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5G builds on the continuous wireless innovation that is in Qualcomm’s DNA, which started long before we started to talk about 5G in public—we’ve been working on 5G for 10+ years. We invent, drive standards, prove concepts, work with the entire ecosystem, enable our partners to be successful, and excel in commercializing complex wireless technologies that bring new user experiences and transform industries. We like to prove the skeptics wrong and achieve the unachievable, and mobilizing 5G NR mmWave for smartphones in 2019 is just one example. Scroll down to see more.

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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 timeline

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. 

12/3 - Completing 5G NR mmWave and Sub-6 GHz Over-the-Air (OTA) Interoperability Test Calls in Preparation for Commercial 5G Dep

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Nokia today announced that they have successfully achieved over-the-air (OTA) 5G NR data calls in both the mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands. Compliant with the global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 specification in NSA (Non-Standalone) mode, the interoperability testing milestones were completed at Nokia’s 5G center of excellence in Oulu, Finland using commercially available Nokia AirScale base stations and a mobile smartphone form-factor test device powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

11/8 - Successfully achieving world’s first 5G NR Sub-6 GHz OTA connection on live network with a 5G device

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Swisscom, Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today showed the first 5G device on a live 5G NR network in Europe.

The 5G connection in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band took place at Swisscom’s Dialog Arena technology showcase event in Lucerne and was conducted using a 5G CPE, the WNC MWH-5 accessing Swisscom’s 3GPP Rel-15 5G NR network based on Ericsson’s hardware and software for radio, transport and core network solutions. During the event, the device connected to the 5G NR Swisscom network and displayed a 5G icon.

11/5 - Joining Forces with Leading Automotive Companies in China to Showcase Interoperability of LTE-V2X Direct Communication

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced today the Company’s continued efforts with China’s growing ecosystem of leading automakers and suppliers to commercialize LTE Vehicle-to-Everything (LTE-V2X) direct communication technology based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications.  Also known as C-V2X across the globe, LTE-V2X is a global solution for V2X communications, which is designed to support improved automotive safety, traffic efficiency, and automated driving using high performance and reliable real-time direct communication between vehicles, as well as with roadside infrastructure, and is on an evolution path supporting additional functionality as part of 5G New Radio (5G NR).

11/5 - Extending efforts to accelerate LTE-V2X commercial readiness, deployment in China

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and the Datang Telecom Group, a subsidiary of China Information and Communication Technologies Group Corp (CICT), today announced the companies’ continued joint efforts to accelerate commercial deployment for LTE-V2X (also known as C-V2X across the globe) direct communication technology and applications based on 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications, aiming to showcase the technology’s readiness and accelerate its commercial deployment in China. Following initial lab testing earlier this year, Qualcomm Technologies and Datang today took a step further to publicly demonstrate LTE-V2X interoperability in the field as a part of a larger LTE-V2X demonstration across leading automakers and software stack providers. 

10/22 - Successfully making the first 3GPP-compliant 5G NR Sub-6 GHz OTA call with a mobile form factor device

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Ericsson announced the successful completion of a 3GPP Rel-15 spec compliant 5G NR over-the-air (OTA) call over sub-6 GHz bands on a smartphone form factor mobile test device. The OTA call was conducted in the Ericsson Lab in Stockholm, Sweden on the 3.5 GHz band. Similar to the companies’ first OTA calls performed using mmWave in both 28 and 39 GHz spectrum bands, which occurred in September 2018, today’s sub-6 GHz call utilized Ericsson’s commercial 5G NR radio AIR 6488 and baseband products and a mobile test device powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem and RF subsystem.


Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

10/22 - Announcing the latest and smallest additions in our family of 5G NR mmWave antenna modules

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced the smallest additions to the Qualcomm® QTM052 mmWave antenna module family of fully-integrated 5G NR mmWave modules for smartphones and other mobile devices. 25% smaller than the first Qualcomm QTM052 mmWave antenna modules announced in July 2018, the latest mmWave antenna module is engineered to enable mobile device manufacturers to address stringent mobile handset size requirements for 5G NR smartphones and mobile devices expected to launch in 2019. 

Qualcomm QTM052 is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

10/22 - Working to deliver industry-leading 5G NR small cell infrastructure with Samsung

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. they are working together to develop 5G small cells—opening the door for massive 5G network speed, capacity, coverage, and ultra-low latency. To effectively scale 5G NR networks, the industry is expected to increasingly rely on small cells as foundational building blocks. Given the propagation characteristics of higher frequencies in sub-6 and mmWave bands that will be used in 5G NR networks, small cell solutions are designed to support delivery of uniform 5G experiences, especially indoors where most data is consumed.

