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CDMA source code issue rumbles on

11 Oct 2004

The revelation that Hyundai Syscomm’s major shareholder Sunday sold CDMA source codes to UTStarcomm for USD10 million has caused consternation amongst Korean government officials, which fear that the move will allow China to close the technology gap. According to the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), the CDMA technologies are not exclusively owned by Hyundai, but rather shared with itself, Samsung Electronics and LG. As such, ETRI claims Hyundai had no right to pass on the info without the written consent of the other three, and is looking to have the contract invalidated. If successful, UTStarcomm will not be allowed to manufacture products based on 2G CDMA technologies.

South Korea

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