American chip-maker Qualcomm and HMD Global, which sells Nokia-branded phones, have announced that they have entered into a direct worldwide license arrangement. Under the terms of the agreements, Qualcomm has granted HMD Global royalty-bearing patent licenses to develop, manufacture and sell branded 3G, 4G and 5G single-mode and multimode complete devices.
“We are driven by our unique promise of delivering phones that get better over time. In this, we work closely with best-in-class partners globally. Our collaboration with Qualcomm enables us to bring leading innovations to the market and deliver on our unique consumer promise,” Florian Seiche, CEO of HMD Global, said in a statement.
Alex Rogers, Executive Vice President and President, Qualcomm Technology Licensing, said, “Qualcomm is pleased to sign 3G, 4G and 5G multimode licensing agreements with HMD Global that build on our long-standing technology relationship. Qualcomm is leading the transition to 5G, and we are proud to make our breakthrough 3G/4G/5G technologies available to leading OEMs like HMD Global and to support them in delivering compelling products around the world.”
In its latest quarterly review, Counterpoint Research said that Nokia phones did well in targeting the quality conscious users with a value proposition around the latest Android version providing a great user experience. With more Qualcomm chipsets, we could see more premium Nokia phones, and the frequency of the Android security updates is likely to increase. Further, the agreement also suggests that HMD Global is now jumping on the bandwagon of 5G-enabled phones.
The move comes as Nokia Software is eyeing trials for India’s 5G telecom network. The company says that it is already participating in the pilot runs in deploying 5G networks commercially in the US, South Korea and Japan. “India is both a very important talent base and large, local market for us. (in) 5G, we are not just in pilots or trials, we are in commercial deployment,” The Economic Times quoted Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia Software, as saying.
According to Gorti, the company has built significant software capability in India, and the country acts as an innovation lab for customers globally. The report also said that the Finnish company is looking to build cloud-based solutions that leverage the advantages of 5G such as low-latency and high throughput.
14/05/2019 08:05 AM