9/14 – Developing roadside units using our C-V2X chipset with China Mobile

China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile IoT (CMIoT) Company Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced new roadside units (RSUs) for 3GPP Release 14 LTE-V2X direct communication (PC5) based on the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution. The cooperation between China Mobile Research Institute, CMIoT and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. marks the extension of the three companies’ long-term, strategic relationship to the automobile and transportation sector, in which companies are working together to explore new technologies and applications for intelligent vehicles, while driving the development and maturity of the connected vehicle industry in China.

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

8/30 – Outlining 5G vision and wireless edge

The excitement for 5G is building and we are seeing great momentum across the industry. Qualcomm Technologies kicked off the charge with our early 5G NR-compliant prototypes in 2016, followed by the announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem. In 2017, we achieved more milestones including the World's first interoperable 5G NR spec-compliant data connection.

8/22 – Announcing the first multi-chipset vendor C-V2X with Datang    

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and the Datang Telecom Group announced the first successful multi-chipset vendor interoperability of 3GPP Release 14 C-V2X direct communications (PC5) Mode 4, which is also referred to as LTE-V2X. The successful cross-chipset interoperability test utilized the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution and Datang’s LTE-V2X module, the DMD31, and represents the maturing state of C-V2X radio technology and applications to improve automotive safety, automated driving, and traffic efficiency. 

Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.


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

7/4 – Showing Europe’s first live C-V2X direct comms between motorcycles, vehicles, infrastructure

AUDI AG, Ducati, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), SWARCO, the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies GmbH announced Europe’s first live demonstration for C-V2X direct communication interoperability between a motorcycle, vehicles and roadside infrastructure. The companies, which formed the Connected Vehicle to Everything of Tomorrow (ConVeX) consortium last year to carry out the first announced C-V2X trial based upon the 3GPP Release 14, held the demonstration in Ingolstadt, Germany.  The demonstration featured Audi Q7 and Audi A4 road vehicles, as well as a Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro two-wheel vehicle equipped with C-V2X technology utilizing the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.  The showcase demonstrated common situations that can take place between motorcycles and vehicles, and how C-V2X technology can be used to improve road safety.

Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

6/26 – Proving real-world performance of 5G NR networks & devices

This month, 3GPP marked the completion of the 5G NR specifications for standalone (SA) mode. This milestone complements the non-standalone (NSA) specifications completed in December last year, and is significant, as it represents the final run towards 5G commercialization in 2019.
The SA specifications—in addition to supporting independent deployment of 5G NR with the new 5G core network—aim to enable new end-to-end network features, from network slicing to more granular Quality of Service (QoS) support. These network features are essential for enabling new business models.

6/20 – Collaborating on 5G NR interoperability with Datang 

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Datang Mobile announced collaboration on 5G NR Interoperability and Development Testing (IODT) in 3.5 GHz band based on 3GPP Release 15 specifications. A 5G NR IODT is the foundation to enable the interoperability between the UE, radio access network and core network, and an essential step toward 5G commercialization and deployment at scale. The IODT between Qualcomm Technologies and Datang Mobile aims to accelerate the rollout of 5G NR commercial deployments in 2019.

6/13 – Completing 5G NR stand-alone specifications & expansion    

The quarterly 3GPP RAN Plenary Meeting in San Diego, California marks two important milestones that will take us another step closer to our vision for 5G: The first milestone was the completion of the 5G NR specifications for standalone (SA) mode, the culmination of the joint efforts from the different 3GPP working groups (RAN—Radio Access Network, SA—System Aspects, and CT—Core network & Protocols) and is an addition to the 5G NR non-standalone (NSA) mode that was completed late last year, which leverages the LTE core network. The second milestone was the approval of a package of new projects for the second phase of 5G, which will shape 3GPP Release 16 specifications. 

6/1 – Collaborating on C-V2X vehicle comms with Panasonic, Ford

Panasonic Corporation of North America, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Ford Motor Company announced a strategic collaboration to deploy C-V2X technologies in Colorado. This is the first U.S. deployment of C-V2X technology and is an extension of a previously announced partnership between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Panasonic to integrate connected vehicle technology in the state of Colorado. Panasonic, Qualcomm Technologies, and Ford have joined the advanced development efforts to help deploy the technology, and to assess C-V2X capabilities this summer on select roadways throughout Panasonic’s CityNOW headquarters in Denver, which will be followed by deployment in select areas along the I-70 Mountain Corridor later in the year.  

