Hans Vestberg, CEO of telecom equipment vendor Ericsson, sees the next decade's 5G networks being smart enough to know what kind of device is using it, and why.
This intriguing technology lets you call up information on your smartphone by touching an object with your finger, turning your body into a kind of capacitive power line network.
The Swedish telecoms equipment maker says that it tried to come to terms with Apple through arbitration. That effort has expired though, prompting the lawsuit over global licensing of intellectual property for mobile technologies.
Apple just lost a $533 million patent case to Smartflash this week, and now Ericsson is likewise suing the company in a patent dispute.
Once the mobile maker to beat, BlackBerry is fighting for survival. Its secret weapon: the first-ever BlackBerry phone powered by Google's Android software.
SK Telecom opens a fifth-generation mobile network research facility in South Korea, where it claimed it would be the first operator of a 5G service.
Apple has sued Ericsson, arguing that the Swedish company is charging too much on royalties that are not "essential" to industry cellular standards.
At CES, the Swedish company says it will release network gear this year that will boost today's LTE networks by drawing on wireless spectrum more often used by Wi-Fi.
In response to Verizon's plans to move to 5G, AT&T's Glenn Lurie says he prefers to wait until the industry can agree on what the technology will look like before making any proclamations.
Verizon expects "some level of commercial deployment" to begin in 2017 for next-generation wireless. That's much earlier than the common industry belief that 2020 will mark the start.