Equipment iPhone enabled networks of the fifth generation will result in a serious increase in its retail rates, writes Tech Insights. This is due to the size of the licensing fees that Apple will have to pay the companies owning the patents describing the principles for the implementation of 5G technology.

In total there are four corporations that are engaged in licensing-enabled devices networks of the fifth generation. It is well-known Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Huawei. For the right to use their intellectual property all of them except Qualcomm, charge a comparable amount.

License fees

For example, Nokia fixed charges 3.48 dollar for a device that uses its experience in the field of 5G. From Ericsson this amount can range from 2.5 to 5 dollars depending on the price of the device. Huawei has not yet disclosed the size of the license fee, but probably it will be plus or minus at the same level.

Qualcomm, unlike the others, requires the producers to pay her for 3.25% of the retail price of the final product with the upper limit of $ 400. This means that for each iPhone sold, Apple will transfer only in favor of Qualcomm not less than $ 13.

Support 5G is expensive

Next — net arithmetic: even without regard to Huawei, which has not yet announced the amount of the license fee, each iPhone with support for 5G will be at least 21.48 dollar more expensive than models without it. And that’s just for Apple. How many in Cupertino decide to throw to the retail price of a smartphone, we can only guess.


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