10 October 2017
San Diego
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Qualcomm signs patent licence agreement with General Mobile

Qualcomm has signed a patent agreement with General Mobile, granting the Turkish smartphone company a licence to develop, manufacture and sell 3G and 4G complete devices.

General Mobile joins a string of companies signing 3G and 4G patent licensing agreements with Qualcomm, and will use the chipmaker's technology to create new 4G and LTE-A devices in Turkey.

In 2015, General Mobile, as part of an agreement with Google, launched its Android One platform and Android One products.

Alex Rogers, executive vice president and president at Qualcomm Technology Licensing, said: “This agreement will enable General Mobile to create new Android devices that utilise many of our industry-leading mobile technologies.”

“The reach of General Mobile is extensive, and we are pleased to see their mobile devices powered by our industry leading technologies, serving consumers across Turkey and other parts of the world.”

Sebahattin Yaman, chairman at General Mobile, added: “We are excited to collaborate with Qualcomm to bring innovative and powerful products to the markets.”

“As part of the Android One programme, we are committed to developing the next generation of high quality Android smartphones for customers around the world.”

Qualcomm was hit with an anti-trust fine of $975 million in China last year for charging royalties on standard-essential patents. Qualcomm has since signed various agreements for licences to its 3G and 4G patents.

In 2017, the company has seen a slew of legal action internationally with judicial bodies ranging from the Korea Fair Trade Commission to the US Federal Trade Commission targeting the company’s alleged anti-competitive tactics.

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