Wednesday, 20 September 2017

4G Networks & Technologies Boost Connection Speeds

The growth of 4G networks around the world is boosting average connection speeds to 3-4 Mbps and on some networks upwards of 14 Mbps, paving the way for high-definition video to grow more commonplace on mobile networks, according to Roman Kikta, author of "The Wireless Internet Crash Course".   Kikta points out that leading edge technology enhancements such as Magnolia Broadband's Adaptive Antenna Technology (AAT) is showing to increase carriers data networks performance by doubling connectivity speeds, while improving coverage and capacity by 40%.  Kikta states that AAT will benefit mobile carriers as they address Video, which accounted for half of mobile traffic in 2012, and is expected to make up over 75% of it within the next few years.  Kikta cites HD cameras on devices and consumers needs for uploading to their social networks as key contributors to this mobile data consumption. Furthermore, Video chats, GPS apps, handheld games, and other applications could add to the demand for mobile networks as well.

Big Data Set to Explode as 40 Billion New Devices Connect to Internet

If you think we’ve got Big Data problems now—with “only” about 9 billion devices connected to the Internet—what’s the situation going to be like when that number soars to 50 billion at the end of the decade?
Oracle president Mark Hurd recently raised the possibility that unless businesses and government agencies can seize control over that Big Data explosion, then they’ll run the risk of simply being overwhelmed by vast volumes of data that they can’t find, control, manage, or secure—let alone analyze and exploit.
As a ZD.net article reported:
Hurd said that the world was “drowning” in vast amounts of data — which has grown eightfold in the past seven years — and companies are running out of space to store it all. With more than nine billion existing devices connected to the Internet, end businesses are struggling to cope with storing the vast amounts of data they collect.
Not only will the capacity for storage need to increase, he warned of a growing concern is the ability to store such vast amounts of data securely. Another growing problem is the ability to process the vast amount of data through data process or real-time analytics.
Indeed—what happens when that already-tricky situation is compounded dramatically as an additional 40 billion devices get connected to the Internet over the next several years and begin streaming out massive volumes of data about speeds and location and performance degradation and volume of usage and even such vital but narrowly focused applications such as whether or not your morning coffee is ready?
To help understand some of those implications, a new study commissioned by Oracle outlines some of the impacts those billions of devices will have on the data demands of businesses and other large organizations—and if we think our challenges today are best described as “Big Data,” just wait.
Drilling into this wild new world of machine-to-machine (M2M) data, the study—called “Designing an M2M Platform for the Connected World”—says that “M2M data from remotely located assets and devices in the field is increasingly being used more broadly for strategic purposes and value creation throughout the enterprise. It has also become a means for creating new market opportunities while providing a competitive advantage for enterprise users in their own key markets.”
I recall coming across an early discussion of this general phenomenon about 12 years ago when RFID technology first began to offer the promise of cost-efficient data streams and intelligence-gathering from machines.
While many big retailers, consumer-packaged-goods companies, and logistics companies initially expressed great interest in RFID technologies, their immediate concern was how in the world would they ever be able to manage the unprecedently massive streams of data emanating from these new networks of things.
Imagine that possibility cranked up exponentially as everything from mobile phones to shoes to cars and household appliances, from pets to smart meters to clothing and surgical devices, from heavy industrial equipment to security devices to assembly lines become stuffed with intelligence and begin spewing out digital records of what they’re doing, seeing, sensing, and shipping.
In commissioning its study about how businesses can take full advantage of this dynamic new world, Oracle sought to shed some light on the requirements for turning machine-to-machine raw data into actionable intelligence, along with an eye toward how those demands might shift over time.
Beecham Research found that because most early adopters of M2M technologies and solutions are looking to create new services built on these new data streams, top-priority initiatives have to be end-to-end security that ranges from the device all the way through to the data center and the end-consumer of the data; and, the need for these massive flows of data to be integreated fully with existing IT systems in ways that allow the data to be analyzed and transformed into business insights.
As a result, the study says, companies should pursue these initiatives with an eye toward launching innovative products and services: “Although data storage requirements for M2M solutions have often not been huge in the past, this is changing with very large volumes of data expected in the future. In addition, insight from real-time intelligence can open up a whole new world of solutions.”
Along the way, the M2M movement is expected to join forces with another disruptive force in the IT world: cloud computing.
Survey respondents from around the world said that “Leveraging the cloud was noted as key in M2M projects, as it greatly reduces the cost and complexity of delivering M2M solutions,” Oracle said. “In fact, 90 percent of respondents noted the cloud as being ‘vitally important’ to M2M initiatives.”
Tech companies hoping to play a role in this dynamic new field will have to determine whether they want to be niche players that require extensive integration with other vendors’ equipment, or if they want to try to play a broader role that allows customers to focus more on business outcomes and less on cobbling together various point solutions.

