Apple and Ericsson Settle Litigation and Sign a Patent Deal

Apple and Swedish mobile telecom gear manufacturer Ericsson have been locked in a rather lengthy legal conflict for about a year now, as Ericsson has filed an official complaint against Apple concerning mobile tech licensing payments. Not too long ago, the Swedish company has announced that the dispute is finally settled, as the two firms have signed a patent license deal. The agreement will bring Ericcson a considerable financial boost, which is why its shares have already risen following the announcement. Even though exact figures are unknown at this time, experts estimate that Ericcson stands to gain between $1.52 to $1.64 billion from intellectual property rights in 2015.

According to Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer, the agreement covers early 2G and 3G technologies as well as the newer 4G-LTE generation, which would explain the numbers listed above. Even though he did not want to reveal any further details, Kasim has stated that the two companies will be working together in the future.

“It means we can continue to work with Apple in areas such as 5G radio network and optimization of the network.”

The deal involves Apple paying Ericcson a large sum up front as well as ongoing royalties for seven years. The Cupertino-based firm has not issued an official statement at the time of writing.

5Gbps Benchmark as Ericsson Tests Wireless 5G

Excited by the speed boost your getting from 4G? Well you ain’t seen nothing yet, because 5G is so fast, it can even blow Google Fibre a death blow thanks to its breakneck speeds. Ericsson announced on Tuesday that they’ve tested their 5G network in a hardware trial, reaching a staggering 5 gigabits per second over-the-air with its wireless 5G technology!

5Gbps is a an impressive benchmark and is no doubt conducted under ideal conditions, yet lets think about that number for a moment. 5Gbps is around 250 times faster than LTE, It is FIVE TIMES faster than Google Fiber’s impressive 1Gbps wired connection. It could download a 50GB movie in around 11 seconds, that’s an entire Blu-Ray worth of content streamed in less time it takes you to get a Blu-Ray out of its box and put it in the player.

The downside? The rollout isn’t set to be finished for ages, with launch expected in the 2020. The only good thing is that 2020 is a lifetime in terms of technology, leaving lots of time for smartphones, cars and other connected devices to make the right advances in technology to fully reap the benefits of 5G technology.

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Ericsson.

Facebook Joins GSMA To Become An Active Member Of Wireless Trade Group

Facebook has joined the GSMA, which for short is a group composed of mobile operators and other interested technology partners who work in standardizing and promoting the GSM cellular system.

GSMA spokeswoman Claire Cranton told FierceWireless that “Facebook is obviously a significant player in the mobile ecosystem, so a relationship with Facebook is important as the GSMA strives to deliver programs on behalf of our mobile operator members.” She said the organization has had “an ongoing relationship with Facebook for several years and we are pleased that Facebook has taken the decision to join the GSMA.” She also said the group “will look to engage with Facebook in programs that are mutually beneficial.”

In August Facebook forged a partnership with industry heavyweights like Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia , Opera Software, Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics to launch, a coalition dedicated to expanding online access via mobile. Facebook does not own any wireless spectrum or cell towers, but Cranton stated that if it were to acquire spectrum and “is allocated frequencies to operate a GSM network for the purpose of providing publicly available commercial services it would become eligible for full membership. At present Facebook has joined the GSMA as an associate member” but are also “look forward to playing an active role as a member.”

Facebook’s plans are getting clearer when looking at the leap towards the GSM area and the continuous expansion of, however its influence in the association is likely to be felt when looking at the current 1000+ members.

Thank you The Verge and Fierce Wireless for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of BBC UK

Superspeed USB Set To Deliver Doubled Data Speeds & Power Simultaneously

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced on the 10th April that new specifications across USB are set to improve further with a faster transfer rate and power for up to 100W using a single data cable.

The new technology, facilitated by the Forum’s compliance and training programme, allows for transfer rates of up to 10Gbps, double that of existing USB3.0 rates. With the advent of up to 100W of power being used across the same cable, this means that consumers will only have to use a single cable for both data transfer and power.

Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President & COO said:

“The USB-IF recognizes consumer demand for a simplified single-cable solution to power and simultaneously transfer data to their laptops, tablets and smartphones”.

The USB Implementers Forum, a non-profit group promoted by representatives from HP, Intel, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson & Texas Instruments, is tasked with the promotion of high-speed USB 3.0 through device and product manufacturers.

Carrying around numerous powerpacks for devices is not the only issue the new technology will address; USB-powered monitors will become much more reliable, tablets and smart devices will be able to be charged and data transferred to them simultaneously, something that has not been possible without Thunderbolt cables, plus a host of other applications.

What’s more is, like standard USB3.0, the cables will be backwards-compatible, allowing use with USB2.0 and USB3.0 devices, although not the increased transfer rates or power outputs.

With mobile devices and laptops relying more on battery technology for longer life, this upgrade could not come at a better time, in lieu of battery technology catching up.

USB3.0 has already been a huge success with over 850 products now using the technology with official certification, pushing it nearer I/O class standardisation.