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Qualcomm Files Case Against 4 iPhone Manufacturers Including Foxconn

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San Diego based technology firm Qualcomm has filed a complaint in an United States District Court against four manufacturers of Apple iPhone and iPads for breaching license agreements. These four manufactures include Foxconn Technologies, Pegatron Corporation, Wistron Corporation and Compal Technologies.

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California against these four manufacturers for refusing to pay for use of Qualcomm’s licensed technologies.

In this matter the US based chip maker seeks an order that would require the defendants to comply with their long-standing contractual obligations to Qualcomm, as well as declaratory relief and damages.

The chip maker said despite a long history of consistently paying royalties under their license agreements with Qualcomm, the manufacturers now are refusing to pay royalties on the Apple products they produce.

“It is unfortunate that we must take this action against these long-time licensees to enforce our agreements, but we cannot allow these manufacturers and Apple to use our valuable intellectual property without paying the fair and reasonable royalties to which they have agreed,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm.

Qualcomm said that though the manufacturers are not disputing their contractual obligations to pay for the use of its technologies,but they are following Apple’s instructions not to pay.

The license agreements with the manufacturers in many cases were entered into before Apple sold its first iPhone and Apple is not a party to the agreements. Further, the defendants are continuing to pay Qualcomm royalties for using its technology in non-Apple products, under the very same agreements that apply to the Apple products. Qualcomm has already filed a separate claim against Apple for its unlawful interference with the license agreements between the chipmaker and these manufacturers.

“As Apple continues to collect billions of dollars from consumer sales of its Qualcomm-enabled products, it is using its market power as the wealthiest company in the world to try to coerce unfair and unreasonable license terms from Qualcomm in its global attack on the company. Our license agreements with Apple’s manufacturers remain valid and enforceable. The manufacturers must continue to live up to their obligations under these agreements and Apple should immediately cease its tortious interference,” added Rosenberg.

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I/O 2017 : Qualcomm, Google Team Up To Build Daydream VR Headset

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Google today said it has partnered with Qualcomm to develop a new standalone Daydream VR head set based on the San Diego based chip maker’s latest mobile platform Snapdragon 835.

This was announced during Google’s annual technology event Google I/O 2017.

Today’s collaboration is an extension of both the firms’ earlier partnership to develop Daydream VR for smartphones. The current collaboration would develop a standalone Daydream VR headset reference design to build more such products.

“We are thrilled to once again work with Google and offer a powerful premium Snapdragon experience for devices on the Daydream platform,” said Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

“Our companies share the same vision: to make it possible for everyone to enjoy rich and immersive VR experiences on a smartphone device or a dedicated VR head-mounted display while being fully mobile, rather than being restricted by cables or limited to predefined rooms setup for outside-in tracking,” added Kressin.

The new Daydream standalone headset reference design includes custom specifications for tracking cameras and other sensors that make the best use of the Tango-based tracking technology Google has placed in the headset.

The first of these headsets are expected to hit shelves later this year.

“The Daydream standalone headset reference design created in close partnership with Qualcomm will enable manufacturers to build a whole new category of VR devices,” said Clay Bavor, vice president, virtual reality, Google.

“These headsets have everything needed for VR, built right into the headset itself and are as easy to use as picking them up. They’ll feature WorldSense for positional tracking right out of the box without any external equipment. We’re thrilled that headsets will begin to hit shelves later this year.”

Today’s announcement is an addition to the Fall 2016 announcement of the Snapdragon 821 and 820 processors supporting Daydream-ready devices. The fruits of this multi-year effort with Google now offers customers choice in Daydream headsets – from smartphone VR to standalone VR.

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Huawei Partners With Infosys To Develop BSS Solutions

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Huawei today announced that it has partnered with IT major Infosys to jointly develop various solutions in the BSS (business support systems) domain. This partnership was part of the Chinese telecom gear maker’s Telco OS Partner program where the firm works with partners to develop joint go-to-market strategy.

This announcement was made at the TM Forum Live!2017, where both companies are participating.

“This alliance leverages Huawei’s product innovation and Infosys’ services innovation to create unique and compelling joint solutions which can help renew and create value for the communications services industry. It further gives Infosys a unique advantage and value proposition to be able to help advise our clients on the Huawei product suite,” said Avi Kulshrestha, Industry Head of Communications Media, Entertainment & Global OEM Business, Infosys.

As part of the agreement, the parties will explore joint solution innovation and labs, and promote joint solutions to customers and business partners. While Huawei would bring its industry leading BSS products to the table, Infosys would focus on consulting, systems integration and application development and maintenance (ADM) services.

