Gionee feels threatened by Xiaomi ban
Late last year, third largest smartphone vendor, Xiaomi, was banned from selling smartphones in India. This was following a patent suit delivered by telecoms giant Ericsson. The ban has been lifted temporarily pending more clearance on the issue but the scars remain.
“With 4G technology coming in, patenting technology would be of huge importance for us,” William Lu, president of Gionee Global warned. He again reassured his company’s desire to make phones in India.
“We are ready to come but an ecosystem in India has to be established for manufacturing to take off there. The new government has to get aggressive on economic policy.” Lu said.
Gionee does business only in Nigeria, China and India but ranks among the top 10 global smartphone vendors in the world. The phone maker says it sees no future for feature phones and highlighted the need to bury feature phones in favor of smartphones.
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