NEW DELHI: Qualcomm Technologies has said that its Snapdragon X50 5G modem has been selected for use in live, over-the-air mobile 5G NR trials with multiple global wireless network operators in both the sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands.
The chipmaker informed that the mobile 5G NR trials will be conducted by AT&T, British Telecom, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, KT Corporation, LG Uplus, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, TIM, Verizon and Vodafone Group based on the 3GPP Release 15 5G NR standard using Qualcomm’s 5G mobile test platform and smartphone reference design, to incorporate the Snapdragon X50 chipset and optimize 5G technology within power, forming factor constraints of a smartphone while maintaining interoperability and coexistence with 4G LTE.
Qualcomm also said that this year’s demonstrations are planned at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to showcase the Snapdragon X50 5G modem achieving download speeds of several gigabits per second and highlight new use cases and enhanced user experiences that 5G technology will enable.
In addition, Qualcomm Technologies claimed to be demonstrating 5G NR interoperability, based on the 5G NR standard, with multiple infrastructure vendors utilizing their prototype systems.
“These trials demonstrate how we are working with global operators to fuel growth and innovation in the mobile industry and make 5G a reality by supporting a large number of expected commercial launches in 2019. With our proven success in 3G, 4G LTE and RF front-end leadership, Qualcomm Technologies is ideally positioned to deliver the multi-gigabit, multimode products required for the global rollout of 5G,” said Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm Incorporated.
This progress is expected to culminate in live 5G NR trials with leading operators in 2018/early 2019, leading to commercial 5G NR network deployments and multimode smartphone launches anticipated in 2019 leading to commercial 5G NR network deployments and multimode smartphone launches anticipated in 2019.
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Operator trials are to start from 2018 and will utilize spectrum in the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) bands, critical for achieving ubiquitous coverage and enhanced network capacity.
Furthermore, in order to meet the first half of 2019 timeframe, the use of Snapdragon X50 5G modem during these mobile 5G NR trials is expected to prepare operators for the commercial network rollout of 5G, equip OEMs to deliver 5G smartphones and allow for testing and development across a wide range of use cases and deployment scenarios.