IPR statement on next generation mobile network technologies

Vodafone has a long history of active engagement in standards that lay the foundation of our industry. As such, we continue to be conscious of the fact it is necessary to incorporate and encourage contribution of IPR into standards to ensure continued innovation, whilst also critical in terms of the viability of standards-based products.

Currently, the members of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) are standardising a next generation mobile radio technology called Long Term Evolution (LTE).

In parallel, NGMN Ltd. is actively consolidating requirements on candidate next generation mobile technologies. As part of this effort, Vodafone is closely working with its industry partners creating awareness and transparency about IPR and the impact of IPR licensing on future products and services.

Vodafone welcomes the industry transition towards full, open disclosure of IPR royalty expectations from all industry partners.

In support of this openness Vodafone makes the following statement:

‘Vodafone anticipates next generation mobile technology to provide data connectivity for a much wider range of devices than just mobile phones and notebooks. All sorts of consumer electronic devices, and also IT, domestic appliances, cars, containers etc. will become connected as part of their key capabilities.

While Vodafone respects that holders of IPR built into standards deserve a fair compensation for their R&D efforts, this reward needs to support the success of the technology in an increasingly competitive market. This leads us to believe that the IPR licence structure for any next generation mobile technology should be based on the component price of the radio module built in or attached to devices.

Vodafone is committed to licensing its next generation mobile radio essential patents (subject to reciprocity) on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, free of charge.’