angola Cables and TM Global set to transform data transfer in the southern hemisphere

Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, INC. and OMRON Corporation have agreed to conduct joint field trials using 5G at their plants and other production sites. As part of the trial, Nokia will provide the enabling 5G technology and OMRON the factory automation equipment while NTT DOCOMO will run the 5G trial.

Read more: Nokia, NTT DOCOMO and OMRON collaborate for 5G field trials

With more than 15 million 5G handset services in operation (SIOs) expected by the end of June 2023, the adoption of 5G is set to be faster than the previous generations, according to new research from emerging technology analyst firm, Telsyte.

Read more: 5G holds great potential for Australian mobile services market

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