“Infosys offer communications industry insight, comprehensive services and skilled practitioners. Combined with Huawei BSS products we can together drive digital transformation success and business performance improvement for our customers.” – Ken Kang, President of BES Product Line, Huawei Software.

The Huawei Telco OS Partner Program is a communications industry-specific partner program designed to establish partner relationships which accelerate the digital transformation of Communication Service Providers (CSPs) across their BSS, Operations Support System (OSS) and Big Data functional domains.

The Program was initially focused on Delivery Service Vendors (DSV) to augment project delivery, and Solution (ISV) partners to augment the productized solutions being delivered. To date over 1,000 engineers have been certified under the program, working across 57 different projects, in 39 countries around the world, leveraging over 30 ISV products.

Building from the initial focus, the Program is now being expanded to include Service partners to accelerate the delivery of joint solutions based on Huawei Telco OS products and partner consulting, systems integration and application management services.

“Huawei is focused to apply its deep understanding of the telecom industry to deliver innovative software products which have the potential to transform the business performance of our customers. We are now expanding further our partner ecosystem to include Service partners where together we can accelerate the capture of project benefits, reducing transformation risk and optimize cost to transform for our customers” – Ken Kang, President of BES Product Line, Huawei Software.

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Motorola Solutions Inducts Former EMC CEO Joe Tucci To Its Board

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Motorola Solutions Tuesday said it has elected Joe Tucci to its board of directors. Joseph M. Tucci or Joe Tucci as he is known popularly, had been the chairman and chief executive officer of EMC Corporation, till the storage giant was acquired by Dell, in one of the biggest acquisition in the technology history.

In EMC Tucci led the company through a dramatic transformation and revitalization, moving its business model from a focus on high-end storage platforms into a federation of businesses with leadership in information storage, protection and security, infrastructure virtualization and cloud management and orchestration.

He currently is co-chief executive officer and co-chairman of a Special Purpose Acquisition company, GTY Technology Holdings.

“Joe has decades of deep experience in the information technology sector,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Under his leadership, EMC grew impressively by organic means and through several very strategic acquisitions such as VMware. Additionally, Joe built one of the best enterprise sales forces in the country. I am thrilled to have him on our board.”

Tucci helped forge and guides the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and serves on the boards of Bridge Growth Partners; Paychex, Inc.; Columbia Business School; Northeastern University; Boston Symphony Orchestra; and the National Academy Foundation. He previously was chairman and CEO of Wang Global, was president of U.S. Information Systems for Unisys Corporation, and began his career as a systems programmer at RCA Corporation.

Joe Tucci holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in business policy from Columbia University.

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Apple Invests $200 Mn In Corning Gorilla Glass Manufacturing Plant

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Apple has announced to invest $200 million in Corning’s manufacturing plant in Harrodsburg for its glass processing unit. The investment is a part of Apple’s commitment to invest in US based companies that are working on innovative products and solutions.

“Corning is a great example of a supplier that has continued to innovate and they are one of Apple’s long-standing suppliers,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

“This partnership started 10 years ago with the very first iPhone, and today every customer that buys an iPhone or iPad anywhere in the world touches glass that was developed in America. We’re extremely proud of our collaboration over the years and we are investing further with Corning who has such a rich legacy of innovative manufacturing practices,” he added.

Corning started its operations in 2007, the very year that Apple launched its first smartphone – the iconic iPhone – and since then both the companies are working together.

Corning’s 65-year-old Harrodsburg facility has been integral to the 10-year collaboration between these two innovative companies and will be the focus of Apple’s investment.

Apple has committed to investing at least $1 billion with US-based companies as part of the fund, which is designed to foster innovative production and highly skilled jobs that will help lay the foundation for a new era of technology-driven manufacturing in the US.

“Corning’s longstanding relationship with Apple has not only led to significant glass innovations that have enabled new capabilities for consumers, it has also helped create nearly 1,000 American jobs and allowed us to continue growing and expanding in the US,” said Wendell P. Weeks, Corning’s chairman, chief executive officer and president. “This investment will ensure our plant in Harrodsburg remains a global center of excellence for glass technology.”

Since the inception of Gorilla Glass in 2007, Apple said, the partnership between Apple and Corning has created and sustained nearly 1,000 US jobs across Corning’s R&D, manufacturing and commercial functions, including over 400 in Harrodsburg.

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Motorola Solutions Donates Emergency Response Solution To Red Cross Mexico

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Motorola Solutions has donated emergency response solutions to the Mexican Red Cross society which will be deployed for the medical unit in Cancun in order to reinforce the unit’s emergency and rescue work in the area.

