Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has confirmed the successful launch of GX5, the fifth satellite in its Global Xpress (GX) fleet. The satellite was lifted into orbit by an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA-3) in Kourou, French Guiana. GX5 is scheduled to enter commercial service in early 2020 and deliver additional, focused broadband capacity over Europe and the Middle East.

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Although an official deal has yet to be agreed upon, it looks as if China Mobile, the largest mobile network operator in the world, has been mulling over a possible joint venture with its Indian partners Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

Read more: China Mobile looks to India for future cloud service opportunities

An industry leading step in 5G took place earlier last month when Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated and ZTE Corporation together achieved 5G-enabled Voice over New Radio call. The call was performed in compliance with 3GPP Release 15 specifications over the 2.5 GHz spectrum band (n41) by utilizing a ZTE’s 5G NR base station and a 5G smartphone form factor test device powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 5G Modem-RF System.

Read more: ZTE, Qualcomm break new ground with 5G voice service

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, and the Guangdong Branch of China Mobile today have provisioned the MEC-related B2B2C end-to-end network slicing services. The provisioning of the new services will promote new 5G business models and industry innovations, thereby building a win-win 5G ecosystem.

Read more: ZTE teams up with China Mobile to provide MEC-related solutions for industry customers

Telecom Review Asia secured an interview with Rosenberger’s Vice President of Antennas Europe, Robert Kinker to discuss the company’s plan for international expansion in Asia and its mission to reinforce 5G capabilities in all aspects of its services.

Read more: Rosenberger eyes global domination through customer support and partnerships

Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTS), partner of choice for the world’s leading Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications Limited, and Fortinet, working with Microsoft Azure, has launched a fully managed SD-WAN offering for Azure Virtual WAN.  

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KDDI will use IDEMIA’s Smart Connect Platform for its eSIM management technology to deliver cellular connectivity to Japanese business users. This will give travelling employees internet access anytime and anywhere, without searching for Wi-Fi hotspots or having to buy SIM cards.

Read more: KDDI, IDEMIA to bring seamless mobile connectivity to Japanese business travellers

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