Three of the world’s largest telcos have been accused of
conspiring to make sure their technologies are chosen as the standard for
emergency phone location services on future wireless networks.
In a lawsuit filed with the US District Court of Eastern
Pennsylvania, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm are accused by TruePosition
of manipulating the Standards Setting Organisations (SSOs) that govern emergency
phone location technology.
This technology is used by emergency response units trying to
locate people who have placed emergency calls from mobile phones.
In a media briefing released by TruePosition, the firm alleges
that the three tech giants ‘hijacked’ the Third Generation Partnership Project
(3GPP) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to promote
their own technologies as the standard for the new LTE 4G wireless network.
‘Over the course of three years – and acting under the authority
of the SSOs – representatives of Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm, in
their roles as Chairmen of key 3GPP committees, abused their authority and
power to seize unfair competitive advantages,” the briefing reads.
Go here to read the full briefing.