Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Jul 2013 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia's vice president Bryan Biniak: "We are trying to evolve the cultural thinking [at Microsoft] to say 'time is of the essence'. Waiting until the end of your fiscal year when you need to close your targets, doesn't do us any good when I have phones to sell today." Later Biniak adds: "As a company we don't want to rely on somebody else and sit and wait for them to get it right." There was a simple solution to this problem.
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jphamlore
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2011-02-15

I invite people to read the following site for a perspective on the history from Ericsson's view:

http://www.ericssonhistory.com/changing-the-world/The-future-is-now...

As late as 2007, it was not clear that LTE would be the winner over WiMAX, in fact, it appeared that WiMAX might beat LTE to market. But this just shows the importance for companies to make the right decision in consultation with the players who matter. In this case, it was Ericsson who worked with the US major telecoms, in particular Verizon, to make the future of LTE happen, to help create the future.

Ericsson's reward is to win massive contracts for equipment and support that will last for over a decade or more with the major US telecoms in their switchover to LTE, and at some point their switchover to LTE advanced.

Fortunately for Nokia another major opportunity is opening in China with China begging European companies to help China establish TD-LTE as an equal competitor to FDD-LTE.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2013-07/03/content_16716093.h...

Ironically TD-LTE is using spectrum similar to what WiMAX was supposed to use. And if only Nokia had kept more of its wireless modem expertise. Still, the only way forward appears for Nokia to do what it did: buy out Siemens for the rest of Nokia Siemens Network and bet the company on that.

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