The US Department of Justice on Tuesday asked a federal court to temporarily stop the enforcement of an antitrust equalization against Qualcomm, citing the necessity of the company in 5G networks, and support from both the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Defense.
"For DoD, Qualcomm is a key player in both the trust supply chain and innovation leader, and it would be impossible to replace Qualcomm's critical role in short-term 5G technology," Ellen wrote. Lord, Deputy Secretary of Defense and Acquisition, in a submission seen by Reuters . The company was one of the first to market with a 5G smart phone and tablet modem.
The Trump administration and others in the US government have strongly opposed Chinese businesses to gain dominance in the 5G room. The concern is not only economical, but the Communist Party could push for back doors that would allow spying and cyberwarfare. State-sponsored hackers have repeatedly investigated US networks.
The current antitrust case was obtained by the Federal Trade Commission, which won a first verdict in late May. The agency claimed that Qualcomm engaged in competitive patent licensing, and the US district judge Lucy Koh commissioned the firm to license rival chipmakers.
Qualcomm quickly launched an appeal, but has not been fortunate in continuing to enforce pending outcome. 19659007] Apple and Qualcomm beat their own patent licensing match in April. After that, it was revealed that Apple had planned an annual scheme to reduce its royalties, which is probably why the case was settled on the first try, netting Qualcomm between $ 4.5 billion and $ 4.7 billion.