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Also in today's first regional roundup of 2013: Ericsson in Egypt; Apple store raid in Paris; Italian broadband plan approved; Iraq IPO

Euronews: NSN Sells Wireless Patents

Ray Le Maistre
1/2/2013
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Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson AB, Etisalat, Apple Inc. and Iraq's Asiacell Telecommunications Co. Ltd. make the headlines for our first daily regional roundup of the year.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has sold a number of 2G, 3G and 4G wireless network and user device patents to a subsidiary of intellectual property specialist Acacia Research Corp. for an undisclosed sum. NSN declined to provide details of the patents involved, with a spokesperson saying only that it is part of the company's strategy to "monetize selective patents." Separately, NSN has struck a patent license agreement with Acacia subsidiary Adaptix: That deal is related to the legal action brought against the vendor by Adaptix in May 2012, according to the NSN spokesperson.

  • Etisalat Egypt is upgrading its radio access network with RBS 6000 multistandard base stations from Ericsson. For more details, see this press release.

  • A major Apple store in Paris was ransacked on New Year's Eve, with armed thieves stealing a significant amount of stock, reports The Guardian. However, it seems police have not confirmed that €1 million (US$1.33 million) of goods were taken, as has been widely reported.

  • The European Commission has approved Italy's €1 billion ($1.33 billion) plan to deliver guaranteed regional broadband access, according to Telecompaper.

  • Iraq mobile operator Asiacell is planning to raise $1.3 billion from an IPO of 25 percent of its shares on the Baghdad stock exchange, reports Bloomberg.

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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    Craig Matsumoto
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    Craig Matsumoto,
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    1/7/2013 | 3:36:59 PM
    re: Euronews: NSN Sells Wireless Patents
    -áThanks, T.-á We're aware of some of the pictures problems & are trying to get it fixed... Interesting to know about Firefox 17, too.-á (UBM's IT folks warned us not to upgrade, so I haven't seen our site on FF17 yet.)-á I'll pass that along.
    t.bogataj
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    t.bogataj,
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    1/7/2013 | 8:45:10 AM
    re: Euronews: NSN Sells Wireless Patents
    PPS. Your olde "Pics & More Pics" reports are pics-less due to defunct links to jpgs. In Firefox 17, no textbox appears when clicking "Reply".
    Phil Harvey
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    Phil Harvey,
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    1/3/2013 | 10:59:55 PM
    re: Euronews: NSN Sells Wireless Patents
    Keep the comments and observations coming, t.bogataj. I won't have much to say except that we wish we could give you the kind of performance and interactivity you're used to.

    Things will improve in a little while, but your feedback is helpful to let us know what's not working or what should be working better.
    t.bogataj
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    t.bogataj,
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    1/3/2013 | 5:17:18 PM
    re: Euronews: NSN Sells Wireless Patents
    Hi Ray,

    Thank you for trying. But you won't get away w/o bananas however you try.

    Who is this Disqus(t?) anyway? I want your olde message boards... will use WayBack machine to get good old LR back... even if I read old news... or turn to TelecomPaper.

    On monumental changes - the Mayans were right: the end of the world (as we knew it).

    T.

    PS. The new monumental platform is sluggish; it takes 10 or so seconds to load any page. It shows OK in Firefox, but does not display dialogues in MS IE. I did not receive any someone-has-replied-to-your-post message. (More observations to follow.)
    Ray Le Maistre
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    Ray Le Maistre,
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    1/3/2013 | 10:20:24 AM
    re: Euronews: NSN Sells Wireless Patents
    Hi T
    Sorry for the frustration -- we are in the first few hours of a monumental IT platform migration. Please bear with us. The bananas may be a casualty, though :-(

    Ray
    t.bogataj
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    t.bogataj,
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    1/3/2013 | 10:13:23 AM
    re: Euronews: NSN Sells Wireless Patents
    Light Reading, I HATE YOU from 2013 on.

    Your old links (w/ doc_id's) no longer work. I had to login again. I had to update my personal profile. I needed to subscribe to newsletters again - you cancelled them w/o any notice (!). My image is gone. You redesigned the UI. I cannot title the comments. I cannot rate anything anymore.

    I might, though, withstand the above. But one thing I will never forgive you: all my bananas are gone.

    LR sux.

    T.
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