Manufacturers Agree On W-CDMA Royalties

When it started to look like W-CDMA was having problems in the face of successfull CDMA2000 1xRTT launches we saw many articles discussing the advantages of Qualcomm as the key CDMA2000 patent holder. They argued that having a single intellectual property rights holder made licensing easier and the specifications more stable. The major W-CDMA IP holders have heard this objection and have come together to agree on a royalty structure. Qualcomm charges between 5-6%. The W-CDMA camp plans to cap their royalties at 5% and thinks they might actually beat that.

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