ETSI Voting On nano-SIM Standard Postponed Due To Apple And Nokia Dispute

Posted on Mar 30 2012 - 9:13am by Editorial Staff

FOSS Patents (via French newspaper Les Échos) is reporting that the key European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) vote to determine whose nano-SIM patent – the next generation SIM – should become the standard has been postponed. The vote will be postponed for a minimum of thirty days. The decision comes in a light that Nokia seems threatening the ETSI that it will not license “essential” patents if Apple’s nano-SIM is selected.

We earlier reported that battle between Apple and its rival smartphone maker has broken out over the next generation nano-SIM standard – the future of SIM card – where Apple is seeking to lead its way with the approval from European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). Nokia said that, Apple’s royalty-free nano-SIM is an empty promise, because the company doesn’t have any essential patents related to its nano-SIM proposal.

The Blackberry maker lashing out at Apple as well claiming in a letter addressed to ETSI that it’s observed Apple representatives changing their company affiliation, allegedly in order to deviously cast proxy votes at an upcoming ETSI meeting. RIM further claims that Apple’s three employees should not be permitted to vote since they have been registered for Bell Mobility, KT Corp and SK Telekom since ETSI rule prohibits voting by proxy.

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