TruePosition and Ericsson Settle Antitrust Litigation
Published on: 7th Aug 2014
TruePosition and Ericsson have reached a settlement of TruePosition's antitrust case against Ericsson.
The lawsuit had alleged undue delay in the standardization of Uplink Time Difference of Arrival (U-TDOA) technology for LTE wireless networks in 3GPP.
The terms of the settlement will not be publicly disclosed, except that TruePosition has withdrawn any allegations of wrongdoing against Ericsson, and Ericsson did not pay TruePosition any money to settle the case.
The lawsuit alleged that Ericsson, along with Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm "hijacked" the Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs) that govern which mobile positioning technologies will be in the standard for future LTE networks. The complaint accused the defendants of blocking the adoption of TruePosition's technologies, while at the same time ensuring that their own technologies were included in the new standards.
Also named in the complaint is the standard setting organization itself: Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).
Commenting on the settlement, Craig Waggy, TruePosition's CEO said: "We are pleased that the primary aim of the lawsuit - full standardization of U-TDOA for LTE - has now been achieved. As of June 2014, U-TDOA has completed the performance stage of 3GPP standardization and is fully included in Release 11 of the 3GPP standards. We also are pleased to move forward with marketing our fully standardized U-TDOA LTE solution to wireless carriers with critical public safety needs, such as E-911."
The statement from the company did not elaborate on the outstanding case against the other three companies in the original lawsuit.