Nokia, Xiaomi sign patent and collaboration deal

Nokia and smartphone maker Xiaomi said they signed a business collaboration agreement and a multi-year patent agreement that includes a cross license to each company’s cellular standard essential patents.

Xiaomi also acquired patent assets from Nokia as part of the transaction.

“Xiaomi is one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with them,” said Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.

“In addition to welcoming such a prominent global technology company to our family of patent licensees, we look forward to working together on a wide range of strategic projects.”

Under the business cooperation agreement, Nokia will provide network infrastructure equipment designed to deliver the high capacity, low power requirements expected by large web providers and datacenter operators.

Nokia and Xiaomi will work together on “optical transport solutions for datacenter interconnect, IP Routing based on Nokia’s newly announced FP4 network processor, and a data center fabric solution.”

The companies also agreed to explore further cooperation in areas such as Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

Xiaomi said it is also a leading player in the Internet of Things (IoT).

“The Mi Ecosystem IoT platform has crossed 60 million connected devices, and there are now over eight million daily active connected devices on the Mi Ecosystem platform,” Xiaomi said.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun added: “As a company seeking to deliver more exciting technological innovations to the world, we are excited at the opportunity to work more closely with Nokia in future.

“Xiaomi is committed to building sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders.

“Our collaboration with Nokia will enable us to tap on its leadership in building large, high performance networks and formidable strength in software and services, as we seek to create even more remarkable products and services that deliver the best user experience to our Mi fans worldwide.”