The Top 20 International Stories from 2020
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As it has since 2017, the ongoing worldwide legal battle between Hytera Communications and Motorola Solutions once again dominated RadioResource International’s most read stories in 2020.

The three most read stories from 2020 all concerned different elements of the legal battle between the two companies. In 2017, Motorola sued Hytera, alleging that Hytera had stolen Motorola trade secrets and integrated them into its digital mobile radio products. Since then, Motorola has filed multiple other suits across the world.

A jury heard the theft of trade secrets case in February 2020 and awarded Motorola $764.6 million in damages. That jury award led to Hytera’s U.S. entities declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy and a newly formed Hytera entity being approved to purchase the assets of the subsidiaries.

Motorola also asked for permanent and temporary injunctions that would prevent Hytera from importing, selling and distributing products determined to contain Motorola trade secrets. A judge recently denied the request for a permanent injunction.

Outside of the Hytera-Motorola legal battle, readers were also interested in broadband and 5G capabilities and what advantages they can bring to public safety. Off-network communications and mission-critical push to talk (PTT) remained key concerns for public-safety.

Additionally, readers were interested in public-safety broadband networks around the world. In the U.K., the public-safety broadband network that was supposed to replace the country’s public-safety radio network experienced delays. At the same time, South Korea finished the first phase of its public-safety broadband network deployment.

Finally, in a year full of disasters, including major fires and the COVID-19 pandemic, readers were interested in the technology agencies around the world used to combat these disasters.

The most read international stories of 2020 were: 1. Hytera America Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
2. U.S. Trustee Recommends Court Dismiss Hytera Bankruptcy
3. Hytera Opposes Motorola’s Request for Temporary Restraining Order
4. Is Direct Mode the Holy Grail of Critical Communications?
5. U.K. Airwave Network Likely to Operate Until 2024 Due to ESN Delays
6. Oil and Gas Firm Upgrades to DMR Tier 2
7. Illinois Jury Awards Motorola $764.6M in Theft of Trade Secrets Case Against Hytera
8. Preparing for and Using 5G in Public Safety
9. Benelux Countries Demonstrate Significance of Spectrum for Private LTE Networks
10. South Korea Finalizes First Phase of Public-Safety LTE Buildout
11. Public Safety, Mining to Influence Global Private LTE Market Outlook
12. Hytera Asks Court for New Trial, Reduction of Jury-Awarded Damages to Motorola
13. Australian Officials Meet on Network Resiliency in Wake of Bushfires
14. Mobile Broadband in Public Safety — From Trend to Reality
15. Judge Denies Hytera’s Request for New Trial, Reduced Damages in Theft of Trade Secrets Case
16. Motorola Solutions Buys U.K. Video Security Provider
17. CommScope Sues Antenna Provider Over Patent Infringement
18. Motorola Solutions Offers PTT Service Free from Australia
19. Australian Public-Safety Agencies Use New Motorola Radio to Combat COVID-19
20. Metropolitan Police Department Selects Vendors for New Command-and-Control System

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