Qualcomm Acquires Small Cell Maker DesignArt
Qualcomm today announced that it has acquired DesignArt Networks, a manufacturer of system-on-chip (SoC) and related software products that can be used in small indoor and outdoor base stations. According to Qualcomm, DesignArt's products can help network operators extend the reach of their networks with its wireless backhaul products. Qualcomm will fold DesignArt's backhaul solutions into its existing portfolio of small cell base station, Wi-Fi, and ethernet businesses. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. DesignArts is based in Israel.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Qualcomm's Next Target Is Unlicensed LTE Over 5GHz
Qualcomm today announced its initial foray with LTE into the unlicensed 5GHz band, spectrum that is normally reserved for WiFi networks. Qualcomm believes LTE-U, or LTE in unlicensed spectrum, could help carriers fill in blank spots with small cells.
Nokia Buys Australian RF Filter Company
Nokia today said it has acquired Mesaplexx, a company based in Australia that develops radio frequency (RF) filter technology. Nokia says Mesaplexx's technology will help it improve its Flexi-branded base stations.
FTC Accuses Qualcomm of Anticompetitive Behavior
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint against Qualcomm, alleging the chip-maker uses its market position to monopolize the sale of cell phone baseband processors.