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Qualcomm, India's HCL ink 3G CDMA license agreement

Posted: 27 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm? Himachal Futuristic Communications? HFCL? CDMA? license agreement?

Qualcomm Inc. and Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd (HFCL) have signed a commercial CDMA2000 subscriber unit and modem card license agreement.

Under the terms of the worldwide, royalty-bearing agreement, Qualcomm has granted HFCL a patent license to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000 subscriber units and modem card products. The royalties payable by HFCL are at Qualcomm's standard worldwide rates.

"Qualcomm is pleased to provide a 3G license to HFCL, the first company in India to sign an agreement for the development, manufacture and sale of CDMA2000 subscriber units and modem cards," said Marvin Blecker, president of Qualcomm technology licensing. "This agreement will now allow HFCL to participate in the rapidly growing 3G CDMA market and enable them to join other manufacturers in providing Indian operators with affordable, yet feature-rich and innovative wireless products."

"There are currently more than 36 million CDMA subscribers in India and the Indian wireless market has grown ten-fold in less than five years," said Mr. Mahendra Nahata, Chairman, HFCL Group. "As the Indian market continues to grow, we believe there will be an increasing demand for more advanced, affordable CDMA2000 wireless devices and this license agreement from QUALCOMM, the leader in CDMA technologies, will be a key factor in enabling us to meet this demand."

HFCL, based in New Delhi, is one of the largest private sector companies in India focused on telecom. HFCL is one of the leading players in the telecom equipment manufacturing segment and also plays a major role in the turnkey services segment.

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