SPOTLIGHT: South Korea's CDMA phone royalties reach $2.63B

South Korean mobile-phone makers have always grumbled about the amount of royalties they have to pay Qualcomm for the rights to offer CDMA technology. Now a new report from South Korea's Ministry of Information and Communication is putting the price tag in perspective. It says South Korean handset manufacturers paid about $2.63 billion in royalties to Qualcomm during the past 10 years. Royalty payments peaked in 2004 at a combined $565.7 million, said the report. The total for 2005 was about $514 million. South Korean handset vendors pay royalties totaling 5.25 percent of factory prices for domestic sales and 5.75 percent for overseas shipments. Article


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