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Nokia and Xiaomi Sign Partnership To Work on AI, VR, IoT

Under a multi-year patent deal announced today, Finland-based Nokia and China-based Xiaomi plan to work together on a number of technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things, and augmented/virtual reality. The companies also intend to develop optical transport and fabric technologies for data centers.

A pioneer and one-time leader in the mobile phone market, Nokia began losing market share around 10 years ago as the iOS and Android mobile operating systems overtook its own Symbian OS, and the company has undergone several major organizational shifts since then. Xiaomi, meanwhile, saw explosive growth in the early years after it was founded in 2010, but has since been surpassed by other Chinese smartphone startups.

Collaboration To Target Data Centers

Through their new partnership, Nokia and Xiaomi have agreed to cross-license each other’s cellular standard essential patents. Under the agreement, Xiaomi will also acquire some patent assets from Nokia.

In addition, the deal will target large Web services providers and data center operators, with Nokia providing the network infrastructure equipment designed for high-capacity, low-power data processing needs.

Nokia and Xiaomi plan to work together on several data center technologies, including optical transport for interconnecting data centers using Nokia’s new FP network processor, and a fabric solution that helps manage the combination of software, computing systems, and networks used by data centers. The companies will also explore opportunities for further cooperation in areas such as Internet of Things, augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

‘Win-Win Patent Agreement’

“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,” Nokia president and CEO Rajeev Suri (pictured above) said today in a statement.

“Our win-win patent agreement with @Nokia after months of negotiations is a significant milestone for Xiaomi,” Xiaomi…


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