Qualcomm deal sparks China smartphone patent skirmishes

Settlement has allowed wireless patent holders like ZTE and Huawei Technologies to seek royalties

BEIJING (Reuters) - Last summer, lawyers from Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp began writing to half a dozen local handset makers it believed used its patents. Its message was simple: it's time to pay up.

ZTE's efforts to collect patent royalties - months ahead of Qualcomm Inc's China antitrust settlement this week, according to people with knowledge of the matter - shows how that deal has already changed the way China's booming smartphone industry does business.

Telecity looks to 'cloud' growth with $2.2 billion Interxion deal

Demand for premium data centers driven by processing for smartphones

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LONDON (Reuters) - British data center provider Telecity Group Plc has agreed a non-binding $2.2 billion all-share deal to buy New York-listed Interxion Holding NV, looking to tap growing demand for "cloud" technology.

Shares in Telecity, which like its new partner operates some of the huge computer centers which process traffic on the Internet, rose more than 16 percent to their highest in some 19 months.

Alcatel-Lucent woos new kinds of customers in race to prove itself

Increased importance of computing networks to multinational banks and retailers opens new opportunities for telecom gear makers

PARIS (Reuters) - In the final year of his turnaround plan, Alcatel-Lucent's boss is pushing the telecom network gear maker to diversify its customer base by selling Internet equipment to large technology companies and multinational corporations.

Chief Executive Michel Combes' plan to put more emphasis on so-called edge and core routers that direct traffic on the Internet has allowed the company to set itself apart from traditional mobile rivals Ericsson and Nokia, and leads it into competition with U.S. networking giant Cisco.

Intel buys former Infineon 'Internet of Things' chip unit Lantiq

Lantiq also produces chips for copper, fiber, mobile broadband and Wi-Fi

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Intel has agreed to buy German network chipmaker Lantiq for an undisclosed amount to expand its range of chips used in Internet-connected gadgets, the companies said on Monday.

The former Infineon unit was bought in 2009 by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for 250 million euros ($280 million). Deutsche Telekom was among the companies invested in Lantiq through Golden Gate.

Brazil has no favorites in possible telecom tie-up: source

Not concerned about the widely anticipated shift from four major carriers to three

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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government has no preferred model for consolidation of the country's telecom market, a source told Reuters on Thursday, leaving behind the days when Brazilian telecom company Oi SA was held up as a "national champion".

As long as companies continue investing in their networks and offering competitive services, the government is not concerned about the widely anticipated shift from four major carriers to three, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Telecoms Analyst Firm Forecasts Multi Billion Dollar Growth in Key Supplier Sectors

Outlook Good for of LTE Macro and Small Cell RAN, Ethernet Switches, Security Appliances, and Optical

During the last week, California-based Dell’Oro Group released several reports indicating growth in key WAN equipment sectors.

The biggest winner, if forecasts hold true, would be vendors in the Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market, which Dell’Oro analysts estimate will exceed $25 billion in 2019. Continued adoption of Software Defined Netowrking (SDN) architectures and Cloud deployments will drive sales of white box switching, software, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet equipment, according to the report.

Cablevision to launch WiFi phone service for data-hungry users

Such services could pose a challenge to traditional telecom carriers

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cablevision System Corp said on Monday it would launch in February a wireless Internet phone service to give users an alternative to pricier data plans from cellular companies such as AT&T and Verizon.

The "Freewheel" phone service, which runs on any WiFi connection, is an attempt by Cablevision to retain and potentially add subscribers at a time when cable companies are losing out to lower-priced, bundled TV and Internet services from telecom firms.

Samsung's Tizen smartphone makes poor first impression in India

Initial reaction of analysts and consumers after its Jan. 14 launch suggests the Z1 will struggle to get ahead

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's first smartphone to run on its own operating system received a frosty welcome after its launch in India, with reviewers and consumers criticising its low-resolution cameras and dearth of software applications.

The South Korean giant's latest handset stands out not so much for its no-frills specifications but for what lies under the hood - the Tizen operating system Samsung has developed to rival Google Inc's Android platform.

Genband could be a game-changer for customer-service sector

Internet-based mobile service seeks to transform the way customer calls are handled

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TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Genband, a U.S. maker of software for telecoms and cable TV operators, aims to revolutionize phone-based customer services by ending consumer frustration at being kept on hold in a seemingly endless loop of recorded options messages.

The Texas-based company, majority owned by JPMorgan's One Equity Partners, paid $50 million in 2013 to acquire Israeli start-up Fring, an Internet-based mobile service seeking to transform the way customer calls are handled.

With WebRTC, the Skype's no longer the limit

Analysts expect WebRTC will be a market worth $4.7 billion by 2018

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - WebRTC, a free browser-based technology, looks set to change the way we communicate and collaborate, up-ending telecoms firms, online chat services like Skype and WhatsApp and remote conferencing on WebEx.

Web Real-Time Communication is a proposed Internet standard that would make audio and video as seamless as browsing text and images is now. Installed as part of the browser, video chatting is just a click away – with no need to download an app or register for a service.