5/21 – The first 5G NR solution for small cells and remote radio heads 

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. introduced the industry’s first 5G NR solution targeted for small cells and remote radio head deployments (Qualcomm® FSM100xx). Building on the market-proven and broadly deployed Qualcomm® FSM™ Platform for 3G and 4G small cells, this new small cell product will support 5G NR in both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum. This highly flexible solution is designed to enable OEMs reuse both software and hardware designs across sub-6 and mmWave products, supporting high-bandwidth and robust coverage for mobile subscribers around the globe. 

Qualcomm FSM and Qualcomm FSM100xx are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

5/15 – Showcasing a 5G broadcast with ecosystem leaders 

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Nokia, MTV, Elisa, ENENSYS Technologies, Bittium, and Yle announced that they will showcase the new opportunities that the evolution to 5G broadcast enables for next-generation terrestrial TV delivery. The demonstration will show that wireless networking technologies are now ready to deliver highly customizable, mass-market broadcast services more efficiently, such as live media content to consumers. 

4/26 - Demonstrating improved road safety with Audi and Ford

5G Automotive Association (5GAA), Audi AG, Ford Motor Company, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the world’s first demonstration for C-V2X direct communications technology operating across vehicles from different manufacturers. C-V2X is the only V2X technology based on globally recognized 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) specifications with ongoing evolution designed to offer forward compatibility with 5G, and leveraging upper layer protocols defined by the automotive industry, including Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) organizations. The demonstration showcased the benefits of using C-V2X real-time direct communications on the globally harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) collision avoidance and improved road safety without any dependency on cellular operator network involvement, credentials or coverage. 

4/5 – Expediting 2019 launches with our 5G Test Ready Program

Some of our activities may not be visible or even widely known to all in the industry, but they are indeed critical in nature. Our 5G Test Ready Program falls into this category as it will help expedite the launch of 5G devices powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform from multiple device manufacturers. The program is open to the test vendors—also known as test houses—that we work closely with and allows them to test 5G New Radio (NR) technology.

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

2/27 - Announcing Snapdragon 5G module solutions to rapidly scale 5G adoption

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced the launch of its Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 5G Module Solutions engineered to support OEMs looking to capitalize on 5G technologies with an easy path to commercialize 5G in smartphones and major verticals quickly. By aggregating the most fundamental components of 5G into simple modules, Qualcomm Technologies aims to simplify end device designs, lower total cost of ownership, and support faster time to commercialization to ultimately accelerate new OEM entrants’ ability to adopt 5G in their systems.

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

2/26 – Showcasing 5G technologies at MWC Barcelona 2018

Qualcomm holds a unique position in technology in that when we break through, it benefits the entire industry and every single person on the planet. Central to everything we’re working on is the realization of the next generation of wireless technologies. 5G is the successor to 4G LTE, yet it’s less of an evolutionary step than it is an exponential leap. These technologies will enable unprecedented mobile experiences, delivering speeds that surpass most of today’s fastest wired connections (sans the wires) while packing enough bandwidth to support not just billions of connected humans, but tens of billions of connected devices.

2/25 – Real-world performance of 5G NR networks and devices

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced key findings from an extensive 5G network simulation the company has conducted over the past several months. The Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G Network Capacity Simulation demonstrated the significant potential of 5G, by yielding quantitative insights into the expected real-world performance and user experience of 5G and Gigabit LTE devices, operating in Non-Standalone (NSA) multimode 4G/5G NR networks. The findings also provide quantitative support for the significant gains in capacity that can be realized by 5G NR over 4G LTE, as the industry prepares for the first wave of 5G networks and devices in the first half of 2019.

2/21 – Completing 3GPP-based 5G interoperability testing    

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Huawei today announced that they have successfully completed 5G NR Interoperability and Development Testing (IODT) based on the 3GPP Release 15 global standard. The testing, which utilized Qualcomm Technologies’ UE prototype and Huawei’s commercial 5G system, is a key milestone towards accelerating the maturity of the Release 15 5G NR ecosystem. IODT is the foundation to guaranteeing the interoperability between UE, RAN and core network, and an essential step toward the commercialization of 5G NR networks and devices. The successful IODT conducted by Qualcomm Technologies and Huawei will significantly promote the industry’s 5G NR end-to-end commercialization efforts spanning networks and devices.

