Nokia Acknowledges ETSI nano-SIM Decision, Says Will ‘License’ Any Essential Patents Required To 4FF Standardized

Posted on Jun 1 2012 - 3:22pm by Editorial Staff

We earlier reported that the nano-SIM card designs finally get its wing as ETSI chooses Apple’s proposal for new 4FF nano-SIM standard. The fourth form factor (4FF) card will be 40% smaller than the current smallest SIM card design, at 12.3mm wide by 8.8mm high, and 0.67mm thick. It can be packaged and distributed in a way that is backwards compatible with existing SIM card designs.

Soon after the announcement, Nokia waging louder and said that the company will license any essential patents required to the 4FF standardized under FRAND terms, reports The Verge. Here’s Nokia’s full statement:

Nokia continues to believe that the selected nano-SIM proposal is technically inferior and not suitable for a number of applications, but the ETSI Smart Card Platform Technical Committee has now made its decision. Nokia believes that the existing micro-SIM (3FF) will continue to be a preferred option for many manufacturers and devices and so ultimately the market will decide whether 4FF is widely adopted.

As Nokia believes that ETSI has taken steps to address Nokia’s original concerns over the standardization process, we have advised ETSI that we are prepared to license any Nokia patents which are essential to implement the standard, on FRAND terms.

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