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Tech Time: Indian telcos prepping 5G-ready networks; AMC invests in VR startup

In this feature, S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a bi-weekly global roundup of the latest developments in technology.

TOP STORIES

* Vodafone Group Plc unit Vodafone India, Idea Cellular Ltd. and Reliance Jio are prepping networks for the expected 5G rollout in India in 2020, The Economic Times (India) reported Oct. 9.

* AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. said Sept. 26 that it agreed to be the lead investor in a $20 million series B financing round for virtual reality, or VR, startup Dreamscape Immersive Inc., as part of a "wide-ranging strategic partnership."

CLOUD

* Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is scouting for possible locations for its second data center in Europe, in a move to compete with Amazon.com Inc. in cloud computing, Bloomberg News reported Sept. 28.

* Alphabet Inc. unit Google Cloud acquired cloud identity management company Bitium Inc., according to a Sept. 26 blog post.

* Google Inc. announced Sept. 26 that its Google Cloud India region is set to go live before the end of 2017.

5G AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS

* Telecom Italia SpA unit TIM Participações SA is setting up a division for the development of the internet of things, or IoT, and analytics-related services, Telecompaper reported Oct. 8, citing Economia SC.

* U.K.-headquartered Dialog Semiconductor Plc said Oct. 5 that it is acquiring U.S.-based Silego Technology Inc., in a bid to boost its IoT capabilities.

* A coalition of technology industry groups and companies released an Oct. 4 statement urging the U.S. government to adopt a national strategy "to promote investment, development and widespread utilization of the [internet of things]."

* Nokia Corp. said Oct. 3 that it conducted a trial of narrowband IoT technology in partnership with Zain Saudi Arabia.

* Australia's Singtel Optus Pty. Ltd. said Sept. 29 that it achieved speeds of 818 Mbps in a live network trial that paired pre-5G technologies Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output, or MIMO, and 3CC Carrier Aggregation.

* SK Telecom Co. Ltd. and Samsung Group unit Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. succeeded in linking 4G LTE and 5G networks in Seoul, South Korea, according to a Sept. 28 news release.

* The Indian government formed a panel that will take charge of the country's 5G roadmap toward the targeted 2020 rollout, Live Mint reported Sept. 27.

* Vodacom Group Ltd. said Sept. 27 that it has connected more than 3 million "things" in South Africa to its IoT network.

* Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Bharti Airtel Ltd. partnered to deploy pre-5G Massive MIMO in the Indian city of Bangalore, The Economic Times (India) reported Sept. 26.

VIRTUAL REALITY AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

* Nokia said Oct. 10 that Nokia Technologies is halting development of its OZO VR camera and hardware, citing the VR market's "slower-than-expected development."

* Apple Inc. acquired the team behind artificial intelligence, or AI-based messaging assistant Init.ai, TechCrunch.com reported Oct. 4.

* Microsoft Corp. purchased social VR startup AltspaceVR Inc., according to an Oct. 3 official blog post.

* Baidu Inc. is building a platform that would allow Chinese police agencies to use advanced AI-driven tools to monitor and respond to fake news, Bloomberg News reported Sept. 28.

DRONES AND OTHER DEVICES

* Apple is looking to purchase advanced liquid-crystal displays from Japan Display Inc. for some iPhones in 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported Sept. 28.

* U.S.-based self-driving startup Drive.ai Inc. secured $15 million in a new funding round from investors including GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd., TechCrunch reported Sept. 28.