Few disagreements on 4G licensing, says Qualcomm

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4G will not be bedeviled with the same kind of legal disputes which marred the roll-out of 3G, according to Michael Mamaghani, director of marketing at Qualcomm. He was speaking at the Globalpress Summit Conference, writes David Manners in San Francisco.

“The world has become more sophisticated the discussions of 3G licensing,” said Mamaghani, “the IP licensing business has become mature. There are very few disagreements among the major companies on licensing.”

For 4G, Qualcomm is an LTE advocate, and Mamaghani had this to say about WiMAX: “70/80/90 per cent of operator revenues are for voice and 10/20/30 per cent are coming from data. Wimax is trying to get revenues from a network designed for data which was not designed for voice. That’s a business model which is difficult to understand.”

As for LTE, Mamaghani does not see the roll out happening soon. “The 3G standard was released in 1999. The mass commercial market which I define as 10m subscribers and ten models of terminal did not happen until 2003/4″, said Mamaghani, “the LTE standard, for the physical layer, was released last year. So 2012/13/14 is when I expect mass market commercialisation of LTE terminals.”

For the full account of Qualcomm’s presentation, see David Manners’ blog, Mannerisms – See 4G Will Not Have Same IP Battles As 3G, says Qualcomm

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