The unit in Cancun is made up of 350 volunteers, 25 ambulances and a dispatch center, and provides service to the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres and Lázaro Cárdenas, as well as the airport area. In 2016, this unit provided 17,400 emergency services, both on land and on the water; this averages to about 45 services on most days and up to 170 services on holidays.

The high demand for services necessitated a quicker and more effective response capability. With this donation, which involved migrating analog communications to digital through a solution comprised of 25 mobile radios for ambulances and 15 portable radios for rescue workers, the unit is better prepared to respond to emergencies.

“The benefits from Motorola Solutions’ donation to the timely fulfillment of our mission translates into time we save that can be put towards saving more lives,” said Amilcar Manuel Galaviz Aguilar, general director of the Red Cross in Cancun. “In addition to the multiple capabilities of this digital solution, including its flexibility and compatibility with the analog system, it allows us to maintain communication with the Institution.”

The digital solution offers greater coverage and private communication with each ambulance during each emergency call. As a result, paramedics will have direct communication with support personnel, whether they are from the same rescue unit, hospitals or other emergency services, such as firefighters, patrol police and others.

“We are honored that our solutions helped improve Red Cross response capacity. At Motorola Solutions México, our commitment to public safety and the welfare of the community goes beyond our business offer and gives our work a real sense of purpose.This certainly proves that we are there in the moments that matter in Mexico,” said Héctor Luna, general manager, Motorola Solutions México.

The digital radios integrate unlimited voice and data. These are easy-to-use radios, offering enhanced features and boast the benefits of critical enterprise operations, such as integrated Bluetooth and Intelligent Audio, which automatically adjusts the radio volume based on background noise.These radios operate in day/night mode, making it easier to see contacts, text messages and work-order tickets, even in direct sunlight.

This digital solution is enhanced with two repeaters, donated by Exprescom and Comsa, and the TrboNet Enterprise console donated by Neocom Software.

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Ericsson And MTS Achieve 25 Gbps Speed In 5G Trial In Russia

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While doing a 5G trial in Russia, Ericsson and MTS have demonstrated 25 Gbps speed on their prototype 5G network. Both the companies are now planning to extend this partnership and further develop this 5G prototype into an extended 5G demo zone for the 2018 international soccer competition in Russia.

The scope of the 5G trial covered features such as massive and multi-User MIMO (multiple input multiple output), beam tracking and dynamic TDD (time division duplex), concepts and technologies that are available in Ericsson’s commercial portfolio, and included stationary and mobile test cases. The prototype system comprises a base station with integrated multiple antennas and two sets of user equipment, and is located in Moscow.

The massive and multi-User MIMO features are based on hardware including up to 512 smart antennas with integrated transceivers per cell, which significantly improves throughput for subscribers. Furthermore, the Multi-User MIMO feature enables operators to serve multiple subscribers in one sector of a cell with the same spectrum, and thus increase the efficiency of frequency use and the cell capacity.

“With a scalable and dynamic 5G network as a base, an array of new services and revenue streams will be available to operators. It will enable the automation and business transformation required for the Internet of Things, as well as services like virtual and augmented reality,” said Hannes Ekstrom, Head of Customer Unit MTS, Market Area Europe & Latin America, Ericsson.

The features beam tracking and dynamic TDD also provide key functionality in this scenario. The former enables the system to maintain a reliable connections and achieve the best possible throughput as the users move through the network, and the latter further improves throughput rates and the utilization of radio network resources by dynamically allocating capacity for downlink and uplink traffic.

Igor Egorov, Director of Moscow Region, MTS, says: “The tests showed an absolute record of the data speeds in Russia to a mobile device, and on specific examples we saw how close we are to the daily use of 5G solutions. MTS is currently building a data transfer network and testing various solutions to ensure we are ready for 5G standardization.”

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Ericsson To Deploy HD Delivery Solution For Mexican Broadcaster Televisa

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Ericsson today announced it is implementing a new end-to-end primary distribution system for Televisa, Mexico’s leading broadcaster and content provider.

The system selected by Televisa features Ericsson’s AVP Encoder with the latest HEVC compression module, the MX8400 Multiplexer and many RX8200 HEVC receivers with integrated DVB-S2X de-modulator.

By deploying both DVB-S2X and HEVC, Televisa can increase the number of high definition services it distributes while maintaining the best picture quality and without requiring additional bandwidth. Televisa has also selected Ericsson’s system management platform nCompass Director, which features conditional access and software download capabilities to offer a more flexible approach to managing and protecting content delivered to its affiliates.

