Saudi Arabian telecoms giant Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced the establishment of STV, a technology venture capital fund that aims to achieve its strategic growth aspirations and to help realize Vision 2030’s technological ambitions by investing in new digital areas and by growing the digital innovation ecosystem in the region. STC believes the Middle East is witnessing a digital transformation that is full of opportunities in the digital economy and digital industries, and that the future involves drastic changes that…
Huawei exclusively won the bid for China Telecom's Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) Network Project in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. This is the first intelligent ROADM WDM backbone network to be built in China, marking the beginning of China Telecom's optical transport network evolving towards the intelligent optical networking era. This is also a major step forward for the "CTNET2025" network transformation strategy of China Telecom. The middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River…
According to the latest IDC (International Data Corporation) Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker May 2017, the overall India Traditional PC shipment for Q1 2017 stood at 2.16 million units (i.e. quarter on quarter growth of 12.5 percent over Q4 2016 and year on year growth of 8.5 percent over Q1 2016). The overall consumer PC market registered a shipment of 1.05 million units in Q1 2017, with a healthy 14.5 percent growth from the same period last year and 19.4…
China’s Lenovo Group announced results on Thursday May 25, for its fourth fiscal quarter and full-year ended March 31, 2017. It was a year of significant transformation for Lenovo which made good progress in implementing and executing its new “three-wave strategy,” designed to meet the critical business challenges of today, while positioning the company for continued long-term profitable growth. As part of Lenovo’s transformation, the company put in place an aggressive new end-to-end ownership model to manage each business differently,…
ZTE Corporation showcased Qcell Plus, its next-generation digital indoor mobile broadband solution, at the 11th global Small Cell World Summit in London on May 24. The upgraded Qcell Plus solution helps operators build evolving-towards-5G digital indoor infrastructure with a view to providing enhanced digital architectures, digital services and digital operation and maintenance, as to deliver a full indoor digital experience to users. Supporting key Pre5G technologies such as 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), massive carrier aggregation (CA), distributed multiple-input multiple-output…

Pakistan Vision 2025 drives future smart cities growth

Written on Thursday, 25 May 2017 11:08
Pakistan Vision 2025 and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor are driving investment in Future Cities to deliver economic growth and enhance urban livability, the new country manager for Future Cities enabler SAP announced. With the United Nations projecting over half of Pakistan set to live in cities by 2025, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor partnership is investing millions of rupees in Future City projects in Islamabad, along with Gwadar, and Quetta, and supporting Pakistan Vision 2025 digital transformation goals. Using…
The Australian state of Tasmania is set to become the first state to have a full IoT (Internet of Things) network with 95 percent of the population set to be covered by the dedicated network by the end of 2017. Digital services provider TasmaNet in partnership with IoT and communications services provider Thinxtra are building the island-state’s network. The new IoT network will enable new services and devices such as smart meters, temperature probes for aquaculture, GPS trackers for agriculture…

Apple granted mmWave license by FCC to test 5G

Written on Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:54
Apple has been granted an experimental millimeter wave (mmWave) license it requested from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. The technology is part of Apple’s mandate for future deployments of 5G networks. The FCC cleared Apple for future testing of the technology. The purpose of mmWave technology is to enable quicker data speeds on mobile networks, and improve cellular performance on mobile phones. According to Business Insider, Apple plans to use the license issued by the FCC…
Qualcomm Incorporated through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., announced at its Internet of Things (IoT) industry analyst workshop that the company is currently shipping more than 1 million chips per day for the Internet of Things. This momentum reflects Qualcomm Technologies' unique ability to invent and deliver the technologies needed for the IoT, and to meet challenging customer requirements for interoperability, connectivity, compute and security. The company uses its technical expertise to design platforms that help customers commercialize IoT products…
French telecom giant Orange has launched its brand in Liberia in West Africa. From now on, Cellcom Liberia becomes Orange Liberia. The acquisition of the Liberian operator Cellcom was finalized by Orange, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, on 6 April 2016, allowing the Group to reinforce its presence in West Africa. In line with its Essentials2020 strategic plan, Orange has built up a considerable presence in this region, which offers strong growth potential and is a strategic priority for…
Nokia is working with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO to test applications using a 5G base station and the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform end-user device. This demonstrates the potential of Nokia 5G FIRST to deliver enhanced broadband at vastly greater scale. A showcase at the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2017 will signal the start of 5G trials in the Tokyo area. Nokia will develop the 5G ecosystem with leading Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO, INC. in Japan to prepare for the upcoming…
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has announced a proposal to add an alert option to the nation’s Emergency Alert System (EAS) to help protect the United States’ law enforcement officers. Called a “Blue Alert,” the option would be used by authorities in states across the country to notify the public through television and radio of threats to law enforcement and to help apprehend dangerous suspects. The Chairman unveiled the proposal at an event hosted by the Department of Justice…
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