& cplSiteName &

Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
3/18/2013
50%
50%

Apple Inc. is looking to have more influence on the radio network technology behind 4G and is looking to get involved in the groundwork for mobile broadband specifications beyond LTE-Advanced. The iPhone vendor is currently advertising for a senior wireless standardization engineer to be based in Santa Clara, Calif. The successful candidate will represent Apple "in wireless communication standard bodies" and be responsible for pushing the company's strategic interests therein. A big part of that task will involve making contributions to the development of standards and specifications for the network radio interfaces of future 4G technologies by sitting in on 3GPP RAN Working Group 2 meetings. Specifically, Apple wants the engineer to be involved in the development of "specifications dealing with UTRA, Evolved UTRA, and beyond." E-UTRAN (Evolved Universal Terrestrial Access Network) is the LTE air interface specification, where maximum data rates and the channel bandwidth used are defined. E-UTRAN was first "frozen" in Release 8 of the specifications (completed in 2008). Release 10, which defines LTE-Advanced, was frozen in April 2011. The specification calls for maximum data rates of 1 Gbit/s, although it will likely be much slower on deployed commercial networks. There's a useful primer from the 3GPP on the technology here. Now, the focus for the mobile technology community is on the specifications beyond LTE-Advanced. The RAN Working Group 2 meetings are attended by a wide array of major carriers, equipment vendors, smartphone vendors and chip developers. Apple appears to be sending engineering manager Ajoy Singh to the next meeting in Chicago in April, but hasn't always been represented at the gatherings. Now that so much of Apple's business is tied up in wirelessly connected smartphones and tablets, it makes sense that the vendor would like to have an advocate to work on the air interface standards for 4G and beyond. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(9)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
macster
50%
50%
macster,
User Rank: Light Bulb
3/28/2013 | 3:37:54 AM
re: Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G
Some ppl have been let go recently, so any hiring = good thing or good news I guess.

Anyway, have a good Easter break.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/27/2013 | 10:20:07 PM
re: Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G
Yeah, I went through the attendance lists, they often have people attending but not always and it seems to be split between 3 or 4 separate engineers. This seems different, they're hiring someone specifically to sit in on the meetings, that is their job.
macster
50%
50%
macster,
User Rank: Light Bulb
3/27/2013 | 10:12:51 PM
re: Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G
Hi Dan,

Had a look at the job spec. It says RAN 1, i.e. physical layer. The ad is from Jan 2013 though. Also, I think they do have ppl that attend SA meetings regularly.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/23/2013 | 4:26:30 AM
re: Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G
Well they've attended some of these meetings before but hiring a specific person to sit in seems extreme.
soldack
50%
50%
soldack,
User Rank: Light Beer
3/23/2013 | 1:38:37 AM
re: Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G
I observed committees like this when I worked on InfiniBand. -áCompanies that do not actually create equipment base equipment that provides the technology (compared to actual wifi chip companies like qualcom) end up protecting their interests but not contributing much in terms of real ideas. -áThey tend to just slow things down and dilute the specification. -áI hope that doesn't happen here.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/19/2013 | 6:38:11 PM
re: Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G
Thanks to DSL Reports for the link-back:

http://www.dslreports.com/show...
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/19/2013 | 4:05:36 PM
re: Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G
-áWell they do mention IPR right in the job ad!
ydoucare
50%
50%
ydoucare,
User Rank: Light Beer
3/19/2013 | 4:18:22 AM
re: Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G
I can see the underlying motivation for Apple to get involved in this just so they can screw other phone manufacturers over when they try to adopt the technology. -áI don't think Apple needs to be anywhere near network standards.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/18/2013 | 7:50:48 PM
re: Apple Goes Deep on the Future of 4G
So in a very real way Apple is going to help define fifth generation (5G) wireless standards.
Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
NEXT COURSE
Wednesday, July 27, 1:00PM EDT
The Changing Face of the Data Center World
Rodney M. Elder, Senior Solutions Architect, Equinix
UPCOMING COURSE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, August 3, 1:00PM EDT
The Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center
Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, Open Networking Research Center, Open Networking Lab
Wednesday, August 10, 1:00PM EDT
Telcos & Open Source 101
Phil Robb, Senior Technical Director, OpenDaylight
Friday, August 12, 1:00PM EDT
The Role of Open Source in NFV
Jim Fagan, Director, Cloud Practice, Telstra
in association with:
From The Founder
The more things change, the more they stay the same for Juniper's next-gen comms solutions, and that's a good thing.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
NetScout: Maximizing Enterprise Cloud for Digital Transformation

