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Korea Telecom (KT) Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu announced that it succeeded in a 5G field test on an airport railway which connects Seoul city center and Incheon to show a successful 5G pilot service in 2018. 

For this test, KT built a 5G environment such as base stations and terminals in the watersheds and airport railway coaches in collaboration with Ericsson and the Airport Railroad, and realized a wireless transmission speed of about 4Gbps when the train was traveling at high speed.

KT said that the airport railway 5G field test is a verification procedure for the commercialization of the '5G-R (Railroad)', which provides gigabit speeds in high-speed railway.

In the future, KT plans to expand its 5G field test to major areas such as subways and high-speed railways, which can give a good first impression to foreigners. Based on this, it plans to discover a new service model that can inform Korea's ICT technology to the participants and visitors who visit Korea such as Pyeongchang in 2018. 

Last year, KT succeeded a 5G field test by constructing a 5G test network in the main areas of Seoul, Gangwon-do, Pyeongchang and Gangneung, by sending high-quality video. Last November, the company conducted experiments on the propagation characteristics of 5G frequency (28GHz) inside the KTX tunnel. 

"This field test is a preparatory step to provide new services that applies 5G to the high-speed railway at commercial level," said Seo Chang-seok, general manager of KT Network Strategy Division. "KT is preparing to build a 5G pilot network in Pyeongchang and major cities in Seoul.”

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The 5G race in Asia is underway, with the region’s powerhouses, Japan and South Korea, going head-to-head. Both countries have major international sports showcases coming up, giving local telcos the chance to flex their muscles. South Korean providers are working towards early deployment of 5G for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018; while Japanese providers have the opportunity to showcase full-fledged 5G at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  

The Olympic Games have long played host to some of the world’s most innovative technology showcases. From the first electronic stopwatches at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912, to the live television broadcasts at the Berlin Olympics in 1936, and instant video replay at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 – host cities strive to show the world what they’re made of. This time, the spotlight is on Japan and South Korea to showcase 5G technology.

Commercialization of 5G is not expected to start before 2020, as governments, companies and standardization groups negotiate and try to standardize norms between different countries for a smooth 5G transition. The timeline would appear to give Japan an advantage over South Korea to provide 5G for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, South Korea shows no sign of giving up on its 5G ambitions, as it aims to showcase pre-standard 5G for the Winter Olympic Games.

“The PyeongChang Winter Olympics will become the world’s first 5G Olympics utilizing the IoT [Internet of Things] and UHD. We are aiming to make use of the technology for the sake of people’s convenience and memory above anything else,” said Lee Hee-beom, president and CEO of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games, in a recent interview with Business Korea.

“5G test networks are to be established in the venues, the Seoul Incheon International Airport, downtown in Seoul and so on,” Lee added. “The networks will provide extremely realistic media services and content based on hologram, virtual reality, etc.”

2018 Winter Olympics to provide immersive experiences’

South Korean mobile operator Korea Telecom (KT) says it wants to give spectators at the 2018 Winter Olympics what it hopes will be their first 5G experience, regardless of whether 5G has been commercially deployed. South Korea plans to use the Winter Olympics in February 2018 to test 5G on the hundreds of thousands of spectators, providing them with access to very high definition content or virtual reality.

KT chief executive Chang-Gyu Hwang has promised that 5G will bring “dramatic changes.” A KT spokesperson at Mobile World Congress this year said: “KT will introduce brand new services that have not ever been possible with the radio technologies of the current generations.”

The current 4G standard enables fast broadband access via smartphones, but governments and manufacturers foresee the next generation enabling connection speeds of up to 1,000 times faster than what’s currently available. Dexter Thillien, an analyst at IBM Research, says operators are “looking to 5G as a differentiator, especially in markets where LTE (4G) is ubiquitous” such as South Korea.

5G at the Winter Olympics in South Korea will be “pre-standards 5G” says Thillien. “The Olympic launch is more a marketing ploy to say they were the first.” The main obstacle the country faces when introducing 5G before standards have been finalized, is that the frequencies used might not, in the end, be used at a global level. “We know for example that the spectrum of frequencies that will be used in South Korea is not available in Europe, but will be in the United States,” says Thillien.

