Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mobile World Conference 2013: What to expect in mobile infrastructure

With the Mobile World Congress rapidly approaching (it runs from February 25th-28th), let's take a look at what to expect in terms of mobile infrastructure development in the U.S. and around the world:

1. M7 Managed Services, a large Information Technology service provider, will host a presentation detailing how companies can take advantage of over-the-web IT services, particularly across 4G. Topics range from hosting applications in data centers abroad, as well as planning for disaster recovery and backing up files over 4G connections.

2. Perhaps one of the more exciting developments, GigaOM notes, is the presence of Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital company known for pioneering the development of small mobile infrastructure companies, including Flarion Technologies, which was bought out by Qualcomm in 2006 for over $600 million. Could their investments lead to another multil-million dollar deal for an emerging competitor in mobile infrastructure delivery?

3. Of course, InformationWeek notes that in addition to the problem of speed, the real issue with new LTE networks is that of being able to service the growing demand for data. One way that they could conceivably service these new demands is by using systems like those Radisys is developing: small cell stations (nodes that have shorter range than full service LTE stations) that can now provide full LTE capabilities. 

4. Marvell and Altair, mobile handset chip manufacturers, are unveiling new processors aimed at China's emerging LTE-TDD capabilities. What's so special about these chip sets? Well, according to Rethink Wireless, the companies are trying to, "bring four core handsets to the masses." Oh, and they work on spectrums from LTE-TDD all the way down to Edge.

5. But, you know who might steal the show when it comes to mobile infrastructure? A rather unlikely name: NVidia. The famed computer graphics card manufacturer is throwing down the gauntlet in the LTE-integrated chip market with the unveiling of it's Tegra 4i. NVidia claims its chip can handle all of the demands of smart phone processing while providing integrated LTE support -- something that only Qualcomm can claim to have done at this point, according to V3.

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