Google looks to be filling its patents war chest further, if rumours of a bid for bankrupt Israeli device manufacturer Modu are accurate. With the Android platform under increasing threat from patent challenges, Google is reported to have offered $2m for the patent portfolio of the company, which was founded by USB-Flash drive inventor Dov Moran and which made what it claimed to be the world’s lightest modular mobile phone.
Fresh from its most recent bout of litigation against Motorola, Huawei has announced that it is suing ZTE for patent infringement. The world’s second biggest kit maker has revealed that it is to file suits against its rival in France, Germany and Hungary over what it claims are patent and trademark infringements relating to data card and LTE technologies. In addition, Huawei alleges that ZTE used one of its registered trademarks illegally on some of its data card products.
Verizon Wireless’ LTE network ground to a halt on Wednesday, as users of the HTC Thunderbolt handset reported difficulties getting online. As word began to spread, Verizon acknowledged on its Twitter page that it was experiencing “an issue” with the service, following up with a post stating that the problem had been identified and the telco was “working with major vendors to restore connections.”
Taiwanese carrier Chunghwa Telecom has demonstrated LTE in a field trial enabled by Alcatel-Lucent’s equipment, supporting a wide variety of LTE devices from various Taiwanese terminal manufacturers.
Cupertino based computer, handset and tablet manufacturer Apple has posted yet another record quarter, raking in second quarter revenue of US$24.67b, producing a net profit of US$5.99b. This was achieved with sales of 3.76m Mac computers, a 28 per cent increase over the year-ago quarter, and 18.65m sales of iPhones, representing growth of 113 per cent.
Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile have announced a joint memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the pair co-operating on research, testing and development of next generation mobile and cloud computing technologies. The MoU will see the extension of a previous joint-development arrangement on Alcatel’s ‘lightRadio’ technology.
LightSquared, the wholesale LTE network provider that’s set to shake up the US carrier market in 2011, has announced another customer in the guise of Cellular South, a privately owner wireless communications provider.
South Korean carrier SK Telecom this week held a demonstration of LTE technology ahead of a planned commercial launch in July, announcing its intention to upgrade to LTE-Advanced during 2013.
US carriers Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have come to an accord over their somewhat unhappy marriage in the US. The pair had been bickering over wholesale prices that Sprint pays to Clearwire for the resale of WiMAX services. In an amendment to their existing agreement, new wholesale pricing terms will see that Clearwire gets a minimum of $1bn from Sprint over the course of 2011 and 2012. This breaks down to a commitment of $300m in 2011, $550m in 2012 and $175m in pre-payments.
The technology might be new, but the problems are all too familiar. Danish incumbent TDC has its LTE network deployed in six cities in the country, but is currently restricted to a small scale friendly trial because of a lack of user equipment. It’s a frustrating situation for Bernd Reul, vice president of service platforms for TDC.
The European Commission has agreed technical rules for how the opening up of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands should take place. The rules are designed to avoid interference between 4G and existing 3G and GSM devices and, according to the Commission, must be implemented by member states before the end of this year.
The rules put in place a mechanism for the adoption of technical harmonisation rules that will allow GSM bands to be made available for LTE and WiMAX systems. Under EU telecoms regulations, member states have already had to examine competition between operators and address “any distortions of competition.”
Verizon has released the 4G LTE MiFi 4510L a, a mobile hotspot device that will enable up to five devices to connect to it via wifi and gain access to Verizon’s LTE network.
Monaco Telecom, the local operator of the French principality, has launched a pilot project to roll out LTE-based 4G services.
For anyone who thought that voice over LTE (VoLTE) was the only thing sustaining the case for IMS, the evidence from Informa’s IMS World Forum, which was held this week in Barcelona, would suggest otherwise.
Tunisiana, a Tunisia-based subsidiary of Quatar Telecom, has chosen Alcatel Lucent to transform its network entirely to IP, as it looks to roll-out LTE to accommodate high bandwidth applications such as video, multimedia, and mobile banking.
T-Mobile USA has announced that it will bring the HTC Sensation 4G handset exclusively to its network later this summer though pricing and exact availability of the handset are yet to be confirmed.
Vodafone Hutchinson Australia has announced that next week it will start its programme to upgrade over 5,800 base stations across the country, with a view to bringing LTE services online later this year.
Informa Telecoms and Media has announced the shortlist for the LTE Awards 2011. The ceremony will take place at the forthcoming LTE World Summit taking place in De Duif, Amsterdam on the evening of 17 May 2011.
T-Mobile USA customers can now purchase a 4G Mobile Hotspot device enabling up to five Wi-Fi devices to connect to its LTE rivalling ‘4G’ network.
Early testing on TeliSonera’s LTE network in Finland saw maximum download speeds hitting 48Mbps with an average of 36.1Mbps. This compared with average 3G speeds of 4.1Mbps. Meanwhile LTE network latency averaged 23ms, some five times faster than the average 3G latency of 117ms.