Google Nabs 50 Mobile Patents From Magnolia Broadband

"We believe that Google's acquisition of our more than 50 Mobile Transmit Diversity beam forming technology patents underlines the need for such a technology in mobile broadband devices," Osmo Hautanen, CEO of Magnolia Broadband, said in a statement. "We look forward to deployment of this innovative technology in smart phones, tablets and other mobile broadband devices, to provide faster data throughput, better coverage and wider range."

The software Google's new patents relate to can be embedded into any mobile broadband device, Hautanen added. Google, however, did not acquire the software, which remains the property of Magnolia and will remain available to mobile device vendors and chipset companies.

The company is currently expanding this technology to improve streaming video and peer-to-peer applications on tablets and other mobile broadband devices. It says it will use the proceeds from the patent sale to finance ongoing research and development.

Google's latest buy comes after the company recently picked up a large number of patents through its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which is currently locked in a high-profile patent battle with Apple, and is under investigation for patent abuse in the EU.

by: PC Magazine's Angela Moscaritolo

Intel, Google ink patent deals with InterDigital, Magnolia Broadband....... by: Rik Myslewski

Both Intel and Google started the week in acquisitive modes, with the former announcing a massive $375m patent deal with InterDigital, and the latter acquiring over 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband for an unspecified amount.  It appears that the mobile-broadband patent wars are not only continuing to churn the tech world, they're also continuing to cause big money to change hands among big players.

"These patents will support Intel's strategic investments in the mobile segment," said Chipzilla's general counsel Doug Melamed about his company's Monday move. "The addition of these patents expands our already large, strong and diverse portfolio of intellectual property."

Over in Warren, New Jersey, Magnolia Broadband's CEO Osmo Hautanen offered his opinion of Google's largesse, saying, "We believe that Google's acquisition of our more than 50 Mobile Transmit Diversity beam forming technology patents underlines the need for such a technology in mobile broadband devices."

The MTD patents, which Magnolia Broadband developed in a research and testing effort of over a decade, cover technologies to increase spectrum utilization, expand coverage, improve uplink transmission speeds, and improve mobile devices' battery life.

Interestingly, although the MTD patent portfolio was acquired by Google, Hautanen noted that "The software, which can be embedded into any mobile broadband device remains the property of Magnolia Broadband and will be made available to mobile device vendors and chipset companies."

Magnolia board chairman Yaron Eitan chimed in on this point as well, saying, "We look forward to deployment of this innovative technology in smart phones, tablets and other mobile broadband devices, to provide faster data throughput, better coverage and wider range."

One can only assume that there is many a hurried discussion this Monday morning among the legal teams at Apple, HTC, Samsung, and others about the murky mobile-broadband patent landscape. And as Intel continues its deep-pocket efforts to move into the mobile market, odds are that ARM's corner offices are abuzz, as well.

Google's Patent Portfolio Gains Weight .....by Mark Hearn

Google’s patent portfolio has just gained a little weight, as the software/search engine giant has cemented its purchase of more than 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband. There’s no mention of how much green Google ponied up to acquire this wireless catalog of goodies, but the new arsenal of intellectual property will likely mesh well with the company’s more prominent purchase of Motorola Mobility. In addition to possibly putting the technology of this purchase to use, Google is also saving them for future legal quarrels.