2/21 – Advancing C-V2X testing with PSA  

Groupe PSA and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced advancements in C-V2X communication technology testing. One of the objectives of the trial is to test C-V2X technology, as the first step of 5G deployment for automotive applications with direct communication between vehicles. Since the trials’ announcement in February 2017, Groupe PSA and Qualcomm Technologies keep on working together to test C-V2X technology based on 3rd Generation Partnership Program’s (3GPP) over 5.9 GHz spectrum, allocated for Intelligent Transport System (ITS) and network communications over commercial telecom operator spectrum.

2/19 – Achieving 5G NR interoperability with KT and Samsung

KT Corporation, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the successful completion of multi-vendor 5G NR interoperable testing compliant with the recently completed 3GPP Release-15 Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G NR global standard. Following the guidelines of KT Corporation, the live, over-the-air interoperable testing demonstrated data connections operating in 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands, utilizing pre-commercial 5G NR base stations from Samsung and 5G NR UE prototypes from Qualcomm Technologies. The achievement is a significant milestone on the path to standard-compliant mobile 5G NR trials starting in 2018, leading to commercial 5G NR network deployments and multimode smartphone launches anticipated in 2019.

2/14 – Announcing the world’s first 2 Gbps LTE modem

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has started sampling the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X24 LTE modem, the world’s first announced Category 20 LTE modem supporting up to 2 Gbps download speeds, and the first-announced chip built on a leading-edge 7 nm FinFET process. It is the Company’s eighth generation LTE multimode modem and third generation Gigabit LTE solution, featuring the most advanced cellular features of any commercially available 4G LTE modem to date, and strengthening the LTE foundation for future 5G NR multimode devices and networks. 

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

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

2/8 – Global operators select Snapdragon X50 5G modem

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced that its Qualcomm® 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. 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 will conduct the trials, which will be based on the 3GPP Release 15 5G NR standard. The mobile 5G NR trials will utilize Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G mobile test platform and smartphone reference design, which incorporate the Snapdragon X50 chipset and optimize 5G technology within the power and form factor constraints of a smartphone while maintaining interoperability and coexistence with 4G LTE. 

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

2/8 – Global OEMs select Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that its Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G NR modem family has been selected by a number of global OEMs for standard-compliant 5G NR mobile device product launches starting in 2019. Those working with Qualcomm Technologies include OEMs such as Asus, Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, HMD Global – the home of Nokia phones, HTC, Inseego/Novatel Wireless, LG, NetComm Wireless, NETGEAR, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp Corporation, Sierra Wireless, Sony Mobile, Telit, vivo, Wingtech, WNC, Xiaomi, and ZTE. These OEMs are working to commercialize 5G mobile devices for the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum bands starting in 2019 based on the first commercially announced 5G modem solution, the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family.

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

2/7 – Completing key tests of 5G NR network and devices

Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. have successfully completed interoperability testing in the 3.5Ghz and 28Ghz spectrum compliant with the global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 standard—which was formally confirmed in December—and using the commercially available Nokia AirScale base station and device prototypes from Qualcomm Technologies. Focusing on the commercialization of 5G technology, with New Radio as its foundation, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies testing will provide the basis for 5G NR field trials with operators in 2018. 

1/24 – Working on the “5G Pioneer” initiative with Chinese manufacturers

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. held the 2018 Qualcomm China Tech Day in Beijing, where Qualcomm Technologies and leading Chinese manufacturers expressed interest in working together in an initiative to support China’s smartphone industry for the global opportunities that will be made available by 5G and introduce 5G New Radio (NR) standard-compliant commercial devices expected as early as 2019, announced as the “5G Pioneer” Initiative. 

1/11 – Planning the first announced C-V2X trials in Japan

Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, INC., OKI and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.  announced today plans to carry out their first C-V2X trials in Japan. The objective is to validate and demonstrate the benefits of C-V2X using direct communication technology defined by the 3GPP in their Release 14 specifications. The trials are designed to show the enhanced range, reliability, and latency benefits of C-V2X direct communications operated in 5 GHz band. Additionally, the C-V2X trials are designed to demonstrate the complementary benefits of network-based communications utilizing LTE-Advanced (LTE-A). The trial results will help develop the ecosystem by providing inputs to the relevant stakeholders, including ITS-related organizations and government agencies, as we prepare for the connected car of the future and the industry’s evolutionary transition towards 5G New Radio (NR), the new global cellular standard being defined in 3GPP.

