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    • January 17, 2018
    • Speech
    • World Intellectual Property Forum
    • Hotel Raffles Dubai, UAE
    PANEL SESSION  Roberto Dini, Founder, Sisvel (Luxembourg) MODERATOR  Christian Dubuc, Managing Partner, Longhorn IP (USA)  Eva Geschke, Partner at Wildanger Kehrwald Graf von Schwerin & Partner mbB (Germany)  Eric Stasik, Founder and Managing Director at Avika AB (Sweden)  Keith Mallinson, Founder, WiseHarbor (USA and UK)

    FRAND: How to arrive at the best terms?

    • December 5, 2017
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Tide turns in US and EU agencies’ policies on SEP licensing

    The new head of the US DoJ antitrust division is reinforcing a trend that shifts the balance between IP rights and antitrust restrictions. Patent owners should be allowed to decide how they want to exercise their property rights: “under the antitrust laws, a unilateral refusal to license a valid patent should be per se legal.” New European Commission guidelines on SEP licensing respect patent owners’ rights to benefit from “fair and adequate return” from “value added of patented technology.” The guidelines do not oblige SEP owners to license to anyone who asks for a license. But significant harm has already also been done internationally with contagion from prospective or actual policy positions that were previously more hostile or equivocal on IP owners’ rights.
    • December 2, 2017
    • Publication
    • The Criterion Journal on Innovation

    Putting Economists in Their Place in Patents in Telecoms and the Internet of Things

    This article is substantially Keith Mallinson's remarks in a conference panel session entitled, “Economists: Do They Have a Place?,” at the Patents in Telecoms and the Internet of Things conference at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on November 10, 2017.Those who use economists should beware of opinions that extend beyond the expert’s specialization. Economists need to take responsibility for what their own economic analysis relies upon. We need economists to publish, and as expert witnesses, but we need to flush out inapplicable theories, biases, and nonsense with more empirical testing, public debate including academic peer review, and rebuttal in litigation according to the applicable rules of evidence.
    • November 16, 2017
    • Publication
    • RCR Wireless

    Innovation in the 5G communications platform and the IoT

    Major research and development investments are being made in communications technologies and standards to satisfy the anticipated demands of 5G and IoT. These investments, with significant innovations resulting already, are largely a leap of faith in advance of hoped-for IoT applications development and proof of demand for these. While technology developers seek adequate returns on their financial investments in R&D, implementers want transparency and certainty in their patent licensing costs.
    • November 10, 2017
    • Speech
    • Patents in Telecoms and the Internet of Things
    • George Washington University, Washington DC
    Panel session participant

    Economists: Do they have a place?

    Confirmed speakers in this panel session in addition to Keith Mallinson include Alan Marco (Chief Economist at USPTO), Stephen Haber (Stanford University), Damien Neven (Graduate Institute Geneva), and Nikolaus Thumm (European Commission). The moderator is Laurie Fitzgerald at McKool Smith LLP.
    • September 27, 2017
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Development of innovative new standards jeopardised by IEEE patent policy

    I recently wrote a paper for 4iP Council about the adverse effect of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) 2015 patent patent policy change on submissions of Letters of Assurance (LOAs) indicating whether patents are pledged to the new policy. In this, I have reviewed some third-party analysis on adoption of the new patent policy and LOAs. And, I have also included my own analysis of LOA data available from IEEE. The summary of my paper is reproduced in the IP Finance blog with some updated figures from one third-party analyst and with the addition of an IEEE logo. Research shows that a large proportion of technology contributors to IEEE standard is are unwilling to provide 'positive' LOAs to grant access to patented technology under the terms of the IEEE's new patent policy. As a result, delays in adopting or implementing IEEE standards and litigation are foreseen, unless clarity and certainty around licensing terms are restored.
    • September 20, 2017
    • Publication
    • RCR Wireless

    5G investment threatened by tech titans snatching financial growth from mobile operators

    Technology innovation by chip, device and equipment vendors plus intense competition among national oligopolies of mobile network operators has improved cellular performance and reduced costs to the enormous benefit of consumers. Meanwhile, recent financial gains in the mobile ecosystem are largely accruing to Silicon Valley’s tech titans including Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Netflix. The massive network investments required for 5G may not be forthcoming if this imbalance persists.
    • September 20, 2017
    • Publication
    • 4iP Council

    Development of innovative new standards jeopardised by IEEE patent policy

    This paper assesses the practical impact of changes made by the IEEE to its patent policy in March 2015. According to the IEEE, these changes were aimed at protecting implementers from potential ‘patent holdup’. The paper makes an empirical assessment of the most recent available data and demonstrates that a large proportion of technology contributors to IEEE standards are unwilling to provide 'positive' Letters of Assurance to grant access to patented technology under the terms of the IEEE's new patent policy. As a result, delays in adopting or implementing IEEE standards and litigation are foreseen, unless clarity and certainty around licensing terms are restored.
    • July 21, 2017
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Yet another article on the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone

    The latest iPhone models look rather like the first one in 2007 with thin form factors, rounded corners and relatively large displays (providing multi-touch operation) in comparison to featurephones. But superficial appearances are very misleading: technological capabilities in mobile phones have improved massively with numerous innovations from various contributors over the last decade.
    • July 12, 2017
    • Publication
    • RCR Wireless

    Gigabit LTE is a milestone on the road to 5G

    Recent new technology deployments with gigabit LTE at Telstra in Australia, Sprint in the U.S. and EE in the UK highlight how much mobile communications technologies have improved with a 10,000-fold data speed increase in 20 years. Enormous advances are largely the result of major endeavours by several leading firms. Key innovations include the LTE OFDMA waveform, (up to 4×4) MIMO, (up to 256) QAM and (up to 4 x) carrier aggregation. Those that create in R&D and then prove new technologies in technical testing and in market development need and deserve adequate rewards in compensation for major investments and significant risks.
    • May 19, 2017
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Adjusting the Balance in SEP Evaluations and Licensing

    A European Commission DG Growth initiative described in its Roadmap on Standard Essential Patents for a European digitalised economy aims to increase information on SEPs so implementers can get a better idea about which of these they might be infringing. It also seeks guidance on core valuation and enforcement in FRAND licensing.
    • May 17, 2017
    • Publication
    • RCR Wireless

    Massive growth in IoT leveraged by fulcrum of 4G and 5G technologies

    The utility of communications technologies, including those already in 4G and new innovations being developed for upcoming 5G, are increasingly leveraged in the higher levels of the IoT value chain. Costs in networks, communications chips and technology licensing generate much larger revenues and productivity gains in services and in the broader economy. These are worth one thousand times more and are predicted to rise to between $3.9 trillion and 11.1 trillion by 2025 with IoT.
    • May 12, 2017
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Do not Count on Accuracy in Third-Party Patent-Essentiality Determinations

    DG Growth's Roadmap on Standard Essential Patents for a European Digitalised Economy sets out how it believes increasing transparency on standard-essential patents and its other objectives with SEPs and FRAND licensing might be achieved. However, third-party assessments of patent portfolio essentiality are too subjective and unreliable to be imposed through intervention.
    • April 26, 2017
    • Speech
    • IP Strategy Forum 2017
    • London
    Panel session moderator

    Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things

    IoT as a phenomenon not a thing. As more devices connect, will more companies collaborate? The future for standards, SEPs and FRAND more generally.
    • April 24, 2017
    • Publication
    • BerkeleyHaas: Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital; Working Paper 21

    Maintaining Ecosystem Innovation by Rewarding Technology Developers: FRAND, Ex Ante Rates and Inherent Value

    Proposals for setting FRAND licensing rates include the ex ante and inherent value methods. These set rates that might be agreed before standards adoption based only on the “inherent” contribution of the technology, typically compared to alternatives. Proponents argue that after standardization, rates may reflect unearned bargaining power due to “hold-up.” Although these methods have been accepted in several quarters, we believe this is unwarranted, as they fail two basic requirements for reasonable royalties: (a) they do not reflect the full contribution of the IP to the value of the relevant products including standardization, belittling the value of the technology; and (b) they have little resemblance to how technology is developed and standardized in the real world.
    • March 22, 2017
    • Publication
    • RCR Wireless

    Another next-gen mobile technology revolution – in voice with VoLTE and digital assistants

    Data was most the glamorous and preeminent mobile network service over the last decade, but voice calling remains as crucially important. It still accounts for around half of operator revenues and its legacy is at least as important as data’s in determining how and when previous generation networks can be retired and fully replaced with LTE and upcoming “5G.” Only then can next-generation network transformations be deemed complete.
    • January 18, 2017
    • Publication
    • RCR Wireless

    Another mobile technology revolution in cars including 5G, V2X and EVs

    Innovations in automotive information processing, communications, vehicle control and powertrain technologies will be as dramatic over the next decade as was the enormous advancement in smartphone technologies and consumer adoption for these over the last decade. Evolution from 4G to 5G provides cellular technology suppliers a leg up in competing in connected cars.
    • December 8, 2016
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Patently Faulty and Discredited Smartphone Licensing Cost Figure in Commissioner Vestager’s Speech on Excessive Prices

    It was reprehensible and incorrect for the European Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, to say in a speech about excessive prices that “[o]ne recent study shows that 120 dollars of the cost of each smartphone comes from paying royalties for the patents it contains.”
    • December 8, 2016
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    EU Competition Commissioner Vestager is Wrong to Claim Smartphone Royalties are Excessive and Unjustified

    European Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, was wrong to implicate SEPs in her speech about the need for antitrust agency control over alleged excessive prices.
    • November 16, 2016
    • Publication
    • RCR Wireless

    Fair returns on R&D from SEP licensing with smartphone success and upcoming 5G

    Cellular technology pioneers are being marginalized with reduced financial returns on their R&D investments while leaders in devices and “over-the-top” services are flourishing. Calls to weaken the basis of licensing standard-essential technologies are misplaced. There is no evidence of profiteering or harm caused by licensors.
    • October 14, 2016
    • Publication
    • RCR Wireless

    Smartphone innovation will increase in the run-up to 5G introduction

    Whereas some smartphone innovations are very overt and revolutionary; others are not so apparent to consumers and are more evolutionary, but are at least as significant. In the last decade, rates have increased 1,000-fold – at hundreds of megabits per second in the downlink, tens of megabits per second in the uplink, and latencies have reduced from several hundred milliseconds to tens of milliseconds.
    • September 26, 2016
    • Speech
    • CIP Forum (Centre for Protection of Intellectual Property, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg University)
    • Gothenburg, Sweden
    Panelist

    The Battle to Define the Meaning of FRAND

    • September 22, 2016
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Self-interested bias of committee members amending IEEE’s patent policy devalues SEPs

    Research published by J. Gregory Sidak of Criterion Economics finds that the process by which the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) amended its patent policy governing its WiFi standard, among others, was significantly biased in favour of implementers, against standard-essential patent (SEP) owners and was designed to devalue SEPs.
    • September 9, 2016
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Free and Fair Trade in IP would be Crushed by Compulsory Chip-based SEP Licensing

    Royalty base and royalty rates are agreed bilaterally, not by regulatory fiat or based on silicon foundry costs. Imposing terms would cause unpredictable disruption to arrangements that have worked very well and enabled Apple, numerous Asian OEMs and others to enter and succeed in SEP-intensive markets while owning little or nothing in SEPs themselves.
    • August 16, 2016
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    “Patent holdup” allegations encourage SEP free-riders

    Despite many years of speculation and recently adjusted claims, there is still no empirical support for the theory of “patent holdup.” Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing contracts and available recourse to the courts have ensured licensees cannot be forced to pay “excessive” licensing fees for standards essential patents (SEPs).
    • July 12, 2016
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Mast portfolio sales in Europe – value growth from co-location or financial engineering?