In June 2016, KT confirmed its intention to deploy 5G technology at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Speaking at Mobile World Congress Shanghai last year, Dongmyun Lee, EVP at KT, said some of the services to expect through 5G will include a drone equipped with a video camera. Lee said viewers will be able to experience the Games from the athlete’s point-of-view thanks to 5G.

A 5G proof of concept was completed by KT and NEC in April last year for 5G wireless backhaul solutions utilizing spectrum in the 70GHz and 80GHz bands. The trial was conducted at Phoenix Park Ski World in PyeongChang, using KT’s commercial mobile network infrastructure.

The operator has been collaborating with vendors such as ZTE and Ericsson for the development of 5G. The carrier currently offers LTE services using spectrum in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands, having initially launched LTE services in January 2012.

Most recently, at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, KT’s chief executive presented the PyeongChang 5G Specifications based on a 5G End-to-End Network. This was the first time a perfect 5G mobile network interlocked with 5G terminals, base stations, and core devices was presented.

"5G End-to-End Network," jointly developed by KT and Samsung Electronics, is wirelessly connected to base stations and terminals and interlocked with core network equipment that act as the control tower. It performs all key functions, such as customer authentication, mobility, and linkage with external networks, required for providing customers with 5G services.

In addition, KT applied "5G distributed architecture" to the 5G End-to-End Network in order to improve the efficiency of the existing network architecture (4G, LTE), which handles all data traffic at the network center.

'5G distributed architecture' can virtualize core networks to handle data traffic and allocate them to any desired area. As data transmission starts at the nearest location to a customer, even high-capacity media which cannot be handled by 4G (LTE) networks can be transmitted smoothly with low latency.

KT predicts that '5G distributed architecture' could stably commercialize 5G-based services such as connected cars that deliver traffic information with low latency, remote medical service systems that require real-time control, and smart factories.

Chief Manager at KT Infra R&D Center, Hong Beom Jeon said: "KT will complete 5G trial service networks in the second half of the year based on the 5G End-to-End Network that contains core devices. We will provide spectators with entirely new 5G service experiences such as Sync View, 360° VR, and omni-view, etc.”

KT’s rival in South Korea, SK Telecom, says it will also offer immersive experiences at the 2018 Winter Olympics such as the possibility to see live holograms of the athletes as well as so-called omni-view camera angles through which viewers can choose to watch an event from multiple points-of-view. 

SK Telecom’s ‘5G White Paper’ says the Korean government has set up the Creative 5G Mobile Strategy, under which it presented SNS, mobile stereoscopic image, intelligent service, ultra-high-speed service and UHD/hologram as the five core services.

South Korea, China, Japan and the EU have started to establish a special organization to define the 5G concept and share views on 5G networks and the services around it. Initial discussions are ongoing, according to SK Telecom’s report, focused on innovation of mobile telecommunication technology to deliver Gigabit data rate and the potential 5G services that can reflect people’s lifestyles in 2020, the year the industry is aiming to commercialize the technology.

In an effort to meet the requirements of the evolution to 5G from in and out of the country, SK Telecom has conducted its own research on 5G networks from 2013 and is actively participating in global 5G discussions. One of the company’s most significant achievements was in February this year, when it announced it had successfully tested its 5G network on a connected car running at 170 kilometers per hour, reaching 3.6Gbps data transfer speeds, the highest for a 28GHz-based 5G pilot network.

SK Telecom worked with Ericsson and BMW to achieve the speed at the German vehicle manufacturer’s driving center in Incheon city, west of South Korea’s capital Seoul. The operator also announced plans with Ericsson and Qualcomm to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on 5G New Radio (NR) standards that are being developed in 3GPP.

The trials are intended to closely track and push to accelerate the first 3GPP 5G NR specification that will be part of Release 15. The companies say the trials will showcase new 5G NR technologies that use wide bandwidths in the higher frequency bands to increase network capacity and achieve multi-gigabit-per-second data rates. Such technologies are said to be critical in meeting the connectivity requirements for things like virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud services.

Commercial 5G deployment at 2020 Summer Olympics

Ericsson has also been working closely with Japanese telecoms corporation SoftBank to conduct 5G trials in Japan. Telecom operators in Japan are working aggressively to showcase commercial 5G in time for the Summer Olympics in 2020. Ericsson and SoftBank announced plans for a 28GHz trial in Tokyo that will involve indoor and outdoor environments, covering both device and mobility stationary tests.

