Nokia and Qualcomm complete interoperability testing; Alcatel-Lucent CTO sees drones as 'not real infrastructure'

Wireless tech news from around the Web:

> Nokia Networks and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., completed interoperability testing of LTE-Advanced three-band carrier aggregation (3x CA). Release

> Dell is moving full steam ahead in the network functions virtualization (NFV) market with the introduction of its new NFV platform and starter kits to accelerate carrier trials and adoption. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent CTO and Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon sees a new wave of "healthy competition" between macro and small cell suppliers, but describes alternative solutions for network coverage, such as drones and balloons, as "not real infrastructure." Article

> The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced that the ONF OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program has begun pilot testing for OpenFlow v1.3. Release

> Hotel WiFi Test introduced the WiFi Happiness ranking, which has been designed to be the all-in-one criterion for choosing a hotel with the best Wi-Fi. Release

> Qualcomm is buying British chip maker CSR for $2.5 billion. CSR is a Bluetooth specialist and is growing in areas like automotive and wearable devices. Article

> Broadcasters want phones to come with a "hybrid" radio format. Article

> Car-sa, a Mexico-based alternative carrier, has deployed the AOptix Intellimax wireless transport product at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) in Monterrey to replace lower-capacity wireless connections. Release

> Samsung's R&D department is boasting of the fastest 5G speeds reached to date--not just from a stationary test but also from a fast-moving vehicle. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent is losing one of its key NFV executives at the end of this year with the departure of Dor Skuler, vice president and general manager of the CloudBand Business Unit. Article

> xG Technology announced that a substantially upgraded version of its new xMax cognitive radio system software product, release 2.6, is now available for delivery. Release

> And finally… Google Glass Explorers will soon be able to see all of their phone's notifications (not just the ones from compatible apps) right on the eyewear's screen. Article