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The year 5G NR becomes a commercial reality.

2019 is the beginning of a new era for mobile communications, with 5G NR launches across the globe starting in the first half of the year.

 

After many years of hard work and collaboration, mobile form factor mmWave devices will finally hit the market. 5G NR mmWave-enabled smartphones, tablets, always-connected PCs, and CPEs deliver new and enhanced mobile experiences that are not previously possible.

 

This is just the beginning of the 5G World. 5G technologies will continue to evolve as we work towards the next phase of 5G NR in Release 16.

2019

11/11 Ericsson, Swisscom and Qualcomm make huge step towards nationwide 5G coverage in Switzerland

This latest 5G milestone marks the first time an over-the-air, 5G data call using dynamic spectrum sharing has been conducted with a service provider in Switzerland

11/7 5G Economy to Generate $13.2 Trillion in Sales Enablement by 2035

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., announced new study findings, forecasting that 5G will generate $13.2 trillion in sales enablement by 2035

10/29 Qualcomm to enable Deutsche Telekom nuSIM solution on its latest Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem

With this new technology, an optimized SIM function can be integrated straight into the modem chipset, thus removing related logistics, stock keeping and feeding efforts, and adding design advantages due to the saved space on the PCB and in the IoT device.

10/24 Qualcomm Launches $200M 5G Investment Fund

Qualcomm Incorporated announced the launch of the Qualcomm Ventures 5G Ecosystem Fund to invest up to an aggregate of $200 million in companies building the 5G ecosystem.

10/23 Qualcomm Joins Forces with 30+ Leading Automotive Companies in China

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced today the company’s joint efforts with a broad range of Chinese automotive industry companies to showcase commercial readiness of safe and reliable C-V2X direct communication technology, paving the way for China’s commercial C-V2X rollouts in 2020.

10/15 Qualcomm Technologies to Enhance Secure Cellular Connectivity Solutions with Microsoft Azure Sphere for the IoT

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced at its 5G Summit in Barcelona, Spain that it is developing the first cellular chip optimized and certified for Microsoft’s Azure Sphere Internet of Things (IoT) operating system.

10/14 SoftAtHome and Qualcomm Technologies Team up to Transform Home Gateways into 5G-Ready Services Platforms

SoftAtHome announced that SoftAtHome software products can be integrated and supported on the Qualcomm® Networking Pro 1200 platform, and are on display in both Companies booths at BBWF 2019.

10/14 30+ Global OEMs Select Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 Modem-RF System for 5G Fixed Wireless Access Launches Beginning in 2020

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System has been selected by 30+ global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for commercial 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) customer-premises equipment (CPE) device launches starting in 2020.

10/14 Qualcomm Announces New Reference Design Integrating 5G and Wi-Fi 6 For Complete Fixed Wireless Access Home Gateways

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced a new reference design for 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) home gateways.

10/1 What’s in the future of 5G?

Foundational enhancements for future mobile broadband and more, ultra-reliability and low-latency for high performance Industrial IoT (IIoT), and leveraging Cellular-V2X for smarter transportation are the future of 5G focuses.

9/24 As 5G launches globally, what comes next?

5G is here now, and we are seeing new 5G NR devices and networks being launched at a rapid rate — significantly faster and more globally than LTE during its first year of commercial deployment. But this is just the beginning.

9/12 Qualcomm and Ericsson Prepare Next Phase of 5G Commercialization with 5G Data Connection in Standalone Mode

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Ericsson today announced a new milestone between the companies in the advancement of 5G after they completed a 5G New Radio (NR) data connection compliant with global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 specifications in Standalone (SA) mode of operation.

9/6 Qualcomm Drives 5G Paradigm Shift and Global 5G Enablement with Modem-RF System

5G is poised not only to be the fastest mobile technology transition ever, but also an engineering feat with a record number of OEMs offering devices at launch – virtually all of them using Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G solutions.

9/6 Qualcomm Announces World’s First Fully Integrated Extended-Range mmWave Solution for 5G Fixed Wireless Access

9/6 Qualcomm Accelerates 5G Commercialization at Scale with Multiple Tiers of Snapdragon 5G Platforms Launching 2020

At IFA 2019, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced their plans to accelerate 5G global commercialization at scale by expanding its portfolio of 5G mobile platforms across the Snapdragon 8 Series, 7 Series and 6 Series in 2020.

8/21 Fujitsu and Qualcomm Complete 5G Data Calls in Sub-6 GHz and mmWave Spectrum Bands

Fujitsu Limited and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. have achieved non-standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) data calls on sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands.

