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In Brief:Microsoft offers EU concessions on LinkedIn deal 

Microsoft submitted concessions to the European Commission in a bid to gain approval for its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn.The update appeared on the Commission's Website; further details about the nature of Microsoft's concessions were not revealed. The Commission subsequently pushed back its provisional deadline for ruling on the LinkedIn deal from 22 November until 6 December.

***Orange Spain has become the second Spanish operator to offer voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services, belatedly following the VoLTE launch of rival Vodafone in July 2015. Orange has disclosed that VoLTE calling is available nationwide across its 4G LTE/LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network, offering better voice quality, faster call set-up and simultaneous 4G internet/IP voice connections without interruptions to either. Post-paid Orange Spain customers can use VoLTE free of charge via a software upgrade, initially only on Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge handsets, with additional compatible handsets to be made available ‘within weeks’.

***SK Telecom (SKT),Ericsson and BMW have announced what they described as‘the most advanced 5G outdoor mobility trial,including the first multi-vehicular 5G trials’.In a press release outlining it was revealed that the trial was conducted successfully on a 5G test network installed at the advanced BMW car test track in Yeongjong-do, South Korea.SKT and Ericsson jointly deployed network slicing and 5G radio network infrastructure to cover a complete track in the BMW driving centre,and the trial with the connected test cars was said to have demonstrated that 5G performance will support V2X (Vehicular Connectivity)services that require low latency and consistent high bi-directional throughput.The test environment was realised by using an Ericsson 5G field trial network consisting of multiple radio transmission points on 28GHz frequency band to cover the entire track and one user equipment installed in every car.

***Mauritanian cellco Mattel has signed a multi-year contract with GLOBAL Technologies and Eutelsat Communications for C-band capacity on the EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite.Mattel,a subsidiary of Tunisie Telecom, will use satellite backhaul links to deliver improved mobile internet access and service quality for its customers,particularly in areas without access to terrestrial networks. GLOBAL will be deploying VSAT equipment to connect Mattel’s base stations, while Eutelsat will provide the satellite connectivity.

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