    Europe is awash with transactions financing and transferring ownership of physical network infrastructure including mast portfolios from MNOs to independents specialising in operation of these assets. But how much value creation will arise from these assets transfers: will lease-up from additional tenants under independent ownership with co-location make assets more valuable?
    • July 1, 2016
    • Publication
    • George Mason University School of Law Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

    Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken: The Extraordinary Record of Innovation and Success in the Cellular Industry Under Existing Licensing Practices

    The cellular industry has brought fast rates of innovation and consumer adoption operating under existing laws and standard-setting organization policies governing intellectual property and licensing over the last 25 years. These developments have made changes in the daily lives of billions of people at a speed unequalled in history.
    • June 14, 2016
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    5G to eclipse but not eliminate fiber

    Prevailing opinion on whether wireless is complementary or competitive to wireline access in telecommunications has swung back and forth over recent decades with large investments in various types of access technology including copper, wireless and fiber connections. This could be a defining moment for 5G with potential technical and economic advantages in wireless over fiber for fixed as well as mobile access.
    • June 8, 2016
    • Speech
    • USPTO-CPIP Licensing Conference
    • Alexandria, Virginia

    The Role of Licensing in Trade, Investment, and Technology Transfer

    The Economic Contribution of Technology Licensing to the US and Global Economy: A Conference Co-Sponsored by The United States Patent & Trademark Office and George Mason University's Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
    • June 2, 2016
    • Speech
    • GCR Live 4th Annual IP & Antitrust Conference
    • Brussels, Belgium

    FRAND-related issues – Where do we stand?

    • May 11, 2016
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    eMBB will prevail on path from 4G to 5G while Intel pins its hopes on cloud and IoT

    Companies contributing technologies to the improvement of LTE in 3GPP Releases 13, 14 and 15, and are capturing substantial near-term product demand growth for chips, devices and network equipment in eMBB including smartphones in particular. They will be best positioned around 2020 for full-blown IMT-2020-compliant 5G in Release 16.
    • May 10, 2016
    • Publication
    • 3GPP

    The path to 5G: as much evolution as revolution

    The introduction of 5G will be as much the result of relentless and extensive improvements in LTE as it is a technology revolution. 5G opens up possibilities such as an entirely new air interface (i.e. other than OFDMA-based) or fixed transport layer (e.g. based on Information Centric Networking (ICN) rather than IP), it also prompts development of numerous incremental improvements.
    • April 12, 2016
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Brexit referendum affects EC decision on proposed Three/O2 UK merger

    The decision on whether or not the proposed merger of O2 and Three in the UK should be allowed has become very political. The Commission's decision, announcement and its timing is now as much about managing the optics as it is about reconsidering the deal and potential remedies on the merits.
    • March 9, 2016
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Duct and pole access essential for 1000-times growth with 5G

    Ofcom wants to "make it easier for competing providers to build their own fibre networks... by providing them with access to [BT] Openreach's network of underground ducts and telegraph poles." Achieving predicted 1,000-times global mobile traffic growth from 2010 to 2025 requires plentiful, low-cost supply for places to put the fibre and equipment.
    • February 10, 2016
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    O2, Three UK merger could produce a dynamic marketplace

    Ofcom chief executive Sharon White weighed-in against the proposed O2-Three merger in the UK. The European Commission then issued a Statement of Objections to the deal expressing particular concern about consumer prices. These interventionists are failing to recognise the new and expanding ways that innovation and competition may occur, while pricing trends everywhere are to much lower prices per gigabyte.
    • December 15, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Mobile ecosystem effective and flourishing with smartphones and LTE growth

    While plenty of firms have risen and fallen many factors have caused the enormous growth and success in mobile communications including extensive innovation and the means by which this can be shared among suppliers through open and collaborative standards including technology licensing. Competition authorities should be very wary of intervening to regulate prices or commercial practices among companies where there is no sign of market failure, and with such abundant evidence of outstanding success.
    • November 20, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    How Apple profits overwhelmingly in smartphones

    Apple continues to go from strength to strength with stellar profitability because it competes so effectively on multiple fronts including trading and competing with other smartphone ecosystem players, including its customers.
    • October 21, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    O2 UK/Three UK, BT/EE mergers show devil is in the details on consolidation benefits

    There are major differences of opinion on how few competing networks would be best for investment, innovation and consumer welfare. Arguments for and against consolidation, including the proposed mergers of BT and EE, of O2 and Three, and the possible structural separation of BT's network from its downstream operations in the UK must be based on evidence and analysis.
    • October 7, 2015
    • Publication
    • George Mason University School of Law Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

    Busting Smartphone Patent Licensing Myths

    Despite enormous success, smartphone manufacturers are seeking to severely reduce what they pay for the technologies that make their products possible. Unsubstantiated by facts, they are promoting myths to justify interventions in intellectual property licensing by antitrust authorities, as well as changes to patent policies in standard-setting organizations.
    • October 1, 2015
    • Speech
    • GMU CPIP Conference
    • George Mason University School of Law Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

    The IP Platform: Supporting Invention & Inspiration

    • September 23, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    The perils of £10-per-second high-speed data

    The high data speeds achieved by the latest smartphones running on LTE networks worldwide make a mockery of the 2G-era alerts operators employ, supposedly to enable users to control mobile data usage, while roaming internationally.
    • September 11, 2015
    • Publication
    • Informa Telecoms & Media

    Competition agencies should beware of buy-side slant in patent fights

    The pursuit of profit by one industry faction at the expense of another should not be dictating policy, but that is what’s often happening at the nexus of intellectual property law and antitrust law.  That certain major vested interests at home and abroad have the common objective of undermining patent licensors is no justification for competition authorities to accede by intervening in the marketplace. 
    • September 2, 2015
    • Publication
    • WiseHarbor Spotlight Reports

    Wireless EV Charging made Safe with Foreign Object Detection and Living Object Protection Systems

    Safety is paramount while replenishing energy stored in all types of vehicles because very large energy transfers are required to fill fuel tanks and charge EV batteries. Wireless EV charging using inductive power transfer presents two types of safety hazard: excessive heating of stray objects; and direct exposure of humans, animals and implantable medical devices to magnetic and electrical fields technologies.
    • August 26, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Apple, Google and ‘smartcar’ makers will disrupt the automotive supply chain

    By early 2013, most phones sold globally were smartphones. But this change was very disruptive for suppliers, many of whom have significantly declined or have resultantly exited the handset market. A similarly dramatic transition toward predominantly "smartcars" is well underway.
    • August 24, 2015
    • Publication
    • WiseHarbor Spotlight Reports

    WEVC Requires Many Technologies with Well-Integrated Systems and Supply

    State-of-the art coil and pad technologies including Double-D and BiPolar are highly desirable in Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging; but many complementary and compliant elements must also be developed, integrated and optimized. Technology transfer from a WEVC expert is best for all with highest-performance and homologated systems at lowest cost.
    • August 19, 2015
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Cumulative mobile-SEP royalty payments no more than around 5% of mobile handset revenues

    There can be a massive difference between what a licensor asks for and what a licensee ends up paying to license standard-essential patents. Actual aggregate rates are far lower than those calculated by simply piling-up every licensor's rate demands.
    • August 18, 2015
    • Publication
    • WiseHarbor Spotlight Reports

    Wireless Charging Ready for Burgeoning Mass Market in EVs

    Wireless electric vehicle charging has progressed enormously in recent years: it is ready for widespread adoption in the burgeoning mass market for EVs. Inductive power transfer is highly effective, compact, easy and safe to use, and economic for volume car production, but the circular coil technologies upon which early implementations are based have been developed about as far as possible.
    • July 21, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Why are there a lot of ‘not-spots’ in the UK despite mobile coverage obligations?

    The term "coverage" in mobile communications for voice and data needs to be carefully redefined and goals for it revised in light of rising expectations and the desire for ultra-reliable networks with the coming dawn of 5G networks.
    • June 24, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Germany’s spectrum auction shows how monopoly power can be exploited – and hurt operators

    Monopoly pricing of a very scarce commodity was clearly demonstrated in last week's German spectrum auction results. Around the world, cash-strapped governments, via their telecommunications regulation agencies, have proven themselves to be increasingly adept at creaming-off the economic surplus in mobile communications supply for themselves while various operators struggle to achieve adequate operating profits.
    • May 25, 2015
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Masterminds Discuss Fair Play, Equitable Rewards and Market Success in Patents and Standards

    Theories of dysfunctionality and abuse in patent licensing, with SEPs in particular, predict that alleged hold-up and royalty stacking will harm markets and consumers by reducing R&D, slowing innovation, extracting excessive aggregate royalty payments, stagnating consumer prices, impeding or foreclosing market entry and increasing vertical integration. However, in “poster-child” markets for (F)RAND-based SEP licensing everything seems very healthy and, if anything, improving.
    • May 21, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Will fixed network operators disappear with 5G?

