LONDON Finnish communications group Nokia and its wireless infrastructure joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have sealed a cross-licensing agreement with China's Huawei covering essential patents for wireless standards.
The deal, which makes Huawei the 35th company to licence Nokia patents, covers key technologies, including GSM, W-CDMA, CDMA2000 and China's own TD-SCDMA, as well as mobile WiMAX.
Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
Ilkka Rahnasto, VP of Intellectual Property rights at Nokia said the agreement, "demonstrates how companies can license intellectual property in a way that encourages industry innovation and fosters a healthy IPR environment."
Interestingly, neither Nokia, NSN nor Huawei were involved in the creation of a WiMAX patent pool earlier this year to encourage expansion and speedy uptake of the technology.
Alcatel-Lucent, Intel, Cisco, Clearwire, Samsung Electronics and Sprint said in June they hoped the creation of the Open Patent Alliance would help companies designing for WiMAX get access to licenses to patented technology at a predictable cost.