FTTH Council Asia-Pacific News Feed Week 51

The 16-nation SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium has announced it has completed construction of the 20,000km subsea cable system spanning Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The cable system connects Singapore with Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, the UAR, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Egypt, Turkey, Italy and France……..

As it gears up to be 5G-ready by 2020, PLDT Inc. mobile subsidiary Smart Communications has announced the success of ‘live’ 5G network trials in partnership with equipment vendor Nokia. The pair achieved transmission speeds of 2.5Gbps using 100MHz with latency of just one millisecond for the first time in the Philippines, saying the new technology ‘opens up exciting possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications for Filipinos, particularly in healthcare and smart cities’…….

Telenor to expand narrowband-LTE network to ten more towns

Norwegian-owned cellco Telenor India is planning to expand its narrowband-LTE service to ten more towns, bringing the total to 37 across its six service areas, Telenor India’s COO Tanveer Mohammad said in an interview with the Economic Times. According to the official, the cellco’s narrowband variant of 4G – which uses smaller tranches of spectrum to provide data services at reduced speeds – is currently carrying more than 5TB of data per day…….

US Cellular and Ericsson have successfully completed joint testing of 5G technology in Madison, Wisconsin, achieving peak throughput speeds of 9Gbps. The Swedish vendor installed 5G radios on a tower currently in commercial service by US Cellular, and used a block of 15GHz spectrum through an experimental licence granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The trial was run under varying environmental conditions to simulate real world use, and the tests evaluated a number of new radio access carrier combinations to verify their benefits to network throughput and performance…….

 

United Arab Emirates (UAE) operator Du and equipment vendor Nokia have carried out a successful lab trial of time and wavelength division multiplexing passive optical network (TWDM-PON) fibre technology, reaching aggregate speeds of 40Gbps…….

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