Ericsson Wins Nortel's GSM Business
Ericsson was the successful bidder in the auction for Nortel's North American GSM/GSM-R businesses. Ericsson will pay about $70 million for the business units, though Kapsch CarrierCom of Austria will contribute $33 million and acquire Nortel's non-North American GSM assets. The agreement will give Ericsson Nortel's GSM network contracts with AT&T and T-Mobile. Ericsson will add approximately 350 employees from Nortel to its head count. Earlier this year, Ericsson acquired Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets.
Apple and Ericsson Sign Patent Accord, Settle Lawsuits
Apple and Ericsson have signed a patent-licensing agreement and put an end to on-going patent litigation between the two. Ericsson said the deal is broad and covers 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE technologies.
Ericsson Sues Apple in Three Countries Over Patent Misuse
Ericsson today stepped up its legal action against Apple with new lawsuits filed in the U.K., the Netherlands, and Germany. Ericsson asserts Apple is using its wireless technology patents without the proper licenses.
Republic Wireless MVNO to Add GSM-Based Service
Republic Wireless, an MVNO that operates on Sprint's network, says it has signed a deal with a GSM-based carrier and will expand service with a GSM smartphone later this year. Republic's SVP of sales Lon France told Fierce Wireless the device will be a high-end Motorola handset, though he didn't name the exact model nor the new carrier partner (likely T-Mobile).
Cricket's CDMA Network Goes Dark September 15
Cricket Wireless says the vast majority of customers have transitioned away from its legacy CDMA network ahead of tomorrow's planned shutdown. AT&T has been moving Cricket customers from the older CDMA network to its own GSM-based network since it acquired the carrier several years ago.