Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop smartphone chips. The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic.
Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Product Management Tim Peters demonstrates the capabilities of 802.11ac wifi
Chipmaker Qualcomm has strengthened its small cell portfolio by acquiring a firm that specialises in modem and system design for base stations and high-speed wireless backhaul infrastructure.
Handset giant Samsung has acquired UK chipmaker CSR’s handset technology development business in a deal worth $310m. The acquisition is part of Samsung’s “complete platform strategy”, according to analysts, as the Korean vendor looks to cut its dependency on external silicon suppliers.
India’s Bharti Airtel has signed an agreement with chipmaker Qualcomm to acquire 49 per cent of its Indian BWA entities. Qualcomm acquired the wireless broadband service permits in India for four states in the country in 2010 for $1bn. The purchase was made in a deliberate bid to block the progress of WiMAX as an alternative 4G technology in the country, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said at the time. Now, it has sold the 49 per cent stake to Bharti for a mere $165m.
Operators Verizon and TeliaSonera, as well as chipmaker Qualcomm have each posted encouraging quarterly earnings. US carrier Verizon saw a 7.7 per cent year-on-year in service revenues for 1Q12 to reach $15.4bn. Data revenues rose by 21.1 per cent, or $1.1bn, to hit $6.6 bin, and the operator also saw a 8.9 per cent increase in retail service revenues to reach $14.9bn; the highest growth rate it has seen in its retail business for three years.
During MWC 2011, telecoms.com filmed an augmented reality demo with Qualcomm’s senior director of Business Development, Jay Wright. This year (2012) we caught up with him again to see how much the technology has changed in the past 12 months.
What a difference a year makes…
Telefónica Digital has announced a new deal with Firefox browser-maker Mozilla on the first day of Mobile World Congress 2012. The two firms have collaborated to create a new mobile platform, which will see a host of HTML 5 based devices running on the open web entering the market.
Operators will soon be able double mobile broadband speeds for consumers at the edge of a base station cell, by allowing devices to connect with a second base station that serves a neighbouring cell. Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm will be jointly demonstrating the HSPA+ Multiflow feature at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
An E-reader launched by South Korea’s largest book retailer, Kyobo, has become the first device featuring a Qualcomm-produced colour Mirasol screen to go on sale. Mirasol display technology, developed by wholly owned subsidiary Qualcomm MEMS, offers significant reductions in screen power consumption, as well as improved visibility in daylight.
Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the Gobi 4000, its first integrated chipset that supports LTE and various 3G flavours such as HSPA+, dual-carrier HSPA+, CDMA2000, and 1xEV-DO Rev A and B. The chipset package, which consists of the MDM9600 the MDM9200 chips, is the first integrated 3G/LTE chipset available from Qualcomm, which should bring the increasing efficiency and improved packaging that has prevented Apple from introducing LTE into the iPhone 4GS.
Against the backdrop of the Eurozone debt crisis, it seems a good week to be talking about financial performance. And as always there are winners and losers in the numbers game. The Chinese may be reluctant to help the Greeks out of their hole, but has anyone thought about asking Qualcomm?
Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced a sharp increase in revenue and profit in its financial results for its final quarter and year ending September 25, 2011.
When Netflix decided to separate DVD delivery from its video streaming service, consumers rebelled. Many dropped both services and the company lost half its value on Wall Street. Trouble like this is commonplace for cable TV and satellite providers, which, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), both consistently rank low in customer satisfaction surveys.
Dan Rabinovitsj, SVP & GM – Networking Business Unit, Qualcomm talks to Telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum 2011, about video over wifi and developments in the machine to machine (M2M) space.
Qualcomm has hit back at India’s Department of Telecom after being told it stands to lose the $1bn investment and its ISP licence that it acquired in the country’s wireless broadband airwaves (BWA) auction. The company said that it applied for its ISP licence through locally incorporated entities on 9th of Aug 2010, which is well within the three months window period as required by the NIA.
US chipset manufacturer Qualcomm has confirmed full support for Microsoft Windows 8 PCs and smartphones based on its next generation Snapdragon family of processors. The move is of interest as it marks the arrival of an OS designed to span both the PC and mobile device form factors and Qualcomm’s foray into the same area.
Qualcomm stands to lose over $1bn and its wireless broadband service permits in India, after a spokesperson for the Department of Telecoms (DoT) said that the company’s application for licences was invalid. A senior official from India’s DoT has said that the company did not apply for and acquire licences within three months of the wireless broadband airwaves (BWA) auction.
Smartphone users in emerging markets will help drive data usage up by more than tenfold by 2015, according to Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs. Around four billion smartphones will be sold in that same timeline and most of those will be in the sub-$300 segment, Jacobs, said.
At the Qualcomm Innovation conference in Istanbul on Wednesday, chief executive Paul Jacobs outlined a vision of the connected future focused on proximity-based peer to peer networking.