Huawei Technologies announced Verizon Communications that the carrier must pay the license fees for more than 200 of its patents. So this will further exacerbate tensions between the Chinese company and the United States.
In February, the head of service of licensing of intellectual property Huawei turned to the wireless operator USA, where Verizon said that it needs to pay for “a solution to the problem of patent licensing”. While Verizon is not a client of Huawei. It is reported by the Informant Tech, citing The Wall Street Journal.
“We believe that you will see the benefits of obtaining a license for our patent portfolio,” the letter reads. According to one of the employees, the patents in question cover basic network equipment, wired infrastructure and Internet technologies, and this issue may affect some providers Verizon. Huawei’s letter was received on the background of a broader effort of American politicians and administrations trump to limit global presence of the company. Representatives of Huawei and Verizon was found last week in new York to discuss some of these patents.
“We have no comment on this particular issue, because this is a potential legal issue. However, these problems are more than just problems Verizon,” said Verizon representative. “Given the broader geopolitical context, any issue related to Huawei, it has implications for our entire industry, as well as concern at the national and international levels”. The representative of Huawei had no immediate comment. In the U.S., said that the growing influence of Huawei poses a national security threat that can disrupt communication or to assist in the spying. A manufacturer of telecommunications equipment strongly denied that he ever will.
For many years, Verizon and other major telecommunications operators of the USA prohibits the use of Huawei products in their internal wireless networks, and recently US officials have urged allies to abandon the equipment of the company. Representatives of the U.S. national security said to senior executives of wireless operators about their concerns. They worry that further strengthening the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment could weaken smaller competitors such as Nokia and Ericsson AB. This, in turn, may limit the choice for large operators who buy equipment for radio access networks, such as base stations and antennas.
It all is crucial for the development of 5G networks of the next generation. Operators around the world rush to deploy these faster wireless networks. At the same time, governments are looking for ways to give their country the advantage in this race for infrastructure.