Docomo, partners abort LTE semiconductor JV - Mobile World Live

Docomo, partners abort LTE semiconductor JV

02 APR 2012

NTT Docomo said that it has dissolved a partnership intended to create a mobile device semiconductor venture, which would have included participation from Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductor, NEC, Panasonic and Samsung.

According to the operator, the agreement was terminated because “a consensus on the details of the envisioned company could not be reached by the target deadline, the end of March.”

Originally announced in December 2011, the new business was intended to focus on “developing products for LTE and LTE-Advanced mobile communication standards.” While the group would have had a distinctly Japanese flavour, products were intended to be sold in markets globally.

The structure of the joint venture was never detailed, although Docomo said it planned to invest around US$5.8 million to create a wholly-owned subsidiary, called Communication Platform Planning Co.

At the time, it was suggested that the business was being created to enable the companies to reduce their reliance on components supplied by companies such as Qualcomm.

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