Asia Briefs: India won’t privatise BSNL, MTNL; LG to boost R&D spend 7% & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: India won’t privatise BSNL, MTNL — minister India’s telecoms minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said recently there will be no attempt to privatise …

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Ericsson partners with China ICT academy on 5G

Swedish vendor Ericsson and the Chinese Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) signed an agreement in Beijing yesterday to conduct joint R&D on 5G technologies. The two said they aim to speed up the research and standardisation of 5G …

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Ericsson quits modem business to focus on networks

Ericsson said Thursday it will exit the modem business and redirect its resources into the network side, specifically small cells. The world’s biggest infrastructure firm said it would deliver the M7450 LTE modem as planned but that would be the last such product and the relevant workforce would be redeployed.

BlackBerry offloads R&D unit to Volkswagen

Although device and software maker BlackBerry has fallen on hard times, it’s long been thought the company may carve a niche for itself in the automotive software space. So it was unsurprising when the company revealed this week that it has sold its European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany, to local auto firm Volkswagen.

Vodafone shifts innovation hub from California to UK

Vodafone Group is moving its global innovation centre from Silicon Valley to London, as it seeks to benefit from a wealth of technology skills and talent in the UK and Europe.