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  • Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai, has outlined the blueprint which he believes will help accelerate the development and subsequent deployment of 5G networks in the US.

  • US car manufacturing colossus Ford Motor has announced that it is currently weighing up the prospect of entering into a joint-venture with Chinese automotive firm Zotye. The collaboration between both parties would see them combine their expertise in order to develop and manufacture electric vehicles under a new brand - in a bid to exploit the boom for electric cars in the world's leading auto market.

  • German startup Lilium which is planning to develop a five-seater 'flying taxi' has announced that it has raised $90m following a round of financing which was led by Chinese internet colossus Tencent. It's the second round of financing the company has embarked upon, and its latest funding venture has now subsequently made it one of the best-funded electric aircraft projects on the market.

  • The BMW Group continues to drive the expansion of electro-mobility as part of its Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT. To achieve this, the company is adapting its production structures to growing demand for fully and partially electrified vehicles. Just seven months after opening its battery factory in China, the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture today laid the foundation for a comprehensive expansion of the plant. At the “High-Voltage Battery Centre Phase II”, BBA will produce the new, more powerful batteries of the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology for the fully-electric BMW iX3. Starting in 2020, the BMW iX3 will be built at the neighbouring BBA plant Dadong.

  • German car manufacturer Daimler has announced that it plans to invest $735m in electric vehicle production in China. In a statement issued to the press, Daimler announced that alongside its Chinese joint venture partner BAIC Motor Corporation will jointly invest 5 billion yuan ($735M) in the pursuit of battery electric vehicle production in China by 2020. In addition to this, it further disclosed its commitment to provide the infrastructure that is required.

  • A German delegation is travelling to the headquarters of telecommunications vendor Huawei in Shenzhen, China - in an effort to become a fully-fledged smart city.

  • The rise of emerging information-related technology and its ubiquity pose a very serious concern: how much privacy do we really have? There have been growing concerns about the pace at which governments and regulators are modernizing their legal systems and how they simply do not change fast enough to keep up with new inventions and innovations of the hyper-digital world we live in today.

  • At MWC Shanghai 2019, Telecom Review attended a panel discussion titled ‘Future Tech Today’ which featured some key startup representatives and emerging tech experts who all spoke of the ways in which they plan to help societies of the future through the innovation of healthcare, education, agriculture and architecture, among many others. The panelists included Saathealth’s Founder and CEO Aakash Ganju, Strelka KB’s AR/VR expert Ivan Puzyrev, AWA’s Head of Innovation Cathrin Johansson, Eduardo Alarcon, CEO of Tokylabs, George Palamarizis, CEO & founder of Erga Plus and Director of Emerging Technologies at Ultrahaptics Jonny Codling. The panel was moderated by Telecom Review’s very own founder and Editor-in-Chief, Toni Eid.

  • A number of China's leading technology firms have partnered on a pioneering new smart city initiative that has been created to ensure the smooth integration of emerging technologies designed to transform major cities.

  • China Telecom's branch in Ningbo City, Zhejiang province, announced that Huawei will build the Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) network for the Ningbo Zhenhai smart refinery. Zhenhai Refining and Chemical Co., Ltd. is a large holding subsidiary and key enterprise directly under China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation. The smart factory project is a major step in the enterprise information development.

  • Huawei held their Global FSI Summit 2019 with its partners I Shanghai, China on Thursday where industry key players discussed the latest developments in FinTech.

  • A press release by IT research company Gartner revealed that Huawei servers were ranked third globally by revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018 with a 45.9% year-on-year growth rate, the highest for servers in the world.

  • Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei has launched a demo 'smart city' in Weifang, China. It's part of an overall objective by the company to showcase and highlight its narrowband Internet of Things 'smart city' applications and Ocean-Connect IoT platform.

  • Huawei launched its largest Middle East-based Innovation Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on July 31, in the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and H.E. Li Huanxin, the Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

  • The human need to communicate is constant. From the earliest gestures, symbols, first language and writing, to today's digital torrents, people have always felt the need to connect, share, and reach out to each other. Huawei's vision is to build a Better Connected World, to enrich lives through communications.

    36,000 years ago, in the Chauvet Cave in France, Palaeolithic humans used hematite and charcoal to draw images of animals, and record the spectacle of a volcanic eruption. Today, we select emojis to compose and communicate our emotions. The technology may change, but not even the profoundest gulfs of time can alter the impulse to connect.

    Connection can be a spoken exchange; it can be the transmission of knowledge; or the spread of culture. In the past, the urge to record and communicate drove us to painstakingly hew wooden tablets, or use the skins of wild beasts to make parchment. Now, art students from remote corners of the world can travel by video to the banks of the Seine, take a virtual tour of the Louvre, and hear lecturers expounding on the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa.

