Spark, New Zealand’s largest telecom provider is building a long-range (LoRa) network to enable Internet of Things (IoT) in New Zealand’s most populated urban areas, switching on sites in Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland in time for the New Year.

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Nokia and China Unicom are to offer Nokia Flexi Zone small cells and an AirScale low power radio head for deployment in 31 provinces in China. This will give China Unicom's subsidiaries new flexibility as they densify busy city 3G and 4G LTE networks and further enhance performance in suburban and rural locations.

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Japanese telecommunications provider NTT DOCOMO announced that it succeeded in 12-channel MMT (MPEG Media Transport) transmissions of 8K video using 5G mobile technology during a test conducted on November 1 at its Yokosuka R&D center in collaboration with Sharp Corporation.

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Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTSL), a leading telecommunications transformation and managed services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ooredoo Maldives to explore the development of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for the island nation and help build momentum for digital initiatives in the region.

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South Korea’s SK Telecom announced the successful demonstration of essential technologies for 5G network communications in a real-world setting, accelerating its research and development efforts to roll out 5G services earlier than expected.

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Australian telecommunications company Vocus Group is building a submarine cable to replace the slower South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe (SEA-Me-We 3) cable network, the only submarine link between the city of Perth in Western Australia and Singapore, which is near full capacity. The new cable will link Perth to Singapore via Jakarta in Indonesia as well as Christmas Island.

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Japanese telecom provider NTT DOCOMO announced that – in a joint trial conducted with MediaTek, a Taiwanese semiconductor company – it has successfully developed a chipset to increase the spectral efficiency of mobile devices by up to 2.3 times compared to existing LTE technology.

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PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I) has chosen the Nokia Cloud Packet Core solution to help meet rapid data growth in the Indonesian market. Nokia's solution enables H3I to provide a highly scalable platform to profitably deliver enhanced mobile broadband and move towards future innovative services.

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PLDT, NTT Communications, PCCW Global, SoftBank, Facebook and Amazon have selected TE SubCom to install a high-capacity transpacific cable system scheduled to launch in 2020. TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. Company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology.

Read more: JUPITER cable system connecting Asia to US scheduled for 2020 launch

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