7|20|16   |   04:53   |   (0) comments


Light Reading Editor Mitch Wagner talks to NetScout CMO Jim McNiel about maximizing the benefits of enterprise cloud and digital transformation while minimizing potential pitfalls with a proper monitoring and instrumentation strategy.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Ciena's VP Offers a Career Crash Course

7|20|16   |   4:14   |   (0) comments


How did Ciena's Vice President of Sales, Angela Finn, carve out her career path? Simple, she tells WiC. She stayed true to her company, customers and principles. She shares her advice for women on how to be authentic and credible, as well as for companies that want to make a real change to their culture and practices.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV in 2016: Part 2 – Climbing the Virtualization Maturity Curve

7|19|16   |   06:56   |   (0) comments


Many of the initial use case implementations are single-vendor and self-contained. The industry is still climbing the virtualization maturity curve, needing further clarity and stability in the NFV infrastructure (NFVi) and greater availability and choice of virtualized network functions (VNFs). Interoperability between NFVis and VNFs from different vendors ...
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks' Kumar Mehta on SD-WAN Managed Services

7|19|16   |     |   (0) comments


In Silicon Valley, Steve Saunders sits down with Versa's Kumar Mehta for an interview focused on why service providers are building SD-WAN managed services, and how Versa's telco customers are innovating.
LRTV Custom TV
Juniper Networks & The Evolution of NFV

7|19|16   |   06:01   |   (0) comments


Senior Juniper Networks executives talk to Light Reading Founder & CEO Steve Saunders about NFV developments and the recent independent evaluation by test lab EANTC of Juniper's Cloud CPE solution.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink Goes Beyond Managed WiFi

7|19|16   |     |   (0) comments


CenturyLink's managed WiFi allows enterprises, such as retailers and resorts, to track guest WiFi usage in order to help them better communicate with customers.
LRTV Interviews
AT&T Launches Network Functions on Demand

7|17|16   |   05:26   |   (0) comments


Roman Pacewicz, Senior Vice President, Offer Management & Service Integration, AT&T Business Solutions, discusses the operator's launch of its Network Functions on Demand service.
LRTV Interviews
Enterprise Pitch for Ciscosson

7|14|16   |   04:43   |   (0) comments


After seven months of near silence, Cisco and Ericsson executives publicly discussed details on their extensive partnership. Among the tidbits shared by Martin Zander, VP, group strategy programs, Ericsson, and Doug Webster, VP service provider marketing, Cisco: The partnership was initially launched to serve the service provider market, but is already gaining ...
Wagner’s Ring
Cisco Faces Up to Hypercloud Threat

7|13|16   |   02:42   |   (0) comments


Facebook, Amazon and Google mostly don't buy branded technology for their networks – they build their own. That's a threat to Cisco – and its competitors too – which face potentially dwindling demand for their product. Is Cisco up to the challenge? Light Reading went to the annual Cisco Live conference to find out.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Building a Better Connected Russia

7|13|16   |     |   (0) comments


At UBBS World Tour 2016, Alla Shabelnikova of Ovum shares the findings of a white paper outlining the challenges and opportunities of broadband rollout in Russia.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Global Video Business

7|13|16   |     |   (0) comments


At UBBS World Tour 2016, Roger Feng of Huawei shares insights on the future of video business.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
UBBS World Tour Moscow Highlights

7|13|16   |     |   (0) comments


At UBBS World Tour 2016 at Moscow, Huawei showcases its outstanding progress in video technology.
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
September 27, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 6-8, 2016,
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Five of the Top 10 most targeted countries in Check Point Software Technologies' global Malware & Threat Index for Q1 2016 are in Africa.
Hot Topics
SoftBank Muscles In on ARM in $32B Deal
Iain Morris, News Editor, 7/18/2016
Ericsson 'Doubles' Savings Goal as Sales Slump
Iain Morris, News Editor, 7/19/2016
Kevin Lo's Move to Facebook: Sign of Things to Come?
Patrick Donegan, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading, 7/20/2016
Verizon's Next With VNFs
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/21/2016
Facebook Gets Its Drone On
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 7/22/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
There's no question that, come 2020, 5G technology will turn the world's conception of what mobile networking is on its head. Within the world of 5G development, Dr. ...
I've enjoyed interviewing many interesting people since I rejoined Light Reading, but William A. "Bill" Owens certainly takes the biscuit, as we say where I come from.
Live Digital Audio

Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.