Struggling to catch up with Asia and North America, which have set the pace for LTE deployments, Europe is focusing on the next generation of mobile communications, commonly called 5G. The flagship project leading this effort is METIS 2020, which aims to position Europe as a 5G leader.
It is vital that the European development community--from silicon design to software applications--work to benefit from making, using, optimizing and commercializing 4G LTE here at home. Thankfully, and most importantly, market growth potential for mobile and wirelessly connected devices and services is substantial and certain. However, we can't be effective in developing 5G or becoming leaders in providing it to the world if we are not even on the pace in 4G.
In a tale of two tablet vendors, product releases this week from Nokia and Apple reveal strikingly different approaches to wireless connectivity. However, the approaches are not surprising given the companies' histories.
As Nokia presented what is likely to be one of its last lineups of new Lumia devices including its first tablet and a new "phablet" before the manufacturer sells its devices and services business to partner Microsoft, rumours persist that the Finnish company could make use of this new influx of cash to buy the mobile unit of struggling vendor Alcatel-Lucent, whose future looks more uncertain by the day.
In Greek mythology, Metis was a cunning and wise Titan goddess capable of prophesying. In modern times, METIS is a research project being partially funded by the European Commission with an eye toward enabling its vision of the 5G future.
N okia unveiled a bevy of new devices, including its first Windows Phone Lumia products since partner Microsoft announced plans last month to acquire Nokia's hardware business for $7.2 billion. At its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, as expected, Nokia announced its Lumia 1520 phablet device and its first tablet, the Lumia 2520, which runs Microsoft's Windows RT operating system.
Nokia sold at least 8 million Lumia Windows Phone smartphones in the third quarter, up from 7.4 million in the second quarter and far more than the 2.9 million it sold in the year-ago period, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
For Microsoft and its Windows Phone 8 operating system, the third time may, in fact, be the charm. The company last week announced a major update to its mobile OS, which is designed to show off apps on larger smartphones with brighter screens, such as those Nokia is expected to launch later this year.
Missed opportunities for some as well as second chances for others have dominated the headlines this week, highlighting the often fickle and sometimes surprising industry we all work in.
Former Nokia CEO and Chairman Jorma Ollila said that he made mistakes during his tenure as the company slipped behind faster rivals in the smartphone market. However, he also said that Stephen Elop was not his first choice to become Nokia's CEO in late 2010 and that the work Nokia has done under Elop has not been enough to turn around the company's mobile phone business.