In India, Government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) plans to acquire additional 2100MHz spectrum to expand its 4G deployment in the country, while rival Reliance Communications Limited (RCOM) (BSE: RCOM) completed its acquisition of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited (SSTL) in October 2017, allowing RCOM to add the 800/850 MHz band into its spectrum portfolio.
According to the European Commission (EC), in December 1017, under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) the policies and regulations for barriers in services sectors which include telecoms sector have been finalized. This move will promote the investment in Japanese telecoms sector as European companies continue to penetrate the telecoms market in Japan.
Also in December, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) completed its multi-band spectrum auction held between November 28 and December 12, 2017, allowing the winning bidders – Telstra Corp Ltd (ASX: TLS), Singtel's (SES: Z74) subsidiary Optus Pty Limited (Optus), Vodafone Australia, TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) and the Government's NBN Co Limited to boost their mobile and fixed wireless broadband services across Australia.
These expansions in investment portfolio by telecoms companies are laying the foundation for 5G standardization in the region, allowing commercial deployment in the region as early as in 2019.