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QUALCOMM, SOMA Networks Sign OFDM/OFDMA License Agreements

QUALCOMM Inc., a CDMA and wireless technology developer, and SOMA Networks Inc., a provider of last-mile broadband wireless access technology, today announced at the Broadband Wireless World convention that they have signed worldwide subscriber and infrastructure equipment license agreements. Under the terms of the royalty-bearing agreements, QUALCOMM has granted SOMA Networks a patent license to develop, manufacture and sell OFDM/OFDMA subscriber units, modem cards and infrastructure equipment.

QUALCOMM is pleased to welcome SOMA Networks as the first licensee of our OFDM/OFDMA patent portfolio for use in non-CDMA subscriber and infrastructure equipment, said Marvin Blecker, president of QUALCOMM Technology Licensing.

SOMA Networks CEO Yatish Pathak said that as a principal member of the WiMAX Forum, the company feels it is crucial that it guarantee customers that it has rights to key patents essential for OFDMA standards. The expanded agreement with QUALCOMM will ensure that SOMA Networks has clear rights to use QUALCOMM’s intellectual property within its recently announced SoftAir FlexMAX solution.

The SoftAir Wireless System is a converged all-IP multimedia applications platform that combines WiMAX standards with advanced antenna technologies, distributed computing, Internet protocols and revenue-quality VoIP delivery, thereby delivering wireline performance over a broadband wireless infrastructure.

SOMA Networks Inc. www.somanetworks.com  

QUALCOMM Inc. www.qualcomm.com

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