Intel bets big on 5G
Remember WiMAX? So does Intel -- and it doesn't want to repeat that 4G technology's
failure, which it backed heavily before it lost out to LTE, when it comes to the next generation of networks. To that end, the chip giant is making it clear at Mobile World Congress today that it's gearing up for 5G, which could potentially end up being 10 to 100 times faster than today's LTE networks, in a big way. That includes announcing a slew of partners -- including AT&T, Verizon, Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE -- who it will be collaborating to develop and test 5G offerings. Additionally, Intel is also preparing for the Internet of Things with new products that are meant for slower, always-on devices.
"We are not going for bragging rights," said Intel corporate vice president Aicha Evans, who also manages its Platform Engineering group. Instead, Intel is moving towards what the operators and industry will need in the coming years. "This is not about smartphones and tablets, this is about devices of the future."