5G is one of the most anticipated technology breakthroughs, and will be high on the agenda at Mobile World Congress 2016. Therefore, racing to get ahead and get a grip on the technology as soon as possible, U.S. operator AT&T has followed the footsteps of its rival Verizon by announcing plans to trial 5G later in 2016, revealing partnerships with Ericsson and Intel to further develop the technology for use.

Read more: AT&T races against Verizon to develop 5G for 2016 trials

KT and Nokia recently conducted the industry's first eMTC field trial, reiterating their commitment to foster a connected world powered by future-ready telecommunications technology. The trial was conducted on KT's LTE network using Nokia's Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, wherein eMTC utilized only 1.4MHz of the full 20 MHz LTE system, leaving the remaining spectrum free for normal LTE traffic. The trial marks an important milestone for the Internet of Things, allowing for coexistence with the existing LTE network as well as providing extended coverage.

Read more: KT, Nokia conduct world's first eMTC field trial on LTE network

Zain Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) posted record financial results for the year ended 31st December 2015, recording a significant 48 percent increase in EBITDA to reach SAR 1,629 million, for the 12 months period, up from SAR 1,100 million during the same period of 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2015, the company witnessed a 47 percent increase in EBITDA reaching SAR 405 million up from SAR 275 million in Q4 2014.

Read more: Zain Saudi Arabia concludes 2015 with record financial results

Batelco, the headline sponsor and official Telecommunications Partner of Bahrain International Air Show 2016 (BIAS 2016) and Huawei showcased smart city solutions for the first time at Batelco's (BIAS) 2016.

Read more: Batelco and Huawei showcase smart city solutions at Bahrain International Airshow 2016

Etisalat announced that it will exclusively introduce the latest 4G LTE Mi smart devices from the Xiaomi stable for its UAE customers.

The Chinese Mi devices rank amongst the top smartphones sold internationally, particularly in the Asian market, where it is the highest sold device in India and ranks third in China.

Read more: Etisalat first to introduce the latest 4G LTE Mi devices in the UAE; now exclusively available to...

As part of its ongoing efforts to deliver real value to its loyal Home subscribers, du has announced that it will double the home broadband speeds of its customers - at no extra costs. Customers subscribed to Home services will now be able to instantly reap the benefits of extra internet speed while surfing, downloading and gaming. That means no more wasted time spent just waiting.

Read more: du Home customers now surf the web at double the speed - for free

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