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  • Verizon Wireless has launched two new LTE promotions beginning today. Verizon customers with MORE Everything plan can now get 15GB of data per month for $110 or 30GB of data for $130 per month.   

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  • TeliaSonera  and Tele2 have been awarded new LTE frequencies in the 1800 MHz frequency band by Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS).

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  • Cisco and it's partners aim to create a UK government funded complete end-to-end rural 5G testbed system for trials of new wireless and networking technologies, spectrum sharing, new applications and services with a focus on testing and demonstrating approaches for ensuring that 5G connectivity is accessible and affordable in hard-to-reach rural areas. 

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  • Singapore's mobile operator SingTel has unveiled 4G ClearVoice, a commercial full-featured Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, in collaboration with Samsung and Ericsson. Operator's VoLTE service offers full suite of telephony features such as call waiting and forwarding on the 4G network.

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  • USA carrier T-Mobile has completed live field testing of mobile broadband data session using License Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network. The field testing, which began in Los Angeles yesterday, showed 741 Mbps download speeds using 80 MHz of aggregated spectrum, according to the operator.

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  • South Africa’s telecom service provider, Vodacom has selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ Liquid Core to enable circuit switched fall-back (CSFB) functionality in its LTE network. This functionality allows LTE users to make and receive voice calls using either the GSM or 3G network while retaining the benefit of data services via LTE.

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  • Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent have entered into a memorandum of understanding under which Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share.

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  • AT&T plans to offer 5G services to customers in a dozen cities this year and is adding Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C. and Oklahoma City as the next three identified cities for its 5G plan. These cities join previously announced cities of Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco. 

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  • China Unicom and Huawei have signed an agreement on 5G network slicing to jointly carry out research, demonstration, and application of 5G network slicing. Network slicing is a key native capability of 5G, which can maximize the efficiency of communications networks and reduce network construction and O&M costs. 

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  • Qualcomm has introduced the Qualcomm® 205 Mobile Platform, designed to bring 4G LTE connectivity and 4G services to entry-level feature phones, company announced at a launch event in New Delhi today.

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  • Huawei announced EE, the BBC, Qualcomm Technologies and Huawei are collaborating in to exploring the role that 4G can play in the future of broadcasting.

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  • U.S. carrier Sprint has announced new 4G LTE roaming agreements with 12 rural and regional network carriers. Along with Sprint’s previously announced amended agreement with nTelos to extend their Strategic Network Alliance through 2022, the Rural Roaming Preferred Program

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  • SK Telecom has launched commercial five-band Carrier Aggregation (CA) and 4X4 MIMO, which are key technologies of LTE-A Pro. Five-band CA is a core LTE-A Pro technology that enhances data transmission speed and performance by aggregating five component carriers. 

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  • Philippines telecoms provider PLDT has expanded its Time-Division Duplex-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network to over 400 cell sites at the end of September. The current total is more than double the 200 TD-LTE sites that had been installed as of April this year in such provinces as Cagayan

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  • Ireland’s mobile operator Three has selected Samsung Electronics as its sole provider of LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and LTE core infrastructure equipment. 

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