SoftBank’s trial with Ericsson will use the vendor’s mmWave (millimeter wave) 28GHz 5G Test Bed solution, which includes base stations and device prototypes and will showcase advanced 5G technologies such as Massive-MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), Massive Beamforming, Distributed MIMO, Multiuser MIMO and Beam Tracking. Also part of the mix will be multi-gigabit data rates and ultra-low latency.

"SoftBank started to verify 4.5 GHz radio back in August 2016 and now 4.5 GHz is becoming the leading candidate band for 5G services in Japan together with 28 GHz,” says Hideyuki Tsukuda, senior vice president at SoftBank. “We are leveraging Ericsson's Test Bed with 28 GHz radio to validate a lot of advanced features at super low-latency and high throughput, which helps position us as a pioneer of 5G.”

Mikael Eriksson, head of Ericsson Japan, said he is “confident that we will be the first to deliver 5G services and that we will deliver the best performing end to end network in Japan.”

SoftBank is competing head-to-head with NTT DoCoMo, the predominant mobile phone operator in Japan. Last November, the operator announced it had completed a 5G trial with Samsung Electronics that achieved a data speed of more than 2.5Gbps with a mobile device that was in a vehicle traveling 150 km/h, which proved the feasibility of connectivity for 5G devices in fast moving trains. The transmissions were conducted using the 28GHz band.

In early May this year, NTT DoCoMo announced its new medium-term 5G strategy for implementation through the 2020 fiscal year, effective immediately. The plan focuses on six declarations that DoCoMo will act upon to realize a more innovative business structure in the coming era of 5G.

The underlying objectives of the "Declaration beyond" plan are 1) to “exceed the expectations of customers and help them connect with their aspirations via exciting and unexpected services” and 2) to “create all-new value propositions in collaboration with business partners as DOCOMO challenges new frontiers with an eye to 2020 and beyond.”

Despite the major advances made in the design and evolution of 4G cellular networks in Japan, NTT DoCoMo says new market trends are “imposing unprecedentedly challenging requirements” which are driving the company to the “necessity of a 5G mobile network.”

The high-level targets of the company’s 5G strategy, according to the ‘DOCOMO 5G White Paper’, include higher system capacity, reduced latency, higher data rate, massive device connectivity (IoT), as well as energy saving and cost reduction.

Japan’s mobile operators are working tirelessly to develop 5G wireless technology to cater for an estimated half a million visitors to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Estimations suggest that this could increase network capacity from anywhere between 100 to 1000 fold.

“The Olympic Games is a sports festival, but also it’s a chance to show the innovation of scientific technologies,” said Tokyo’s organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto. “We have the potential to make this Olympic Games wonderful [and one] that the people of the world are going to admire.”

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According to the GSMA, the association of mobile operators, the number of mobile phone users will surpass five billion in the middle of 2017. The GSMA said in a release that with populations in Asia - most notably India - increasing, the number, which stood at 4.8 billion a year ago, is expected to increase to 5.7 billion, or three quarters of the world's population, by 2020.

In its report 'Mobile Economy', the GMSA expects that Asia will account for around half of the total growth, with India alone contributing some 310 million new subscriptions in the coming three years. The report also indicates a trend towards mobile broadband networks and smartphones, which highlights the industry's growing contribution to economic activity and social development.

“Mobile is a global platform that today supports two-thirds of the world's population, delivering the connectivity and infrastructure that is powering new digital economies and addressing socio-economic challenges,” said Mats Granryd, GSMA director-general.

“Our latest Mobile Economy report reveals how the near ubiquity of smartphones and high-speed connectivity is enabling innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence and driving the digital transformation," added Granryd, citing trillion-dollar investment in global networks since 2010.

The large investment saw the telecommunications industry account for a 4.4 percent share of the world GDP worth $3.3 trillion dollars in 2016, according to the report, rising to a 4.9 percent share by 2020, for economic value equivalent to $4.2 trillion. The report also says the mobile ecosystem in 2016 employed 28.5 million people directly or indirectly, a figure it says would rise to 30.8 million by 2020.

According to the report, the telecoms sector would contribute $500 billion in tax receipts by 2020, up from $450 billion last year, not including revenue from spectrum auctions in the US, etc, worth almost $19 billion in 2016. In addition, mobile operators are forecast to invest an additional $700 billion by 2020 when 5G technology is set to bring vastly faster data connections.