1/9 – Collaborating on a C-V2X global initiative with Ford

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Ford Motor Company are accelerating the development of connected cars with the extension of their long-standing relationship into the development of advanced connectivity systems for Ford vehicles and upcoming C-V2X technology testing. C-V2X is a highly advanced wireless connectivity technology for safety-conscious and automated driving solutions, which has the potential to help cities create more capable infrastructure as they look at how to connect vehicles to their surroundings, and to larger communications systems, facilitating the development and delivery of smart, connected transportation throughout the world.

1/3 – Sharing our vision on 5G NR spectrum sharing

With 3GPP recently completing the first 5G NR standard—a huge milestone achieved by the entire mobile industry—we are now on track to see the first 5G NR commercial deployments in the first half of 2019. As we all know, the lifeblood for wireless communication is spectrum and as we enter the 5G era, spectrum availability is as important as ever. The good news is that 5G has been designed to support a wide range of spectrum bands, from sub-1 GHz all the way up to mmWave bands. Licensed spectrum is, and will continue to be, the foundation for ubiquitous wireless connectivity and the industry’s top priority, to deliver the multi-gigabit, ultra-reliable, and ultra-low latency connectivity. But to make the best use of all potential spectrum, 5G NR is also being designed to operate in shared/unlicensed spectrum, through the use of a flexible 5G NR framework.

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

12/21 – Achieving multi-band 5G NR interoperability

An important technology milestone based on the newly-approved NSA 5G NR standard has been achieved by a group of leading mobile communications companies. Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., in collaboration with AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, T-Mobile US, Verizon, and Vodafone, showcased 3GPP-compliant 5G NR multi-vendor interoperability during live demonstrations held in both the Ericsson Lab in Kista, Sweden and the Qualcomm Research lab in New Jersey, USA. The successful demonstrations show the companies’ combined strength in carrying out timely trials that pave the way for commercial launches of 5G standard-compliant infrastructure and devices.

Qualcomm Research is a division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. 

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

10/31    – Conducting C-V2X automotive trials with AT&T, Ford, and Nokia

AT&T, Ford, Nokia, and Qualcomm Technologies Inc. are helping to accelerate the development of connected cars with the first announced C-V2X trials in the U.S. Testing is expected to take place in the San Diego Regional Proving Ground with the support of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Caltrans, the City of Chula Vista, and intelligent transportation solutions (ITS) provider McCain, Inc. The goal of the trials is to demonstrate the potential of C-V2X technologies, including support for improved automotive safety, automated driving, and traffic efficiency. The trials will also be aimed at demonstrating to automakers and road operators the anticipated cost-efficient benefits associated with embedded cellular technology in vehicles and synergies between the deployment of cellular base stations and roadside infrastructure.

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

9/11 – Accelerating deployment with the 5G NR mmWave prototype

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G NR mmWave prototype system based on the 5G New Radio (NR) Release-15 specifications being developed by 3GPP. The prototype system, which operates in mmWave spectrum bands above 24 GHz, demonstrates how advanced 5G NR mmWave technologies can be utilized to deliver robust mobile broadband communications at multi-Gbps data rates in real-world mobile environments. The prototype system also showcases the Company’s optimized mmWave RF Front-end design in a smartphone form-factor to test and trial real-world mmWave challenges, such as device and hand-blocking.

9/1 –Supporting road safety & autonomous driving with C-V2X 9150

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. introduced its first-announced C-V2X commercial solution based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications for PC5-based direct communications, the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset. To meet automaker production demands for road safety using C-V2X solutions, the chipset is anticipated to be available for commercial sampling in the second half of 2018.  To help accelerate the automotive ecosystem for commercial readiness, Qualcomm Technologies also introduced today the new Qualcomm® C-V2X Reference Design, which will feature the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset with integrated GNSS capability, and include an application processor running the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) V2X stack and a Hardware Security Module (HSM).

Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X and Qualcomm C-V2X are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.    

3/9 - Agreeing on plan to accelerate 5G NR for 2019 deployments

3GPP agreed to a work plan proposal (RP-170741) for the first 3GPP 5G NR specification that will be part of Release 15—the global 5G standard. As part of this work plan, Qualcomm and fellow mobile industry leaders including AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Vodafone, Ericsson, and others, led a coalition of companies that committed to accelerate the 5G NR schedule by introducing an intermediate milestone for an early completion of a variant called Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G NR. This intermediate milestone will enable 3GPP-based large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019.

