Qualcomm's 5G modem selected for over-the-air mobile 5G NR trials

Feb 10, 2018, 02:00
Qualcomm's 5G modem selected for over-the-air mobile 5G NR trials

Apart from smartphones, the new Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem will be available on Always Connected PCs, Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs) - including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Extended Reality (XR) - and Mobile Broadband.

5G still has the potential to be vastly quicker than anything LTE brought to the table, but the number of factors that need to fall into place to make next-generation cellular happen are higher than they used to be.

Intel is doing trials starting as of today with the Korea Olympics and KT Telekom, but these demos are not based on the 3GPP official 5G NR standard and the fact that Samsung has officially sided with Qualcomm means a lot for this effort.

The San Diego, California-based telecoms giants has released a relatively comprehensive list of hardware manufacturers and network operators that are on-board with its 5G launch aims, and while there's a slew of familiar faces, there's also one notable absentee. These include AT&T, British Telecom, Sprint, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Verizon, Telstra, Singtel among others.

Further down the line, the plan is to pull off "commercial 5G NR network deployments and multimode smartphone launches" sometime in 2019.

Asus, HMD Global, HTC, LG, NetComm Wireless, Netgear, Oppo, Sierra Wireless, Sony Mobile, vivo, Xiamoi and ZTE were among the companies to sign on to use Qualcomm's modems.

Which smartphone company will be releasing the first 5G smartphone next year? Samsung is the biggest win you can get in the Android space.

In the United Kingdom, that's pretty much as to be expected, with EE (ultimately part of BT) and Vodafone once again lined up to do battle over early 5G bragging rights - just as they did with 4G many years ago.

Qualcomm has officially announced both the wireless carriers and OEMs that will support the Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

Additionally, Qualcomm named 18 carrier partners who will utilize Qualcomm's 5G mobile test platform and smartphone reference design, which incorporate the Snapdragon X50 chipset, for trials later this year in sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave spectrum bands. However, Indian customers have wait to experience the 5G technology.