While executives at AT&T and Verizon Wireless were traditionally the highest paid in the wireless industry, a new report from FierceWireless reveals that the compensation trend in 2014 shifted toward Google, Microsoft, Apple and Qualcomm.
Every year, FierceWireless ranks the top 10 highest-paid executives in the wireless industry, and every year executives from the nation's largest wireless carriers top the list. But not this time.
Qualcomm, Gogo, Inmarsat and others continue to push the FCC to auction 500 MHz in the 14 GHz band for air-to-ground (ATG) wireless services for airline passengers, despite their newfound interest in satellite-based technologies. Specifically, the companies are arguing that in-flight broadband services do not pose a danger to airline passengers and personnel, and that a new ATG system would fortify existing terrestrial- and satellite-based systems for in-flight Internet access.
Qualcomm has been the leader in the LTE baseband chipset market, and it still is, but it now has a clear strong competitor in the form of MediaTek, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.
Responding to claims that LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) will interfere with Wi-Fi under certain conditions, Qualcomm ran additional tests to show that LTE-U not only plays nice with Wi-Fi, but it also protects Wi-Fi to a greater degree than Wi-Fi protects itself.
In a new filing with the FCC, Qualcomm is working to address concerns expressed by the cable industry and other groups that services based on LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and License Assisted Access (LAA) technology could create radio interference with existing technologies, such as Wi-Fi.
Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs said the wireless silicon giant has no current plans to spin off its chipset business from its licensing business despite pressure from an activist investor to do so.
Sidewalk Labs, the Google-backed urban innovation company that launched earlier this month to improve technology in cities, is taking control of the project that will bring free Wi-Fi to New York City via LinkNYC.
Qualcomm relatively quietly introduced a standalone version of LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) that it is developing, called MuLTEfire, which does not rely on any licensed spectrum.
It seems that every month this year has brought news of some M&A activity in the chipset industry. However, the big deals ahead for semiconductor companies could be even more focused on the Internet of Things.