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US telecom major plans tie-up with Reliance

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 18:43 IST
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US telecom technology major Qualcomm no Wednesday announced plans to sell its new third generation mobile phones in India through planned tie-ups with Indian companies.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacob said that his company was currently in negotiations with Reliance Infocomm.

"I will be holding talks with Mr Anil Ambani on Friday. Let's see what happens," Jacob said at a seminar on regulatory issues.

He said that his company planned to make India an important hub for its newly developed technology called BREW (binary runtime environment for wireless).

BREW is a platform that enables application developers, publishers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and customers to use Qualcomm's technology to build applications for mobile devices.

India has one of the fastest growing mobile subscriber base in the world adding nearly three million people users each month. According to estimates, there are over 75 million subscribers using the mobile phone now, up from a minimal number five years ago.

Qualcomm is the world's largest provider of 3-G (third generation) chipset and software technology. It supplies CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) to various handset-manufacturing companies such as LG, Samsung and Nokia.

The US company has research and development centres in Bangalore and Hyderabad where software and hardware designs are developed.

The company plans to sell cheap CDMA handsets costing less than $30 (nearly Rs 1400) in the Indian market.