In a press release posted today, Huawei announced that it filed patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon in the District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Huawei is seeking compensation for Verizon’s use of patented technology that is protected by 12 of Huawei’s US patents.
“Verizon’s products and services have benefited from patented technology that Huawei developed over many years of research and development,” said Dr. Song Liuping, Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer.
According to the press release, before filing the lawsuit, Huawei negotiated with Verizon for a significant period of time, during which the company provided a detailed list of patents and factual evidence of Verizon’s use of Huawei patents. The two parties were unable to reach an agreement on license terms.
“We invest heavily in R&D because we want to provide our customers with the best possible telecommunications solutions,” continued Dr. Song. “We share these innovations with the broader industry through license agreements.”
“For years now, we have successfully negotiated patent license agreements with many companies. Unfortunately, when no agreement can be reached, we have no choice but to seek a legal remedy.”
“This is the common practice in the industry. Huawei is simply asking that Verizon respect Huawei’s investment in research and development by either paying for the use of our patents, or refraining from using them in its products and services.”
Verizon responded with a press release of its own. “Huawei’s lawsuit filed overnight, in the very early morning, is nothing more than a PR stunt. The lawsuit is a sneak attack on our company and the entire tech ecosystem. Huawei’s real target is not Verizon; it is any country or company that defies it. The action lacks merit, and we look forward to vigorously defending ourselves.”
Verizon has acquired some assets of virtual reality video start-up Jaunt XR. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to CNBC, Verizon will own Jaunt’s software and technology, among other assets.
Jaunt also announced this news on its website.
Jaunt XR today announced the acquisition of its software, technology, and certain other assets by Verizon Communications for an undisclosed amount. Jaunt XR is a leader in the immersive industry with a focus on the scalable creation and distribution of volumetric video of humans.
Jaunt stated that it will be assisting Verizon with the transition of select portions of the software and technology for a brief period of time.
“We are thrilled with Verizon’s acquisition of Jaunt’s technology,” said Mitzi Reaugh, President & CEO of Jaunt XR. “The Jaunt team has built leading-edge software and we are excited for its next chapter with Verizon.”
The Verge reported that it is unclear exactly what parts of Jaunt XR’s technology Verizon is buying, or whether Jaunt XR will continue to exist after they finish assisting Verizon “for a brief period of time”.
The Verge also noted that Verizon has a history with VR and AR. Last year, Verizon launched RYOT Innovation Studio, which aims to build immersive entertainment that shows off Verizon’s faster 5G network speeds.
I haven’t been able to find anything that specifically states how the purchase of Jaunt XR will affect Verizon customers. For whatever reason, Verizon isn’t being incredibly clear about that. I’m assuming that whenever Verizon is ready, they will let everyone know about this new purchase and how they are planning to use it.
Inseego Corp., pioneering 5G and intelligent IoT device-to-cloud solutions, and Verizon, the first in the world to launch a commercial 5G network, will unveil MiFi 5G NR mobile broadband technology on Dec. 4 at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui.
The two companies will conduct a live virtual reality telemedicine demonstration in partnership with Columbia University using an Inseego mobile hotspot device, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements, running on Verizon’s 5G NR mobile network deployed at the event venue.
The device also offers powerful next generation Wi-Fi performance using the Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6-ready mobile solution. The Inseego mobile hotspot launches on the Verizon network in 2019.
“Inseego is separating hype from reality by bringing advanced 5G NR mobile technology to life through a live VR-enabled healthcare application in Maui, powered by patented 5G MiFi technology,” said Inseego Chairman and CEO, Dan Mondor.
“Exceptional speed and low latency connectivity that mission-critical use cases require are being demonstrated in a real-world scenario, running on a live Verizon 5G network. This milestone reflects the impact that 5G NR will have on everyday life. We’re thrilled to show the way forward by making 5G real and more importantly, we want to demonstrate the power of 5G that will benefit society.”
