LG 5G phone plans could be destroyed by Qualcomm spat

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. LG’s plans to launch and release 5G phones in 2019 are under serious threat because of an ongoing spat with chip supplier Qualcomm.LG announced the LG V50 ThinQ at Mobile World Congress back in February, the first in the company’s history to pack a 5G modem. It is currently offering being offered for sale via the Sprint network in the United States, but that could soon be a thing of the past.A Reuters report says LG has failed to renew its chip licensing deal with the maker of the X50 modem powering most of the first-generation 5G handsets, as well as the V50 ThinQ scheduled for release on EE in the UK later this year.Court filings in California explain the nature of the spat. They show that LG stood against Qualcomm’s efforts to set aside a US antitrust decision when negotiating a renewed deal. The company believes that if the decision is not taken into consideration, it will have to sign a deal on Qualcomm’s unfavourable terms.Related: What is 5G?“If Qualcomm does not participate in negotiations with LGE in accordance with the Court’s Order, LGE will have no option but to conclude license and chipset supply agreements once again on Qualcomm’s terms,” LG’s filing said.This follows a sweeping antitrust ruling against Qualcomm which said the chipmaker was holding manufacturers hostage with “onerous” fees to use its patents.The judge in the case, who has presided over many of tech’s most illustrious trade disputes, is Lucy Koh. She ordered Qualcomm to agree to licensing deals without these fees attached, and that’s what LG wants to see carried out.If LG can’t agree the new deal with Qualcomm then its options to replace the X50 modem are severely limited. Intel recently bowed out of the race, while there are difficult issues to consider when it comes to Huawei’s Ballong 5G modem too.center_img 5G Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img

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