    The elephant in the room for fixed networks is the move to 5G. Technological advances and market growth make it logical to overhaul mobile and fixed network architectures and implementations from time to time. The current concept stage in formulating 5G mobile communications is also an ideal opportunity to reconsider the role of fixed networks, and how they should also be reengineered and operated in conjunction with mobile networks.
    • May 20, 2015
    • Speech
    • Transport Networks for Mobile Operators
    • Berlin, Germany
    Panelist

    Meeting evolving spectrum requirements for mobile networks

    • May 19, 2015
    • Publication
    • GCR Live IP & Antitrust Asia-Pacific
    • Seoul, South Korea

    IPR & Standards – market failure or market success (FRAND commitments, obligations of licensors and licensee)

    Market Health Check for SEP-Intensive Mobile Communications including Smartphones
    • May 18, 2015
    • Speech
    • ICR Law Center Roundtable at Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • Seoul, South Korea
    Panelist

    Recent Trends and Current Issues in Antitrust and Patent Laws – From Economic & Legal Perspectives

    • May 1, 2015
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Patent and Licensing Policies Disregard Government Standards on Information Quality and Impact Assessment

    U.S. and European government agencies are ignoring government standards on information quality and impact assessment in pursuit of politically-driven policy goals. Governments are held to high quality standards because the public trusts and relies on information and assessments disseminated by governments and their agencies much more than it does with other sources.
    • April 24, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent and the last of the network equipment mega-mergers

    Nokia's integration of Alcatel-Lucent following the proposed acquisition of its rival will be difficult and messy. Some significant rewards will take many years to achieve, if ever. However, very large research and development demands with economies of scale and scope in 4G, 5G and with fixed-mobile network convergence make this kind of transaction inevitable and indispensable.
    • April 1, 2015
    • Publication
    • IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine

    Smartphone Revolution: Technology patenting and licensing fosters innovation, market entry, and exceptional growth | PDF Version

    The fortunes of leading mobile-handset vendors have turned with the advance of smartphones. The was transformed by Apple's iPhone starting in 2007 and a succession of Android-based smartphone newcomers since 2008. This has greatly expanded the size of the handset market, with global revenues doubling in the last six years, as consumers substitute more expensive smartphones for their feature phones and basic phones.
    • March 24, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Net neutrality could cut off new use cases in a 5G world

    Net neutrality rules resulting from the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband, including cellular communications, as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act in the U.S. could undermine what is being proposed for 5G networks by the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance and others.
    • February 13, 2015
    • Publication
    • A Modern Framework for Standardisation involving Intellectual Property Rights

    Submission of Information, Industry Analysis and Opinions on Patents and Standards

    WiseHarbor response to European Commission's DG GROWTH (formerly DG Enterprise) public consultation on the interplay between standardisation and intellectual property rights such as patents.
    • February 13, 2015
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Closing time for open standards and patents consultation

    The European Commission’s DG GROWTH (formerly DG Enterprise) is running a public consultation on the interplay between standardisation and intellectual property rights such as patents. Its associated report is very subjective and speculative in support of its demands that alleged barriers in the market for IPR licensing need to be removed.
    • February 6, 2015
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    IEEE will jeopardise its attractiveness as venue for standards development if proposed new IP policies are adopted

    IP policies are pivotal to standard setting organisations. They determine whether or not technology developers have sufficient commercial incentives to contribute their patented technologies and engineering resources in development of interoperability standards such as IEEE’s 802.11 (WiFi). IEEE is set to disrupt vital balance between the interests of developers and implementers of standard-essential patented technologies.
    • January 21, 2015
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Mobile operator growth from M2M and IoT requires diversification

    Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) will create growing demand for mobile network connectivity, but revenue potential is mostly in the broader ecosystem implementing entire solutions and in providing holistic application services, such as in security monitoring and home automation.
    • December 22, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    The wireless market – not to mention Barcelona – is overflowing thanks to M2M and IoT

    Market growth with machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) will be significantly enabled by mobile technologies, but much of the value and income will be accrued in adjacent verticals such as automotive, medical electronics and home automation.
    • December 2, 2014
    • Speech
    • Standards & Patents 2014
    • London, United Kingdom
    Panelist

    FRAND in FOCUS – Innovation and Competition Incentives

    • November 26, 2014
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Licensing mobile technologies becomes even more essential

    Dramatic structural changes in mobile communications technology supply, with the demise of vertical integration, is forcing those who are developing standard-essential technologies for 4G and "5G" networks to monetise these efforts through patent licensing, as well as their own product sales.
    • November 26, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Licensing mobile technology will become even more essential

    The demise of vertical integration is forcing those who are developing standard-essential technologies for 4G and "5G" networks to monetise these efforts through patent licensing. Exiting the handset business, as have most of the original major technology suppliers, including former market leader Nokia, eliminates participation in the largest product market and the need for cross-licensed patent protection there.
    • October 22, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    How to succeed in smartphones as ASPs decrease

    This article on smartphones is the first in a three-part series examining market growth in the face of what I expect will be declining global average selling prices (ASPs) for devices and mobile operator services. With smartphone saturation approaching in developed markets, global growth will continue at lower prices for smartphones in developing nations and with additional new types of devices including wearables, and those providing machine-to-machine connections.
    • September 25, 2014
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Nokia, BlackBerry left behind amid untold disruption of the smartphone revolution

    Technological changes, new business models and market entry by Apple with its iPhone and many others using the Android operating system have caused massive disruptions in the mobile phone industry. Former market leaders have fallen and challengers are succeeding on the basis of highly-standardized and readily available hardware and software platforms.
    • September 24, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Nokia, BlackBerry left behind amid untold disruption of the smartphone revolution

    It is remarkable how dramatically and rapidly the fortunes of so many mobile handset vendors have turned with the advance of smartphones. Former leaders Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola have exited by divesting their handset divisions.
    • September 19, 2014
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Stacking the Deck in Analysis of Smartphone Patent Licensing Costs

    Estimates of patent licensing costs for smartphone manufacturers are greatly exaggerated. Allegations of excessive fees paid and resulting harm to manufacturer profits, incentives to invest and compete are faulty and unsupported by the facts -- which show much to the contrary
    • September 10, 2014
    • Speech
    • Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
    Panelist

    The State of the Mobile Economy: Innovation, Investment and Economic Impact Around the World

    • August 18, 2014
    • Publication
    • 3GPP

    LTE-Advanced is bringing more than just carrier aggregation in 3GPP Release 12

    Carrier aggregation multiplies maximum user speeds several-fold and significantly improves capacity utilization by increasing trunking efficiency as more spectrum blocks are added; but LTE-Advanced can deliver so much more including heterogeneous network capabilities in particular.
    • August 18, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    LTE Advanced is bringing more than just carrier aggregation in 3GPP Release 12

    Carrier aggregation multiplies maximum user speeds several-fold and significantly improves capacity utilisation by increasing trunking efficiency as more spectrum blocks are added, but LTE Advanced can deliver so much more, including heterogeneous network capabilities in particular.
    • July 28, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    When it comes to roaming, mobile networks now beat Wi-Fi on a number of levels

    International roaming used to be a highly-profitable cash cow for mobile operators--generated by a niche of predominantly business users who were price-insensitive. One way or another, within the next few years, mobile data roaming will also become the norm for the majority travelling to most frequently visited nations.
    • June 23, 2014
    • Speech
    • 5G LTE World Summit
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Moderator for Panel Sessions

    Spectrum and 5G Network Design

    • June 20, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Substituting capital for labour–LTE Advanced added and 1,500 jobs lost at Bouygues Telecom

    The need to reduce costs is as pressing in France at Bouygues Telecom as anywhere, and yet the company is forging ahead with its 4G investments including its recent launch of LTE Advanced (LTE-A) and will modernise its stores. Latest technologies improve productivity with increasing network speeds, capacity and cost-efficiencies.
    • June 10, 2014
    • Speech
    • Small Cells and Carrier Wi-Fi World Summit 2014
    • London, United Kingdom
    Track Chairman

    Venue Communications

    • June 4, 2014
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Plunging into a Safe Harbour from SEP Injunctions

    That the availability of injunctions or even seeking them should be an antitrust issue is quite perverse. The European Commission’s antitrust agency is striking a compromise by dictating under what circumstances injunctions may be sought for patent infringements where patentees have agreed to license patents, they have declared as potentially essential to the UMTS (WCDMA) standards, on FRAND terms.
    • May 21, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Political tide turns against antitrust authorities blocking mobile operator mergers

    The question of whether or not to allow mobile network operator consolidation remains highly contentious and is coming to a head with ongoing competition investigations into acquisition bids and recent statements from public leaders.
    • May 5, 2014
    • Publication
    • International Bar Association's 25th Annual Communications and Competition Law Conference
    • Prague, Czech Republic

    Interoperability, Standardisation and FRAND Licensing with SEPs

    • April 22, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Roaming charges are in terminal decline

    Mobile operators should stop profiteering by ensnaring those who inadvertently rack up disproportionately high roaming charges because they misunderstand tariffs, miscalculate data allocations or neglect to adjust their settings through ignorance or oversight. This is bad for business.
    • March 28, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Fixed-mobile convergence is back

    Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) is a popular proposition once again, but with better prospects than a decade or two ago. Increasing video consumption on both types of telecommunications networks, as distinct from traditional terrestrial, cable and satellite broadcasting, makes FMC more likely to succeed than it did with voice services, where mobile ended up significantly substituting for fixed communications.
    • March 5, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Facebook pays over-the-top for WhatsApp

    The acquisition is one of the preciously few opportunities that can even provide hope Facebook's market value might be sustained in its desperate attempts to remain relevant and significant in mobile. These look like bubble valuations to me, but what were the alternatives for Facebook's management?
    • January 21, 2014
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Carriers need to deploy LTE Advanced HetNets – and fast

    Heterogeneous networks, in which small cells are most tightly-coordinated with large cells, are vital to accommodate escalating data traffic demands. HetNets including LTE Advanced technologies spread traffic loads optimally, maintain performance and service quality at cell edges by managing radio interference, while reusing spectrum most efficiently.
    • January 1, 2014
    • Publication
    • 3GPP

    Heterogeneous Networks in LTE

    Effective network planning is essential to cope with the increasing number of mobile broadband data subscribers and bandwidth-intensive services competing for limited radio resources. Operators have met this challenge by increasing capacity with new radio spectrum, adding multi-antenna techniques and implementing more efficient modulation and coding schemes.
    • December 18, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    ‘5G’ fortunes – what’s in store for Europe?