On the other hand, 4G still holds great value, according to the report. 4G has been steadily becoming the norm, rising from current market penetration of 21 percent to approximately 41 percent by 2020. GSMA says 2016 saw 580 4G networks launched in 188 countries covering 60 percent of the world population. The report adds that 55 percent of overall connections were now running on mobile broadband (3G/4G) networks, which are forecast to account for almost three-quarters of connections by 2020.

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Bangladesh is going to connect its second submarine cable to get another 1500Gbps bandwidth, as the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium is set to connect its global operation to Bangladesh. The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5), a consortium of 15 telecom operators from 17 countries, shared the news at a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey.

Monwar Hossain, Managing Director of state-owned Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) which is assigned to handle country bandwidth, said it's a great pride for Bangladesh as the consortium decided to launch the cable on February 21, the International Mother Language Day.

"The second undersea cable would be the real redundancy that might allow Bangladesh to stay online always and start full-fledged international bandwidth trade," he said. Mentioning that Bangladesh has now nearly 300Gbps bandwidth from its lone submarine cable, Monwar said, "We are going to get another 1500Gbps bandwidth from the second undersea cable."

Officials familiar with the project, however, expressed skepticism that Bangladesh may not be able to reap the bandwidth from the opening day because of linkage between capital Dhaka and the landing station of SEA-ME-WE 5 in Patuakhali. But, the BSCCL Managing Director was optimistic that the linkage with the landing station would be completed in stipulated time by the assigned organization.

Bangladesh joined the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium in March 2014 spending Taka 660 crore. Of the total cost, the government has provided Taka 166 crore while BSCCL has contributed Taka 142 crore and the remaining Taka 352 crore has been collected as loan from the Islamic Development Bank.

The country got its first submarine cable connection -- SEA-ME-WE-4 -- in 2006. SEA-ME-WE-4 has already passed more than half of its lifespan and that is why Bangladesh needed to connect with another cable before 2025. At present, neighboring country India has eight connections, Pakistan four and Sri Lanka three.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium signed an agreement in Kuala Lumpur on March 7, 2014 to build a state-of-the-art undersea cable. The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable will span approximately 20,000 km, connecting 17 countries through Points-of-Presence (POPs) from Singapore to the Middle East to France and Italy in Western Europe, with a system capacity of 24Tbps.

The cable has connected Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Djibuti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Turkey and France via 19 landing points.

Initially, the lifespan of the cable is set at 20 years but it could be extended by five years. Apart from the BSCCL, the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium includes China Mobile International Limited (CMI), China Telecommunications Global Limited (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company(Du), Orange, Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Telecom Italia Sparkle (TIS), TOT Public Company Limited, and Yemen International Telecommunications Co. (TeleYemen).

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Hong Kong’s PCCW looking to sell 11.1% of HKT for $1.1 billion

Written on Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:19

Hong Kong-based PCCW, the holding company of HKT Group Holdings Limited, the information and communications technology company, reportedly plans to raise HK$8.53 billion ($1.09 billion) through the sale of 840.7 million share stapled units in subsidiary HKT.

According to reports, PCCW plans to use the proceeds from the sale to pay back debt, make further investments in media and IT services, business and other general corporate purposes.

The company is said to be expanding its reach into Asia, including a plan to extend its OTT video service Via into Thailand, and continue to expand into eastern China. With the proceeds from the sale, PCC would be in a better position financially to pursue these ambitions.

Managing the planned transaction is Goldman Sachs. The sale would represent an approximate 11.1 percent stake in HKT, and dilute PCCW’s share in the operator to around 51.97 percent. The transaction has a placing price of HK$10.15 per unit.

When the planned transaction was announced, PCCW’s shares dropped 5.97 percent to HK$4.57 at close of trading on Monday, February 13. Meanwhile, HKT saw its share fall 7.4 percent to HK$10.26.

If the transaction goes through, it will mark the second large recent divestment by PCCW, following the sale of Transvision (the owner of mobile broadband licensee UK Broadband) to Three UK for $375.9 million earlier this month.

