Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson and Russian carrier MTS are deploying Massive MIMO technology to accommodate the demands of fans attending the World Cup, which kicks off Thursday in Moscow.

Officials said the MIMO deployment is the largest to date in Europe and would provide improved speeds in seven of the tournament's 11 host cities.

"Data-demanding mobile connectivity is going to play a huge part in their tournament experiences, so we are delighted to team up with MTS to ensure they enjoy a mobile experience like never before," Arun Bansal, Ericsson's European and Latin American chief, said in a statement.

Missouri recently became the latest state to adopt uniform siting policies for small wireless infrastructure.

House Bill 1991 was reportedly among dozens of bills signed by Gov. Eric Greitens prior to his resignation.

"This legislation will ensure Missourians are 5G ready and prepared to receive the economic and civic benefits that the next-generation of wireless promises to bring to communities small and large," Jamie Hastings, SVP of External & State Affairs for CTIA, said in a statement.

The Vodafone Americas Foundation last week awarded $600,000 in grants to the winners of its 10th annual Wireless Innovation Project competition.

SMART, or Sickle and Malaria Accurate Remote Testing, won the first place award of $300,000 for its platform to diagnose, track and monitors sickle cell disease and malaria patients in low-resource communities.

cerVIA, a cancer screening tool, and micro-entrepreneur app ENVision Mobile received $200,000 for second place and $100,000 for third place, respectively.

"Disease and financial illiteracy are two critical issues we regularly see affecting developing countries, and by putting powerful solutions in the hands of individuals via mobile technology, we believe true impact can be made," said VAF Director June Sugiyama.