) has decided to collaborate with Germany's leading mobile
operator Deutsche Telekom, to test run LTE-Direct technology.
LTE Direct is an innovative device-to-device technology that
enables continuous discovery of devices and services in the
proximity (around 500 meter), while maintaining privacy and
battery efficiency. LTE-Direct is likely to be a operator-owned
platform which functions using LTE spectrum and infrastructure to
offer a range of differentiated applications and services.
Qualcomm benefits from the significant growth of 4G LTE
technology. The growing acceptance of the technology has prompted
mobile handset manufacturers to develop phones that will be
compatible with this network.
The company is a major chipset provider to
) and Samsung, which together constitute 40% of the smarphone and
50% of the tablet market globally. In addition, Qualcomm's Gobi
mobile Internet connectivity solutions provide 3G/4G LTE
connectivity to devices that run on
) developed Windows 8 software.
Qualcomm has a highly diversified product portfolio. Several
original equipment manufacturers are adopting high-speed 3G and
4G technologies for connecting tablets, eReaders,
machine-to-machine communication devices, and gaming devices.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform and Gobi platform for global
wireless connectivity support almost all varieties of mobile
broadband equipment. Qualcomm also unveiled an innovative
smartwatch called "Toq", which can simultaneously receive phone
calls, send messages and play music.
In Jan 2014, Qualcomm acquired a portfolio of patents from
). The portfolio comprises 1,400 granted and pending patent
applications from the U.S. and about 1,000 granted and pending
patent applications from other countries including China,
England, Germany, Japan and South Korea.
The patent portfolio covers a wide range of technologies that
include fundamental mobile operating system techniques.
Acquisition of this patent portfolio will enable Qualcomm to more
aggressively expand into the global mobility market.
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