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In Brief:Huawei opens biggest global service centre in India 

Huawei has officially opened its largest global service centre (GSC) worldwide in Bengaluru, India.The GSC is located within Huawei’s research and development (R&D) campus in Bengaluru and is currently home to over 1,000 engineers, network operations specialists and support staff.The India GSC currently handles more than 50 projects, supporting over 30 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa and serving over 350 million subscribers. The new GSC also aims to support operators as they implement their digital transformation strategies and improve operations capabilities.

***The European Commission's competition regulators could give the green light to CK Hutchison and VimpelCom's plan to merge their mobile operations in Italy as soon as next week. Citing two unnamed sources, the news agency said EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager is likely to hold a press conference to announce the decision, which would be ahead of the provisional EC deadline of 8 September.

***The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has revealed that the Republic of Palau’s link to the SEA-US submarine fibre-optic network system will be in operation by the end of next year. The USD30.19 million project will be partly funded by the ADB, with USD25 million of it provided by the bank. The 15,000km SEA-US submarine cable will link Manado (Indonesia) to Los Angeles (US) via Oahu (Hawaii) and Piti (Guam), with a fibre-optic cable branch to Davao. The cable – which is scheduled to be ready for service (RFS) in Q4 2016 – will provide an additional 20Tbps capacity, connecting Indonesia and the Philippines to the US with 100Gbps technology. Currently, Palau relies on satellite links for its international bandwidth.

***Afrimax Group, which claims to hold time division duplex (TD)-LTE spectrum in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, is reportedly finalising the deployment of a 4G network in Cameroon. In November last year the Netherlands-based operator – in partnership with the UK’s Vodafone Group – selected Chinese equipment vendor ZTE for the rollout of end-to-end TD-LTE broadband infrastructure in Cameroon and Zambia. ZTE agreed to provide 4G LTE and evolved packet core (EPC) solutions covering wireless access, core networks, microwave transmission, value-added systems, business support systems (BSS) and operating support systems (OSS) in the two countries.The deployment followed the signing of a Partner Market Agreement with Vodafone Group in 2014. As part of the agreement, Vodafone and Afrimax have already partnered to introduce 4G services in Uganda and Ghana (under the ‘Busy’ brand), while plans to launch in Zambia were announced in June this year.

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•Sprint tops 275Mbps in 4G tests with carrier aggregation
•Google Fiber lands in Salt Lake City
•Google to expand free Wifi mobile calling to North America and Europe
•Megaport appoints Cooper to drive European evolution
•Cisco, Huawei and Juniper play down NSA attack reports
•4G rollout to drive major boom for Indian tower firms