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Qualcomm is buying Flarion for $600 million in stock and cash: I have to admit, this comes as a total surprise to me. With Qualcomm’s track record, this is very good news for Flarion because Qualcomm already has a firm foot in the door of the wireless community. While Qualcomm continues to push CDMA, it’s become clear that the future is OFDM and with this acquisition Qualcomm gets a strong portfolio of OFDM technologies. With Qualcomm owning CDMA and Flarion, integrating the two networks is likely to be smooth and the promise of such a smooth integration could be intriguing to a company like Sprint that has a CDMA network and is looking for something to do with its 2.5 GHz spectrum.
I’ll be interested to hear analysis on how this acquisition may affect the WiMax movement. Flarion is not a member of the WiMax Forum, so this potentially solidly pits Qualcomm against the WiMax community. Actually, it crystallizes what Robert Syupta, an analyst at Maravedis, calls the “Clash of the titans:” a monumental power struggle between Intel and Qualcomm.
Posted by nancyg at August 11, 2005 3:59 PM
Categories: mergers and acquisitions
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