In Brief:Huawei Sues Samsung over Alleged Patent Infringements 

Huawei Sues Samsung over Alleged Patent Infringements
China's Huawei has launched a series of lawsuits against Samsung in China and the USA alleging the company has infringed on its patents. Huawei alleges a number of patent infractions, including the use of its 4G technologies in Samsung smartphones. Huawei claims that Samsung violates 11 standard-essential patents that it has filed. The lawsuits were filed in U.S. federal court in California and in Shenzhen, the Chinese city where Huawei is based.

***The European Commission has presented its proposals for regulations to increase cross-border e-commerce in the EU, including restrictions on geoblocking in certain circumstances and increased consumer protections. Following a public consultation, the regulation's focus was narrowed to focus more on cross-border sales of physical goods,while digital products will be subject to a more gradual approach,with some provisions not taking effect until 2018 and certain sectors excluded. The proposed regulation defines specific situations when there can be no justified reason for traders to prevent sales to residents of other EU countries.

***Nokia's recently-announced plan to cut jobs in a bid to make hefty cost savings over the next couple of years could see it eliminate as many as 15,000 positions worldwide, it emerged this week. A Finnish trade union representative said that, based on information from union contacts, job losses will likely number around 10,000-15,000.Nokia has not shared any official numbers though, and declined to comment on the story.Cuts on that scale would represent 10%-14% of Nokia's global workforce.

***Zimbabwean state-owned mobile operator NetOne says it is targeting eight million subscribers by end-2017, having pinned its hopes on the recently revamped ‘dollar a day’ bundles, which provide daily packages of voice, messages and data usage at reduced rates. The cellco is also looking to improve its network coverage and quality in an effort to entice new users, with plans to double its current footprint of 2,000 base stations, including the expansion of its 4G LTE networks. NetOne claimed 5.70 million customers at the end of 2015, though the country’s telecoms regulator POTRAZ says that only 4.13 million of these could be classed as active users.The local mobile market is led by Econet Wireless,which had 9.24 million registered users at end-2015, 6.70 million of which were active according to POTRAZ.

***MTN South Africa has invested more than R20 billion in the past two years to expand its network.The company’s Acting Chief Technology Officer disclosed the investment.He said such investments would improve voice quality, enhance data throughput and guarantee network availability.These, he pointed out, would be the key drivers that will propel and enrich customer experience and make MTN the preferred network of choice for broadband services.To that end,MTN has set itself a target of decreasing the number of dropped calls on its network by up to half before the end of this year.