This new primary distribution system enables the Mexican broadcaster to efficiently deliver content to ATSC stations distributed throughout Mexico.

Elisabetta Romano, Vice President and Head of Media Solutions at Ericsson, says: “This new agreement is the next milestone in our long-standing relationship with Televisa. Ericsson’s latest portfolio incorporating HEVC HD compression technology and DVB-S2X transmission technology will play a fundamental role in enabling more expansive HD content delivery without increasing demand on valuable satellite bandwidth.

Televisa has a reputation for being a pioneer in the Mexican TV and media industry, deploying new standards based technologies including MPEG-4 AVC, DVB-S2 and now both HEVC and DVB-S2X. We look forward to growing our relationship with them even further over the coming years.”

Ericsson has worked with Televisa for over 25 years. Nearly a decade ago, Ericsson helped the broadcast to migrate from its original Ericsson supplied MPEG-2 SD system to an MPEG-4 AVC SD and HD architecture, enabling the broadcaster to become the first to market with HDTV in Mexico.

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Procera Networks Bags Multi-million Dollar Deal From Vodafone Egypt

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California based Procera Networks Thursday said it has bagged a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract from Vodafone Egypt to enhance the subscriber experience for its fixed and mobile subscribers.

Procera Networks was selected for the deployment after a competitive evaluation due to the strength of their virtualized solution offering for subscriber experience analytics, even as encryption becomes prevalent on the Internet.

Vodafone Egypt is the largest mobile operator in Egypt with a customer base exceeding 39 million.

According to the contract Vodafone Egypt will deploy Procera’s analytics solutions including PacketLogic’s DRDL engine, which identifies traffic signatures and makes it possible to deliver fine-grained application identification despite the increasing use of encryption on the Internet.

Besides, it will also deploy Procera’s ScoreCard technology that provides a unique view of quality, with high frequency measurements of quality in categories that subscribers can relate to. These include: web surfing, streaming video, social media, real-time gaming, upload, download, and voice applications. By analyzing results from ScoreCard, the data can be used to guide investment into network capacity and idenitify service creation opportunities for the network planning teams at Vodafone Egypt.

“Procera’s virtual solutions delivered on the promise of Network Functions Virtualization for Vodafone Egypt today, enabling us to accelerate our NFV deployment timelines,” said Osama Siad, Vodafone Egypt’s Technology Director.

Osama added: “Procera’s PacketLogic solutions, especially ScoreCard, enable us to dynamically deploy analytics capacity to ensure our customers are receiving a high quality broadband experience across our entire network footprint, to be the number one network in Egypt, and reach our main goal which is securing the best service quality for our customers’ satisfaction.”

Lyn Cantor, President and CEO at Procera Networks, said: “Procera is pleased to provide solutions that enable Vodafone Egypt’s to deliver a high quality broadband experience to their subscribers. We believe that our strategic focus on virtualization use cases for fixed and mobile network will enable both operators and subscribers to benefit from their broadband networks.”

“Virtualization of analytics is a key initiative for the Middle East region,” said Hashem Eid, Procera’s Managing Director of Sales for Middle East. “With regional operators competing on network quality, reducing the cost and increasing the deployment flexibility of analytics through virutualization is a business imperative.”

Procera’s subscriber and network intelligence technology is the choice for hundreds of fixed, mobile, and Wi-Fi operators around the world. From giving operators the tools to tackle encryption, to managing content filtering and enforcing parental restrictions, or helping meet regulatory requirements, Procera is giving back the network visibility and control that has otherwise been lost in recent years.

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Motorola Solutions Files Patent Infringement Case Against Hytera In Germany

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Motorola Solutions today announced that it has filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany (the “Regional Court”) against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Munder, Germany.

This legal action follows the patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera with the U.S. International Trade Commission on March 29, 2017 and the patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filed on March 14, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Regional Court complaints assert that Hytera’s two-way wireless communication devices that utilize “pseudo-trunking” functionality are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 2 342 851 B1. Motorola Solutions seeks an injunction preventing Hytera from offering and delivering products with the pseudo-trunking feature in Germany, as well as the recall and destruction of infringing products and various damages.

Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions, said, “Today’s action is another important step in our efforts to protect Motorola Solutions’ long and distinguished track record of innovation. We are committed to safeguarding our valuable intellectual property, including our extensive portfolio of more than 4,000 patents, for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders around the world. We remain confident that the legal actions we are taking globally will be effective in stopping Hytera’s unlawful conduct.”

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