LTE is the next wave in telecommunications market. With LTE gaining momentum across the world, there has been strong demand for LTE-enabled smartphones.
According to a recent research from ABI Research, LTE smartphones will cross 65 million units in 2012. This growth will help drive intellectual property royalties of mobile wireless devices 14 percent higher during the year. In the near future, LTE-enabled smartphones market will be lead by the much-awaited LTE-enabled iPhone (News - Alert) 5 and Samsung’s LTE smartphones.
ABI Research’s report, “Mobile Device Royalties,” has found that mobile wireless royalties for GSM, WCDMA, and LTE smartphones were just under $20 billion in 2011 but the increase to 65 million LTE smartphones will help push the 2012 royalty total higher.
The research also predicted a major shift in patent portfolios among mobile phone makers. In recent years, companies like Motorola (News - Alert) have been at the forefront with strong patent portfolios for GSM and WCDMA, but that power will shift over the next five years to those with strong 4G positions, including Samsung (News - Alert) and Panasonic.
Over the last several years, annual handset shipments have gone from hundreds of millions to more than a billion, while the market has shifted toward 3G handsets.
“Samsung’s strength in LTE patents will suit it well as one of the strongest LTE handset vendors,” said Solis. “Companies like Ericsson, Nokia, InterDigital (News - Alert), and Qualcomm will retain their patent position as the market shifts.”
Chinese phone makers are keen to acquiring 4G patents as seen by the rise in number of patent filling and participation in standardization by leading companies like Huawei (News - Alert) and ZTE. ABI Research finds that these companies, as well as their Japanese and South Korean counterparts, will shift some of the patent power from Europe and the US to the Asia-Pacific.
Although some 2G royalties are expiring, the growing base of 3G handsets and acceleration of LTE handsets – with combined, but not quite additive, royalties for 2G, 3G, and 4G patents – will keep total mobile wireless royalties growing, the research noted.
In other industry news, iQsim has a spring in its step as last week the SIM server provider received warm news that it has been named as a finalist for the 2012 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award. And for iQsim, this news sends a promising message to the market that the SIM server company is continuing down the path of innovation and leadership.
“iQsim delivers a full end-to-end solution with a powerful service layer, the IRON Suite, that enables services that put our solution ahead of the competition,” Ronen Shpirer, product marketing manager at iQsim, told TMCnet of being recognized with the award. “These services maximize service profitability for our clients and protect their mobile termination assets and investments. The selection as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe award is an independent and serious confirmation to the value and innovation encapsulated in our products and solutions.”
Edited by Carrie Schmelkin
- SIM Management for Mobile Termination
To offer better rates on local mobile networks, Internet Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs) have to optimize Call Termination costs and maximize SIM cards usage.
- SIM Management for M2M Platform Validation
The M2M solutions deployment is very complex and difficult to test and validate in the lab. Gateways and probes on-site deployment are subject to numerous constraints such as GSM 3G coverage, unexpected multi-operator roaming, international roaming, tariff and service restrictions.
- SIM Management for Mobile Testing
In order for a Mobile Network Operator to be successful, reduce churn and increase customer loyalty, the need to shift from testing network to perform a complete “end to end” QoS Testing has become obvious.
IRON SIM SERVER ONE
SIM CONTROL, SIM PROTECTION AND SIM STORAGE
- Ready to Go SIM Server (no additional server required)
- IRON Technology: Bonus/Promotion, Credit Synchronization
- Integrated Capacity of 416 SIMs cards
- Protect your investment: Secure & Scalable Product
- Mobile Termination
IRON Suite, iQsim's SIM Server technology, is born from 10 years of experience in Virtual SIM Management in the service of offering the most appropriate solution to terminate voice calls and SMS worldwide...
How to validate M2M Platforms?Before deploying a large number of probes and sensors, it is key to anticipate and pre-validate the M2M Platform and the type of communication data exchanged between the M2M end-point and central management systems...
- Mobile Network Quality of Service (QoS)
How to test Mobile Network QoS available for roaming users?Testing network to perform a complete QoS has become obvious to ensure the quality of services delivered to end-users is conformed to their expectations...
Providing you a Ready to Go solution or a carrier class redundant and scalable product.
- Always use the right SIM at the right time
- Up to 416 SIM cards per SIM Rack
- Highly scalable architecture: Up to 50,000 SIM Cards
- Specifically designed for multi-operator and cross country deployment
- Maximize SIM price plan usage
- Call routing with the most appropriate SIM
- Real-time GSM port supervision
- Centralized CDRs
- GSM gateway configuration time reduced by 70%
- Call processing time reduction (PDD)