MediaTek signs LTE licensing agreement with NTT DoCoMo
Cage Chao, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 28 July 2010]
MediaTek has announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with NTT DoCoMo regarding "LTE-PF," a mobile-terminal platform based on Long Term Evolution (LTE). Upon the completion of the LTE-PF licensing agreement with DoCoMo, MediaTek plans to integrate the LTE technology with its 2G and 3G technologies to provide solutions for Japan and global markets.
The agreement is the first-phase of MediaTek's strategic cooperation with DoCoMo. MediaTek hopes to strengthen and broaden this cooperation into a more strategic and comprehensive long-term partnership including inter-operability testing, joint worldwide marketing and technology initiatives. Under the licensing agreement, MediaTek will promote and market its LTE-PF-based advanced mobile platform with its global customers and partners, said MediaTek.
"This licensing agreement will not only enable MediaTek to offer a globally interoperable LTE mobile platform but also allows us to provide our customers and partners with cutting-edge wireless communication solutions and a smooth transition from 3G to 4G and beyond. We look forward to building upon this important agreement to further deepen our relationship with DoCoMo," said Ming-Kai Tsai, chairman and CEO of MediaTek.
Toshio Miki, managing director of communication device development department of DoCoMo, said, "The agreement marks the start of strategic cooperation between DoCoMo and MediaTek to help popularize LTE, which will enable MediaTek's LTE products to spread throughout the global mobile market and enable DoCoMo to introduce LTE-compatible consumer services for enriched user experiences."
To optimize and increase adoption of MediaTek's LTE mobile phone platform by Japanese mobile phone manufacturers, MediaTek will jointly conduct its inter-operability testing with DoCoMo in Japan, MediaTek said.
Meanwhile, MediaTek said that it will continue its development and production of WiMAX solutions as LTE and WiMAX both are based on OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access) technology. MediaTek has begun volume production of WiMAX chips, which currently contribute 5% to the company's monthly revenues.