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Streaming video already accounts for the bulk of mobile traffic, and by 2020, Cisco reckons it will account for 75 percent mobile data. Higher resolution feeds and video sharing apps like Snapchat and Vine are all driving this trend, but can the wireless networks we use to access all this data keep up? There's a concerted effort between industry heavyweights to ensure it can. One example is that AT&T has partnered up with Ericsson and Intel to help test 5G network technology. The first tests will be conducted in a laboratory setting in Austin, Texas in the second quarter of this year, followed by outdoor tests sometime in the summer. The transition to 5G will be a major development in mobile.... Read more...
Ericsson now has a vested interest in iPhone sales. That's because the two electronic firms came to terms on a global patent license agreement that will see Apple pay Ericsson a royalty on every iPhone it sells for the next seven years. It also includes an initial payment, presumably to cover royalties from iPhone sales while the matter has been in litigation over the past year. It's a cross licensing deal that covers patents relating to both companies' standard essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS, and LTE cellular standards), while also granting certain other unnamed patent rights. Perhaps most importantly, the deal puts to an end any and all pending patent infringement litigation between... Read more...
By 2020, around 90 percent of the world's population over 6 years old will own a mobile phone. Furthermore, smartphone adoption is expected to double up in the same period, with smartphone subscriptions on pace to top 6.1 billion by 2020, according to the latest Mobility Report by Ericsson, a Swedish multinational provider of communications technology and services. Mobile phone growth is especially accelerated in India and China, two territories boasting 18 million and 12 million net additions, respectively, in the third quarter of 2013. But regardless of location, factors such as falling prices are driving mobile phones into the hands of more people. Image Source: Flickr (Maurizio Pesce) "The... Read more...