2/27 - Conducting a 5G NR trial for unified 5G with Ericsson & Vodafone

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. are working with Vodafone to test 5G interoperability and conduct an over-the-air field trial based on 5G NR specifications being developed in 3GPP.
The trial intends to drive the mobile ecosystem towards validation of 5G NR technologies, which will enable operators to test 3GPP standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices at scale. The focus of the trial will showcase 5G NR technologies that utilize wide bandwidths to increase network capacity and achieve multi-Gbps data rates.

2/26 –Announcing the first 5G modem family to support 5G NR

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), is expanding the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem family to include 5G New Radio (NR) multi-mode chipset solutions compliant with the 3GPP-based 5G NR global system. Supporting operation in the sub-6 GHz and multi-band millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, these new modems are designed to provide a unified 5G design for all major spectrum types and bands while addressing a wide range of use cases and deployment scenarios. The Snapdragon X50 5G modem family is engineered to provide wider bandwidths and extreme speeds for enhanced mobile broadband. Additionally, the modem solutions are designed to support both Non-Standalone (NSA) operation (where control signaling is sent over LTE), and Standalone (SA) operation (where all control signaling and user data are sent over 5G NR), and are designed to enable the next generation of premium-tier mobile cellular devices, while also aiding operators to execute early 5G trials and deployments. 

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.   

2/26 – Accelerating 5G for large-scale trials and deployments

A contingent of mobile communications companies announced their collective support for the acceleration of the 5G New Radio (NR) standardization schedule to enable large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019. AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, INC., SK Telecom, Vodafone, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., British Telecom, Telstra, Korea Telecom, Intel, LG Uplus, KDDI, LG Electronics, Telia Company, Swisscom, TIM, Etisalat Group, Huawei, Sprint, Vivo, ZTE, and Deutsche Telekom will support a corresponding work plan proposal for the first phase of the 5G NR specification at the next 3GPP RAN Plenary Meeting on March 6-9 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

2/23 – Bringing 5G and C-V2X communications into vehicles with LG

Today, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and LG Electronics (LG) announced coordinated efforts to facilitate testing and adoption of 5G and Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) communications into vehicles. Qualcomm Technologies and LG expect to showcase these next-generation wireless technologies through trials during the first half of 2018. This work builds on the long-established relationship between Qualcomm Technologies and LG since the two Companies delivered their first telematics system in 2004.  

2/22 - Demonstrating Gigabit LTE using aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum with a commercial modem chipset

AT&T, Ericsson, Orange and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. are collaborating to show Gigabit LTE using License Assisted Access (LAA) technology. With LAA, data speeds are boosted using unlicensed spectrum together with licensed spectrum. The demonstration is designed to show that 1 Gbps is achievable by aggregating up to 80 MHz in licensed and unlicensed bands, using a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processor with X16 LTE mobile test device. 

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

2/21 – Announcing the Snapdragon X20 modem

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has started sampling Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X20 LTE chipset, its seventh-generation LTE multimode modem and second-generation Gigabit LTE solution, which is built on a leading-edge 10nm FinFET process. The modem and its new Snapdragon X20 LTE transceiver provide a number of industry firsts. It is the first commercially announced Gigabit LTE chipset designed to deliver fiber-like LTE Category 18 download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, a 20 percent improvement in download speeds over the previous generation. Additionally, it allows support for up to 5x20 MHz downlink Carrier Aggregation (CA) across licensed and unlicensed FDD and TDD radio frequencies, as well as 4x4 MIMO on up to three aggregated LTE carriers. Lastly, it supports integrated Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV) capability, a first for Snapdragon LTE modems.    

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

2/21 – Showing the first 3GPP-based 5G NR connection

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the Company’s first successful 5G connection based upon the New Radio (NR) work in 3GPP, which is expected to become the global 5G standard. The connection, which was completed utilizing Qualcomm Technologies’ sub-6 GHz 5G NR prototype system capable of operating at mid-band spectrum from 3.3 GHz to 5.0 GHz, demonstrates how advanced 5G NR technologies can be utilized to efficiently achieve multi-Gbps data rates at significantly lower latency than today’s 4G LTE networks. The successful connection serves as a significant milestone towards rapid validation and the upcoming commercialization of 5G NR technologies at scale.

