Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Qualcomm kills UMB, embraces LTE for 4G

updated 03:50 pm EST, Thu November 13, 2008

Qualcomm Kills UMB

In tandem with its Snapdragon news, Qualcomm today said it was cancelling development on its Ultra-Mobile Broadband (UMB) technology as a path to 4G Internet access. The move is a reaction to news that Verizon, Bell, Telus and other predominantly CDMA carriers are instead switching to the rival Long Term Evolution (LTE) format that has already been labeled the choice for 4G on GSM networks.

The chipmaker is already involved with LTE and now says it should refocus most of its efforts on that standard. There should be little difficulty moving employees over to the new format and there is no risk of a "large layoff" at Qualcomm, according to CEO Paul Jacobs.

UMB is designed explicitly for CDMA networks, which exist primarily in North America, and so would have little if any support after the LTE switch. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have already planned to use LTE and will roll out their first 4G networks as early as 2010. Sprint is for now opting to use WiMAX and already has a small network in place.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

Backup batteries and device chargers are objects that many users take for granted. They often only one-dimensional in functionality, r ...

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News