    Standardisation work is already well underway in 3GPP for technologies that will likely be used from around 2020. Technology makes so much possible. We are principally constrained by the limits to our imagination and reluctance to try doing things that are new and different.
    • December 4, 2013
    • Speech
    • Standards & Patents 2013
    • London, United Kingdom
    Panelist

    Standards & Patents 2013

    • November 20, 2013
    • Speech
    • LTE North America 2013
    • Dallas, Texas
    Track Chairman and Presenter on 5G Drivers

    5G Forum

    • November 20, 2013
    • Speech
    • LTE North America 2013
    • Dallas, Texas
    Track Chairman and Awards Judge

    LTE North America 2013

    • November 20, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    European LTE demand driven by fixed-line replacement

    Europe includes some leading examples of LTE deployment, but overall it significantly lags major leaders such as South Korea and North America. This is problematic because European nations are significantly more dependent on mobile for broadband connections than fibre-rich South Korea and the widely-cabled United States. Europe cannot afford to wait for "5G." It needs to accelerate its laggardly 3G and 4G deployments forthwith.
    • November 15, 2013
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Absurd (F)RAND licensing-rate determinations for SEPs

    "Reasonable and non-discriminatory" fees set for H.264 video and 802.11 WiFi by Judge Robart in the case between Microsoft and Motorola and by Judge Holdermann in the Innovatio case are defectively based and unreasonably low.
    • October 23, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Can European wireless vendors reclaim their past glory?

    Mobile communications and computing is growing apace, with smartphones and tablets displacing PCs, rollout of 4G LTE networks and prospects for many billions of connected devices. Can European companies re-establish leadership in core technology developments and platforms, or is their future mainly as applications developers and service providers riding on top of these?
    • September 25, 2013
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Seeing the Wood for the Trees

    In the IPO Facto blog review of UK IPO report entitled A Study of Patent Thickets draws the correct conclusion that UK firms are not negatively affected by so-called “patent thickets”, and that the “forest” is, in fact, “thicket-free”. However, the IPO’s report and the blogger’s other comments about it are not so benign.
    • September 19, 2013
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    DG Comp Pursues Settlements on SEP Licensing with Samsung and Google’s Motorola

    The case for competition authority intervention in SEP licensing lacks adequate support. Key issues under consideration by DG Comp include whether these defendant companies have the possibility to “hold-up” standards if they seek, obtain or even threaten injunctions for the infringement of standard-essential patents, and are thereby able extract unreasonable royalties.
    • September 18, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    European Commission shouldn’t change approach to standards-essential patents

    Key issues under consideration by the Commission's DG Comp include the possibility to "hold-up" standards if companies seek, obtain or even threaten injunctions for the infringement of standard-essential patents, and are thereby able extract unreasonable royalties. There is so little evidence of hold-up, with abundant indications to the contrary, and because injunctions involving standard-essential patents are so rarely granted and are invariably short-lived.
    • August 23, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Pan-European mobile integration is just a pipedream

    Brussels bureaucrats are reportedly competing against each other in public with proposed initiatives to make telecoms more pan European and cheaper for consumers. There are many impediments to pan-European telecoms and rather fewer realisable benefits than might be hoped for. Operator services markets are inherently constrained by national borders (e.g., including language differences, overall consumption patterns including movement of customers and labour).
    • July 26, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Extolling the benefits of market consolidation

    European competition authorities and their political masters need to obsess less about maximising or preserving numbers of mobile network-based competitors, and, instead, help maximize--or at least not impede--infrastructure and services investments and other developments by letting market forces prevail. Mergers and acquisitions among mobile network operators increases economic efficiencies, improves financial returns and creates the incentive for further capital investments.
    • June 21, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Cellular and Wi-Fi are complementary, but need for more licensed spectrum is urgent

    Long gone are the days when many cellular and Wi-Fi aficionados would largely shun each others' technologies for accessing the Internet away from the home and office. Indeed, cellular technologies and operator services are highly complementary to those for Wi-Fi.
    • May 24, 2013
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Theories of Harm with SEP Licensing Do Not Stack Up

    Economic theories of negative effects including harm due to alleged royalty stacking with numerous patents essential to cellular standards can be debunked by assessing the development of these technologies, products and services, market entry, competition and prices over the last six years or so.
    • May 22, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Nokia needs to stay the course with Windows Phone

    Nokia's Lumia smartphones with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform still have a sporting chance of seizing a substantial position among the top three manufacturers behind Samsung with Android and Apple iOS. Nokia cannot afford to lose its nerve now despite calls for a Plan B from some irate shareholders. It needs to keep its focus and not undermine its best efforts.
    • May 15, 2013
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    From the Magazine: No Free or Easy Ride with Open Source Software Licensing

    Purveyors of competitive and market-leading products and services in IT and telecom are highly reliant upon the technological innovations of many others. These offerings typically abound with technologies developed by many different organizations. Leading smartphones need to employ many standard-essential patented technologies for LTE and video coding encoding, as well as non-SEP technology pinch-to-zoom, swipe-to-scroll on multi-touch displays and more.
    • April 25, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    It’s time to flip the pricing models for voice and data

    A revolution in cellular service pricing was inevitable given the exponential growth in data in comparison to saturating voice minutes, with network capacity used by the former already exceeding the latter manifold, and with competition against operators from over-the-top service providers including Skype, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, WhatsApp and many others.
    • March 31, 2013
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Scaremongering about SEPs

    It is falsely asserted that “specific circumstances affecting some industries like the information and communication technology (“ICT”) sector may limit the effectiveness of intellectual property rights” to “stimulate innovation, and to benefit consumers” On the contrary, the IPR licensing system is thriving with widespread benefits beyond patentees, in 3G and many other technologies.
    • March 19, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Spectrum auctions need to generate investment, not just government revenue

    The trick in auction design is to encourage sufficient competition among bidders while also ensuring that there are adequate incentives for the operators and their financial backers to build out networks rapidly and on a widespread basis. New infrastructure satisfies a public need that generates revenue and its construction creates a multiplier effect in the economy as equipment vendors and network constructors are paid and then also spend their earnings in the economy.
    • February 20, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Mobile broadband – thrice as much at half the price

    I said it two years ago, and I'm sure I'll say again: mobile data traffic will grow one thousand-fold over 15 years to 2025; but that can only occur if per-gigabyte prices plummet. Charging a premium for LTE is unsustainable. Instead; stoking mobile broadband demand with lower and lower-priced LTE is most essential.
    • February 13, 2013
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    SMEs, SSOs and Patent Thickets: Introduction by Jeremy Phillips including link to article

    The latest IPO report lends only convoluted and qualified support to theories of harm from patent thickets. Empirical evidence shows that thousands of SMEs and many others are, instead, flourishing by virtue of—not despite—extensive IP developments, patenting and licensing of Standard-Essential Patents (SEP)s, and with Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs).
    • January 18, 2013
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    The future for multinational wireless operators

    Widely differing performance and other circumstances among mobile operators worldwide in tricky economic conditions is prompting a new phase of merger and acquisition activity, including cashing-out to repair balance sheets and finance acquisitive consolidation or growth in currently-owned operators, or new foreign forays to deploy surplus cash and maintain growth.
    • December 24, 2012
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    No Evidence of Stifled Innovation in Smartphone Patent Battlefield

    Crisis, what crisis? No market is more successful, and yet also based on standards-essential patents and other patented technologies, than that for smart devices including 2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC. The marketplace and competition are in rude health. Beneficiaries include those most entrenched in patent and other intellectual property litigation -- Apple and Samsung Electronics.
    • December 19, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    No signs of collateral damage in smartphone patent wars

    Yet again, industry analysts are forecasting blow-out holiday season sales for smartphones and tablets. How could this be the very same, allegedly broken industry sector that is set to suffer innovation-stifling harm, as various prophets of doom have scare-mongered, and with what the ITU also describes as "an unwelcome trend in today's marketplace to use standards-essential patents to block markets?"
    • December 17, 2012
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Broad Coverage and Disparate Access with Mission Critical Availability for First Responders

    Today’s public safety wireless networks reflect much of what is wrong with historic airwave allocations. Different user groups are served in fragmentation by numerous incompatible systems. This feudal system using relatively old technologies makes for inefficient use of prime spectrum resources.  It is all overdue for a major overhaul with a new LTE-based broadband public safety network.
    • November 20, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Spectrum refarming needs to be coordinated across borders

    It is not sufficient to refarm spectrum from broadcasting and other uses to cellular on a purely national basis. Global or at least regional coordination and harmonisation of spectrum band allocations are needed to minimise cross-border radio interference, maximise economies of scale for devices and facilitate roaming.
    • November 14, 2012
    • Speech
    • LTE North American 2012
    • Dallas, Texas
    Chairman

    Spectrum Management and Public Safety Tracks

    • November 5, 2012
    • Speech
    • Spectrum Management Forum 2012
    • Munich, Germany
    Conference Chairman

    Spectrum Management Forum 2012

    • October 21, 2012
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Innovation, Competition and Choice Flourishing with Mobile Standard Patents

    Theories of harm arising from recent disputes with standards-essential patents (SEPs) are poorly substantiated and contradicted by market facts and figures. Pending smartphone patent litigation including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Motorola Mobility (acquired by Google) and others is causing a big stir; but settlements to high-profile litigation have produced benign results.
    • October 16, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Innovation, competition and choice flourishing with mobile standard patents

    Theories of harm arising from recent disputes with standards-essential patents (SEPs) are poorly substantiated and contradicted by market facts and figures. Pending smartphone patent litigation including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Motorola Mobility (acquired by Google) and others is causing a big stir; but previous settlements to high-profile litigation in this market sector have produced reassuringly benign results.
    • October 15, 2012
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    BYOD Accelerates Rise of Smartphone and Tablet Leaders

    CTOs are increasingly implementing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies which enable employees to select the devices and apps they desire for personal use while preserving corporate control over security and financial liabilities.
    • October 12, 2012
    • Publication
    • ITU Patent Roundtable
    • Geneva, Switzerland

    ITU Patent Roundtable

    • October 4, 2012
    • Speech
    • Symposium on Management of Intellectual Property in Standard-Setting Processes
    • Washington, DC
    Speaker

    The National Academies Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy

    • September 17, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Consumer interests should trump fairness in UK LTE launch

    The UK's EE was apparently handed a massive tactical advantage over rival operators by being permitted to refarm its 2G 1800 MHz spectrum for 4G use with LTE. However, once again, consumer interests are being subordinated with the threat of legal challenges by rival operators to block EE. The UK is already nearly three years behind LTE frontrunners and cannot afford any more postponements.
    • September 4, 2012
    • Speech
    • London, United Kingdom
    Speaker: Expanding and Exploiting the Value of Mobile Communications with 4G/LTE

    The Value of 4G

    • September 3, 2012
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Are There Too Many Patents?