1/30 – Bringing the world the first commercial Gigabit LTE network

Telstra, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and NETGEAR announce the world’s first commercial Gigabit LTE network and device. Telstra confirmed at the “Gigabit LTE Experience” event in Sydney that their Gigabit LTE service has launched in select state capital city CBDs, with more to follow. The Gigabit LTE NETGEAR device, Nighthawk M1, will first be made available to consumers in Australia in late February, 2017. The newly-launched Gigabit LTE service will deliver extremely fast access to consumers’ favorite content, and even faster access to enterprise applications and business-critical data. Gigabit performance will improve access to high-quality video streaming, and facilitate emerging mobile virtual reality applications and experiences, and is a key step towards 5G.

1/3 –Collaborating on 5G NR trials to accelerate wide-scale 5G deployments

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Ericsson, and AT&T today announced plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on the expected 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP, which will form the basis of the global standards. The trials intend to help move the mobile ecosystem to faster 5G deployment based on standards-compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices once 3GPP completes the first release of the official specifications, which is expected as part of Release 15.

1/3 – 3GPP Release 14 C-V2X technology field trials in Germany

At CES® 2017 today, AUDI AG, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., SWARCO Traffic Systems and the University of Kaiserslautern announced the formation of Connected Vehicle to Everything of Tomorrow (ConVeX)—a consortium to carry out the first announced C-V2X trial based upon the 3GPP Release 14, which includes Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication. The goal of the trial is to demonstrate the benefits of using a unified C-V2X connectivity platform, as defined by 3GPP Release 14, for the connected vehicle of tomorrow as well as to showcase C-V2X range, reliability and latency advantage for real-time V2X communications. Additionally, the trial aims to highlight new use cases that help support traffic flow optimization, improve safety and pave the path to automated driving.

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

12/19 – Accelerating wide-scale 5G deployments of 5G NR trials

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Ericsson, and SK Telecom announced plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on 5G NR standards being developed based on specifications in 3GPP. The trials intend to drive the mobile ecosystem toward rapid validation and commercialization of 5G NR technologies at scale, enabling timely commercial network launches based on 3GPP Rel-15 standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices.
In the trials, the Companies will showcase new 5G NR technologies that utilize wide bandwidths available at higher frequency bands to increase network capacity and achieve multi-Gbps data rates. These technologies will be critical to meeting the increasing consumer connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud services. Additionally, the proliferation of 5G NR technology can make it more cost-effective and easier for multi-Gigabit Internet service to reach more homes and businesses.

11/14 – Providing a 5G NR spectrum sharing prototype system

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has introduced its first 5G NR spectrum sharing prototype system and trial platform. The industry is designing 5G NR to get the most out of spectrum available across all spectrum types—licensed, unlicensed, and shared spectrum—and across spectrum from lower bands (sub-6 GHz) to high bands in the mmWave range. Qualcomm Technologies’ prototype system aims to show that 5G spectrum sharing technologies will bring higher levels of mobile broadband performance to shared spectrum to enable fiber-like experiences, as well as extending 5G into new types of deployments, such as dedicated 5G networks for enterprise and industrial IoT.

10/17 – Creating the first Gigabit LTE mobile device and network

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has worked closely with Telstra, Ericsson, and NETGEAR on the world’s first Gigabit Class LTE mobile device, and the first Gigabit Class LTE commercially ready network. The results of this relationship include: The NETGEAR Mobile Router MR1100, based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X16 LTE modem along with Qualcomm® Wi-Fi solutions, which is the first consumer end device capable of reaching Gigabit Class LTE download speeds up to 1 Gbps; and Telstra’s new Gigabit Class LTE network enabled by Ericsson. Together, they create a new breed of mobile applications and experiences for immersive virtual reality, near-instant access to cloud storage and services, incredibly fast downloads of multimedia content and more. With delivery of the final NETGEAR Mobile router design, Telstra will now complete comprehensive device, network and user testing ahead of commercial launch in the coming months.

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

9/27 – Joining the 5GAA

AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, and Qualcomm Incorporated announced the formation of the “5G Automotive Association” (5GAA). The association will develop, test, and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration. The goal is to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as connected automated driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation.

6/26 – Announcing the 5G NRsub-6 GHz prototype and trial platform

Qualcomm Incorporated along with its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., announced Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G NR prototype system and trial platform. The 5G NR prototype system operates in the sub-6 GHz spectrum bands and is being utilized to showcase the Company’s innovative 5G designs to efficiently achieve multi-Gbps data rates and low latency.

