In many ways, LTE is viewed as WiMAX’s smarter and more attractive sibling. LTE has been adopted by wealthy, high-profile industry heavyweights while WiMAX found its niche in less glamorous areas, like emerging markets in remote corners of the globe.
But when it comes to patent pools, it looks like WiMAX could gain the upper hand because the waters of the LTE patent pooling effort are muddled by three competing players: Sisvel, VIA Licensing and MPEG LA. The firms all received separate requests from LTE patent holders to issue a call for patents.
And that, says Open Patent Alliance President Yung Hahn, is a problem that could hinder the whole LTE ecosystem.