Europe strikes 5G R&D deal with Japan

The European Union (EU) joined forces with Japan to work towards a “common understanding of 5G”, identify “new harmonised frequencies” for the next-generation technology, and cooperate on future 5G applications. “Our agreement with Japan is a milestone on the road …

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Samsung wins some ground in US patent dispute with Apple

A US appeals court in Washington DC ruled that around 40 per cent of the $930 million in damages that Samsung was ordered to pay Apple for patent infringements – which stemmed from a 2012 ruling – should now be …

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Wicab chief says mobile can help blind people ‘see’

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Robert Beckman, CEO of medical firm Wicab, is looking to mobile and wireless technologies to improve the company’s first-generation ‘BrainPort V100’ device, which is designed to help totally blind people ‘see’ by translating digital information from a video …

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Vodafone finds nearly half of UK businesses have no plans for 4G

A survey of British businesses, commissioned by Vodafone UK, found nearly two-thirds do not have 4G, while 41 per cent said they had no plans to adopt the technology. Phil Mottram, enterprise director of Vodafone UK, argued that lack of …

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EE LTE traffic now exceeds 3G; hits 10M 4G subs

EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, said LTE traffic volumes now surpassed 3G, and that it was the first operator in Europe to amass more than 10 million 4G subscribers. Last month the company reported Q1 results that saw it add …

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Ericsson accuses Apple of wanting special treatment over patent royalties

Ericsson has taken its legal battle with Apple to Europe – filing lawsuits in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK – to ramp up pressure on the iPhone-maker to pay royalties, on standard-essential patents, on what it insists will be a fair, reasonable …

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Google joins LTE patent pool

Via Licensing, a Dolby Laboratories subsidiary and intellectual property specialist, announced that Google was the latest company to join its pool of essential LTE patents. Via said Google’s participation would be “significant”, especially since it includes the “impressive portfolio” of …

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Facebook makes first drone test flight

Facebook announced it had completed the first successful test flight of its UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) platform, which it intends to deploy in order to extend connectivity as part of its internet.org initiative. The drone, as reported by TechCrunch, has …

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Deutsche Telekom launches 5G innovation lab

Deutsche Telekom (DT), in cooperation with research companies, start-ups and “established” network vendors, is to develop a 5G innovation lab dubbed ‘5G:haus’. “5G:haus will allow us, in cooperation with leading partners, to develop the architecture, to foster innovation and to …

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