NGMN Alliance requests information to LTE Patent Pool Administrators

The Board of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance has decided to announce that it is to issue a public request for information (RFI) on LTE Patent Pool Administration.

The RFI on LTE Patent Pool Administration will be published on the NGMN website on 3 September, 2009. Prior to this all prospective patent pool administrators, that have or have not yet issued a call for LTE patents, are invited to participate in the NGMN RFI process and to indicate their interest until 2 September 2009.

After receipt of responses, each prospective patent pool administrator answering the RFI will also be invited to present its envisaged role in the LTE eco-system to NGMN partner representatives from 14 to 15 October in Vienna, Austria.

NGMN Alliance will conduct the RFI to gather information on potential LTE patent pools for NGMN partners.

“This RFI will continue the successful IPR activities conducted by NGMN in the past two years and will bring more transparency in the next generation mobile eco-system about envisaged patent pool activities,” explained Dr. Peter Meissner, operating officer of NGMN.

The NGMN currently consists of 58 global network operators, technology vendors and universities. The network operators represent more than half of all mobile phone users worldwide and technology vendors represent more than 90% of implemented mobile wireless infrastructure.

The key objective of the Alliance is to provide a platform for innovation for mobile broadband communications that enables an exceptional mobile user experience, including cost effective and user friendly services and a range of end user devices like mobile phones and embedded mobile devices for laptops, consumer electronics, game consoles, and more.

The NGMN White Paper summarises the vision for mobile broadband communications and includes common operator recommendations as well as requirements for the standards for the next generation of mobile broadband networks, devices and services.