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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and ZTE announced the world’s fastest 5G mmWave standalone data connection, achieving impressive results in two scenarios: nearly 7Gbps peak rate for downlink and 2.1 Gbps for uplink. 5G standalone mmWave allows for the deployment of 5G mmWave networks and devices without using an anchor on LTE or sub-6 GHz spectrum. This gives operators more flexibility to deliver wireless fiber broadband access with multi-Gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency to residential and commercial customers. The use of mmWave standalone without an anchor also enables green field fixed wireless access deployments for all use cases.

Read more: Qualcomm and ZTE to Deliver Next-Generation Wireless Fiber

Nokia has announced that they have signed a five-year 5G deal with AST SpaceMobile, Inc., the company building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard 4G or 5G mobile devices. Under the deal, Nokia and AST SpaceMobile will work to achieve their joint ambition to expand universal coverage and connect underserved communities around the world. The launch of AST SpaceMobile’s BlueWalker 3 test satellite later this year will kick off global testing with mobile network operators on six continents.

Read more: Nokia Radio Technology to Enable Direct-to-Cell Phone Connectivity From Space

Three Shenzhou-14 Chinese astronauts (taikonauts), who are currently in space, took part in a dialogue with students from several African countries via video link. The success of this globally livestreamed event was due to the unwavering support provided by Huawei Cloud Meeting, which ensured a smooth video connection between all participants.

Read more: African Youth and Chinese Astronauts in Live Talk Through Huawei Cloud Meeting

Ericsson announced the launch of its Together Apart Hackathon in Nigeria. The hackathon’s objective is to identify innovative solutions using technology and connectivity, creating tomorrow’s solutions from today’s challenges and is inspired by Nigeria’s 5G deployment.

Read more: Together Apart Hackathon: Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions from Today’s Challenges

Ericsson announced a strong mobile subscription result in Q2 2022. About 70 million new 5G subscriptions were added globally during the second financial quarter of 2022, the latest update to the Ericsson Mobility Report reveals. The additions brought the total number of 5G subscriptions globally to 690 million as of the end of the second quarter, 2022.

Read more: Ericsson Releases Strong Results for Global Subscriptions in Q2 2022

Nokia announced research that forecasts 5G subscriptions reaching 263 million in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region by 2026. The 5G subscription growth will primarily be in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. Additionally, subscribers in South Africa, Nigeria and North African countries will increase adoption following the release of new spectrum. This trend is triggered by the increasing use of high-bandwidth consumer applications and industrial use cases.

Read more: Nokia Expects 5G subscriptions in MEA To Exceed 64% by 2026

Nokia has announced that it has successfully piloted its 4G and 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network slicing with mobile operator Safaricom on its live commercial network. This is the first time 4G/5G network slicing has been successfully achieved in Africa. The trial utilized a multi-vendor network environment and included RAN, transport and core as well as software upgrades to a range of Nokia’s products and services.

Read more: Nokia, Safaricom Accomplish Africa’s First FWA 5G Slicing Trial

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet, has announced that its CEO Xu Ziyang has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to the Asia Mobile Industry Award at the GSMA’s Asia Mobile Awards (The AMOs) 2022, held in Hong Kong. The award recognizes Mr. Xu Ziyang’s outstanding leadership in guiding ZTE to continuously promote industrial innovation, increase cross-industry cooperation and boost the development of the global mobile industry.

Read more: ZTE's CEO Xu Ziyang Awarded at the GSMA’s Asia Mobile Awards

CommScope reported its results for the second quarter of 2022, showing an 8.5% year-on-year (YoY) increase in core net sales. Momentum continues to build in the Connectivity and Cable Solutions segment as net sales increased 26% year-over-year (YoY).

Read more: CommScope Q2 22: Core Net Sales at $1.8B, up by 8.5% YoY

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. unveiled the latest additions to the company’s suite of premium wearable platforms, Snapdragon® W5+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon W5 Gen 1. These platforms are designed to advance ultra-low power and breakthrough performance for next-generation connected wearables with a focus on extended battery life, premium user experiences and sleek, innovative designs. By using these platforms, manufacturers can scale, differentiate and develop products faster in the continuously growing and segmenting wearables industry.

Read more: Qualcomm to Launch Advanced Platforms for Next Generation Wearables