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FirstNews Briefs: Sequans, China Telecom, Brightstar, SoftBank, Wireless Power Consortium

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:17am
Wireless Week Staff

4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. announced that two of its device manufacturing partners in China, Datang Mobile and DareGlobal, have been awarded contracts to provide Sequans-powered TD-LTE end user devices to China Telecom for the operator’s commercial launch of TD-LTE service beginning in Q2. Both devices are single-mode TD-LTE CPE units that will provide China Telecom customers with internet access at 4G speed. Datang Mobile is one of China’s leading TDD system and equipment suppliers, and DareGlobal is a leading provider of broadband mobile terminals.

Brightstar Corp today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Commerce and Services (C&S) division of Tokyo-based SoftBank BB Corp. (SBB), a leading distributor of information and communications technology (ICT) hardware and software products and mobile accessories in Japan. The new company has been named SoftBank Commerce & Services Corp. (SoftBank C&S) and becomes a subsidiary of Brightstar, effective April 1, 2014, and it will remain headquartered in Tokyo. The acquisition is expected to grow Brightstar's presence in Japan and increase the company's revenues by $3 billion on an annualized basis.

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has launched the Infrastructure Applications Group (IAG), a new WPC workgroup dedicated to driving adoption of Qi in hotels, restaurants, sporting venues, and other everyday locations. The IAG's charter members include ChargeSpot, ConvenientPower, Devant, HTC, IKEA, Leggett & Platt, Nokia, TDK, Texas Instruments, and Verizon Wireless.

Bringing together chipset and device manufacturers, mobile operators, test labs and other technology leaders involved in the LTE/4G ecosystem, the 5th annual LTE Innovation Summit will explore the design and test implications of converging wireless technologies. Held on April 9-10, 2014 in Del Mar, California at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar, this year’s topics of interest include LTE, LTE-Advanced, IMS, VoLTE, Rich Communication Suite (RCS), Enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS), Location Based Services (LBS), Conformance and Carrier Acceptance Testing, Efficient Power Amplifier Design, Over-the-Air (OTA) techniques and measurements, Network Optimization, Smart Traffic Offloading, LTE/Radar coexistence, High-bandwidth Gigabit Systems, a preview of 5G, and much more.

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