ZTE is working on a 5G prototype; Micromax debuts two Windows phones

Quick news from around the Web.

> InterDigital lost the first round in its patent royalty dispute with Nokia. Article

> Micromax introduced its first Windows Mobile phones in India, the Canvas Win W121 and the Canvas Win W092. Post

> Shenzhen, China, hopes to become the next Silicon Valley for the world's hardware startups. Article

> ZTE is planning to introduce a prototype of 5G network equipment technology in 2015.  Article

> Texas Instruments introduced its SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC33100 and CC3200 platforms for Internet of Things applications.  Release

> Beats announced PowerBeats 2 Wireless earphones designed for athletes. Article

> Axell Wireless introduced an in-building coverage solution for U.S. carriers. Release

> Mozilla revealed that Android devices can install and run Firefox-based Open Web Apps. Article

> The hospitalization of  Samsung's Lee Kun-hee could lead to a big restructuring of the company and the family's holdings.  Article

Wireless Tech News

> Rumors indicate that Apple's iPhone 6 could come with a 5.5 inch screen, and that may lead to bigger data usage. Commentary

> South Korea and the European Union have signed off on a pact to collaborate on 5G network systems, standards and radio-frequency harmonization. Article

> Suppliers of Google Android smartphones to T-Mobile US will first have to pass Apkudo app testing. Article

European Wireless News

> Zain Kuwait has completed the country's first voice over LTE (VoLTE) trial using equipment from Huawei and Nokia Solutions and Networks. Article

> Swisscom became the first operator in Switzerland to deploy LTE Advanced (LTE-A) services, with commercial networks launched in two railway stations on Monday. Article

> Germany's antitrust watchdog remains concerned that a proposed merger between Telefónica Deutschland and KPN-owned E-Plus would be detrimental to mobile pricing competition. Article

Telecom News

> Ethernet giant Level 3 acquires tw telecom for $5.7 billion. Article

> More service providers are competing for MPLS IP VPN services, which is driving the prices down, according to a new TeleGeography report. Article

Cable News

> High-level Time Warner Cable technology executive Mike LaJoie will retire at year-end. Article

And finally… Starbucks is teaming with Arizona State University to offer tuition aid to employees. Article