Nokia are pushing thorugh with "4G" wireless plans
"Nokia have signed up Sony Ericsson, NEC and Alacatel-Lucent to its plans for a 4G wireless network system"
Published: 17th April 2008 | Source: BBC |
The companies have formed a licensing framework for their patents for the emerging mobile standard, and have committed to keeping royalty payments for use of essential LTE patents low to give the technology the best chance of success.
The deal will add momentum to LTE, which is seen as a direct competitor to Wimax, which is being pushed by Intel. The competition between LTE and Wimax will be the reason they have agreed to keep royalty payments low. With Wimax having a slight head start, Nokia will be wanting to have their technology progress as fast as possible to catch up.
LTE is a faster and more long distance wireless system compared to 3G and is currently being rolled out in the US and China.
Nokia and its partners believe LTE is the way forward for mobile phones, as well as laptops and even fixed broadband connections, replacing wi-fi while Intel believe Wimax represents the future of wireless communications.
"We see Wimax as the most cost-effective way to deliver high-bandwidth wireless broadband," he said.
Currently there are a few Wimax-enabled devices that have been produced with Nokia themselves releasing a Wimax-enabled internet tablet. However, they pulled out of their partnership with Intel to look at putting 3G connections onto laptops alongside Wimax.