LTE Broadcast has potential, but I think it will be at least a few years before it takes off commercially. Even then, it's not clear how it will be monetized. For now LTE Broadcast is more about hype than reality.
The smartphone revolution has greatly expanded the size of the handset market with global revenues doubling in the last six years, as consumers substitute more expensive smartphones for their feature phones and basic phones. Yet changes have devastated most of the leading incumbent handset vendors.
Qualcomm unveiled a software-development toolkit (SDK) during its annual Uplinq developers conference that enables developers to take advantage of LTE Multicast technology. The SDK for LTE Multicast, also called LTE Broadcast, will provide developers with a common API that can be used in all regions around the world that are trialing, testing or deploying the technology.
Qualcomm unveiled a software toolkit at its annual Uplinq developers conference that enables developers take advantage of LTE Broadcast technology, and it got a vote of confidence on the technology from Facebook. However, the company stayed mum on its troubles in China, where it is still the focus of an antitrust probe.
Google Fiber has named former Qualcomm executive Dennis Kish as the new head of its fiber broadband project, a move that could signify that the service provider sees the service as more than an experiment.
HONG KONG--Qualcomm's VP of product management said coverage is now the only barrier to large scale deployments of voice over LTE (VoLTE) in a meeting with journalists on the sidelines of the company's 3G and LTE Summit, here, today.
HONG KONG--Qualcomm said it is the first chipmaker to produce an LTE processor for low-cost smartphones as it revealed the Snapdragon 210 with dual-SIM functionality and multimode 3G/LTE Advanced capabilities.
Qualcomm said it has broadened developer support for a low-power Wi-Fi platform that it introduced one year ago and also agreed to distribution deals aimed at extending the platform to a broader set of customers.
At least 16 operators worldwide have confirmed they are either trialling or deploying LTE Broadcast, although operators in only five European markets have publically revealed trials to date.
Qualcomm faces a fine of up to $2.5 billion (€1.8 billion) if found guilty of monopolistic practices in the European mobile chip market.