The following is excerpted from a March 1, 2011 article at EE Times Asia:
The market for broadband cellular modems is showing signs of maturity as China suppliers Huawei and ZTE dominate the arena, according to ABI Research, citing the commoditization of the USB segment as an example of the trend.
Jeff Orr, senior practice director, ABI Research, says "One can tell a maturing market by the displacement of new product innovation by litigation." He explains "This was certainly the case in the mobile broadband modem market as vendors engaged legal teams to enforce patent and IPR ownership. In December, for instance, Novatel Wireless filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Franklin Wireless and ZTE."
Another case cited by ABI Research was Option NV's asking the European Community to investigate modem dumping by Chinese suppliers in EU member states. Huawei agreed to buy Option's RF business in Germany and license its connection management software, resulting in the request being dropped.
Read the full article here.