Ericsson?s ongoing dispute with Qualcomm over mobile standards will not slow down the introduction of third generation mobile services, Ericsson?s chief executive, Sven-Christer Nilsson, said today.
Nilsson said he was unable to comment on specifics of the case as both Ericsson and Qualcomm are in litigation and preparing for their court case.
?Of course we are talking to each other,? said Nilssen. ?I don?t think there will be a slow down in the third generation process.?
Ericsson and Qualcomm are disputing whether they should be required to disclose certain cellular technology intellectual property rights (IPR) for use in a third generation system, fearing they may disclose sensitive information.
Third generation mobile will enable higher bandwidth data communications with mobile phones, enabling services such as Internet, videoconferencing and multimedia on mobile handsets.
Following an International Telecommunication Union meeting last month, the IPR dispute and the technical process of creating a standard have been separated. Nilssen said this plan would help the process.
?I?m optomistic that within the framework of the ITU, we will reach a decision,? he said.
The new head of the ITU hasmoved swiftly since his appointment earlier this year and held meetings with key mobile players in an attempt to resolve the dispute.
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