    Innovation is the lifeblood of various technology markets including pharmaceuticals, software, telecommunications, consumer and automotive electronics. It is facilitated by R&D investments and secured from misappropriation by patenting. Meddling with patent law to discriminate among different types of inventions, industries or business models is unwarranted and would be harmful.
    • August 22, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Will the UK get it right with broadband deployment?

    The UK is belatedly edging closer to a future of widespread broadband with 4G network spectrum set for auction by yearend 2012. An obligation in one national license will wisely maximise coverage at the expense of auction proceeds.
    • July 31, 2012
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Increasing Spectrum Piecemeal with LTE

    Wireless carriers need to exploit a wide and fragmented array of new spectrum possibilities, but this presents major challenges to them and their equipment manufacturers. Frequencies are scarce; with only limited prospects for more this decade, while demand for them increases massively as mobile broadband grows rapidly. Innovative technologies help squeeze more network capacity out of the scarce and disparate amount available.
    • July 17, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Spectrum licensing remains the key to LTE deployment

    Russia's recent spectrum licensing wisely puts the objective of maximising mobile broadband deployment ahead of raising money for government coffers. Auctioning-off former TV broadcasting spectrum for mobile broadband with LTE offers the potential to raise billions in cash for every major nation. Maximising receipts would be a boon for cash-strapped governments, but expropriating money from the mobile operator sector in this way is counterproductive.
    • July 12, 2012
    • Speech
    • London, United Kingdom
    Speaker: Facts and Figures for FRAND Licensing

    Practical Tools for the Interface of Patents & Standards

    • June 22, 2012
    • Publication
    • 3GPP

    2020 Vision for LTE

    We are still at just the beginning of the mobile broadband revolution. Market development and user adoption worldwide for mobile web, apps, multimedia and location capabilities while impressive where available, was only a pursuit for a small minority until the last couple of years. Coverage remains patchy, with insufficient capacity in many places; and erratic service quality, including highly-variable data speeds.
    • June 20, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    The 2020 vision for LTE

    LTE has universal appeal and will soon predominate worldwide. LTE will provide the primary or only broadband access to billions of people in developing nations where fixed network alternatives are not available. LTE has become the target platform for machine-type communications (machine-to-machine), public safety use and proximity services (device-to-device). 
    • June 19, 2012
    • Speech
    • Hi-Tech Patent Litigation and IP Strategies
    • Dusseldorf, Germany
    Speaker

    Does FRAND Licensing Work? The Evidence, Enforcing Standard Potentials and the Ability to Obtain Injunctive Relief

    • June 12, 2012
    • Publication
    • Open Standards: Open Opportunities. Flexibility and Efficiency in Government IT

    Open Standards: Open Opportunities. Flexibility and Efficiency in Government IT

    WiseHarbor response to Cabinet Office formal public consultation on the definition and mandation of open standards for software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT.
    • June 12, 2012
    • Speech
    • Standards & Patents in the ICT sector
    • London, United Kingdom
    Panelist

    Issues in Licensing an Essential Patent – The Market Place and Case Law Pertinent to this Challenging Sector

    • May 22, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Doubling spectrum capacity is not enough

    With mobile broadband network traffic doubling every year and already dwarfing voice traffic, capacity growth must increase at a corresponding rate amounting to a 30-fold increase over five years. Improving radio technology, increasing cell site density (including small cells and Wi-Fi offload) and substantial amounts of additional spectrum are the three compounding supply factors that must all contribute to the required increase in network capacity.
    • May 16, 2012
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    The Folly of Picking Winners in ICT

    Government attempts to favour and promote certain business models, companies and technologies are justifiably criticised. The UK Cabinet Office’s proposed policy to mandate the use of only pre-selected, royalty-free standards in public ICT procurement is similarly flawed. This will limit choice by foreclosing many popular open standards, numerous products which adhere to them and companies who depend on upstream licensing revenues.
    • May 8, 2012
    • Speech
    • Collocated at International CTIA Wireless 2012
    • New Orleans, Louisiana
    Presenter: 4G Innovations and Economics

    The Path to 4G

    • May 3, 2012
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Smartphone & Tablet Display Strategies

    Differentiation is critical for device manufacturers and display technology is one area where the potential to shine is particularly bright. Display technology innovations have been most significant over the last decade with introduction of color, widening gamuts (i.e., more colors), increasing screen resolution with much higher pixel densities, faster response times required for full motion video and graphics and multi-touchscreen capabilities.
    • April 27, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Vodafone’s C&WW deal shows that fixed-mobile convergence is increasing

    Mobile operators are becoming increasingly dependent their fixed network counterparts. This is due to heavy and increasing traffic demands and shrinking cell sizes with mobile broadband. After many years as one of the world's most mobile-focused telecoms companies, Vodafone is becoming more integrated with fixed communications.
    • March 29, 2012
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Patent trolls aren’t all they are cracked up to be

    There is a lot of pending patent litigation in mobile communications with 3G and smartphone technologies. Smartphone ecosystem participants are jockeying for position in a new order with a rapidly changing and expanding ecosystem. This indicates an industry in rude health, not malaise.
    • March 23, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    EU competition authorities should not intervene

    The EU's competition authority has recently indicated concerns with regard to technology standards on two separate fronts. Intervention would be unwise, with evidence indicating no consumer harm or market failure. Issues range from the harmonisation of technology platforms such as mobile payments to the challenges being posed by over-the-top (OTT) players and the alleged "surge in the strategic use of patents".
    • March 20, 2012
    • Speech
    • Competition Economics 2012
    • London, United Kingdom
    Speaker

    The Economics of Patent Wars and other IP-related Issues

    • March 9, 2012
    • Speech
    • FierceWireless Webinar
    Presenter

    The Hits and Misses of Mobile World Congress

    Post-show webinar summarising various aspects of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 2012.
    • February 21, 2012
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Displays are the unsung heroes in the smartphone revolution

    Mobile communications improvements include networks, operating systems, processors and communications platforms, and expanding ecosystems of applications developers. Advances in displays are also most significant with introduction of colour, increased gamut (i.e., more colours), higher resolution with greater pixel densities, faster response required for full motion video and graphics, and multi-touchscreen capabilities.
    • February 3, 2012
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    ICT Esperanto and competition among standards

    Open and competitive ICT markets produce many standards, but not all will flourish or even survive. With free choice, customers and their users often overwhelmingly plump for one standard over others in pursuit of highest performance or widest interoperability.
    • December 14, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    LTE is bringing a mobile broadband revolution

    Upbeat forecasts for mobile broadband demand abound. However, these will only be realised with correspondingly large increases in capacity for radio access, backhaul and core networks. This requires major capital investments and rapid allocation of new spectrum. Mobile operator business models including cost structures and revenues are being disrupted by all these changes.
    • December 3, 2011
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    America Invents with Innovation Moving Upstream

    Global technology vendors, over-the-top players and application developers are all driving the next phase of innovation in wireless. An extensive supply ecosystem is facilitating a new revolution in wireless with smartphones and mobile broadband. Innovation in wireless is being driven by “upstream” specialists including global technology vendors, over-the-top mavericks and a plethora of applications developers in all shapes and sizes.
    • November 23, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Operators should cut opex, not capex

    Current industry conditions with intense competition, significant spectrum costs, price regulation and weak economic conditions dictate that operators must tighten their belts with cost saving measures. However, whereas it is indispensable to increase efficiencies, operators also need to increase capital expenditures to facilitate growth and satisfy escalating demand for mobile broadband with 3G and 4G networks.
    • November 22, 2011
    • Speech
    • FRAND Licensing for Standards-Essential IP: A Seminar
    • London, United Kingdom
    Free Workshop Speaker

    Facts and Figures on FRAND Licensing

    • November 16, 2011
    • Publication
    • RCR Wireless

    No Consensus on Which Patents are Essential to LTE

    Mobile phone intellectual property rights (IPR) licensing significantly includes patents that are “essential” to implement various standards including GSM, CDMA, HSPA and LTE. Purported IPR valuations including those derived from essential patent ownership “determinations” are unreliable because they are subject to great uncertainties, inaccuracies and biases.
    • November 16, 2011
    • Speech
    • Standards & Patents 2011
    • London, United Kingdom
    Panel Moderator

    Patent Pools Session

    • November 16, 2011
    • Speech
    • Standards & Patents 2011
    • London, United Kingdom
    Panelist

    FRAND Licensing Session

    Facts and figures on FRAND licensing
    • November 14, 2011
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Scaremongers Falsely Claim IP Rights Impede Adoption of Standardised ICT and Public Policy

    It is a grave mistake for governments to manage competition in favour of particular business models by manipulating their procurement policies. Mandating royalty free standards will deter technological development, limit choice and increase customer costs elsewhere in the software lifecycle with implementation, operations and maintenance.
    • November 8, 2011
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Valuing IP in Smartphones and LTE: Introduction by Jeremy Phillips including link to article

    Extensive IP litigation between various smartphone ecosystem participants —- most notably between Apple and Android licensees Samsung and HTC -— reflects the ever-increasing importance of a business strategy based on first developing or acquiring IP, then licensing and defending it.
    • October 26, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    What is holding the UK back on LTE?

    Competition and choice are supposed to be good for consumers. Instead, market conditions and conflicts are causing the United Kingdom to suffer from one of the most lacklustre mobile broadband progressions in the developed world. Squabbling over the rules for spectrum allocation is repeatedly delaying the "4G spectrum" auctions including urgently needed 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.
    • October 18, 2011
    • Speech
    • Self Organising Networks Conference
    • London, United Kingdom
    Chairman

    Self Organising Networks Conference

    • September 25, 2011
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    U.S. Serves as Crucible for Advancements in Mobile

    For decades, Silicon Valley has been the leading location globally for the most innovative and disruptive information technology companies. Frontrunners based there, including Apple and Google, were hardly associated with mobile communications until the launch of the iPhone and the announcement of Android mobile operating system distribution in 2007. Smartphones have revolutionized and significantly expanded the mobile ecosystem.
    • September 20, 2011
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Software Patents: a Convenient Misnomer for those who Seek to Expropriate IP

    It makes no sense to disqualify innovative technologies from patentability or limit the rights on the basis they can be implemented in software on general purpose processors rather than only on dedicated hardware. The “software patent” debate is largely a battle of ideology and business models between those who develop patented technologies and implementers who would rather not pay for the privilege of using others’ IP.
    • September 20, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Would Vodafone put Verizon Wireless’ free cash flow to better use?

