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What to Look for When InterDigital Reports Earnings

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InterDigital's plan for the future

The company is in the business of engineering and designing mobile technology solutions and systems. Revenue is generated off of patent royalties and fees from the systems it designs for its various clients. Simply put, developing technology we will use years down the road is the name of the game for InterDigital.

While the company continues to survive off of past accomplishments and continuing work for current technology, designing a 5G mobile network is the big plan for the future. The company is betting on the next-gen network as the future driver of growth for business.

InterDigital cited a recent survey by Intelligence that indicates the company could be on the right track. According to survey results, 82% of industry professionals polled see the Internet of Things being a major driver behind 5G network deployment, and 86% see rollout by the year 2020 or earlier.

In years past, new mobile network development was centered on increasing speeds and enabling data transfer primarily for consumers. Faster speeds and new network abilities like ultra-high-definition video streaming are still important for 5G developers, but other needs like a network that can handle billions of connected devices, reliability of ultra-sensitive data transmission, and traffic prioritization for machine communications are challenges facing the engineers at InterDigital.

Investors may hope for a massive boom of growth, however, it is worth noting that 68% of those polled also see a slow and gradual rollout of 5G network availability rather than an all-at-once changeover.

Short-term exuberance vs. longer-term trends

With potential revenue from current research and development still a ways off, is InterDigital's recent stock advance sustainable? That will be an area to focus on when the next earnings report comes in. As increasing free cash flow and profits provided the most recent bump in share value, investors should look for signs that expense cuts continue and are sustainable, especially with the big quarterly revenue jump expected.

Developments in 5G network technology will also be important when figuring for future business growth. Keep an ear out for progress and possible new revenue opportunities from 5G this Thursday.

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