Nokia and T-Mobile have achieved LTE speeds near 1 Gbps in a demonstration using Nokia's deployed 4.5G Pro technology. The demonstration, conducted at T-Mobile's lab in Bellevue, Washington, encompassed technologies that currently live in the operator's network, including carrier aggregation, 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and 4x4 MIMO (Multiple Input and Multiple Output) on Nokia's commercially available radio access hardware. With Category 16 (Cat 16) capable devices becoming commercially available in early 2017, the solution enables an even faster network for T-Mobile. Currently, the network provides speeds up to 400 Mbps.

Read more: Nokia and T-Mobile achieve ground-breaking LTE speeds near 1 Gbps

A leading global ICT solutions provider and a leading Smart City advisory have forged an allegiance specifically aimed at making cities in the region smarter. Huawei and neXgen have officially announced their collaboration which has been agreed in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for Smart City technology in the Middle East.

Read more: Huawei and neXgen join forces to make region's cities smarter

Nokia and Ooredoo Qatar announced that they have broken the 40Gbps download and upload speed landmark during a pilot test conducted in Doha. According to the announcement the companies used Nokia's next generation fiber technology over the existing single fiber network as the overlay to achieve the speed. The new technology used in achieving the overlay is dubbed as TWDM-PON fiber technology (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexing Passive Optical Network), alternatively known as NG-PON2 (Next Generation PON 2).

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Dubai has set itself an ambitious goal: to be the happiest and smartest city in the world. To see this goal come to life, the Smart Dubai initiative was launched in 2014. Leading the Smart Dubai Office's movement is Director-General Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, who spoke to Telecom Review about Smart Dubai's goal to "increase the efficiency of government services" to create even better city experiences.

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Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., intends to collaborate with Google to add support for the new Android Things operating system (OS) in Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Android Things is a new vertical of Android designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. By using their expertise in Android and Snapdragon processors to support development of a variety of connected devices aimed at both consumer and industrial applications, this initiative intends to help a vast number of developers participate in the IoT opportunity.

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Qualcomm's CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, recently said that the company remains confident that its focused investments in 5G will create a strong foundation for long term earnings growth. Qualcomm Technologies plays a leading role in the journey to 5G. In October 2016, the company announced the industry's first 5G modem - the Snapdragon X50 - at the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. Qualcomm prides itself on being a wireless technology leader, which is at the very heart of its identity. The chipset maker's inventions have pushed the boundaries of wireless technology for decades. Speaking to Telecom Review, Jay Srage, president MEA and East Europe at Qualcomm, spoke about the company's 5G vision and journey.

Read more: We expect to continue revenue growth with 5G beyond 2020, says Qualcomm's Jay Srage

Nokia recently announced that it is suing Apple in German and US courts for patent infringement. The Finnish vendor claims the Californian tech giant has used Nokia technology in "many" products without paying for it. Nokia said it had signed a licensing agreement with Apple in 2011, and since then "Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple's products."

Read more: Nokia is suing Apple in for using "many" of its products without paying

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