5G Technology is Closer Than We Thought; Qualcomm Reveals Completion of Initial Test

October 18, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

While experts have predicted year 2020 to be the year of entry for 5G technology, ongoing developments reassure that things could shape up much before that. Industry leader Qualcomm are the one that have taken the tech world a step closer to the next gen communication technology during its 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning.

Revealing that it has completed the first test of a 5G connection on mobile device, Qualcomm said that it was able to achieve gigabit speeds in the test. The speeds can go up to as high as 5Gbps once the full 5G deployments are on place.

Qualcomm has used the X50 5G modem to carry out the test. The X50 5G was first announced a year ago by the chipset manufacturers, and it was performed on the 28GHz millimeter wave frequency band during the tests.

Alongside, Qualcomm has also announced its reference design for 5G smartphone, featuring a thickness of 9mm along with edge-to-edge display. The reference design will be employed for tests with 5G modems, radios and networks in the coming years by Qualcomm and other smartphone makers around the world.

The word is that the 5G technology will be ready to be deployed by the first half of 2019. Keeping the schedule in mind, global carriers have already began accelerated testing of 5G network, and the list include Qualcomm-allied Verizon along with other carriers from across the world like Deutsche Telekom from Germany.

At the event, Qualcomm has also launched the new Snapdragon 636 SoC, which will serve as the successor to SD 630. The 14nm chip features a 40% improvement in performance along with better support for ultra-wide displays, LTE connections and higher resolution cameras. The new ship will be shipped by this November, and it will be making its actual entry into the markets within a year.

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