Addressing a Mobile World Congress event held in Shanghai yesterday, Huawei Chairman Eric Xu called for lower royalty rates and a transparent framework to be the cornerstones of a 5G licensing paradigm. The Chinese company plans to launch a 5G smartphone in less than one year’s time, Xu said. But the IP market is still waiting to see more concrete licence proposals from a company that’s unique in combining huge contributions to 5G standards with a leading global device business.

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