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Sony, IPWireless partner on 4G R&D

Posted: 05 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:4G? mobile broadband? wireless technology? LTE?

Sony Corp. of America and IPWireless have signed an agreement to jointly research and develop wireless technologies for 4G and beyond. The two companies will initially focus on enhancing LTE technology for new applications and services with work beginning immediately.

The R&D activity will be based at IPWireless' technology center in Chippenham, England, and will leverage both companies' global resources. Sony and IPWireless engineers will work together to develop key new technologies to enhance and expand the potential of LTE and other 3GPP technologies with the goal of contributing these new specifications to the 3GPP standards and beyond. These R&D initiatives will blend Sony's capabilities for delivering rich user experiences and groundbreaking consumer innovation with IPWireless' expertise in developing 3GPP mobile broadband and broadcast technologies.

3GPP is a collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations and international standards organizations that define key technologies and specify the standards used by mobile network operators and manufacturers for the evolution of GSM-based mobile networks. 3GPP standard releases include technologies such as W-CDMA, HSPA, IMB, LTE, and LTE Advanced. At the end of 2009, there were almost half a billion subscriptions for 3GPP technologies making it the leading wireless standard globally.

"The wireless technologies of 4G and beyond hold the promise of opening up a new world of opportunities and possibilities for both mobile operators and consumers," said Gregg Walker, senior VP, corporate development, Sony. "IPWireless' outstanding reputation for innovation and its significant contributions to the development of 3GPP wireless standards over the past decade make it an ideal partner for developing 4G technologies that will shape the future of tomorrow's wireless lifestyle."

Bill Jones, CEO of IPWireless, said, "We are thrilled to be working with an industry leader as distinguished as Sony to foster the creation of innovative 4G wireless solutions and LTE applications. Through this partnership, we believe that IPWireless will be able to greatly enhance the solutions we provide our mobile operator customers today, while developing next-generation services and applications that will continue to bolster our reputation as a leading wireless pioneer."

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