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Brief:Telstra and Ericsson conduct outdoor 5G tests over a live network 

Australia’s Telstra and Swedish vendor Ericsson have conducted tests of what they claim is ‘one of the world’s first 5G trial systems’ in Melbourne. In a press release confirming the development the duo said the trial had demonstrated 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network, including tests on speed, latency, and beam steering.It was noted that the 5G trial system used 800MHz of spectrum, more than ten times the amount that Telstra currently utilises for its 4G infrastructure,with the tests achieving aggregate speeds greater than 20Gbps,with an indicative latency of at least half of what is seen in current 4G network.
***The South African government has allocated ZAR2.5 billion (USD179.8 million) for a push to roll out broadband networks across the country over the next three years. According to telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele, the first phase of the project will provide eight sites with high-speed broadband access. ‘There is still a shortfall in our funding, but we hope to start rolling out broadband as soon as possible …We are sure additional money will come in as we start building.’ The government is aiming to connect the whole South African population to high-speed broadband access within five years.
***Qatar-based Ooredoo Group has moved quickly to dispel rumours it is considering the sale of all or part of its stake in Indonesian subsidiary Indosat Ooredoo, issuing a statement confirming that Indonesia is its ‘biggest international market and is strategically important to Ooredoo’s corporate strategy given its long-term growth prospects’.Ooredoo’s announcement follows media speculation that it was considering a sale of its 65% holding to focus on more profitable Middle Eastern markets,leaving the way clear for another company willing to expand in the region.
***Brazilian mobile operator Vivo has introduced 'Diaria Vivo Travel', a new daily international roaming tariff. Customers pay a fixed amount, with daily billing, for using all of Vivo's mobile services abroad – mobile internet, voice and SMS. From BRL 29.99 per day, users can access unlimited SMS, 50 minutes of local calls and calls to Brazil, as well as mobile internet access. There are three versions of the plan, depending on the destination: Americas (BRL 29.99/day), Europe (BRL 39.99) and other destinations (BRL 59.99).

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