The news was known this week and left several users of the apple company speechless because in the short term it will be difficult to get an iPhone and iPad with 5G technology.
In Pulzo we explain 5 points to understand why this decision will prevent the import of Apple devicesone of the brands preferred by Colombians:
- How does it affect Colombians?
The 43rd Circuit Court of Bogotá ordered a precautionary measure against Apple, in which it indicated that the company must stop the sale of 5G products. This means that Colombians who have acquired the affected devices will not have any repercussions and will be able to continue using themeven if they are no longer sold in the country. The affected products, according to El Tiempo, are the following:
- iPhone SE 2022
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 Mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 ProMax
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 ProMax
- iPad Pro (11-inch)
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
- ipad air
- What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation of existing mobile networks and the most modern to date. The first generation only allowed conversations between users, the third brought the Internet connection and now the fifth will exponentially multiply the number of devices and the connection speed. According to El País from Spain, the Swedish company Ericsson was the first to achieve 5G technology.
- Dispute between Ericsson and Apple
After reaching 5G technology in Colombia, patent NC2019/0003681 was granted to Ericsson, which allows the development of 5G technology in the country. At the time that Apple entered into negotiations with Ericsson for the distribution of these products, the first considered that the license fees that the other was asking for were very high. Till the date, Apple has not paid what is required and both companies have gone to court in several countries.
Apple in Colombia: why more iPhones will not be imported
- Judge’s decision to prohibit the import of 5G products
In Colombia, on July 11, the 43rd Circuit Court of Bogotá ruled that “Apple Colombia SAS, cessation and immediately desist the importation into the Republic of Colombia of all devices or cell phones that use or comply with the technology protected by Claim 13 of Patent No. 36031″. This is because it considered that the US company infringed the patent granted to Ericsson.
(See also: Apple’s response to the ban on selling several of its iPhones in Colombia)
- Is the measure against Apple permanent?
The decision It is not permanentsince there is the possibility that the companies reach an agreement, which could happen if Apple decides to pay the royalties that Ericsson demands for each device sold, explains El Tiempo.
On the other hand, if Apple appeals and in the next instance it is ruled in your favor, the decision may be revoked.
Both companies are waiting for the presentation the trial in the United States, which, according to what has been agreed, will determine the terms of the license. Until this ruling is known, other countries will be able to make the same decision that was made in Colombia, so the future of Apple 5G products remains uncertain.