News of Note—O2 partners with Nokia on Massive MIMO; Logitech ends talks with Plantronics; Germany’s 5G auctions and more

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Logitech ended discussions to acquire Plantronics. (Pixabay)

Here are some other stories we’re following today:

> Telefonica-owned UK mobile operator O2 is partnering with Nokia to create two Massive MIMO trials in central London. Forbes article

> Apple now has its last chance to fend off a lawsuit accusing it of price fixing on the App Store. Engadget article

Mobile World Congress 2019

Attend the 2-Day Executive 5G Panel Series

FierceWireless is returning to Barcelona, Spain, during Mobile World Congress 2019 with a two-day Executive 5G Panel Series at the Fira Congress Hotel, conveniently located across the street from the MWC Convention Center. The panel events will take place on Feb. 25-26 and will cover 5G and The Fixed Wireless Access Opportunity, Taking 5G Indoors, and Making 5G Ubiquitous. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and hear from 5G leaders including Verizon, Vodafone, Orange, Sprint, NTT Docomo, Boingo Wireless, Qualcomm, and more over the course of two days.

Secure your spot at the event today! Now is your chance to join fellow industry professionals for networking and education. Registration information and the schedule can be found on the website here.

> Logitech ended discussions to acquire Plantronics, the U.S. maker of Bluetooth earpieces and gaming headsets. Reuters article

> Germany approved controversial coverage targets and national roaming provisions in its 5G auction rules hours after the GSMA said the proposed conditions could poison network rollout in the country. Mobile World Live article

> IPass announced that Deutsche Telekom has signed a seven-figure deal to license iPass SmartConnect. Release

> The Spanish government confirmed the auction to award spectrum in the 700 MHz band will take place in the first months of 2020 and not in the first quarter of 2019 as had been previously suggested. RCR News article

> Huawei released the Mobile Automation Engine (MAE), a solution designed to accelerate autonomous driving using cellular networks. Venture Beat article

> Nokia announced that it signed a multi-year patent licensing deal with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo. GSMArena story

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