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KDDI And Qualcomm Hold Hands

Japanese telco KDDI and US company Qualcomm will set up a company to “to explore the possibility of a service that would broadcast television programmes to cell phones”. KDDI will invest 10 million yen ($85,200) for 80% of the company and Qualcomm would take the remainder. This is a big win for Qualcomm, which is keen to see its MediaFLO mobile broadcast TV technology adopted around the world…many people believe Qualcomm will find it difficult to get buyers for the service outside of the US. True, this news is only an agreement to “explore the possibility”, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Qualcomm has also garnered interest from KTF, so it could be that smaller companies in advanced markets are keen to differentiate themselves from their larger rivals by offering a competing technology.
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