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LTE smartphones to boost mobile royalties by 14% in 2012

Thursday 12 April 2012 | 08:22 CET | News
LTE smartphones will top 65 million units in 2012, led by the anticipated LTE-enabled iPhone 5 and Samsung's LTE smartphones, according to a study by ABI Research. Mobile wireless royalties for GSM, WCDMA, and LTE smartphones were just under USD 20 billion in 2011 but the increase to 65 million LTE smartphones is expected to boost the 2012 royalty total higher. Even though LTE handsets will only total 4 percent of the total handsets shipped in 2012, total royalty rates are expected to be 14 percent higher. Although some 2G royalties are expiring, the growing base of 3G handsets and acceleration of LTE handsets are forecast to keep total mobile wireless royalties growing. Over the last several years, annual handset shipments have gone from hundreds of millions to more than a billion, while the market has shifted toward 3G handsets. The report further shows that the rising participation of Chinese companies in patent filing and participation in standardization is also a notable trend. Huawei and ZTE, among other Chinese companies, are very cognizant of the importance of 4G patents. Chinese companies, as well Japanese and South Korean companies, will shift some of the patent power from Europe and the US to the Asia-Pacific.

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