In a new filing to the FCC, Verizon, T-Mobile US, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent blasted a proposal by the Wi-Fi Alliance to certify LTE Unlicensed technologies, arguing the Wi-Fi Alliance is seeking to become a "gatekeeper" for technology in unlicensed spectrum. The companies said the Wi-Fi Alliance's proposal would "jeopardize the [FCC's] entire framework that has made unlicensed spectrum so successful as an open platform for permissionless innovation."
The recent acquisition of Nokia's Here digital mapping and location services business by a consortium comprising Audi, BMW and Daimler is a harbinger for widespread strategic change in technology supply for automobiles. Smartcar companies including Daimler and Volkswagen admit they need Apple and Google as partners, but these Silicon Valley companies also pose significant threats as suppliers and as direct competitors.
Qualcomm is a leader in that tablet chipset market and Intel has spent mightily trying to crack into that market, but both have new competitors racing behind them from China. Rockchip Electronics and Allwinner Technology increased their tablet chip sales from a combined 0.3 percent of the market in 2010 to more than 27 percent just three years later, according to Bloomberg.
Ericsson said Swisscom is the first operator in Europe to launch three-carrier aggregation combining LTE FDD and TDD modes in a commercial network on chipsets available from Qualcomm.
Intel's chips will ship in around 50 percent of the new models of Apple's iPhones, according to a report from Northland Capital Markets analyst Gus Richard.
Qualcomm made good on its plan to auction off L-band spectrum owned by its Qualcomm UK Spectrum (QUKS) subsidiary, striking deals with Vodafone UK and Three UK worth at least £100 million (€139 million/$156 million).
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Qualcomm Atheros, a subsidiary of wireless technologies provider Qualcomm, is acquiring chipmaker Ikanos Communications in an all-cash transaction valued at about $47 million. The purchase will boost Qualcomm's presence in the home gateway segment of the carrier fixed-line market.
Representatives from Qualcomm and T-Mobile US argued this week that the FCC should not step in to regulate LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and related technologies. Meanwhile, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, speaking for many cable companies that have their own Wi-Fi networks, hit back hard against Qualcomm.
The AllSeen Alliance, which grew out of a project that Qualcomm started more than five years ago, is marking a major milestone this week with Microsoft's launch of Windows 10. Every Windows 10 device will have AllJoyn in it.