8/14 Qualcomm and Russian Mobile Operators to Enable Europe’s First 5G mmWave Network in Moscow This Fall

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced its work with the Department for Information Technologies of Moscow, Russian mobile operators, equipment and software vendors to support testing and deployment of Europe’s first 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) network in Moscow this fall.

8/7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform Powers Samsung’s Latest Flagship Smartphone, the Galaxy Note10

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that the flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform is powering Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s latest and most cutting-edge flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note10, for select regions. 

7/24 Qualcomm Introduces End-to-End Over-the-Air 5G mmWave Test Network in Europe to Drive 5G Innovation

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced an expansion of its 5G NR testing facilities in Europe to include a new lab dedicated to end-to-end over-the-air (OTA) configurations for 5G NR millimeter wave (mmWave). 

7/11 One Step Closer to Nationwide 5G: T-Mobile, Qualcomm and Ericsson Take Massive Step Toward Delivering Broad 5G on Low-Band

T-Mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Ericsson today announced they’ve achieved the world’s first low-band 5G data session on a commercial 5G modem.

6/26 Qualcomm Technologies announces 16 design wins on latest LTE IoT chipset

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced design wins from sixteen companies for its next-generation Qualcomm® 9205 LTE modem.

6/25 Qualcomm and ZTE to Advance 5G Cloud Gaming on Live Networks

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced a joint demonstration with ZTE of 5G-powered cloud gaming on a live 5G network.

6/25 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Becomes First Mobile SoC to Receive Smart Card Equivalent Security Certification

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the Qualcomm® Secure Processing Unit, an on-die secure element recently launched as part of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform, has received Common Criteria EAL-4+ security certification.

5/27 Qualcomm and Lenovo Unveil World’s First 5G PC Powered By The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced in conjunction with Lenovo™ the world’s first 5G PC today at its COMPUTEX Press Conference.

5/22 Qualcomm and EE Bring 5G to the UK with the Launch of the First Commercial 5G Service

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and EE today announced the arrival of commercial 5G services in the UK with the launch of EE’s 5G network and availability of premium 5G devices based on the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and Qualcomm Technologies' RF Front-End (RFFE) solutions.

5/13 Qualcomm and HMD Global Sign 5G Multimode Global Patent License Agreements

Qualcomm Incorporated and HMD Global Oy today announced that HMD Global has entered into a direct worldwide license arrangement with Qualcomm to cover branded single-mode and multimode devices manufactured and marketed by HMD Global under the Nokia brand. 

5/7 Qualcomm Enables Developers to Power 5G App Revolution on Android

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced at Google I/O its work with Google to empower applications for 5G by enhancing developer APIs in Android Q.

4/22 Qualcomm, China Unicom and Chinese OEMs Initiate China’s 5G Rollout

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced its support for China Unicom’s 5G rollout in collaboration with device OEMs nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE – all of which participated in the launch with devices powered by the flagship Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the X50 5G Modem with integrated RF transceiver and Qualcomm Technologies’ RF front-end solution. 

4/10 Qualcomm and Swisscom Bring 5G to Europe with the First-Announced Commercial Services

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Swisscom, together with cutting-edge device manufactures including OPPO, LG Electronics, Askey and WNC today announced the arrival of commercial 5G services in Europe with the launch of Swisscom’s 5G network.

4/5 Qualcomm Works to Kickstart 5G for Industrial IoT with Live Ecosystem Demonstrations

AUDI AG, Ericsson, SWARCO Traffic Systems GmbH, the University of Kaiserslautern and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced the world’s first cross-border demonstration for C-V2X direct communication.

4/1 Qualcomm Works to Kickstart 5G for Industrial IoT with Live Ecosystem Demonstrations

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced demonstrations of industrial IoT applications with multiple companies at Hannover Messe using a live over-the-air 5G NR network utilizing mobile test devices powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

3/4 Qualcomm signs agreement with EURECOM, IMT and France Brevets to support tech research for future 5G standards

France Brevets, IMT and EURECOM today announced a joint agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated to foster research into new technologies for future 5G standards. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm will contribute funding and standards expertise to support wireless communications research by EURECOM and its partner organization Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), while France Brevets will provide support in the area of intellectual property strategy.

3/4 France Brevets, Qualcomm, EURECOM, IMT to hold 5G Conference in Paris

France Brevets, EURECOM, IMT, and Qualcomm Incorporated today announced they will hold a joint 5G Conference in Paris on March 26-27, 2019. The Conference will be a unique opportunity to gain insights into 5G technology, the current evolutions of 5G standards, and plans for 5G commercialization. Guests will hear industry & technology experts from Qualcomm, academic & research experts from IMT and EURECOM, and IP policy experts from France Brevets about the latest developments in 5G innovation.