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As Asia continues down the path of digital transformation and its cities get increasingly connected, CommunicAsia and EnterpriseIT 2017 will add brand new feature zones to address the growing need for data security and the budding start-up culture in the region. In addition, the event will also see a bigger augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) segment as the show grows to occupy the whole of Marina Bay Sands for the first time.

With the Cybersecurity Market Report predicting worldwide spending on cyber security to top US$1 trillion for the five-year period from 2017 to 2021, Asia seeing a record US$23.4 billion in start-up funding in the second quarter of 2016, and worldwide revenues for the AR and VR market expected to reach US$162 billion in 2020, the new zones are timely additions to the event that will be held from 23 - 25 May 2017, at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Key trending technologies and network infrastructure that are the pillars of smart cities, businesses and lifestyles, such as borderless broadband, Internet of Things, cloud and data-centric solutions, satellite communications and enterprise mobility, will continue to be featured prominently at CommunicAsia and EnterpriseIT 2017.

“As cities and their populations become smarter and more connected, the amount of data they produce also increases.  As reported by Cisco Systems' latest Visual Networking Index, the Asia Pacific region will drive 45 per cent of the world's mobile data traffic by 2020, and global IP traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next five years with the number of devices connected to IP networks exceeding three times the global population during this same period,” said Victor Wong, Project Director for Communications Events at organiser Singapore Exhibition Services.

“CommunicAsia and EnterpriseIT will provide first-hand access to the latest in constantly evolving technology and new disruptive innovations needed to ensure the sustainable growth of smart city ecosystems and the security of data that flows through them.”

Innovations at CommunicAsia and EnterpriseIT 2017

Exhibiting at NXT@CommunicAsia – the event’s showcase of transformative technology, is CryptoGuard, a Swedish developer of content protection. The company, which has experienced substantial growth in recent years, will be demonstrating its DRM platform and new OTT solution CryptoLITE as well as its proven advanced CAS platform.

“We are expanding our markets with a strong focus in Asia, and having recently established a sales and support office in New Delhi, India, exhibiting at CommunicAsia seemed inevitable in our progress,” said Hannu Vunnel, Marketing Director at CryptoGuard. “We are looking forward to further strengthening our position in the Asian market, and at CommunicAsia2017, CryptoGuard hopes to be recognised by major players as a leading innovator for content security.”

In today’s volatile business climate, there is a pressing need for digital transformation across vertical industries. The event puts a big focus on technology to enable smarter businesses, and allow visitors to learn about and source solutions that are aimed at improving efficiencies and revenue.

Also returning to CommunicAsia for the third time is Aarenet AG, which provides encrypted WebRTC audio and video conferencing in HD quality for telecom service providers. The company will be introducing its enhanced Cloud PBX solutions including a Cloud Contact Centre, and a host of other enhancements to existing products and services.

“Aarenet AG first exhibited at CommunicAsia2015, where we received great success in business development activities for our company,” said Bao Vo, Regional Director at Aarenet AG. “We strongly believe that CommunicAsia is the premier infocomm tradeshow in the Asia Pacific region due to its excellent infrastructure in Singapore, its modern facilities, and the fact that the event attracts patrons from almost all carriers and telecom service providers regionally. We are looking forward to exhibit at CommunicAsia2017 and the new prospects it will bring.” 

SatComm, which boasts Asia’s largest gathering of more than 160 satellite communications companies, is another integral part of the event. Taking place on Level 1 of the Marina Bay Sands, SatComm will showcase satellite solutions that will enable upcoming technologies such as 4K and IoT to support smart city developments.

CommunicAsia2017 Summit

With the heightened pressure and push for seamless integration of technology, analytics and connectivity, the CommunicAsia2­017 Summit is set to augment and ultimately revolutionise today’s entire ecosystem. Taking place throughout the event, the Summit will cover topics such as the Internet of Things, Security of Things, Smart Cities, Digital Talent Analytics, and Broadband.

As usual, BroadcastAsia2017 will run alongside CommunicAsia2017, but at the refurbished Suntec Singapore. This change in location will allow both shows to grow and accommodate even more exhibitors and technology. Regular shuttle buses will be available to transport visitors to and from both shows.

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Crowdfunding site Kickstarter launches in Hong Kong and Singapore

Written on Thursday, 01 September 2016 07:46

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter, based in New York City, made its Asia debut on Wednesday, August 31, with launches in Singapore and Hong Kong, giving entrepreneurs in the two technology hubs the opportunity to raise funding from global investors. Prior to its launch in the two Asian cities, Kickstarter was in 18 markets including the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and several other European countries.

