Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL Holdings has signed a multi-million dollar transfer agreement with Qualcomm. The deal will allow TCL to develop CDMA2000 1x handsets using Qualcomm designs..
CDMA2000 1x technology is generally referred to as a 2.5G technology. It allows data transmission at speeds up to 153Kbps and is backwards-compatible with earlier CDMA technology, making it easy to upgrade for both carriers and consumers.
Qualcomm and TCL have also signed a separate royalty-bearing licence agreement, which allows TCL to use CDMA technology in handsets of its own design. The agreement covers the development, manufacture and sale of current generation CDMA handsets and 2.5G and 3G CDMA devices using the respective CDMA2000 1x and 1xEV standards, the company said.
TCL, which already manufactures GSM handsets, is the third Chinese company to be given a handset licence this month. One of China's largest household electric appliance manufacturers, Haier Group, and one of China's largest telecom equipment makers, Huawei Technologies, both signed licensing agreements with Qualcomm, allowing them similar rights to utilise Qualcomm CDMA technology for subscriber equipment and infrastructure products respectively, the company said.
Qualcomm has authorised over 100 CDMA suppliers worldwide, with a large number coming from Asia-Pacific countries, such as China, Japan and Korea.