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Wireless News From Around the Web

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Rethink Wireless – a round-up of key events in Wireless news and mobile news from around the web. Rethink Wireless understands there are many sources for Wireless news, and while we deliver analysis on what we consider key events, we feel our Rethink Wireless readers should also be aware of potential changes in the market as a result of these events. Rethink Wireless will publish this Wireless news round up every Wednesday.

M&A

  • Sony is investing $212 million in the acquisition of semiconductor company Altair, as the Japanese giant aims to produce component devices featuring both sensing and communication technologies using Altair’s modem chips for fourth-generation cellular technology.
  • FPGA vendor Xilinx is rumored to be preparing itself for acquisition, after the company filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to alter agreements with top execs about benefits in the event of change of owner.

Network technologies

  • Verizon has joined the Open source SDN Network Operating System (ONOS), a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project for service providers and networks to develop software-defined networks (SDN) architectures.
  • Vodafone India has said it will be able to launch 4G services in areas beyond its currents reach it the telecom department speeds up harmonization of its existing 1800 MHz airwaves.
  • Ranplan has partnered with Ascom Network Testing on in-building optimization for small cell, DAS, and WiFi networks – both indoor and outdoor.
  • Quortus has announced updates to its EdgeCentrix (ECX) technology, by aligning its cellular core network solutions with ETSI-endorsed Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) principles.

IoT

  • The IPSO Alliance has proposed a security framework for connected objects. The ‘IPSO Platform’ will be developed to support smart objects with a focus on object interoperability on protocol and data layers, as well as privacy technologies.

Telco

  • French telco Iliad could be looking to enter the UK market if the acquisition of O2 by Three creates an opening, and is dependent on if the two operators will need to sell assets in order to gain approval.
  • Freedom is the latest to offer international services following $50 million in funding. The service will offer a “free hotspot” at $49.99 upfront with free data in 25 countries and a SIM with free calls and data across selected regions.
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