South Korean multinational conglomerate Samsung and Chinese vendor ZTE have both adopted aggressive strategies in relation to investment for 5G infrastructure – and many analysts are predicting that this approach will both disrupt and threaten the traditional trio of networks players which include Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei. ZTE has focused largely on the development of 5G specifications in the last twelve months, which is much more than any of it previous forays in relation to mobile technology. The Chinese telecommunications…
Qualcomm Technologies, Verizon and Ericsson together successfully surpassed the Gigabit speed barrier, Ericsson said in a statement on August 21. The companies achieved an industry first with commercial silicon and network infrastructure with 1.07Gbps download speeds using Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem, the first to support Category 18 LTE, during an Ericsson lab trial. “Ericsson is working across the industry to improve the end-user experience and to develop new functionalities and advancements with greater spectral efficiency on LTE,” said Fredrik…
Chinese telecommunications conglomerate ZTE has increased its market share in the US smartphone industry. Analysts have suggested that its success is down to a combination of aggressive marketing and its manufacturing of cheap and affordable devices. Research from Counterpoint Technology has indicated that the Chinese firm has enjoyed a rise of 36% in the shipment of its smartphones to the US. ZTE sold 4.8 million units in the second quarter of this year. However, the launch of another big-screen, budget-friendly…
Ericsson sued smartphone maker Wiko, in the regional courts of Düsseldorf and Mannheim in Germany, for infringement of patents essential for 2G, 3G and 4G cellular technology, as well as implementation patents. Wiko is a French smartphone manufacturing company majority-owned by Chinese technology group Tinno Mobile and its phones are manufactured in China. Wiko has been infringing Ericsson’s intellectual property rights for six years without any license or compensation, Ericsson claims. The Swedish telecom vendor has “tried to establish a…

Qualcomm says Apple spat could cost it Q4 earnings

Written on Sunday, 20 August 2017 11:13
Qualcomm’s legal spat with Apple could affect its Q4 earnings, the chipmaker disclosed in a regulatory filing seen by Reuters, where it responded to questions from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The company is set to issue its next quarterly results filing on November 1, revealing its earnings for the fourth quarter. Revenue for Qualcomm’s CDMA technology business, which makes chips for smartphones including iPhones, has declined and may continue to do so, the company said, in part depending…
Huawei officially released its 5G-oriented mobile bearer solution X-Haul on August 14. The solution has four core values: providing flexible access capabilities that can match the scenario of any site; implementing agile network operations based on a cloud architecture; enabling new service innovation through end-to-end network slicing; and supporting smooth evolution from 4G bearer networks to 5G bearer networks. 3GPP defined three major 5G application scenarios: enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), and ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communication…
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has commenced an investigation into Apple, Qualcomm announced, to examine whether Apple engaged in unfair trade practices by importing and selling certain mobile electronic devices, including iPhones and iPads that infringe one or more claims of six Qualcomm patents. The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Qualcomm on July 7, 2017. Qualcomm is requesting that the ITC issue a Limited Exclusion Order to bar importation, and a Cease and Desist Order…
T-Mobile Austria, a Deutsche Telekom company, has selected Huawei’s OTN solution for its planned metro WDM and backbone WDM. The projects are intended to build a next-generation large-capacity WDM transport network with leading performance to support the growth of network traffic and services of T-Mobile Austria over the next five years. As a well-known mobile telecommunications service provider in Austria, T-Mobile Austria has about 1300 employees and serves 4.6 million users. T-Mobile Austria also provides top-level IT services around the…
In a US wireless industry first, Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies announced on August 2 they reached 953 Mbps (just under 1 gigabit per second) in a joint commercial network deployment in Boca Raton, Florida. While lab tests have shown comparable speeds in recent months, this is the fastest announced speed achieved in a real-world, dynamic network environment leveraging Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology. The demonstration used all commercially available Verizon network components including a cell site, hardware, software, and…

Apple wants tax cuts in India to manufacture products

Written on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 05:56
As India seeks to become a manufacturing hub for iPhone products and components, Apple has demanded the Indian government to extend tax breaks to its suppliers. If the government were to meet the request, officials said, it would require a new policy that could apply to all device-makers in the country. The Californian iPhone-maker has been discussing the issue with Indian officials since May 2016, when chief executive Tim Cook met with Narendra Modi and agreed to establish a production…
Huawei launched its largest Middle East-based Innovation Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on July 31, in the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and H.E. Li Huanxin, the Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The Customer Solution innovation and Integration Experience Center (CSIC) was inaugurated on behalf of H.E. Dr. Majid Alkabassi, Minister of Commerce and Investment, by His Excellency’s Advisor to Minister of Commerce and Investment, Governor of…
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has committed to building three large manufacturing plants in the United States, President Donald Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Trump claims Cook has promised to build “three big plants, beautiful plants,” but didn’t go into more detail. About 80,000 people work for Apple in the US and is said to employ about two million people in total. The company was criticized last year by Trump during his presidential campaign for…
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