Nokia is now.............
a Patent troll????????????
Nokia – the bit in Finland, not the bit that belongs to Microsoft – isn’t making mobile phones anymore, but it’s still making money from them. The company will licence its smartphone IP to LG, the first such deal Nokia has done since selling its phone biz to Microsoft. It’s not the first deal like this Nokia has done, though. …
A patent troll is a company that buys IP from other businesses (often failed), never makes any product and then tends to earn money by court cases.
It's a high risk investment business.
Nokia on the other hand has a good IP portfolio built from its hard work over the years. It was clever too, it only licenced its tech to Microsoft for 10 years, it didn't sell them.
Nokia’s "significant" contributions to Microsoft's open-source SONiC project and ongoing supply-chain challenges undoubtedly played a role in the Windows giant's decision to deploy the Finns' network switches, despite their relative inexperience in the arena, Dell'Oro analyst Sameh Boujelbene told The Register.
The deal, announced in mid-April, will see Microsoft use Nokia's 400Gbit/sec 7250 IXR appliances as spine switches, alongside the Finnish biz's fixed form factor equipment for top-of-rack (ToR) applications.
At the time, Nokia touted the deal as recognition of its ability to meet and exceed Redmond's evolving datacenter requirements.
Nokia is the second of the world's biggest telco network kit makers to turn its back on Russia in as many days due to the continuing invasion in Ukraine.
Yesterday, Ericsson "indefinitely" pulled out of the country.
"It has been clear for Nokia since the early days of the invasion of Ukraine that continuing our presence in Russia would not be possible," the Finnish organization said this morning in a statement.
With ever more compute power needed all over the world, Bell Labs has been tasked by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to develop ways of making data centres more energy efficient.
The firm, which will receive over $2m for its efforts, said it aims to deliver tech that will allow for "sustainable" growth while addressing data centre cooling energy efficiency and its related carbon footprint.
Now part of Nokia, Bell Labs was chosen by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) within the DoE to develop a more efficient thermal energy architecture for data centres. The idea is to deliver a significant reduction in the energy required to cool down the racks, as well as capturing the waste heat for heating and cooling applications.
As the right to repair movement gathers pace, Korea’s LG has decided to make sure that its whitegoods can be upgraded.
The company today announced a scheme called “Evolving Appliances For You.”
The plan is sketchy: LG has outlined a scenario in which a customer who moves to a locale with climate markedly different to their previous home could use LG’s ThingQ app to upgrade their clothes dryer with new software that makes the appliance better suited to prevailing conditions and to the kind of fabrics you’d wear in a hotter or colder climes. The drier could also get new hardware to handle its new location. An image distributed by LG shows off the ability to change the tune a dryer plays after it finishes a load.
Ericsson has voiced its concern over "progress" within the O-RAN Alliance, days after Nokia called a technical timeout with the group amid "compliance-related" concerns.
Nokia's withdrawal comes after some members of the open radio access network industry group were added to the US government's "Entity List," which fingers organisations the country claims pose a threat to America's security.
News of the Finnish telecoms giant's decision to suspend work with the O-RAN Alliance – a group of telcos and vendors that work together to test and work on open standards and software around telecoms infrastructure kit – emerged last week following a report by Politico – which Nokia confirmed.
LG Electronics will pay a minimum of $1.9bn to General Motors after defective batteries it supplied for the car maker's Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles caused car fires.
The payment is related "to manufacturing defects in battery modules supplied by LG," GM said in a statement.
The most recent recall was related to two manufacturing defects in batteries that posed fire hazards. GM recalled of Bolt EV models from 2017-2022 and the latest 2022 model of the Bolt EUV. The two manufacturing defects, a torn anode and a folded separator, were in the same battery cell.
Nokia and Daimler have resolved a long-running patent dispute, with both sides halting any pending litigation across the world and the German carmaker agreeing to pay licence fees.
Neither parties disclosed the terms of the agreement, or whether it pertained to any specific patents.
Last August, a Mannheim court ruled Daimler had violated Nokia's rights on patent EP2981103, which pertains to how end-user devices interact with LTE networks. Daimler swiftly appealed.
Nokia licensor HMD Global is quids in after securing $230m in funding from a bevy of biz "partners" including Google, Qualcomm, and Nokia Technologies.
That's a huge chunk of change considering we're in one of the worst periods for the smartphone industry ever. Coronavirus has forced many to reconsider their luxury purchases, with handset upgrades deferred or cancelled while economic uncertainty remains.
But then again, HMD Global isn't Apple or Samsung. Its devices populate the competitive sub-$500 region, where it fights against the likes of Motorola, Xiaomi, and OPPO. It's this sector that analysts expect to weather the current storm the best as consumer spending shifts from flagships to more affordable models.
Nokia has been busily making deals with the cloud giants to connect their computing platforms to its Radio Access Network (RAN) via the magic of 5G.
As well as its former beau Microsoft (don't mention the phone thing), Nokia has also been chatting with Google and AWS with a view to integrating Nokia's Cloud RAN and 5G support into some of the edgier cloud technologies.
For Google, this means integrating Nokia's 5G vDU (Virtualised Distributed Unit) and 5G vCU (Virtualised Centralised Unit) with Google's edge computing platform, running on Anthos.
Korean mega-corp LG has open-sourced the in-house toolbox it uses identify and manage open-source software licences within its own business.
Known as FOSSlight, the suite helps users to ensure they are using code as permitted by its licence, looks out for known vulnerabilities in free and open-source software (FOSS) so that developers address those holes, and can also check FOSS libraries and projects offered by third parties.
The software thus creates a workflow for checking compliance.
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