Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT Docomo (hereinafter referred to as ‘NTT’) has reached a global licensing agreement with Xiaomi, which covers NTT’s standard necessary wireless patents.
Tadanobu Ando, general manager of NTT Intellectual Property, issued a statement saying: ‘Xiaomi recognizes the value of the NTT cellular wireless standard essential patents, and its intellectual property team is very professional and respects NTT’s continued investment in innovation.’
Paul Lin, vice president of intellectual property strategy at Xiaomi, said the licensing agreement would help the company ‘continue to bring the best user experience to its customers.’
NTT has contributed to the specifications of all generations of mobile network technologies, and the company previously announced plans to commercialize 5G services by 2020, when the service will be available during the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Though most of the Japanese tech companies are out of competition, they have a very good reputation and have collected tons of useful information in previous years. So with this move, Xiaomi acquires very valuable information that may serve as a good base for making better user-friendly technologies and devices.
Actually, Xiaomi and other Chinese manufacturers that have managed to win the whole world can’t make a tough competition to top brands such as Apple and Samsung. According to one of the latest reports, the iPhone 8, iPhone X, and the iPhone 8 Plus are the top three smartphones in Japan. The fourth place is occupied by the Sony Xperia XZ1, and the iPhone SE is the fifth. This report referred to April, 2018. But the picture is the same when looking at the entire 2017 market data. Apple is an absolute leader, and only Huawei makes a little competition with two models.