There has been much discussion on this blog and elsewhere about Ericsson’s announcement that it had published its royalty rates for 5G devices. The Swedish telco revealed that it would charge $5 per handset for the most expensive devices but also that it would charge no lower than $2.50 for the cheapest. In a market where licensing terms often remain shrouded in secrecy and allegations of excessive royalties often lead to high-profile litigation, Ericsson’s move was clearly an attempt to get out ahead of the market well before the rollout of 5G.

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