    Verizon has probably done everyone a favour by making its subsidiary hang onto the cash for use stateside. Shareholder value is not enhanced by dividend payouts if management can find sufficiently good uses for cash generated. Nevertheless, Vodafone and many of its shareholders have been unhappy the company did not receive regular dividends since 2005 for its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless.
    • September 2, 2011
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Artificial Distinction between Software and Telecoms for Essential IP Disclosure

    The European Union takes a non-interventionist approach towards horizontal cooperation agreements against the criticisms levelled by the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS), which supports the mandatory disclosure of the most restrictive licensing terms for patented IP in the “software” sector.
    • August 24, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    What will Google do with Motorola Mobility?

    Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility is ostensibly for the hoard of 17,000 issued patents and a further 7,500 pending, so why keep a handset manufacturer that is merely one among 40 Android licensees? Without special treatment by Google, it is unlikely to recover much more than its cost of capital due to brutal competition among Android licensees.
    • July 26, 2011
    • Publication
    • Industry and Market Analysis on Intellectual Property in Mobile Communications Standards

    Supplementary Response from WiseHarbor to the FTC on the Practical and Legal Issues Arising from Incorporation of Patented Technologies in Collaborative Standards

    WiseHarbor Supplementary Response to the Federal Trade Commission's Request for Comments on the Practical and Legal Issues Arising from Incorporation of Patented Technologies in Collaborative Standards.
    • July 23, 2011
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Consolidation = Improved Vertical Competition & Universal Service

    Carrier consolidation will help counterbalance the rising competitive strength of Apple and Google across the entire mobile ecosystem and extend mobile broadband universally.
    • July 21, 2011
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    A Great Deal for Consumers in IP

    Mobile technologies, devices, networks and operator services are highly standards based with essential-IP licensing predominantly and successfully based on a system of (Fair), Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory terms. Extensive competition has resulted in new market entry, an effective and vibrant innovation ecosystem including Standards Setting Organisations such as 3GPP, and modest aggregate royalty charges for essential IP.
    • July 20, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Android’s midlife crisis comes early

    The long-term success of Apple and Google and others in smartphones and tablets significantly depends on ability to attract and hold third-party developer support. The more a platform provider can draw unique and superior content, the more appealing the platform is to end users. According to Flurry Analytics, developers have recently been switching a significant proportion of their efforts towards Apple's iOS and away from Andriod.
    • July 5, 2011
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Fixing IP Prices with Royalty Rate Caps and Patent Pools

    Whereas voluntary patent pooling is common in licensing standards-essential IP for digital audio and video, attempts to impose pooling is potentially anticompetitive. Mandatory patent pools seeking to limit licensing fees would distort competition by favouring downstream licensees at the expense of upstream licensors who depend on licensing fees to fund their R&D.
    • June 21, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Mobile broadband prices will hold firm as they tumble

    "Bucket" sizes and monthly data volumes used will grow enormously. Operator revenue yields and prices, when expressed in dollars per gigabyte, will fall dramatically. One of the reasons people increase their consumption and spend more is because bargains and lower prices stimulate demand.
    • June 12, 2011
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Patent Licensing Fees Modest in Total Cost of Ownership for Cellular

    Manufacturing costs for handsets and network equipment represents a declining share of value compared to investments in innovative mobile technologies and software. There is no inherent maximum value share for the IP created with such investments. Aggregate IP fees are a small proportion of handset costs and are very modest compared to operator service charges.
    • June 12, 2011
    • Publication
    • Industry and Market Analysis on Intellectual Property in Mobile Communications Standards

    WiseHarbor Response to the Federal Trade Commission’s Request for Comments on the Practical and Legal Issues Arising from Incorporation of Patented Technologies in Collaborative Standards

    WiseHarbor Response to the Federal Trade Commission's Request for Comments on the Practical and Legal Issues Arising from Incorporation of Patented Technologies in Collaborative Standards
    • May 31, 2011
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    (F)RAND works — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

    FRAND licensing is a huge success in boosting technology and reducing prices in the mobile communications sector. IP licensing arrangements have promoted—not inhibited—superlative market developments in mobile communications.
    • May 18, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Long-term forecasting for mobile broadband with HSPA and LTE

    Challenges in getting users to significantly increase spending--in support of major spectrum and network infrastructure investments, as they demand much more network capacity with exponential growth in mobile data--are uncannily reminiscent of what happened a decade ago on fixed networks.
    • May 17, 2011
    • Speech
    • LTE World Summit
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Speaker

    LTE World Summit

    • May 11, 2011
    • Publication
    • IP Finance

    Fruits of Labour not Windfall Gains in Standardization

    Basic economic principles that underpin the IP system—such as being able to make a return on the capital, labour and time invested in what are typically risky developments of patented technologies—are as applicable with standards-based technologies as they are elsewhere.
    • April 19, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Why is LTE still delayed in most of Europe?

    Despite all the impediments, migration to LTE and LTE Advanced is inevitable. Most of the new spectrum bands, including 700MHz, 800MHz and various other bands earmarked for LTE will never be standardized for HSPA. It also seems most likely that LTE will prevail with refarming of the 1800MHz band that is currently used for GSM.
    • April 14, 2011
    • Speech
    • 2011 RCR Wireless News Global Tour & Conference Series
    • Whippany, New Jersey
    Speaker

    Mobile Broadband: Innovation & Opportunity

    • March 30, 2011
    • Speech
    • Next Generation Core Networks Summit
    • London, United Kingdom
    Conference Chairman

    Next Generation Core Networks Summit

    • March 29, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Working through mobile competition pipedreams

    Politicians and government agencies in the 1980s and 1990s led us to believe that harmonisation of standards, liberalisation for new entrants and privatisations would result in well-functioning competitive markets. Regulation was supposed to diminish or go away.  Instead, management of competition through regulation has persisted and seems to be on the rise.
    • March 8, 2011
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    OS Players Jockey for Position

    If the example of operating systems and ecosystems for PCs is anything to go by, the corresponding markets in smartphones and tablets are still rather immature, fragmented and set for significant consolidation within the next few years. My expectation is that at least a couple from among Microsoft, RIM, MeeGo and webOS will also either fold or join forces somehow.
    • February 23, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Embracing OTT: You can’t beat them so you might as well join them

    While many operators remain fearful of becoming disintermediated dumb pipes, operators in general will increasingly embrace OTT providers as they compete to be the preferred smart conduit. The good news is that mobile users in particular will pay a premium for superior network performance with those services that stream and chatter.
    • February 14, 2011
    • Publication
    • Mobile World Congress
    • Barcelona, Spain

    GSMA Mobile Broadband Seminar

    The GSMA hosted a seminar on Mobile Broadband that explored how operators can facilitate the demand for data and foster the emerging revenue streams this creates
    • February 14, 2011
    • Speech
    • Mobile World Congress
    • Barcelona, Spain
    Session Moderator

    Network Breaking Point

    • February 7, 2011
    • Publication
    • Enriching Communications, Alcatel-Lucent Business E-Zine

    Mobile Operators Respond to Global Trends

    English
    • February 7, 2011
    • Publication
    • Enriching Communications, Alcatel-Lucent Business E-Zine

    Los Operadores Móviles Responden a Tendencias Globales

    Español
    • February 7, 2011
    • Publication
    • Enriching Communications, Alcatel-Lucent Business E-Zine

    移动运营商应对全球之变

    • January 24, 2011
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    2G is dead, long live 2G

    It's astonishing to see how rapidly mobile broadband phones with HSDPA and EV-DO have almost entirely eliminated 2G and narrowband phone sales in developed nations including Western Europe and the US. However, 2G technologies will remain essential in most mobile phones until the end of the decade GSM is and will remain the most universal technology for international roaming.
    • January 16, 2011
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Preserving the Open Internet in the U.S. and U.K.

    Transforming the fixed and mobile Internet to provide reliable 24x7 substitutes for voice and video delivery, including voice and content such as live sports, demands major investment and changes that must include discriminate pricing and traffic management. Universal service obligations make the need for flexibility on speeds, service levels and pricing by ISPs even more important.
    • January 5, 2011
    • Speech
    • ACLP AdvancedComm Summit 2011
    • New York Law School's Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute, New York, New York
    Speaker and panelist

    Financial Implications of Recent Regulatory Decisions

    • December 15, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Green lights from government and BBC for premium rate iPlayer access

    The British Broadcasting Corporation's iPlayer is extremely popular and the most network capacity-hungry Internet service in the UK. The government will allow ISPs to charge premium prices for guaranteed performance with iPlayer and its equivalents. The corporation's intention to grade quality of service will promote this development.
    • December 1, 2010
    • Speech
    • Self Organising Networks Conference
    • London, United Kingdom
    Chairman

    Self Organising Networks Conference

    • November 24, 2010
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Cheap Spectrum – But It Comes at a Price

    Doing something different involves distinct costs and risks. With cellular frequencies so expensive, it’s worth seeking to bend the rules by asking for special dispensation to reallocate spectrum from other uses. LightSquared follows a well-beaten path in its plans to redeploy L-band satellite spectrum for terrestrial cellular services using LTE.
    • November 22, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Technological partiality and political gains with broadband stimulus and spectrum auctions

    LTE will bridge the digital divide in most of the world because it will never be economic to pull fibre to around half the world's population who are difficult to reach or very low-spending. Similarly, LTE is the most economic solution for broadband to a small but significant proportion of households in developed nations.
    • November 10, 2010
    • Speech
    • LTE North America 2010
    • Dallas, Texas
    Keynote Plenary: Chairman

    LTE North America 2010

    • October 26, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    LTE overruns world of WiMAX in 4G land grab

    I was first to forecast and I maintain my May 2010 prediction that LTE will outpace WiMAX and force it into decline from 2015. If anything, developments since then, including results of the Indian broadband wireless auctions with some license winners preferring to deploy LTE over WiMAX in unpaired spectrum, reinforces my prediction.
    • October 21, 2010
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Vodafone divestitures, including Verizon Wireless, should be pursued at sensible prices

    Activist shareholders threaten making a bad situation worse at Vodafone. Under CEO Vittorio Colao's leadership since July 2008, Vodafone is pursuing a radically different strategy to the empire-building of his flamboyant predecessor, Arun Sarin.
    • September 25, 2010
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Nokia: Born Again (in the USA)

    As if Nokia’s global challenges aren’t daunting enough, its U.S. predicament is particularly problematic. Nokia is reaffirming its determination to succeed here. What does Stephen Elop, the new CEO, need to prescribe for North America that will also help restore its global position?
    • September 21, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    How should Stephen Elop Rebuild Nokia?