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

2/23 – Enabling a timely 5G commercial rollout with Ericsson 

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced their collaboration on 5G technology development, early interoperability testing, and coordination on select initiatives with leading mobile operators. The companies will engage in early trials and verification of key 5G technology components to support the technical work required for 3GPP standardization in Release 15, which is expected to be completed in 2018. 

2/11 – Introducing the mobile industry’s first Gigabit class LTE modem 

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has introduced its sixth-generation discrete LTE multimode chipset—the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X16 LTE modem, which is built on a leading-edge 14nm FinFET process—and the Qualcomm® RF Transceiver, Qualcomm® WTR5975. The Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is the first commercially announced Gigabit Class LTE chipset designed to deliver fiber-like LTE Category 16 download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, supporting up to 4x20 MHz downlink Carrier Aggregation (CA) across FDD and TDD spectrum with 256-QAM, and 2x20 MHz uplink carrier aggregation plus 64-QAM for uplink speeds up to 150 Mbps.

Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm RF Transceiver and Qualcomm WTR5975 are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

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

10/26 – Announcing the first LTE IoT modem: Qualcomm MDM9206

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has introduced its latest LTE modems (the Qualcomm® MDM9207-1 and Qualcomm® MDM9206), which are designed to support reliable, optimized cellular connectivity to a growing array of devices and systems within the IoT. The Qualcomm MDM9207-1 is purpose-built for IoT applications like smart metering, security, asset tracking, wearables, point-of-sale, and industrial automation—many of which require extremely reliable and power-efficient connections to cloud services. It offers Category 1 LTE connectivity with power and throughput optimizations, and other customizable features.

Qualcomm MDM9207-1 and Qualcomm MDM9206 are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. 

10/14 – Creating 5G, a unifying connectivity fabric for everything

 In our webinar with FierceWireless, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., unveiled numerous technology innovations we are developing, in collaboration with the industry, to build the unified, more capable 5G platform. The technologies featured a new Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)-based unified air interface that can scale to support the radically diverse 5G requirements. Qualcomm Research, the R&D division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has been working for years on 5G technology innovations in parallel to continued investment in 4G LTE and Wi-Fi.

9/23 – Harmonizing the industry on a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) specification

Last year we introduced LTE-M (enhanced Machine-Type Communications) which will deliver a suite of features, as part of Release 13 of the 3GPP standard, to lower power consumption, reduce device complexity/cost, and provide deeper coverage to reach challenging locations (e.g., deep inside buildings). Beyond LTE-M, the 3GPP has been also investigating a new cellular technology to scale even further down in complexity and power—addressing the low throughput IoT applications sometimes referred to as Low Power Wide Area (LPWA).

9/8 – Detailing the road to 5G with our CTO

The focus at this year’s Hot Chips symposium shifted from silicon to cellular for an hour as Qualcomm CTO Matt Grob spoke about the coming jump to 5G and how the next-generation communication standard will build on and advance beyond the capabilities of LTE.
Grob explained that 5G will allow new industries and new services to access a network that is scalable, edgeless, and unified by design from the start. The scalable 5G network will support varied services, from low-power sensors to traditional broadband to mission-critical services. Grob observed that on existing networks, “you can’t do real medical procedures like surgery.”  5G will make support for such services an inherent part of the network, enabling new opportunities.

3/3 – Setting a high bar for 5G with our CEO

About every 10 years, mobile technology takes a big jump forward—and the next leap is already in the works, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said today at Mobile World Congress.
The question is “when does it break from 4G? When do we call it 5G?” Mollenkopf asked the audience of industry leaders attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Technologies such as LTE Broadcast, Carrier Aggregation, and LTE-U are already increasing the capabilities of today’s networks. But when it comes to 5G, according to Mollenkopf, “The key thing to remember is that we need to set a high bar—so we make big jumps and not just small jumps. We need to take a big enough step forward so that making that big design change is worth it.”

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.

12/18 - Charting the next generation of connectivity for 5G

In a North American first, 50 professors, engineers and researchers met to discuss and share their work on topics related to 5G. They took deep dives into new use cases, system-level orchestration, and advances in radio technology needed to deliver the promise of 5G by 2020. One of the main themes of the presentations in the conference was that the future 5G network will provide an integrated, distributed platform for computing, storage, and network resources as well as connectivity. One of the main improvements that this platform will provide will be much lower latency, even to the point of millisecond latency, and an improved cost and energy efficiency. Use cases like autonomous vehicles and remote medicine can all benefit from lower latency and new levels of reliability.

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