Dramatic structural changes in mobile communications technology supply, with the demise of vertical integration, is forcing those who are developing standard-essential technologies for 4G and "5G" networks to monetise these efforts through patent licensing, as well as their own product sales.
Ericsson, Telstra, and Qualcomm claimed a further milestone in the development of LTE Advanced carrier aggregation technology, by revealing they achieved download speeds on mobile data networks of up to 450 Mbps.
Downlink data speeds on LTE networks get a lot of attention, and uplink speeds get much less love. That's mainly because carriers and consumers have long been concerned with what kinds of streaming data can be pulled down from the network to mobile devices. However, chipset suppliers are starting to herald the importance of increasing uplink bandwidth for applications like cloud data uploads and video calling.
Qualcomm executives noted that the company continues to face hurdles in China, and partially as a result the firm said it is now expecting a slightly more conservative growth rate during the next five years. However, the chipset giant still thinks it has plenty of room to grow thanks to increasing LTE and smartphone adoption and its decision to move into new areas, such as supplying silicon for servers.
Two former rivals are once again teaming up, with Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson successfully completing an inter-company interoperability testing of LTE Category 9 connectivity with download speeds of up to 450 Mbps.
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Qualcomm warned that its 2015 sales and profit could be hurt by the outcome of an anti-monopoly investigation into the company's licensing practices in China, the world's largest smartphone market. The chipset giant also disclosed that it is facing probes from the Federal Trade Commission and European Commission.
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.
Magic Leap, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in funding from Google, Qualcomm and other venture capital investors. The company plans to use the funds to speed up the development of its products, develop software and content elements and commercialize its wearable computing system.
Qualcomm is touting the advantages of 4K streaming video over wireless and asserting that mobile devices will lead the way in making 4K video more widely available.