ZTE Corporation showcased Qcell Plus, its next-generation digital indoor mobile broadband solution, at the 11th global Small Cell World Summit in London on May 24. The upgraded Qcell Plus solution helps operators build evolving-towards-5G digital indoor infrastructure with a view to providing enhanced digital architectures, digital services and digital operation and maintenance, as to deliver a full indoor digital experience to users. Supporting key Pre5G technologies such as 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), massive carrier aggregation (CA), distributed multiple-input multiple-output…

Apple granted mmWave license by FCC to test 5G

Written on Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:54
Apple has been granted an experimental millimeter wave (mmWave) license it requested from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. The technology is part of Apple’s mandate for future deployments of 5G networks. The FCC cleared Apple for future testing of the technology. The purpose of mmWave technology is to enable quicker data speeds on mobile networks, and improve cellular performance on mobile phones. According to Business Insider, Apple plans to use the license issued by the FCC…
Nokia and Apple announced that they have settled all litigation related to their intellectual property dispute and agreed a multi-year patent license. "This is a meaningful agreement between Nokia and Apple," said Maria Varsellona, Chief Legal Officer at Nokia, responsible for Nokia's patent licensing business. "It moves our relationship with Apple from being adversaries in court to business partners working for the benefit of our customers." Under a business collaboration agreement, Nokia will be providing certain network infrastructure products and…

Ericsson signs smart travel partnership in China

Written on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 07:02
On May 15, 2017, Ericsson signed an MoU with China Mobile’s Government and Enterprise Customers Branch and Mobike for a smart travel partnership under the “Belt and Road” framework. The partnership is a response to the government’s call for green travel and the “Belt and Road” initiative which aims to improve the overall service level of smart travel and drive the global collaboration and development of the bicycle-sharing industry. Wei Bing, Deputy General Manager of China Mobile’s Government and Enterprise…
Nokia, together with Finland's public safety network provider, State Security Networks Group, and Telia Finland have successfully trialed the use of network features, developed by Nokia, which ensure public safety communications are given priority over any other voice or data traffic in busy 4G/LTE networks. LTE can support mission-critical operations securely and cost-effectively, enabling new capabilities for public safety agencies, such as video, in addition to traditional voice communications, to enhance situational awareness, command and control, and the safety of…
At the 17th Dubai Airport Show, in Dubai, UAE, Huawei and Hamad International Airport (HIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), formalizing a strategic partnership to enable the airport’s digital transformation. The MoU provides a broad framework for collaboration between HIA and Huawei for co-creation of innovative concepts, prototypes and solutions using cutting-edge technologies, particularly in the areas of IoT and autonomous machines, to address real business challenges and opportunities. The objective is to accelerate digital transformation at Hamad International…
Following a “challenging year,” British telecoms group BT says it plans to lay off 4,000 jobs worldwide in an effort to drive down costs after posting falling profits. The company will cut jobs across three divisions including global services, group functions, technology, services and operations, BT said in its annual results statement. BT currently employs 102,500 staff around the world and operators in 180 countries. It will take a one-off restructuring charge of $388 million (357 million euros). The company…
Finland’s Nokia plans to sell its undersea cable unit, a business that underpins the global Internet, two union sources and a French government source told Reuters. The division, valued at about 800 million euros ($870 million), is one of the top suppliers of undersea cable networks in the world and was bought by the telecom equipment maker last year as part of its 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) acquisition of French rival Alcatel. It has been run as a standalone…

ITU commends Huawei for driving innovation in Africa

Written on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:15
The International Telecom Union (ITU) has praised Huawei Technologies, for driving innovation in Africa. “With the vision of bridging the digital divide, Huawei has never ceased in driving innovation and development in the industry,” said Andrew Rugege, Regional Director of the International Telecommunication Union, the regional office for Africa. “Together, we can build a better connected Africa and I hope that Huawei can become partners with us to make this happen. It is not only a sponsor but also a…
Huawei hosted its Global Safe City Summit 2017 themed "Leading New ICT, The Road to Collaborative Public Safety" in Dubai from April 26-27. More than 350 government customers, industry experts, and partners participated in the summit to share their experience and opinions, and promote digital transformation of the public safety industry. During the summit, Huawei introduced the C-C4ISR Collaborative Public Safety Solutions, which will drive digital transformation of the global public safety industry. Together with world-leading public safety partners such…

Qualcomm Signs 3G/4G Patent License Agreement with Smartron

Written on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:45
Qualcomm Incorporated and Smartron India Private Limited, announced they have entered into a 3G and 4G patent license agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, Qualcomm has granted Smartron a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell WCDMA, CDMA2000, and 4G LTE complete devices. With this agreement, Smartron joins the growing list of key Indian OEMs to have direct access to Qualcomm’s technology. Smartron was founded in August 2014 with a vision to build India’s first global technology OEM…
Swedish telecoms equipment giant Ericsson suffered an “unsatisfactory and mixed” Q1, says CEO Borje Ekholm, as the vendor recorded a net loss of SEK10.9 billion ($1.2 billion) and an 11 percent year-on-year decline in sales. Ekholm said during a conference call that the company’s performance has been affected by restructuring costs, as well as a faster than anticipated decline in sales of its legacy portfolio. Ericsson is going to increase its cost-saving efforts, according to the company’s earnings call which…
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