The Open Interconnect Consortium and the AllSeen Alliance are both working to standardize the Internet of Things space and make devices interoperable--and in doing so they pit some of the industry's biggest giants against one other. And that battle appears to be entering a new phase over intellectual property licensing.
Nokia Networks unveiled an industry-wide collaboration to produce a new standard covering mobile edge computing for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
Nokia Networks is collaborating with other equipment vendors and operators to create a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) for mobile edge computing (MEC).
Chipset giant Intel reported just $1 million in revenue in its mobile and wireless business in the third quarter, thanks in large part to the subsidies it is paying tablet makers to include its silicon in their products. However, Intel executives indicated better days are ahead for the mobile business as the company works to move into lower-cost smartphones starting later this year. Meanwhile, Intel announced a deal with AT&T Mobility and Asustek for AT&T to launch an Intel-powered smartphone.
Verizon Communications is teaming up with General Electric to provide connectivity for GE's software-enabled industrial machines and devices. The partnership comes exactly a year after GE and AT&T struck a similar arrangement.
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Intel announced it would spend up to $1.5 billion to purchase a 20 percent stake in Tsinghua Unigroup in China in a move the company said will help it sell chips to Chinese smartphone makers. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tsinghua Unigroup is a state-run company that owns China's second- and third-largest chip designers, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics.
San Jose technology company ActiveVideo, a provider of virtual set-top box solutions for top pay-TV operators including Charter Communications, is touting improvements in scalability and efficiency for its CloudTV product that it says can lower operators' data center capital expenditure to as low as $1 per subscriber.
Intel used the IFA consumer electronics show to unveil a new processor for two-in-one tablet PCs it said slashes power consumption relative to its previous silicon, and also announced a wearable device collaboration with fashion accessory company Fossil.
Vendors Nokia and Intel as well as operators Orange and Telecom Italia are some of the backers behind MiWaveS, a collaborative project launched in Europe to develop millimeter-wave radio technologies for use in ultra-fast 5G radio networks.