In Brief:GTT to acquire Hibernia Networks for USD 590 million 

GTT Communications announced a definitive agreement to acquire Hibernia Networks, owner of the trans-Atlantic cable system Hibernia Express. GTT will pay USD 590 million for the takeover, including USD 515 million in cash and 3.3 million of its shares. GTT said the acquisition will expand its portfolio of cloud networking services, significantly increase the scope of its global network, and grow its multinational client base. Hibernia adds owned and leased dark fibre assets including five owned subsea cables and eight cable landing stations, as well as bringing optical and low-latency transport, video and CDN services. Its customers include companies in financial services, media and entertainment, web-centric and service provider segments.

*** Korean vendor Samsung Electronics has received a licence to conduct 5G telecoms equipment tests from China’s Ministry of Industry & Information Technology, and has partnered with China Mobile to co-demonstrate key technologies for upcoming fifth-generation networks. The partners are initially testing the usage of millimetre waves – identified as a crucial spectrum resource for future 5G wireless services. Samsung said both firms verified key characteristics of millimetre waves, demonstrating how ultra-fast mobile broadband can be made commercially available, initially utilising the 28GHz and 3.5GHz bands for their field tests. ‘We are going to strengthen more alliances with Chinese telecom operators to develop more 5G-related technologies and their standardisation,’ said the vice president at Samsung Electronics’ DMC Research Centre in Beijing.

*** SK Telecom this week became the latest telco after Vodafone to join the recently-established 5G Automotive Association (5GAA).The industry group was established in late September by German car makers Audi, BMW and Daimler, as well as telco vendors Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia, and chip makers Intel and Qualcomm.Its mission is to develop, test and promote communications solutions that will enable a range of connected vehicle services, including driverless cars.

***Robi, the third largest operator in Bangladesh, selected Ericsson WCDMA Flow of Users to help serve its rapidly growing base of smartphone customers. As smartphone use in Bangladesh has increased, 3G networks have been hard pressed to deliver the quality experience the devices are capable of. Ericsson's WCDMA Flow of Users solves this matter by serving connected users as efficiently as possible, while minimizing their connection time.

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