Huawei halves LTE voice call setup time

China Mobile has teamed up with infrastructure vendor Huawei to demonstrate the world’s first international VoLTE HD voice and video calls between a TDD LTE network and a FDD LTE network

Chinese vendor Huawei said it has completed an interoperability test for an “ultra-flash” circuit-switched fallback solution that shortens the time it takes to switch from the LTE network to 2G in order to set up a voice call by 50 per cent.

Fon raises $14m funding from investors

Fon has announced that it has attracted $14m in funding from a range of investors

Wifi hotspot provider Fon has announced that it has attracted $14m in funding from several investors. It would not disclose how much each investor contributed but said that chip maker Qualcomm contributed the largest share of the total. Tech giant Google and European operator group Deutsche Telekom also contributed to the funding, along with venture capital firms Index Ventures, Coral and Atomico.

All dressed up: smart wearables get fit in 2014

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.

Paul Jacobs to step down as Qualcomm CEO

Dr Paul Jacobs has stepped down as CEO and will become executive chairman at Qualcomm

The CEO at chip maker Qualcomm has stepped down from his role. Dr Paul Jacobs will assume the role of executive chairman at the firm and will help guide development of new technology. COO Steve Mollenkopf has been promoted to CEO-elect, president of the company and appointed to the board of directors. On March 4, following Qualcomm’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, he will become CEO, replacing Jacobs.

Qualcomm faces China probe

The Chinese government is conducting an investigation of chipmaker Qualcomm relating to a possible breach of the country’s anti-monopoly law

The Chinese government is conducting an investigation of chipmaker Qualcomm relating to a possible breach of the country’s anti-monopoly law.

Qualcomm adds Chinese GPS support to smartphones

Avonline to deliver 20 Mbps satellite broadband

Chipmaker Qualcomm has added support for China’s BeiDou navigation satellite system to its solutions. The vendor said that using BeiDou will enhance location precision in smartphones and tablets in China and globally.

Qualcomm acquires Artemis assets, targets STB business

Arteris has sold some of its  IP assets to Qualcomm

Chip maker Qualcomm has acquired certain technology assets from network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect IP specialist Arteris for an undisclosed sum. The firm has also hired personnel formerly employed by Arteris.

Qualcomm IP licensing architect to retire

Steve Altman

Qualcomm vice chairman, Steve Altman, is to retire from the firm January 3, 2014, but will continue to serve as a strategic consultant to the company.

Qualcomm recruits former US ambassador to China

Former US ambassador to China Clark Randt has joined Qualcomm's Board of Directors

Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the appointment of former US ambassador to China to its Board of Directors, at the firm looks to expand its footprint in China.

Broadband Infovision Awards: Broadband Home Award


With less than a month to go until the Broadband Infovision Awards in Amsterdam, we look at this year’s shortlisted entries – starting with the category probably closest to the consumer’s heart – the Broadband Home Award.

Qualcomm provides wireless charging tech to electric race cars

Qualcomm has become an official founding technology partner of the FIA Formula E Championship

Chip maker Qualcomm has become an official founding technology partner of the FIA Formula E Championship; the new international championship featuring racing cars powered exclusively by electric energy.

Smartwatch launches signal new device segment

Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch

Samsung and Qualcomm have both announced smart watch products as the nascent companion device category begins to gather momentum.

Vendors team with Facebook to drive connectivity in developing world


facebook-bigFacebook has created an initiative—Internet.org—to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, recruiting a number of telecoms industry vendors as partners. But while the new group cites the importance of mobile operators in bringing connectivity to the unconnected, there are none among the founders.

Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm: “The defining challenge of LTE in 2013 will be band fragmentation”

Ben Timmons, Senior Director Business Development, Qualcomm

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Ben Timmons, Senior Director, Business Development for Qualcomm, winners of the category, ‘Best Chipset / Processor Product’ with its Qualcomm- RF360 Front End Solution.

Qualcomm acquires stake in Alcatel-Lucent; forges R&D partnership

AT&T has acquired Alltel

Chip maker Qualcomm has struck an R&D partnership with infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent as well as acquiring a stake in the equipment manufacturer.

Qualcomm outlines plans to provide 1000x more capacity

VimpelCom has launched LTE services in Moscow

Silicon vendor Qualcomm has outlined plans to drastically increase capacity in mobile networks. The vendor believes that, by using its technology, operators will be able to provide a thousand times more bandwidth capacity than today, while also reducing costs.

Qualcomm Atheros: Demonstrating next generation wifi

qualcomm demo

Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Product Management Tim Peters demonstrates the capabilities of 802.11ac wifi

Qualcomm beefs up small cell portfolio

Qualcomm has added DesignArt Networks' solutions to its portfolio

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.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

NTT Docomo, NEC and Fujitsu team up to develop LTE smartphone chipsets

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.

Samsung looks to cut out chipmakers with CSR acquisition

Samsung has acquired UK chipmaker CSR's handset business

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.