Nokia and China Telecom have signed an agreement to expand the deployment of 4G technology in 19 provinces in China, allowing China Telecom to enhance coverage and capacity as well as the quality of experience for subscribers, while paving the way toward the introduction of 5G technology.
The rollout includes Nokia’s Flexi MultiRadio 10 Base Stations as well as Nokia Global Services – including project management, network design and installation – and Care hardware and software maintenance services. Nokia optimization experts will use Nokia NetAct(TM) to maximize the performance of the network for subscribers.
The agreement with Nokia will lay the foundation for China Telecom’s intended launch of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in 2017.
Canada’s Sierra Wireless announced its acquisition of telematics company GenX Mobile Inc. for $7.8 million. The company said the move was a “strategic investment” made in an effort to expand its foothold in the growing telematics market.
The news comes just weeks after U.S. wireless carrier announced its acquisition of telematics company Fleetmatics. The U.S. carrier also purchased telematics company Telogis earlier this year.
The European Commission is reportedly planning to include guidelines for over-the-top messaging services in a forthcoming update to its telecommunications regulations. According to the Financial Times, the new regulations will be released in September with year-end implementation expected.
AT&T has awarded U.S. marketing company Omnicom a massive deal to oversee its creative, digital and media accounts and analytics, Advertising Age reported. AT&T’s global marketing officer Lori Lee told Advertising Age the firm’s advertising capabilities would be important for the carrier as it prepares to launch “new streaming video entertainment choices that are built for mobile.”