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  • Philippines service provider Globe Telecom has started testing the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in collaboration with parent SingTel. 

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  • Ericsson has been selected by MTN Ghana for the deployment of a new LTE network in the Greater Accra region. The deployment will enable MTN to offer its 16 million subscribers mobile broadband experiences based on HSPA and LTE technologies.

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  • Alcatel-Lucent has announced the results of an independent research study which found that its commercially deployed Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology provides better service than 3G Circuit Switched (CS) voice and Internet calling services and Skype software.

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  • T-Mobile and Ericsson have signed a multi-year, $3.5 billion contract to support T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network deployment. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide T-Mobile with the latest 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software compliant with 3GPP standards.

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  • AT&T has signed an agreement with Grupo Salinas to acquire Mexican wireless company Iusacell for US$2.5 billion, inclusive of Iusacell debt.

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  • Germany’s E-Plus Group and  Orange Communications in Switzerland  have selected Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE network deployments. In addition to LTE rollout in 1800 MHz band, the company will also modernize and expand the E-Plus GSM and HSPA+ networks.

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  • As part of 5G Evolution strategy, AT&T continues to evolve it's LTE network and has announced  117 new markets which will have theoretical peak speeds of up to 400 megabits per second for capable devices using  LTE Advanced features like 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO, and 3-way carrier aggregation. 

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  • South Korea's operator SK Telecom has successfully commercialized 2G and 3G services through LTE network. Named ‘2G/3G over LTE,’ the technology enhances the stability of 2G/3G mobile networks by utilizing LTE network as backhaul instead of fixed-line 2G/3G infrastructure. 

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  • Nokia is extending its partnership with Tele2 to deploy 5G RAN in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in a long-term deal. Nokia’s 5G solutions will enable Tele2 to deliver connectivity and capacity benefits at ultra-low latencies to their customers as well as reduce complexity. Nokia is the incumbent and sole supplier in the deal.

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  • Philippines' telecommunications company Globe Telecom has awarded a LTE contract to Alcatel-Lucent for transformation of wireless network infrastructure in the Philippine regions of Visayas and Mindanao, upgrading it from WiMax to LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD ultra-broadband access technologies.

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  • Earlier this month, Nokia announced that the company has been selected by Orange France and Orange Slovensko to evolve the operator's Radio Access Network for 5G.

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  • Huawei and China Mobile have verified multiple core TD-LTE-Advanced technologies including FDD/TDD Carrier Aggregation, MSA, 256QAM, inter-site CoMP, and MU-MIMO in a field test conducted at Chengdu Electronic Technology University. 

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  • US carrier Verizon Wireless has started offering HD Voice and Video Calling across its nationwide network on select smartphones. Operator has launched service as Advanced Calling 1.0.

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  • Ericsson, SK Telecom (SKT) and Qualcomm have successfully established a 5G NR data call on mid-band over SKT’s live, 5G commercial network in Busan, South Korea. SK Telecom plans to launch 5G commercial services with 5G smartphones, built on the collaborative work with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, in the first half of 2019.

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  • Kuwait Telecommunication Company VIVA, a STC Group company, has launched commercial 4G LTE service in Kuwait.

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