Brian Higgins, vice president, device and consumer product marketing for Verizon, concurs. “An important part of making 5G a reality is collaborating with other technology leaders to advance the technology and to put it in the hands of consumers and businesses,” said Higgins.
“The new Inseego 5G hotspot device – a Verizon exclusive when it becomes available in 2019 – will give our customers another way to access the super high speeds and ultra-low latency of 5G on their mobile devices and change the ways they live, work and play.”
Verizon Wireless has announced that they will be slowing data speeds for certain customers. This slowing down will start in October of 2014. It won’t affect all users the same way. They are focusing on the customers who use the most data.
It ties into Verizon Wireless’ Network Optimization policy (which was created in 2011). The purpose of the Network Optimization policy is “to ensure that all data customers would have the best network experience”. Something new has been added to the Network Optimization policy that will go into affect in October of this year.
The new change will affect a specific group of Verizon Wireless customers. From their statement:
Starting in October 2014, Verizon Wireless will extend its network optimization policy to the data users who: fall within the top 5 percent of data users on our network, have fulfilled their minimum contractual commitment, and are on unlimited plans using a 4G LTE device. They may experience slower data speeds when using certain high bandwith applications, such as streaming high-definition video or during real-time online gaming, and only when connecting to a cell site when it is experiencing heavy demand.
The slowed speed will not be a permanent thing. The top 5 percent of data users will only experience it when they are using a cell site that is currently at peak usage. When the cell becomes less busy, the normal bandwith speed will return. Verizon doesn’t consider the slowed speed to be “throttling”.
It is the biggest time of the year for tennis fans, as the annual Wimbledon tournament has rolled around once again. This year the showcase of the sport can be watched, not only if pay the money and fly to England, not only on your TV, but also right on you computer — or a set top box with the right app.
Google, through its YouTube subsidiary, has announced that users will be able to “catch the key moments of the tennis, interviews, behind the scenes and press conferences throughout the Wimbledon fortnight. You can also relive all the glory days of Wimbledon’s golden moments, such as one of the greatest matches ever played”.
The action kicks off this Monday, June 24th, and will be free for customers. To pull this of, the video service partnered with Rolex to sponsor the coverage. Catch the action at http://www.youtube.com/user/Wimbledon.
Altair Semiconductor is a start up company that is based in Israel, near Tel Aviv. The company has been around for seven years, and has offices around the world. They develop LTE single mode chipsets. The market is quickly moving towards LTE, and Altair Semiconductor is ready to meet that need.
The LTE chipsets made by Altair Semiconductor are in phones right now. They are the first LTE chipsets to be certified by Verizon for use on the Verizon network, and are in the process of certifying with AT&T as well. Altair also makes LTE chipsets that can be used in tablets and LTE USB dongles. Their “sweet spot” is in MTM applications, where a machine communicates directly with another machine and needs to send data from one to the other. Altair Semiconductor has products that are available in the USA, Europe, Asia, and India.
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The new Android phones continue to come out at an amazingly fast rate. While you may have just begun to lust after the Nexus 4, which will be out in a few days, another phone is already about the be launched. The HTC Droid DNA may not be a “flagship” Google phone like the Nexus line, but it promises some great thing.
Aside from the upcoming LG Nexus 4, the HTC Droid DNA will be one of the first phones to come with the new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, which packs a ton of feature updates such PhotoSphere. Reports are also indicating a 5 inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel primary camera, polycarbonate matte case and of course LTE. All of those specs remain unconfirmed at this point, but they come from multiple sources.
Verizon plans to unveil the new handset at an event Tuesday morning in New York City, but now they have quietly pushed out another announcement as well. A day before their NYC show, they will be holding a special live unboxing tomorrow, November 12th. The page explains that users will need to “add Verizon Wireless to a circle on Google+ for an exclusive invite to our Hangout on Air Unboxing Event.” Are you looking for a new phone? Which would you prefer, the Nexus 4 or the HTC Droid DNA? Or are you planning to go with a different device?