LightSquared Signs Deals with Qualcomm and Nokia
LightSquared has recently signed hardware contracts with Qualcomm and Nokia. Qualcomm will provide a mobile chip set that is compatible with LightSquared's planned Long Term Evolution network in the 1600MHz band. Qualcomm's chip will also support satellite services. Nokia has agreed to provide LightSquared with mobile devices to access and use the LTE network when it launches in 2011. Nokia didn't specify exactly what types of devices are in the works, but noted that everything from phones to tablets is being considered. LightSquared also signed deals with AnyData and BandRich to provided embedded modules and USB modems. Nokia Siemens Networks is building LightSquared's LTE network, which is scheduled for launch during the second half of 2011. LightSquared will trial LTE in Baltimore, Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix, and plans to cover 92% of the U.S. population by 2015.
Qualcomm Signs Patent-Licensing Deal with Lenovo
Qualcomm today said it has signed a new patent licensing agreement with Lenovo, which will use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G wireless technology in future mobile devices. The patents will appear in both Lenovo- and Motorola-branded devices and cover technologies specific to the China market.
Nokia Expands its Android Lineup
HMD Global — the new custodian of the Nokia brand for phones — today announced three new Android-based Nokia phones. Nokia 6: Already released in China, this 5.5-inch-screen, metal-bodied phone will released globally for 229 euros.
Qualcomm Strikes More Patent Licensing Deals in China
Qualcomm has signed new patent licensing agreements with Haier, Tianyu, and QiKu Sign, all of which will use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G wireless technology in future mobile devices. Qualcomm said it has agreed to royalties that are inline with the terms set by China's National Reform and Development Commission.
Qualcomm's Next Target Is Unlicensed LTE Over 5GHz
Qualcomm today announced its initial foray with LTE into the unlicensed 5GHz band, spectrum that is normally reserved for WiFi networks. Qualcomm believes LTE-U, or LTE in unlicensed spectrum, could help carriers fill in blank spots with small cells.
Qualcomm to Hold Onto Chip Biz for the Time Being
Qualcomm does not plan to sell off its mobile chip business, according to Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs. Investors have been putting pressure on Qualcomm to spin off the unit, which one called "worthless." Some would prefer that Qualcomm operate strictly as a patent-licensing business.