Patent Wars

India – the last telecom licensing frontier

Each time telecom patent holders Ericsson and Qualcomm flex their muscles, an Indian Original Equipment Manufacturer loses out. Can they keep this up?


“These guys were scary smart and know how to position themselves in every part of the wireless ecosystem”Om Malik

The “scary smart” guys veteran technology journalist Om Malik was referring to in his 2005 article was Qualcomm.

In 2010 India was the market that helped Qualcomm conclusively establish LTE as the global 4G standard, defeating rival Intel’s WiMAX. The sheer size of the Indian telecom market was large enough to tilt the scales (China was already LTE). So high were the stakes that Qualcomm spent $1 billion to buy spectrum in the cities of Mumbai and…

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