Japanese semiconductor outfit Mediatek, which specialises in wireless and digital, has signed a deal with NTT Docomo to integrate LTE mobile tech with 2G and 3G to roll out first in Japan and then globally.
The technology the two companies will be pushing is LTE-PF, mobile terminal platform which is based on Long Term Evolution. Mediatek has plenty of experience in 2G and 3G and is keen to extend and evolve that into LTE-PF with its domestic and global partners.
Inter-operability testing will be carried out by both Mediatek and Docomo in Japan. Mediatek is keen to push the technology, saying LTE will enable it to give customers and service partners smooth transitions from 3G to 4G and "beyond".
This is the first time Docomo and Mediatek will be working together. They both want to popularise LTE within the global mobile market and the consumer space. LTE naysayers have been brushed aside by MediaTek CEO Ming-Kai Tsai, who suggests his company is determined to push LTE onto everyone it can:"MediaTek has earned a market leading reputation in the 2G era. We will continue to innovate from 2G into 3G and 3G into LTE."
Mobile industry analyst at In-Stat Jim McGregor reckons that the wave of 4G mobile devices will be dominated by LTE, holding two thirds of the market space over WiMax by 2014. He forecasts that despite WiMAX's early lead,
LTE technology will grab the lion's share and account for 61.2 percent of mobile devices. With this in mind, it's an interesting move by Mediatek to be seen domestically taking a firm side with LTE-PF.
Taiwan is currently taking a look at whether to primarily focus its efforts on WiMAX or LTE, with reports that Intel is "re-organising" its WiMax strategy throwing a possible spanner in the works for the future of global WiMax adoption. Intel insists that it is still committed to WiMAX.