The small cell hype is finally beginning to waiver as reality sets in about the costs associated with deploying thousands of these diminutive base stations. The benefits of small cell technology are clear, but issues such as power and backhaul are challenging and not easily resolved.
The FCC unanimously opened for public comment a proposed rulemaking that could result in the auction of 500 MHz of spectrum for a high-speed air-to-ground (ATG) broadband service championed by Qualcomm. However, the spectrum would be shared with incumbent users, including fixed satellite services and certain U.S. government agencies.
Swedish vendor Ericsson appears to have bigger aspirations for small cells beyond just increasing capacity and coverage for the macro wireless network.
Qualcomm's vision of the wireless future includes consumer electronics devices that integrate small cells, which could be used for sharing bandwidth with other nearby mobile users.
Qualcomm reported typically strong quarterly earnings but its long-term outlook for the year spooked some analysts and investors as worries fly that the chipset giant could be facing lower royalty payments and tougher competition in Asia.
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Quantance raised $12 million in Series D funding in preparation for volume production and further research and development of its power-boosting, battery-saving chip solution for LTE devices.
Nvidia said its mobile business will remain flat this year, partially due to a slight delay in the release of its LTE-capable Tegra 4 chip.
In yet another example highlighting the growing importance of mobile broadband technology to the success of major sporting events, Qualcomm and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM)--the company handling interactive media and Internet company for Major League Baseball--signed a multi-year agreement aimed at solving connectivity challenges in certain ballparks. In addition, Qualcomm is now an official technology partner of MLBAM.
Google's second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will reportedly arrive around July and will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, apparently chosen in part for its ability to tightly integrate with the chipmaker's 3G/LTE baseband modem.