THE WRAP: Red tape may cost Qualcomm its TD-LTE license

John C. Tanner
16 Sep 2011

It was the week that saw Qualcomm in danger of losing its TD-LTE spectrum in India, while HTC hinted at an OS buyout, and Pacnet got serious about CDN.

Qualcomm faces having its application for a BWA spectrum license in India rejected, with the telecom ministry claiming this week that the company was late submitting the paperwork. Qualcomm denied the claims, but if the DoT decides otherwise, Qualcomm could forfeit the $1.03 billion it paid for the license, which it had hoped to use for TD-LTE in a market that was otherwise embracing Wimax for BWA networks.

Also in India, Vodafone found itself gearing up for another tax dispute with the Indian government over its investments in Vodafone Essar. The operator has already agreed to pay $826 million in tax on its $5.4 billion buyout of Essar's stake in Vodafone Essar, but plans to contest the tax payment in local courts anyway, Economic Timesreported.

It was also the week that saw HTC chairwoman Cher Wang reportedly said that the company has internally debated buying an OS platform – sparking speculation that the smartphone maker could be considering buying out WebOS from HP, should the latter (as some expect) decide to sell.

Other pundits have suggested HTC could be a possible suitor for MeeGo, if rumors of Nokia and Intel seeking to exit the platform prove accurate.

In other mobile OS news this week, Intel and Google teamed up to optimize Android for Intel Atom processors, while Samsung, NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu, NEC and Panasonic are reportedly considering a smartphone chip partnership of their own.

It was also the week that saw Pacnet dive headlong into the CDN space with a deal to deploy a CDN based on technology licensed from EdgeCast. The new CDN offering will be in place by the end of 2011, with PoPs in the major Asian markets.

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