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In Brief:: Ericsson confirms US corruption probe 

Ericsson confirmed it has been quizzed by U.S. authorities investigating alleged corrupt practices.
The company issued a brief statement after a report claimed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) are examining its operations in China.
While we strive to at all times conduct our business in compliance with applicable laws, matters do arise from time to time as a result of the global nature of our business," the company added.
Ericsson declined to provide detailed comments on the nature of the request, but said "it relates to Ericsson's anti-corruption programme and questions related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act."
The claims come as Ericsson faces pressure to improve its flagging performance.

***Taiwanese multi-service operator Far EasTone (FET) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sweden’s Ericsson under which it will establish what it claims will be the nation’s first 5G laboratory.The collaboration between the two companies is part of FET’s efforts to create an open 5G ecosystem, while it is looking to begin trials of next generation mobile technology in 2018, ahead of a commercial launch in 2020. Under the terms of the MOU, FET will set up its 5G laboratory in New Taipei City’s Banciao District in the next quarter, and, with a view to accelerating research progress, the facility will be open to hardware makers, software developers and platform developers.

***Submarine cable operator Angola Cables, which aims to deploy a trans-Atlantic network connecting the Brazilian municipality of Fortaleza to Luanda in Angola, has commenced the construction of a data centre and a submarine landing station in the Brazilian city. The site will host the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), which will connect Luanda to Fortaleza, and will also serve a number of other affiliated cable systems that are under construction by Angola Cables, including the Monet system, which will link the cities of Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil with Miami, US in Q4 2016. The data centre will be operational by H1 2017, while the 6,500km SACS system is scheduled to be ready for service (RFS) in Q3 2018. Angola Cables says that the Monet network is at a more advanced construction stage, with deployment of the terrestrial routes already underway.

***Zain Kuwait has launched new postpaid plans that will entitle customers to a variety of benefits, as part of the company's latest promotional campaign "Generous offers during Ramadan with Zain". The new plans are designed to offer postpaid customers a number of great benefits suitable for both their personal and professional needs. All of the new plans include a free smartphone, and the higher the package the more benefits the customer will enjoy. The new postpaid plans start from the KWD 12 monthly plan, which includes 500 local minutes,6 GBs of internet,and a free iPhone SE.

***Ukrainian national telecommunications regulator NKRZI has refused to extend two licences for the ISP Dikiy Sad working in the city of Mikolayiv. One of licences, issued in 2011, enables the ISP to carry out technical support and use networks in the city. The second licence,also issued in 2011,enables the provision of local telephony services.Both licences expire in September.NKRZI has refused to prolong the licences due to the violation of licencing requirements by the ISP.There has been no programme to expand the network. Consulting company E&C estimates the ISP's subscriber base at around 30,000 in 2014; it is one of largest ISPs in Mikolayiv.