2/25 MWC 2019: 5G is here, and it's time to celebrate

It’s official — 5G is here. Qualcomm ushered in this next generation of connectivity by applying 30 years of mobile leadership. 5G is the culmination of years of investment — intensive R&D, standards development, prototyping, interop testing, and product development — and the excitement is evident at MWC19 Barcelona.

2/25 Qualcomm Technologies and Bosch Announce Research Collaboration on 5G NR for Industrial IoT

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Robert Bosch GmbH, today announced a research collaboration focused on 5G NR technology applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

2/25 Qualcomm Announces 5G Reference Design for Sub-6 GHz and mmWave Fixed Wireless Broadband

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced at MWC19 Barcelona its first 5G customer premise equipment (CPE) reference design for sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G fixed wireless broadband (FWB) products. The reference design features the newly announced second generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 5G modem and next generation Qualcomm® RF front-end (RFFE) components and modules for sub-6 GHz and mmWave deployments, providing a comprehensive 5G modem-to-antenna solution.

2/25 Qualcomm Announces Industry’s First Mobile Platform with Integrated 5G

At Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform with 5G integrated into a System-on-Chip (SoC). The Company builds on its 5G leadership with the Snapdragon X50 and X55 5G modems and RF front-end (RFFE) solutions by offering a newly integrated Snapdragon 5G mobile platform, which reinforces the Company’s role in providing the global mobile ecosystem with the flexibility and scalability needed for broad and fast 5G adoption.

2/20 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform Enables the Samsung Galaxy S10 Line-Up with Multi-Gigabit Connectivity, Artifi

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced that its latest 8 series mobile platform is powering Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s latest and most cutting-edge flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, for select regions. The Samsung Galaxy S10 line-up is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform, which supports multi-gigabit connectivity and industry-leading on-device artificial intelligence (AI) to usher in a new decade of flagship mobile devices. The S10 5G is powered by Snapdragon 855 combined with the Snapdragon X50 modem and supports muti-gigabit 5G connectivity.

2/19 Qualcomm Unveils World’s Most Advanced Commercial Multimode 5G Modem to Accelerate Global 5G Rollout

2/19 Qualcomm Announces Second Generation 5G RF Front-End Solutions for Sleeker, More Efficient 5G Multimode Mobile Devices

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced its second-generation RF front-end (RFFE) solutions for 5G multi-mode mobile devices. The new products represent a comprehensive RF solution designed to work with the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 5G modem, delivering a comprehensive modem-to-antenna system for high-performance 5G mobile devices supporting both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) bands.

2/19 Qualcomm Introduces New End-to-End Over-the-Air 5G Test Networks to Drive 5G Innovation

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced an expansion of its 5G test networks to include new end-to-end over-the-air (OTA) configurations for both millimeter wave (mmWave) and sub-6 GHz bands. Located at Qualcomm Technologies research and development (R&D) locations in San Diego, California and Bridgewater, New Jersey, the new 5G  networks will enable Qualcomm Technologies to validate new 3GPP Release 16+ designs ahead of standardization, refine 5G algorithms and technologies to further improve performance, test and demonstrate emerging edge computing capabilities such as low-latency extended reality (XR), and demonstrate 5G capabilities not yet deployed.

2/19 Qualcomm Showcases 5G NR Technology Evolution with New Applications and Expanded Use Cases at Mobile World Congress 2019

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced that it will demonstrate advanced 5G New Radio (NR) technologies at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2019 to showcase its roadmap and the broad range 5G technology innovations and solutions being applied across new applications and use cases. The live demos will highlight Qualcomm Technologies’ expanded use of enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) beyond smartphones based on 3GPP Release 15 (R15) and showcase new use cases that expand 5G NR to new industries in 3GPP Release 16 and beyond.

1/7 - Audi, Ducati and Ford Host Live Interactive Demos in Las Vegas Using C-V2X Solutions Provided by Qualcomm

Audi AG (NASDAQ: AUDVF), Ducati, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), announced today the companies’ continued joint efforts to help accelerate commercial deployment for C-V2X direct communication technology for roadside safety, traffic efficiency and automated driving.

