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The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was the biggest day ever for the BBC Online with audiences consuming 11.9 petabytes (equivalent to nearly 3 billion photos on a phone with a 12 megapixel camera) of data, peaking at 2.8 terabits per second when people saw their first glimpse of the bride’s dress.

Read more: Breaking world records with smarter connectivity

With 5G bringing in new possibilities for operators across the globe, a higher capacity microwave backhaul becomes even more important to ensure high-quality mobile broadband. This year’s Ericsson Microwave Outlook report discusses how this demand can be met with advanced microwave technology, spectrum, combination with fiber, and machine intelligence.

Read more: How can high-capacity microwave drive 5G deployment?

ITU Telecom World 2018 officially opened for business on September 10th in Durban, South Africa with a dynamic Opening Ceremony in the presence of (in order of speaking): H.E. Nomvula Paula Mokonyane, Minister of Communications, South Africa; Acting Premier of KwaZulu Natal, Sihle Zikalala; H.E. Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO, MTN; ITU Secretary General, Houlin Zhao; H.E Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa; and South Africa President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, who delivered the keynote address.

Read more: South African city hosts ITU Telecom World 2018

Meng Wanzhou has kept a diary for years. Below is what she wrote on December 19, 2018:

Last night, a letter from a Japanese citizen went viral on my WeChat Moments, and this letter has really warmed my heart. As the old saying goes, there is always good in people! Before I ran into difficulties, I hadn't known that so many people I don't know personally cared about me.

Read more: There is always good in people!

By Femi Oshiga, vice president of Service Providers for MEA, CommScope

As technology continues to be part of our everyday lives, online shopping is becoming the norm. White Friday, popularly known in the U.S. as Black Friday, draws thousands of people to shop both online and in-stores. 

Read more: Online shopping is not a fad

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that he plans on selling a 30% to 40% stake in the state-owned telecoms company Ethio Telecom and split it into two with the aim of bolstering competition in the marketing. This step will attract huge investments into the country and the telecoms industry in particular.

Read more: Ethiopia puts an end to telecoms monopoly

With 400 exhibitors showcasing technologies and solutions covering everything from 5G, AI, IoT, TV, Fintech and more, AfricaCom kicked off on November 13th in Cape Town, South Africa. The event sheds light on game-changing technologies that are at the forefront of digital transformation that is boosting productivity, unlocking new opportunities and driving efficiencies across all industries and business functions.

Read more: AfricaCom is back in Cape Town with new additions

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