BT and Huawei embark on pioneering 5G research partnership
Two of the world’s leading communications companies - BT and Huawei – have come together to lead the global development of 5G mobile technologies. The new partnership will see the companies conduct pioneering joint research into 5G, considering how faster mobile communication technologies might be applied, as well as the technical and commercial feasibility of deploying them.
It is hoped the research will drive the development and standardization of 5G technologies throughout the industry. BT and Huawei will work together at the world leading BT Labs in Ipswich and other locations around the UK to explore various aspects of 5G, including: network architecture; a new air interface between devices and base stations; ‘network slicing’ - which will allow operators to apportion network resources to specific services; machine-to-machine communications in Internet of Things (IoT) applications; and security technologies.
China's top diplomat will visit Britain this week for regular talks and a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, amid uncertainty about the process of Britain leaving the European Union.
Britain has been a popular choice for Chinese investment, with many firms seeing it as a springboard for the far larger European Union market. But those plans could be at risk with the concerns surrounding what kind of market access Britain will get in future, given its vote in June to leave the EU.
State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will be in Britain from Monday to Wednesday for a regular dialogue on strategic issues, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.
He will also meet British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and talk about a range of issues, not just Sino-British ties, Hua said, adding she could not predict whether Brexit would directly come up. "But China's position on this is very clear. Brexit is an issue for Britain and the EU. We hope that they can appropriately handle the issue via talks and consultation," Hua said. "For China, we believe that Britain is a great country with important international influence. We hope to work hard with Britain to further promote the development of relations."
Diplomatic sources say China has been seeking clarity from Britain about its Brexit plans, nervous about what it means for Chinese companies in particular.
May has said she will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal process of leaving the EU, by the end of March to start two-year exit talks. However, her plans for those negotiations have been shrouded in secrecy and businesses and investors fear Britain might seek a "hard Brexit", where controlling immigration takes priority over access to the European single market.
Premium British drama brand and CBI Member BBC First has made its debut in Hong Kong as a SVOD service on the territory’s largest pay-TV provider, Now TV.
The premium drama brand has launched successfully in key markets around the world including Australia, South Africa, Benelux and the Middle East and offers viewers the best British drama from the BBC and UK independent production companies. Viewers will also be able to access select popular and distinct dramas from the BBC within 24 hours of their original transmission.
Kelvin Yau, GM of BBC Worldwide Greater China, commented: “We are thrilled to bring BBC First to Hong Kong. We are committed to sharing the most fascinating dramas and Hong Kong viewers have always appreciated the intelligent and distinctive content of BBC programmes. BBC First is the ideal platform for us to showcase the best and latest BBC dramas to discerning viewers in Hong Kong, anytime they like.”
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Andrew Heyn OBE was appointed as the new British Consul-General to Hong Kong and Non-Resident Consul-General to Macao.
Mr. Heyn will succeed Caroline Wilson CMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. He will take up his appointment in September 2016. Mr. Heyn joined the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1989 and served in Caracas, Lisbon, and Dublin before his most recent overseas posting as Ambassador to Burma.
After leaving Burma in 2013, he returned to a role at the heart of government in the Cabinet Office. Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Heyn said, “I am very honoured to be given this opportunity to experience the extraordinary vitality of Hong Kong at first hand.
The new Foreign Secretary has talked about creating a new identity for the U.K. abroad – a Global Britain which is open for business, committed to peace and security, and a leading supporter of the international rules-based system. Our relationship with Hong Kong will be a key part of this process with our longstanding ties across so many different spheres.”