Google completes buyout of Magnolia Broadband patents, puts a little extra protection under its belt by: Jon Fingas

Magnolia Broadband revealed that Google was buying some of its patents at the start of June, but to say that its confirmation was brief would be an understatement. It's being more verbose now that the transaction has been cleared: Google now owns over 50 patents for beamforming wireless signals. Magnolia characterizes the techniques as important to making the best use of cellular connections, which could well be helpful to a company that just bought Motorola. Having said this, we can't help but think that the various patent battles of Google's recent acquisition may play a part; obtaining cellular-specific patents would give potential attackers a reason to think twice.

Google Buys Mobile Transmit Diversity Patents From Magnolia Broadband

Google has acquired over 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband, according to an announcement from the latter. Specifically, Google has acquired Magnolia’s beam forming Mobile Transmit Diversity (MTD) patents.
The patents cover methods for increasing spectrum utilization, expanding coverage, improving uplink transmission speeds at the cell edge, and improving device battery life, Magnolia says.
These could complement the patents Google acquired with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
“We believe that Google’s acquisition of our more than 50 Mobile Transmit Diversity beam forming technology patents underlines the need for such a technology in mobile broadband devices,” said CEO Osmo Hautanen. “The software, which can be embedded into any mobile broadband device remains the property of Magnolia Broadband and will be made available to mobile device vendors and chipset companies.”
“This transaction is a milestone for Magnolia Broadband,” added Yaron Eitan, Chairman of the Magnolia Broadband’s Board. “It provides a return to our investors and funding for continued development of Magnolia’s MTD technology. We look forward to deployment of this innovative technology in smart phones, tablets and other mobile broadband devices, to provide faster data throughput, better coverage and wider range.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Google picks up Magnolia Broadband's MTD patent portfolio

Google has acquired more than 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband, a company focused on improving scalability and capacity across the mobile space. According to Magnolia, the patents come from its Mobile Transmit Diversity portfolio, which includes a host of technologies related to increasing mobile network capacity, expanding coverage, improving uplink transmission speeds, and increasing a device's battery life.  The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

According to Magnolia CEO Osmo Hautanen, the software Google's newly acquired patents relate to can be "embedded into any mobile broadband device." The software is sold to mobile device vendors and chipset companies, according to Hautanen.

Interestingly, Google didn't acquire the software, which remains under the ownership of Magnolia. Whether the companies entered into a licensing agreement, however, was not divulged.

A host of major companies have been going on a patent-buying spree lately. Last year, Apple and Research In Motion were among a few companies that bought Nortel's patents for $4.5 billion. Microsoft recently closed a deal to acquire about 800 patents from AOL for $1 billion. Even Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility was motivated by a desire to own that company's patent portfolio.

Who can blame any of the companies? Over the last couple of years, the mobile space has exploded with patent lawsuits, forcing firms to find protection wherever possible. CNET has contacted Google for comment on the patent portfolio purchase. We will update this story when we have more information.

Magnolia Broadband's Patent Portfolio Acquired by Google

IP rights to benefit Google in the mobile space; Proceeds to help finance on-going R&D by Magnolia Broadband

WARREN, N.J., Jun 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Magnolia Broadband, Inc. has sold its beam forming Mobile Transmit Diversity ("MTD") patent portfolio to Google, Inc. GOOG +1.30%  . This patent portfolio is derived from over a decade of research, development, and testing, and covers methods for increasing spectrum utilization (network capacity), expanding coverage, improving uplink transmission speeds at the cell edge, and improving device battery life.
Osmo Hautanen, CEO of Magnolia Broadband, said; "We believe that Google's acquisition of our more than 50 Mobile Transmit Diversity beam forming technology patents underlines the need for such a technology in mobile broadband devices." Mr. Hautanen further explained Magnolia Broadband's continued vision: "The software, which can be embedded into any mobile broadband device remains the property of Magnolia Broadband and will be made available to mobile device vendors and chipset companies."
Yaron Eitan, Chairman of the Board of Magnolia Broadband, Inc. and a Partner in SCP Partners, the company's largest shareholder, said: "This transaction is a milestone for Magnolia Broadband. It provides a return to our investors and funding for continued development of Magnolia's MTD technology. We look forward to deployment of this innovative technology in smart phones, tablets and other mobile broadband devices, to provide faster data throughput, better coverage and wider range."