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.
Intel intends to cut the losses in its mobile chipset business next year, but will still likely lose billions of dollars in the mobility market in 2015. However, top company executives have said that the losses have been necessary to get the silicon giant into mobile after years of passivity.
Intel is going to merge its chipset unit targeting smartphones and tablets with it PC chip unit, arguing that the distinction is blurring between different computing models.
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.
Nokia Networks unveiled an industry-wide collaboration to produce a new standard covering mobile edge computing for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
Nokia Networks is collaborating with other equipment vendors and operators to create a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) for mobile edge computing (MEC).
Chipset giant Intel reported just $1 million in revenue in its mobile and wireless business in the third quarter, thanks in large part to the subsidies it is paying tablet makers to include its silicon in their products. However, Intel executives indicated better days are ahead for the mobile business as the company works to move into lower-cost smartphones starting later this year. Meanwhile, Intel announced a deal with AT&T Mobility and Asustek for AT&T to launch an Intel-powered smartphone.
Verizon Communications is teaming up with General Electric to provide connectivity for GE's software-enabled industrial machines and devices. The partnership comes exactly a year after GE and AT&T struck a similar arrangement.
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Intel announced it would spend up to $1.5 billion to purchase a 20 percent stake in Tsinghua Unigroup in China in a move the company said will help it sell chips to Chinese smartphone makers. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tsinghua Unigroup is a state-run company that owns China's second- and third-largest chip designers, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics.