Oracle announces new NFV products; Sierra Wireless to acquire MobiquiThings

Wireless tech news from across the Web:

> Vasona Netorks added Mobile Packet Assurance to its SmartAIR platform to overcome issues caused by various network conditions. Release

> Oracle continues to bolster its virtualized platform targeting communication service providers, announcing four new products it claims are designed for network functions virtualization deployments. RCR Wireless News article

> Nokia Networks and Zain KSA announced the completion of a pilot project using carrier aggregation to combine FDD-LTE bands 1800 and 2100 MHz. Release

> Sierra Wireless entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MobiquiThings. Release

> MGM Resorts International gets serious about deploying Wi-Fi. Venture Beat article

> Vodafone will be first to take advantage of LTE FDD/TDD network convergence and carrier aggregation, starting with its network in Portugal, thanks to technology from Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies. Release

> Qualcomm will be helping China's largest maker of microchips, Semiconductor Manufacturing International, develop and produce new generations of advanced semiconductors. The New York Times article (sub. req.)

> Enterprises shifting to software-defined networking face an upheaval in IT operations that's more challenging than the new technology. TechTarget article

> An old Facebook post shows that having a BlackBerry used to be the biggest deal ever. Business Insider article

And finally… The "transparent" Samsung truck could make driving much safer. Article