    Connection is an expression of love. Years ago, youths from the village over the hill would write long letters avowing their love for girls they had only glimpsed a few times. And how many of those letters actually made it into the hands of the intended recipients? Today, our loved ones are only a video call away, and we do not have to miss a moment with them. Over a video connection, smiles still draw an instinctive smile in reply, and tears can be shared.

    Connection is a way to work better, together. In the past, the fastest pony express would still take days to arrive. For the most part, we had to solve our own problems. Today, a Silicon Valley scientist can consult seamlessly with a research team in Dubai and a customer in KSA. All it takes is a broadband connection.

    Connection is an exploration beyond the boundaries of physics and physiology. Little more than 100 years ago, the world was stunned when the first telephone call ended the tyranny of geography. Today, astronauts speak to mission command from the reaches of space.

    Huawei believes that connection makes for a better world. Our sons and daughters may travel far from home, but connection transmits their love and care back to the parents to whom they owe so much. Students have always buried themselves in textbooks, but connection opens up new worlds for them to learn. Our sweetheart may not be by our side, but connection can carry love across the miles and down the years.

    In the future, a Better Connected World will bring us a different kind of experience. It will revolutionize every part of our lives, our economy, our communities.

    India, 2042. Sanjay, nine years old, suffers from a rare PNET cancer. The tumor has hemorrhaged, and must be removed now if he is to survive. But in his home town, there is no surgeon qualified to perform the operation. The hospital log on to a global AI medical network, and finds a brain specialist in London who is ready to perform remote surgery.

    High-definition video cameras and MRI equipment capture every detail of Sanjay's condition, and transmit it in real time to the London hospital. The surgeon takes control of a multipurpose computer-assisted surgical robot, and begins the operation - the network reproducing every sensation 100%, so that her fingers feel just as if she were right there in the operating theater.

    The operation is a success. For young Sanjay, this is much more important than the technology and governance that allowed it to happen. In fact, the UN resolution to pool global medical resources was passed before he was born. But it has already saved countless lives in underdeveloped areas.

    China, 2035.Liu Wei climbs into his new driverless vehicle. The car has no indicator lights at the front or back - but of course, the roads are fully automated now, so who needs indicators? Liu tells the car where he wants to go, and the onboard navigation system connects to city transport control, to check for traffic jams. The roads are clear, and the computer displays a precise estimated time of arrival. On the way, Liu schedules his next few days of work, with music on in the background. Every second of the journey, his car is making digital "handshakes" with hundreds of other vehicles, learning their speed, route, whether they are about to change lane. This is how the roads have been made safe: today there are almost no injuries or deaths from traffic accidents.

    The central transport network is constantly collecting data from tens of thousands of cars on the road, analyzing traffic flows, and delivering optimum route advice. In fact, this data is now being used to help plan where new roads should be built. As a result, even for residents of Liu's packed city, "I was stuck in traffic" is no longer an excuse.

    USA, 2028. Every second of the day, internet users all over the world upload millions of video footage. John is developing a new search engine that will recognize and understand the people, objects, and situations in those videos. An AI engine with machine learning capabilities is reaching out to data centers all over the world, collecting the archives of HD video that they contain. John is confident that the new engine will help users find the exact video clips that they want. More important, though, will be its analytic capabilities. It will tell fashion designers what colors and cuts young people are favoring. It will show toy makers the latest games. And it will help governments understand what their citizens think of the latest public projects.

    In the future, we believe that connectivity will be as ubiquitous as the air that we breathe. Connections between people, person to device, and thing-to-thing, will feed into real-time intelligent analysis and communications. They will help satisfy our every economic need. Using these connections will feel as natural to us as breathing. In fact, we will barely be aware that they exist. Our focus will naturally lie on the applications and services that connectivity enables.

    From the deep past of Chauvet, to real-time video links; from messages that echo down the millennia to data that flashes across continents, technology is enabling connection and satisfying a basic human need. Welcome to the Better Connected World.

  • Chinese telecommunications colossus Huawei has announced that it has signed a MoU with German city Duisburg in a collaborative effort to develop and subsequently implement a smart city strategy within the city.

  • South Korean car manufacturing colossus Hyundai has confirmed that it is currently working on developing a 'long distance' electric car in an effort to compete with Tesla and other rivals in the electric automotive sector.

  • The Indian government has announced that it will develop a national program on AI after acknowledging that the emerging technology has been the potential to reshape and revolutionize the world as we know it. It has also been reported that India is looking to China for inspiration and will attempt to replicate its business model and strategic approach to Artificial Intelligence in order to become a global AI superpower.

  • Nokia and China Mobile are deploying millions of home gateways to provide residential customers across 29 different provinces in China with access to fiber-based ultra-broadband applications and intelligent home services.

  • Nokia and FAW Group signed an MoU to pursue a research project on smart connected cars, industrial IoT, digital transformation and smart manufacturing.