Samsung releases LTE network tech for public safety; Ericsson, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent upgrade network offerings ahead of MWC

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> Samsung is selling its LTE network equipment to public safety agencies, and said the Korean government plans to launch its PS-LTE network technology in the Gangwon province in the fourth quarter of this year, and will expand that to additional major cities next year. Post

> Johnathan Nightingale is leaving Firefox maker Mozilla and Mark Mayo will replace him. Post

> Google is facing an antitrust probe in Russia. Article

> Sprint said it will raise $1 billion for, "among other things, working capital requirements, retirement or service requirements of outstanding debt and network expansion and modernization." Release

> A court ruled that Nokia and ZTE are not infringing patents held by InterDigital. Article

> Nokia Networks said it is launching a new service for operators to check whether their cloud infrastructure can run Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs). Release

> Ericsson announced a wide range of new and upgraded products ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show, including its new Ericsson Radio System modular architecture that the company said will help operators build networks in dense urban areas. Article

> Alcatel Lucent announced a new LTE RAN portfolio the company said will make it easier for operators to migrate to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technology and, in the future, 5G services. Release

Wireless Tech News

> Comcast Labs is getting together with startup accelerator Boomtown to build what they are calling one of the world's first Internet of Things (IoT) labs. Article

> Now tourists and locals can take advantage of free Wi-Fi when they visit Baltimore's historic Inner Harbor, thanks to Wi-Fi vendor Port Networks and backhaul radio provider Siklu. Article

> As you might imagine, it's important for cruise ship passengers to get access to Wi-Fi while at sea, but the metal of the ships' hulls and surrounding water make for especially challenging environments. Article

Telecom News

> Cincinnati Bell continues to find fortune in its growing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) business Fioptics, one that CEO Ted Torbeck said will be a key point of expansion throughout this year with plans to ultimately expand coverage to 70-80 percent of its serving footprint. Article

> Level 3 continues to gain momentum in the growing content delivery network (CDN) space and winning a contract with BMW to provide services between the German car manufacturer's headquarters and over 4,000 dealers reflects that trend. Article

Cable News

> With its chief rival Dish Network battling CBS Corp., Turner Networks and Fox News in the fourth quarter, DirecTV saw a flurry of refugee subscribers join its ranks. Article

> TV Everywhere access to live NBC programming has finally arrived, provided you live in a metropolitan area close to one of the conglomerate's owned and operated stations. Article

And finally… Samsung has been ordered to pay $16 million to a man who claims he had nothing to do with the invention of Bluetooth. Article