As indicated in the newest mobility report released recently by Ericsson, the level of mobile data consumption among smartphones in North America will increase at a rate of 37 percent half a dozen years from now. In other words, by the year 2023, the monthly data traffic from mobile handsets will reach a staggering 48 gigabytes. To put that usage into context, note that the monthly consumption last year was at 5.2 gigabytes, while this year is at 7.1 gigabytes every month.
Ericsson has recently released its newest Mobility Report, and according to its projections, mobile users based in the North American continent will be consuming an incredible 26 gigabytes of data on a monthly basis half a decade from now. Right now, the tech giant claims that North American consumers already burn through 5 gigabytes of data each month, and in just five years, that level of consumption will multiply more than five fold.
Latest estimates indicate that there are around 2.6 billion smartphone users in the world today. And even though recent trends appear to suggest that the growth of the mobile population in more developed regions like North America and Europe has began to slow down, there is no sign that it has stopped growing altogether.
Ericsson intensifies its legal battles with Apple with a number of new lawsuits thrown the iPhone maker's way. Indeed, the Sweden-based telecommunications equipment manufacturer has filed lawsuits against Apple in the United Kingdom, in Germany, and in the Netherlands. All of these lawsuits alleged that Apple was in violation of patents that Ericsson holds involving wireless communications technology. According to the Swedish communications company, these lawsuits were filed following a move by the telecoms firm to enter into arbitration with Apple in order to come at a decision regarding patent royalties.
It appears that Verizon Wireless is beginning to reverse its stance on the use of small cells. Back in March of 2012, the Big Red stated small cells would likely not have a big impact on the carrier's network.
But in this year alone, Verizon Wireless has been actually utilizing small cells to improve its current network. For instance, barely a week ago, we posted about the wireless carrier's plan to install 400 small cells in the city of San Francisco in order to boost LTE capacity in that area.
Ericsson is suing tech giant Apple over patent licensing. Ericsson has filed suit both with the International Trade Commission (ITC) as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Ericsson is claiming that Apple has violated 41 patents that apply to two of its prominent mobile devices, the iPhone and the iPad. Not only do these include patents that are related to 2G and LTE technology, but also non-standard ones that involve software and component hardware design.
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