Nokia Acquisition Talks With Alcatel-Lucent Could Be About 5G


Nokia confirmed today it was in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent and the underlying reason just might be the latter’s 5G patent stash.

When I was at Mobile World Congress last month, there were several hot topics, but near the top of the list was 5G, that slippery notion of super fast mobile networks.

Looking For 5G

Nobody has actually built a 5G network yet, but there is a lot of speculation about what one could look like. In fact, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, speaking at a Mobile World Congress keynote Q&A, likened it to a Picasso painting where each person stands in front of it and sees something different. In other words, it’s a hard concept to nail down right now.

We do know this much. Whoever can solve 5G and begin launching networks, is going to have a huge market advantage. 5G has the potential to change the way we think of…

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