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In Brief:Nokia files patent infringement suits against Apple 

Nokia files patent infringement suits against Apple
Nokia has filed complaints against Apple in Germany and the US, alleging that Apple products infringe a number of Nokia patents. Nokia said it agreed a partial licence with Apple in 2011 for some of its technology, but since then has been unable to reach agreement on extending the licence to other patented inventions by Nokia. Nokia owns tens of thousands of patents, inherited in part from its takeovers of NSN in 2013 and Alcatel-Lucent earlier this year. The company has made licensing a key part of its growth strategy. The court action was filed with the Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, covering 32 patents in all. These cover technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding. Nokia said it is in the process of filing further actions in other jurisdictions.

***Indian operator Reliance Communications (RCom) agreed to sell to Brookfield Infrastructure its nationwide tower assets. RCom will receive a cash payment of INR 110 billion (approximately USD 1.6 billion) on completion of the transaction. RCom will also receive Class B non-voting shares in the new tower company, providing 49 percent future economic upside in the towers business, based on certain conditions.RCom said it expects significant future value creation from the B Class shares, based on growth in tenancies arising from increasing 4G roll-out by all telecom operators and fast accelerating data consumption.

***The latest figures from the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) show that LTE network coverage in the country more than tripled in the twelve months to end-September 2016. Zimbabwe’s two 4G LTE providers – Econet and NetOne – had just 146 4G base stations in service at the end of the third quarter of 2015, but this had risen to 647 a year later. Econet claimed 497 of these while state-owned NetOne had 150. The country was home to 205,082 LTE users at end-September 2016, with Econet claiming the vast majority and NetOne serving only around 1,000 4G customers. Smallest player Telecel has yet to launch a 4G network.

***Telenet has agreed to buy SFR Belgium and Luxembourg from Altice for EUR 400 million. This extends Telenet's footprint into parts of Wallonia and Luxembourg and increases its presence to around two-thirds of the Brussels region. SFR counts around 90,000 customers in Belgium and 15,000 customers in Luxembourg and is already a MVNO on the Base network owned by Telenet.

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