Qualcomm said Monday that it has signed a licensing agreement with Airvana that allows Airvana to make equipment using the chipmaker's wireless technology. The deal, valued at several million dollars, is for gear that telecom carriers use to transmit data and voice information at high speeds for third-generation, or 3G, wireless networks.
Qualcomm's CDMA2000 1X Evolution Data Optimized infrastructure equipment enables data to be sent over wireless networks at speeds comparable to cable modems or DSL equipment. Chelmsford, Mass.-based Airvana has also signed a deal that allows it to make modem-card equipment that could be used to enable laptops and PCs to wirelessly access the Internet. Qualcomm's venture capital arm, Qualcomm Ventures, has also made an equity investment in privately held Airvana.