Just prior to opening statements in a San Diego federal trial between Apple and Qualcomm last week, lawyers for both companies huddled out of earshot of a nine-person jury.The two tech heavyweights were deep into settlement negotiations to end their bitter, two-year fight over Qualcomm’s patent licensing fees. The discussion centered on whether to ask for a delay in opening statements in hopes of finalizing a deal.The decision was made to proceed with opening arguments. But if there was any toning down of rhetoric because of settlement talks, it was not apparent in the courtroom. Lawyers for Apple and contract manufacturers that make iPhones lashed out at Qualcomm for breaking promises to the mobile industry. Qualcomm, they alleged, also used a “Bermuda triangle” of contracts to charge twice for the same technology, abused its dominant market share in cellular chips to strong-arm smartphone makers into paying too much for patents and sought payment on dubious … [Read more...] about In the end, Apple-Qualcomm settlement came down to 5G
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By Bradley Bermont | PUBLISHED: April 2, 2019 at 4:29 pm | UPDATED: April 3, 2019 at 2:26 pm A telecom giant filed a lawsuit against Torrance recently, arguing the city violated federal law when it denied five permits last year for new small cell installations. Officials for Crown Castle, which has the largest footprint of any telecom infrastructure company in the nation, have said the small cell nodes are necessary to bolster the city’s cellphone networks; the company’s goal is to ultimately install thousands of the cell nodes across the L.A. County — and tens of thousands nationwide. Oscar Martinez, a planning associate for the city who oversaw the application process, told Southern California News Group that Crown Castle repeatedly submitted incomplete applications. After a year of revisions and appeals, the permits were ultimately denied by the City Council at the end of last year. The areas Crown Castle wanted to build in already had adequate cell service, … [Read more...] about Crown Castle sues Torrance over 5 permits to install 5G network cell nodes
BRUSSELS: The EU on Tuesday (Mar 12) set out a 10-point plan aimed at rebalancing relations with Beijing as fears grow about Chinese investment and influence on critical infrastructure, including new communication technology. The EU is concerned about China's failure to open up its markets to foreign competitors and the distorting influence of subsidies for state-run enterprises. (AFP/THIERRY CHARLIER) European leaders will be asked to sign off on the proposals at when they meet next week in Brussels, with senior officials urging them to take action to protect EU values and standards, warning that China is a "rival" as well as the bloc's biggest trading partner. The move comes with the US urging European allies to abandon plans to use Chinese firm Huawei in telecom infrastructure plans, especially 5G networks, arguing it could serve as a front for spying. The EU last month also took a major step towards toughening up scrutiny of foreign takeovers, with trade commissioner … [Read more...] about EU sets out 10 point plan to rebalance China ties
Mae Anderson and Tali Arbel, Ap Technology Writers Updated 9:11 am PST, Monday, February 11, 2019 FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo a sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas. 5G is a new technical standard for wireless networks that promises faster speeds; less lag, or “latency,” when connecting to the network; and the ability to connect many devices to the internet without bogging it down. less FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo a sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas. 5G is a new technical standard for wireless networks that promises faster speeds; less lag, ... more Photo: John Locher, AP Photo: John Locher, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2019, … [Read more...] about AP Explains: What is “5G” wireless, and should you care?
When T-Mobile’s chief executive went before Senate lawmakers this year to make the case for his company’s merger with Sprint, he argued that the deal could help preserve U.S. dominance in high-tech wireless networks for smartphones and other devices.“We’ll make sure America wins the global 5G race,” John Legere vowed. “5G will unlock capabilities that will fuel job creation and innovation well beyond what we have seen so far.”T-Mobile isn’t the only carrier touting the amazing new capabilities of 5G, or fifth-generation data networks. The entire industry has spent much of the year marketing a dazzling future to consumers, one in which the successor to 4G LTE enables new technologies, such as self-driving cars and remote medicine.But despite the hype, 5G is still a long way from becoming a reality for everyday Americans. As companies such as AT&T and Verizon trade barbs over which one technically arrived first to the technology, … [Read more...] about 2018 was the year of 5G hype. The 5G reality is yet to come.