    The last thing the world needs is yet another new high-level OS, and yet operators might conspire to create another due to threats from Apple and Google. The iPhone and Android ecosystems are contrived to bypass mobile operators who so desperately wish to avoid disintermediation.
    • August 25, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Uncertain future in LTE patent pool licensing

    Patent pools can benefit both licensors and licensees but are no panacea for mobile technology licensing. Innovation and competition are as much about alternative business models as new technology. Patent pooling is just one of various ways of licensing. In fact, antitrust authorities recognise that such collective licensing arrangements can be abused to fix prices and harm competition.
    • July 17, 2010
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Network Migration Commotions at Sprint

    The carrier has faced network migration issues in the past and could still be facing another big challenge in the future. Until 2005, with its acquisition of Nextel and its iDEN network, Sprint prided itself on the purity of its all digital PCS network using CDMA technology. Things have been muddled and inefficient ever since. Its 4G migration path is supposedly still through its 56 percent Clearwire shareholding and WiMAX network partnership.
    • July 14, 2010
    • Speech
    • New York Law School's Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute
    • New York, New York
    Speaker and panelist: Wireless Broadband Session

    Wall Street, Regulation & Broadband

    Assessing the impact Washington will have on jobs, investment and US economic recovery
    • July 6, 2010
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    A Free Trade Election Manifesto

    Protectionist sentiment is brewing. The nation has benefited enormously from globalization in development and supply of technologies. Nothing could be more harmful to technology-based companies and their U.S. customers than the erection of trade barriers. Instead, America should promote open competition, technology neutrality and sturdy intellectual property rights.
    • June 15, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Closing time for all-you-can-eat buffets

    Tiered pricing--instead of flat rates for unlimited data use--will stimulate low-end adoption and increase expenditures at the high end. The threatened network neutrality conditions on mobile services will be much less onerous for mobile operators with this usage-based pricing. Unlimited data offerings are being withdrawn. Instead, tiered pricing or throttling usage when plan ceilings are reached is becoming the norm.
    • May 25, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    A golden age for mobile broadband and smartphones

    Mobile phones are the fastest-growing consumer product category ever. With ongoing price compression, eventual market saturation in devices and relatively slow replacement rates in high-growth markets such as India, the migration to new cellular is insufficient alone to create sustained revenue growth to 2020. Incumbents need to diversify if they are to deliver growth in the latter half of the decade following the current bonanza in smartphones and mobile broadband devices.
    • May 19, 2010
    • Speech
    • LTE World Summit
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Chairman

    Keynote Plenary Session Day 2

    • May 19, 2010
    • Speech
    • LTE World Summit
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Breakfast Briefing Session Panelist

    Mobile Broadband Economics, Business Models and the Business Case for LTE

    • May 19, 2010
    • Speech
    • LTE World Summit
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Panelist

    Avoiding Royalty Stacking for LTE – Legal and Commercial Constraints on IPR

    • May 11, 2010
    • Speech
    • FierceWireless Webinar
    Presenter and panelist

    Making the LTE transition – how will carriers cost effectively offer mobile broadband?

    • April 26, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Net neutrality supporters are playing with fire

    Investors need clarity and stability in regulatory environments to be able to freely pursue the business models and pricing regimes needed to continue innovating.
    • April 23, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Network neutrality dysfunctionality

    It is no longer politically acceptable for governments to pick winners with corporate national champions, but interventionists are still inclined to favour some business models over others. Only a market in which investors are free to pursue the business models and pricing they choose with clarity and stability in regulatory conditions can adequately and rapidly supply the urgently needed investment.
    • March 30, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    LTE to bridge wired Internet gaps in Europe

    The advent of LTE will help bridge the digital divide in Europe, where wireline Internet penetration has lagged mobile penetration. Broadband wireline, fiber and WLAN Internet access already exist and can be used to offload mobile network demands in dense urban areas. However, in rural areas wireless technologies will more easily provide the necessary network capacity.
    • March 29, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    LTE will bridge the digital divide

    Mobile technology is making broadband Internet access personal and pervasive. By the end of this year there will be more broadband Internet connections globally with HSPA and EV-DO Rev. A than with all wired, fibred and fixed wireless technologies combined.
    • March 24, 2010
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    New Types of Devices Pose Disruption for Tech Incumbents (PDF)

    We are in the midst of a revolution in ownership and usage for mobile computing and Internet access devices. Whereas laptop and notebook PCs have become the primary personal computing platforms for the affluent in developed nations, smartphones typically complement these by providing benefits such as more pervasive Internet access on the go.
    • March 7, 2010
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Software Business Model Prevails

    Maximizing global scale on device platforms and application stores is essential. Cost structures are changing – particularly for those products that increasingly resemble computers. Smartphones represent one of the most striking examples, with manufactured hardware costs typically accounting for around one-third of selling prices.
    • February 24, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Piecing together Mobile World Congress

    The MWC's worldwide popularity and diverse participation ensures a fair representation of what is going on in the mobile industry. American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based his well-known poem about misconceptions on an old tale from India. Here is my alignment of the fabled blind men's perceptions on the elephant's body parts to key aspects of Barcelona 2010. (For second page go to http://www.fiercewireless.com/europe/mobile-reformation-piecing-together-mobile-world-congress-aeu-page-2)
    • February 24, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Mobile reformation: Piecing together Mobile World Congress

    Mobile operators are suffering from an identity crisis. While seeking expanded roles for themselves, they are somewhat constrained. Mobile has been massively successful in voice and text with its global diffusion unsurpassed by any other product or service. The iPhone and the unbridled data demand growth that followed have shown a way forward.
    • January 31, 2010
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Expansion: It’s Not Just About Geography

    As carriers extend into new areas, they need to be mindful of their core assets and selective about diversification. Most fixed and wireless carriers worldwide are fearful of being little more than, so called, dumb bit pipes transporting public Internet-based content for free or monetized solely by others. But are carriers capable of becoming competitive publishers, applications store fronts and value-added service providers?
    • January 27, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Handling the coverage and capacity crunch

    Exponential data growth calls for revolutionary carrier service strategies. Expanding 3G footprint and capacity is only part of the solution. Next generation networks are as much about creating and integrating intelligent business systems as they are about deploying higher throughput. Telecoms and IT is, at last, converging.
    • January 4, 2010
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Looking back on the ‘noughties’

    Subscriber penetration growth in Europe has outpaced expectations, but usage growth was disappointing throughout the decade in voice and in data services--apart from SMS--until a couple of years ago. Prospects for operator revenue and earnings growth remain constrained due to perilous economics in mobile broadband with spectrum costs, weak strategic positions in mobile internet, an abundance of wireless operators and barriers to consolidation.
    • January 1, 2010
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    The Sweet Spot for Nokia

    Nokia is being squeezed at both ends. Nokia's position is eroding at the top and bottom ends of the cell phone market. Its share in smartphones has been dramatically reduced by the advance of iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile in Samsung, LG and other OEMs' phones. Android and Palm are also challenging.
    • November 29, 2009
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    IMS Gets Boost from Voice over LTE

    IMS has struggled to find its justification, whereas much of what end-users actually want is already being delivered with Web-based and proprietary technologies on fixed and wireless networks. Will providing voice and SMS over LTE justify IMS investments desperately needed for IMS to become a major basis for rich service delivery on mobile networks?
    • November 24, 2009
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    First in GSM, second in WCDMA: Where will Europe be with LTE?

    Most European operators will trail significantly behind major commercial LTE deployments elsewhere. Transition to the mainstream 3GPP technology track for non-HSPA operators and new spectrum availability are the driving forces for LTE front-runners in America, Asia and Scandinavia.
    • November 19, 2009
    • Speech
    • Mobile Asia Congress
    • Hong Kong Convention Centre
    Session Moderator

    Building the Business Case For Mobile Broadband

    • November 4, 2009
    • Speech
    • LTE Americas 2009
    • Dallas, Texas
    Chairman

    LTE Americas 2009

    • October 27, 2009
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    Smartphone revolution tests established players

    With smartphones set to account for most handset sales by 2013--in terms of value if not also in terms of volumes worldwide--these devices, their operating systems and mobile Internet service delivery environments are crucial competitive elements for manufacturers and mobile operators alike.
    • October 25, 2009
    • Speech
    • Wireless Influencers 2009
    • Carlsbad, California
    Panelist

    Thesis: Why Content Firms Need to Pay Fees to Wireless Telcos

    • October 21, 2009
    • Speech
    • SUPERCOMM ATIS Technology Conference
    • Chicago, Illinois
    Track Chair

    LTE Business Track

    • October 9, 2009
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Needed: Content Revenues to Fund Broadband

    The social and economic benefits with billions of mobile phone users are enormous. The free Internet business model is very appealing to consumers, but it’s untenable if geographic and socioeconomic reach, speeds, capacity and frequency of use are all to be substantially increased. Increasing Internet capacity and speeds to tens of megabits per second and expanding its reach to half or more individuals worldwide via personal smart devices with pervasive access will be very costly.
    • September 30, 2009
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Merger Prospects Grow in Prepaid

    The recession and looming mobile market saturation are taking their toll on unlimited voice and text pure-plays Leap Wireless International and MetroPCS Communications. The snag is prepaid unlimited is not a separate market from mainstream cellular. Distinctions are blurring as calling buckets get bigger and cheaper.
    • September 29, 2009
    • Publication
    • FierceWireless and FierceWireless Europe

    UK ripe for mobile network consolidation

    The UK is crying out for mobile network operator consolidation. The market is mature and nowhere is as brutally competitive for all participants. In the 3rd and 4th positions out of five, Orange and T-Mobile are desperate to improve their competitive positions and financial performance.
    • August 1, 2009
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Less Is Still More in Messaging

    While demand for mobile broadband grows exponentially, requiring massive investments in the RAN and backhaul, humble SMS remains the mobile data services cash cow. But what’s the outlook for SMS with so many alternative methods of messaging?
    • May 30, 2009
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Bandwidth Bonanza II

    The problem with 3G data services until a year or so ago was that they were hardly being used. U.S. carriers priced with flat-rate, all-you-can-eat data plans to stoke up demand. They succeeded, but in so doing created other problems – data traffic levels that threaten to outstrip supply and undermine profitability. This growth is a very positive development, but carriers must significantly adjust.
    • May 18, 2009
    • Speech
    • LTE World Summit
    • Berlin, Germany
    Chairman

    Business Case for LTE Track

    • April 1, 2009
    • Speech
    • CTIA Wireless 2009
    • Las Vegas, Nevada
    Presentation and Panelist (State and Federal Public Policy Track) . International Wireless Broadband: A Comparative Analysis of Wireless Broadband Penetration and Adoption in the US and Around the World

    International Wireless Broadband: A Comparative Analysis of Wireless Broadband Penetration and Adoption in the US and Around the World

    • April 1, 2009
    • Speech
    • CTIA Wireless 2009
    • Las Vegas, Nevada
    Panel Moderator

    Fierce Wireless’ The Path to 4G, Panel Session: Is 4G really necessary?

