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Swiss operator Sunrise has announced that its new 5G network went live on 4 April, with initial coverage of 150 towns, villages and cities. Coverage ranges from 80% to 98% depending on location, with Sunrise noting that it only has partial coverage of larger markets, such as Zurich.

The project will provide broadband coverage to some of the world's most hard to reach communities.
US web giant, Amazon, is exploring plans to launch over 3,000 satellites to boost broadband connectivity in remote locations across the world.

UAE-based telecoms giant Etisalat plans to invest AED4 billion ($1.09 billion) in digital transformation, mobile and fibre networks this year, according to a senior executive.

The companies will pursue innovation in the fields of artificial intelligence, IoT and blockchain technologies. Dubai based telco, Etisalat, has signed agreements with four international start-ups to take part in its Future Now scale-up project.

With 2018 rapidly heading toward the rearview mirror, it's time to take a look at what might be coming down the road in 2019.

FierceTelecom asked a few of the industry's top executives to look into their respective crystal balls to make their predictions for next year. Here are their thoughts.

 

 

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