By late Wednesday, new projects in Hong Kong and Singapore were seeking funding on the site, including a self-watering indoor planter, invented by a 13-year-old boy, which had attracted 183 backers, AFP reports.

"As one of the most exciting regions for emerging creative culture and innovation, we're thrilled to begin to support creators in Asia," CEO and co-founder Yancey Strickler said in a statement.

But people backing a Kickstarter project can come from anywhere in the world, and more than 100,000 people from both cities have made 600,000 pledges for projects over the last seven years, the company said. Kickstarter will find itself in competition with local crowdfunding sites like Singapore's MoolahSense and Hong Kong's FringeBacker.

Since the crowdfunding site launched in 2009, over $2.5 billion has been raised for more than 110,000 projects, ranging from films to new technology and food projects. Success stories include the Pebble smartwatch and Oculus Rift headset. In 2014, an Ohio man received $55,000 after asking for $10 to make a potato salad. Backers pledge money to projects, but only have to pay up if the funding target is reached.

Huawei opens largest service center in India

Written on Monday, 29 August 2016 06:15

Huawei has officially opened what it says is the largest of its four global service centers (GSC), in Bengaluru India, within its R&D  campus.

The new center is already home to over 1,000 engineers, network operations specialists and support staff and handles more than 50 projects across 30 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Huawei says it will support operators’ digital transformation and help meet market demand for synergies between services and technology, as well as improve operations capabilities.

According to Huawei, the center offers the combined services of a global network operation center (GNOC), a network integration services (NIS), network planning and optimization (NPO) and IT integration for a holistic approach towards a customer-centric operational model.

“The India GSC provides end-to-end solutions in a multi-network, multi-technology and multi-vendor environment [and] is designed to work together with the India R&D Center for faster and most efficient technical solutions, consolidated with the application and software (A&S) global services delivery center for ICT solutions,” Huawei said.

“It will provide strong skillsets in managed services, system integration, application development and maintenance and also creates value for global operators, enabling their operational and digital transformation.”

Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India said: "India has always been a priority market for us and we have been investing here right from 1999 when we opened our R&D center in Bengaluru - the first one outside China. … The new GSC supports the 'Make in India' vision by harnessing local talent, coupled with the infusion of hi-tech R&D expertise and knowledge into the country to play a pivotal role in creating a collaborative framework that will help our customers reach the next level of business performance."

The CEO of Huawei’s India R&D Center, William Zhao, said: "We at Huawei believe in the potential of the talent present here in Bengaluru and the positive momentum created by the Government in India. These elements combined with our global expertise enable us to serve customers globally. I am happy that our new GSC facility in Bengaluru will play a key role in helping us realize our vision to be India's preferred telecom partner and at the same time allow our employees to seize global opportunities."

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SES and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services announced that they are partnering to launch the SES Enterprise+ Hybrid Broadband in Asia powered by SkyEdge II-c Libra.

The hybrid broadband innovative solution comprising SES-9’s capacity and Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c Libra hybrid terminal will enable customers to deliver cost effective broadband internet connectivity to underserved areas and improve download speeds.

Customers will be able to integrate SES’s satellite network for download traffic with their existing terrestrial network for upload traffic. The service is provided through Gilat’s hybrid terminal which uses the existing network for the return channel and allows the download via SES’s satellite.

The solution will offer download speeds of up to 20 Mbps and is ideal for mobile network operators who want to offload their congested traffic networks and offer higher data rates, as well as for DTH providers who want to venture into the triple play of internet, television and telephony.

“We believe the satellite-cellular-terrestrial hybrid approach represents a huge opportunity in Asia,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES. “DTH providers will be able to use their existing satellite infrastructure and distribution channels to offer triple-play services to improve customer loyalty and reduce churn. In addition, MNOs can offer the hybrid broadband service leveraging their cellular networks and boost them with more capacity, thus significantly improving broadband penetration to underserved areas.”

“We are excited to be partnering with SES again on our novel satellite-cellular hybrid initiative,” added Ron Levin, Director of Strategic Accounts at Gilat. “The endorsement of one of the world’s largest satellite operators is a testament to our innovative technology.”

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