    • April 1, 2009
    • Speech
    • CTIA Wireless 2009
    • Las Vegas, Nevada
    Analyst

    FierceWireless’ The Path to 4G Panel Session: The LTE Promise

    • April 1, 2009
    • Speech
    • CTIA Wireless 2009
    • Las Vegas, Nevada
    Panelist

    FierceWireless’ The Path to 4G Roundtable

    • March 31, 2009
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Global Leadership for LTE In My Backyard

    Verizon Wireless selected Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson as its LTE radio access network suppliers. It was inevitable that one vendor would be an incumbent CDMA2000 supplier, given the engineering challenges in migrating and interworking between the two technologies.
    • February 28, 2009
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Digital Dividend Bounty Can Close Digital Divide

    Governments worldwide should resist temptation to pocket the proceeds from the "Digital Dividend" – the spectrum freed with the switch from analog to digital TV. Instead, monies should be directed with competitive bidding to fund widespread mobile broadband across the Digital Divide to include people and places where the operator business case is weak.
    • February 16, 2009
    • Speech
    • Mobile World Congress
    • Barcelona, Spain
    Session Moderator

    Creative Solutions for Network Development

    • January 31, 2009
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Mobile Net Neutrality: What Gives?

    Obama’s proposed net neutrality conditions for the Internet should be dropped forthwith. It will not make America a world leader in delivering the Internet to its people. It makes no sense to ban higher prices for premium services. Pricing constraints discourage service providers from investing extra to provide the higher-performance services some customers crave and will happily pay for.
    • January 26, 2009
    • Speech
    • ATIS-3GPP LTE Conference
    • Dallas, Texas
    Panel Discussion Moderator

    LTE and Intellectual Property Rights

    • December 25, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Hard Times for Some, Free Lunches for Others

    The recession is reducing handset sales. Declining handset churn is bad news for manufacturers and a mixed blessing for carriers. Outside developing nations, handset sales are almost entirely replacements. Component suppliers have it even worse as inventory levels are being slashed throughout the supply chain.
    • December 3, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Fishy Chip Shares in Basebands

    Different counts on baseband chips can be misleading. Texas Instruments (TI), supposedly the market leader in cellular baseband chips with about 40% unit share, reportedly is looking to sell its business. Recent market exit announcements cast doubt on how much more value TI and Freescale offer in basebands than do silicon foundries such as TSMC and Chartered.
    • November 1, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Finnishing TOUCH?

    Nokia has adjusted its strategy for the enterprise, but this is not enough for North America. Nokia has made an expedient u-turn in its global enterprise strategy. The new device-focused approach will penetrate enterprises across most of the world where brand and distribution are strong. This is insufficient for success in North America where the brand is weak, low-end and nobody – let alone CIOs – uses Symbian S60.
    • October 2, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Tip of the Iceberg

    Like the rest of the real economy, the wireless sector will be profoundly affected by the troubles in the financial and insurance sectors. The wireless industry appears oblivious or in denial about what’s happening on Wall Street. It’s business as usual with upbeat investment and demand growth expectations.
    • August 31, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Disruptive Innovation

    PC industry be warned. Mobile devices are taking computing to everyone, everywhere and all of the time. PC market leaders are being threatened by a new computing paradigm, as were their predecessors in minicomputers and their predecessors’ parents in mainframes. Mobile devices are set to dominate personal computing.
    • July 31, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    ARPU Déjà Vu

    As mobile data ARPU increases, look for similar demands on networks as voice presented in the 1990s The long-awaited “hockey stick” growth effect on mobile data is finally happening. The demands on carrier infrastructure will be profound with major increases in the number of radio carriers, towers, additional cell sites and backhaul.
    • July 2, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Restructured iPhone Pricing Isn’t Cheaper

    Contrary to most news reports, the new 3G iPhone from Apple is no cheaper than its predecessor. Higher monthly service fees and a significantly lower manufacturing cost will lift overall profitability per subscriber. AT&T will just have to wait longer and face more credit risk before payback. The lower sticker price together with higher network performance will substantially stimulate adoption, usage and increase total returns for both companies.
    • June 1, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Seamless Mobility with NGN

    Customer expectations exceed what a simple overlay implementation of IEEE 802.16e – the mobile version of WiMAX – can deliver. Dual- or multi-mode devices that interwork with and hand off to and from established 3G technologies are crucial. To achieve this, WiMAX urgently needs a capability such as the soon-to-be-completed IEEE 802.21 standard for Media Independent Handoff (MIH).
    • May 2, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Alternatives in LTE

    Long Term Evolution (LTE) announcements from AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless are accelerating the competitive outlook for 3G and 4G. Verizon Wireless trumped AT&T with its more aggressive plans for the first commercial deployments of LTE in 2010. NTT DoCoMo also is expected to be a front-runner with LTE. WiMAX is nominally ahead in 4G with various small deployments around the world.
    • April 21, 2008
    • Publication
    • 2008 LTE World Summit, Berlin

    There’s no Free Lunch with IPR: Why Capping Aggregate IPR Charges is Bad for Innovation, Competition and Consumers.

    Keith Mallinson is moderator for a workshop on the topic of intellectual property at the May 2008 LTE World Summit in Berlin. He has contributed to the News & Comment section of the event’s web site.
    • April 14, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Technology Neutrality or a Monoculture in Networks?

    Open standards will energize the industry. Mobile technologies are subject to massive economies of scale in development, manufacturing and network deployment, including roaming at home and abroad. In addition, mandatory standards for licensing in key geographies have given the GSM technology family an unassailable lead. It is, however, also vital that the market remains open for alternatives such as WiMAX, TD-CDMA, EV-DO and UMB.
    • April 9, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Openness is Only Skin Deep

    Open software platforms on handsets enable development of many new applications while handset vendors and wireless carriers continue to be customer gatekeepers. Proprietary platforms such as RIM and iPhone are challenging market dominance. Open software platforms are a boon for developers and consumers on PCs and mobile phones. They provide foundations for numerous applications running on a wide variety of hardware.
    • February 20, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Softbank’s Yahoo! Model

    Many carriers are enthusiastically investing in mobile broadband networks, with 174 commercial deployments of HSDPA worldwide and 36 of these delivering 7.2 Mbps download speeds. However, most carriers are paranoid and indecisive in their partnering strategies for mobile Internet services.
    • January 14, 2008
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    A Letter to Sprint Nextel’s New CEO

    Sprint must improve operational discipline and simplify things for customers, as Acting CEO Paul Saleh admits, but success demands more. Merely improving existing strategies is insufficient: Sprint has lost significant ground to AT&T and Verizon over the last couple of years, whereas T-Mobile USA benefits from the global purchasing scale of its parent in GSM/WCDMA.
    • December 1, 2007
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Varied & Glamorous Beats Androgynous

    Competition – still dominated by carriers providing voice services – is under pressure from disparate disruptive forces. The new competitive challenge is from disaggregated suppliers. The battle cry from these wannabes is openness.
    • November 1, 2007
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Advertising Will Set Mobile Free

    Demand for advertising-supported mobile content will soar: Wireless carriers will benefit without burdening publishers with large revenue shares or soaking consumers with exorbitant usage charges. Access to content at no incremental cost to consumers stokes up demand by orders of magnitude.
    • October 1, 2007
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Open Access Comparisons

    Transatlantic wireless comparisons are fashionable: Experts from both sides of the pond are weighing in on the open access debate with some misunderstandings, over-simplifications and mischaracterizations. Nobody is stopping Google, Xohm and others from pursuing their intended open and Internet-oriented strategies, but there is no reason to force others to follow suit.
    • September 1, 2007
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Home from Xohm?

    Xohm may offer impressive data speeds, but will Sprint and Clearwire be able to match the speed in building out coverage? Sprint says that speed is everything. However, speed is zero where there is no coverage. Users will not be be willing to pay a premium price for Xohm service over fixed broadband prices until it provides the coverage and mobility of the prevailing 3GPP and 3GPP2 technologies.
    • September 1, 2007
    • Publication
    • WiseHarbor Spotlight Reports

    Intellectual Capitalism: Promoting Innovation by Defending Its Value

    Owners need the strength to defend their intellectual property (IP) from those at home and abroad who steal it, seek to undermine its value or get hold of it on the cheap. Creating IP, including R&D-based innovation is costly and risky. Explicit recognition of value through licensing is increasing innovation, competition and customer choice. Many initiatives fail and some are burdened with significant legal costs in protecting the fruits of IP development from infringement or product liability claims. Major investments are also required in bringing products to market. Profits from successes must make up for the time taken and for all the failures along the way.
    • August 15, 2007
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Intellectual Properties Undone

    Qualcomm’s challenge to the vertically integrated handset vendors’ business model is being fiercely resisted by dominant players. Cross-licensing, with minimal royalty out-payments, enjoyed by leading GSM IP-holders created a cozy oligopoly including Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson with significant commercial barriers for other handset vendors. Dominant players take most of their IP profits in sales of complete handsets.
    • June 15, 2007
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Tide Turns in Telecom Consolidation

    AT&T’s merger with BellSouth was a high water mark for telecom consolidation. The tide is now on the ebb with the announced $27.5 billion private equity purchase of Alltel by TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs. Private equity sets strong management incentives and creates a unique financial performance benchmark with this pure-play wireless operator.
    • May 15, 2007
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Hitting the Wall

    Since 2000, top wireless operators have competed largely on the basis of subscriber acquisition and retention, minutes of use growth and consolidating properties. As the U.S. market nears saturation, growth will be mostly achieved through multiple device adoption and increasing non-voice usage.
    • September 13, 2006
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Mobile Entertainment Shifts into High Gear

    Mobile entertainment and its mobile information services and mobile advertising kin are quickly emerging as mainstream markets. U.S. infotainment revenues are set to quadruple to $7.3 billion in 2009. Mobile advertising, including search with no revenue in 2005, also will go multi-billion dollar this decade. A diverse group of specialists is making the market.
    • September 13, 2006
    • Publication
    • Wireless Week

    Getting the Mobile Workforce Better Connected

    U.S. workforce mobility is extensive, but corporate IT management falls short in providing mobile workers access to the range of corporate applications they need. A holistic approach to delivering mobile application access will give corporate management more control.