1/7 - Qualcomm Teams With Local Groups To Implement C-V2X Vehicle Communications Technologies in Las Vegas

The City of Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), announced today the implementation of C-V2X vehicle communication technology in Las Vegas. Working closely with Commsignia, Inc., C-V2X enabled roadside units (RSUs) will be featured along select roadways as a part of a trial program designed to demonstrate the benefits of C-V2X direct communication technology, as well as advance commercial deployment for the technology. The trial also serves as the first public installation of C-V2X in Las Vegas, supporting the Southern Nevada’s goal to serve as a growing hub for new technologies for autonomy and smart transportation.

1/7 - Qualcomm Chipsets and RF Front End Power More than 30 Commercial 5G Mobile Devices Scheduled to Launch in 2019

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced strong 5G device momentum with more than 30 5G design-wins, the majority of which are smartphones, from global OEMs featuring the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem family. In addition, all customer OEMs and nearly all the devices related to these 5G design-wins use Qualcomm® RF Front End (RFFE) solutions.

The year we prepared for 5G NR commercialization.

2018 was a pivotal year in our journey to make 5G a commercial reality.

 

We completed 5G NR interoperability testing and conducted field trials with our ecosystem partners. We also crossed many key milestones to prepare us for commercial 5G launches, such as the mmWave RF module for smartphone form factors, in order to provide users across the globe with multi-Gigabit speeds, ultra-low latency, and virtually unlimited capacity in 2019.

2018 timeline

12/17 - Qualcomm Introduces Next-Gen Cellular Chipset Purpose-Built for IoT

The new Qualcomm® 9205 LTE modem is unique in bringing together key innovations required to build cellular-enabled IoT products and services in a single chipset, including global multimode LTE category M1 (eMTC) and NB2 (NB-IoT) as well as 2G/E-GPRS connectivity, application processing, geolocation, hardware-based security, support for cloud services and accompanying developer tools.

12/13 - 3GPP commits to 5G NR in unlicensed spectrum in its next release

At this week’s 3GPP plenary meeting in Sorrento, Italy, an anticipated, but still groundbreaking decision was made — to include support for 5G NR unlicensed spectrum in 3GPP Release 16, kicking off the work item.

12/5 - China Mobile and Chinese OEMs Showcase 5G Mobile Devices Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced that China Mobile Communication Group Device Co., Ltd. (CMDC) and leading Chinese OEMs, including Xiaomi, OnePlus, OPPO, Vivo and ZTE, are developing 5G mobile devices featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform using the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family.

12/4 - Ushering in a Decade of Multi-Gigabit 5G Connectivity with First Live 5G Networks and Devices in Hawaii

During the first day of the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), brought together global mobile operators AT&T, EE, Telstra and Verizon; global infrastructure provider Ericsson; global network infrastructure and mobile device leader Samsung; and device makers Motorola, NETGEAR and Inseego, to introduce the first commercial 5G mobile platform, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform. 

9/6 – Completing the first announced 3GPP-compliant 5G NR mmWave OTA call on a smartphone with Ericsson

7/23 – Delivering 5G NR mmWave and sub-6 GHz RF for mobile services

2/14 – Demonstrating the next phase of the 5G NR technology roadmap to expand the mobile ecosystem

The year of showcasing 5G technology readiness.

In 2017, we were hard at work on bringing 5G to life—accelerating 5G standardization, completing the world’s first 5G interoperability testing, continuing research, announcing products, and more that would ultimately enable 5G NR commercial deployments in 2019.

2017 Timeline

12/20 – Leading the mobile industry to complete the first 5G NR standard

11/16 – Completing the world's first end-to-end 5G NR IoDT with ZTE and China Mobile

10/17 – Achieving the world’s first announced 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset

The year we announced our products and prototypes.

In 2016, we focused on the global 5G standard—5G NR—and showcased viability of some of the most challenging 5G technologies with our 5G NR prototypes.

2016 Timeline

10/17 – Bringing the first 5G modem to the world

2/29 – Showcasing 5G mmWave with NLOS outdoor mobility at MWC 2016 Barcelona

The year we demonstrated 5G mmWave design. 

2015 was the year we not only demonstrated a robust 5G mmWave design, but we also more broadly articulated our vision for 5G as the unifying connectivity fabric that can support existing and future use cases, and expand wireless to new industries.

11/19 – Demonstrating robust mmWave design for 5G

The year we explained that 5G is much more than mmWave.

5G is based on OFDM and will support all spectrum types and bands, from low and mid-band in the sub-6 GHz to high bands in the mmWave range, as well as licensed, unlicensed, and shared spectrum. 
The path to 5G is a continuous process that started the day Qualcomm was founded. Our objective is to apply our extensive experience to system problems that arise in the design, analysis, implementation, and testing of digital communication processing systems and networks in order to bring reliable, functionally effective, user-friendly products to the marketplace.

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