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A new kind of 5G wireless network. Powered by amazing 5G technology.

Achieving the 5G vision will require new technology innovations that deliver unparalleled levels of scalability, capability and efficiency. Qualcomm inventions have continuously been at the forefront of wireless evolution, pushing wireless boundaries so you and your world stay connected. And now, just as we did in 3G and 4G, Qualcomm is driving the technology inventions to make 5G a reality.

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*Based on ITU vision for IMT-2020 compared to IMT-advanced

“5G is more complex than any connectivity technology that came before it. We have a lot of ground to cover, but we’ve done this before with 3G and 4G. We’re already making significant progress on 5G wireless networks and are eager to lead the world into an exciting new era of connectivity.”

Designing 5G New Radio (NR) for the next decade and beyond.

Work has begun on defining, standardizing and designing the new OFDM-based 5G New Radio (NR) as part of the global 3GPP standard. 5G NR technology is being designed to support a wide variation of device-types, services and deployments. It is also being designed to get the most out of every bit of spectrum across a wide array of available spectrum bands and regulatory paradigms.

OFDM-based unified air interface

Optimized OFDM-based waveforms and multiple access and a flexible framework to efficiently multiplex 5G wireless services.

Mobilizing mmWave spectrum bands

Advanced antenna techniques to deliver robust mobile performance at bandwidth-rich spectrum bands above 24 GHz.

New innovative spectrum sharing paradigms

New 5G inventions that will make more spectrum available, increase utilization, and bring new deployment opportunities.

Pioneering 5G technologies today with LTE.

We are progressing LTE capabilities towards our vision for 5G wireless networks with a rich roadmap of technologies that expand the benefits of LTE to new use cases and new services. Explore the new LTE technologies that are bringing the future forward faster.

LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U, LAA, MulteFire)

Extending the benefits of LTE to unlicensed spectrum for new small cell deployments—designed for fair coexistence with Wi-Fi.

Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X)

C-V2X gives vehicles the ability to connect with each other, the cloud, pedestrians, infrastructure—basically everything.

Optimizing LTE for Internet of Things

LTE IoT extends battery life, reduces device complexity, and enhances coverage for low data rate applications in the Internet of Things.

Cellular drone communication

Cellular connectivity will be key for coordinated operation and control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles enabling a growing set of use cases.

A phased 5G rollout that fully leverages LTE and Wi-Fi investments.

Simultaneous 5G, 4G and Wi-Fi multi-connectivity, along with multimode devices, will ensure a seamless and phased 5G wireless networks introduction that fully leverages 4G and Wi-Fi investments.

Ushering in the next era of mobile experiences with cognitive technologies.

Realizing our vision for a hyper-connected world also requires new levels of intelligence and integration on-devices, access nodes, machines, and things. Qualcomm is inventing cognitive technologies to create a world where devices and things can see, hear, perceive, and anticipate our needs and act intuitively. 

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Press Releases

Ericsson, Qualcomm and Vodafone Trial 5G New Radio for Unified 5G

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), are working with Vodafone to test 5G  interoperability and conduct an over-the-air field trial based on 5G New Radio (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. Taking place in the United Kingdom, the focus of the trial will showcase 5G NR technologies that utilise wide bandwidths to increase network capacity and achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates.

Applicable to both existing licensed bands and new bands in sub 6GHz, 5G will be important to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Connected Cloud services.

Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief strategy and technology officer, Ericsson, says, “5G will enable operators to provide new use cases in areas such as the Internet of Things, automation and big data, and the ability to build new revenue streams with radically new business models. To speed up commercialization of the global 3GPP 5G standard, we continuously work with leading operators and ecosystem players in 5G to enable global scale and drive the industry in one common direction.”

The trial will utilize 5G system solutions and devices from Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies to demonstrate real world scenarios across a broad set of use cases and deployment situations.

Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., says, “The work between Qualcomm, Ericsson and Vodafone is just another example of how collaboration on impactful 5G NR trials between global industry leaders is pertinent to not only drive the technology forward, but to ensure timely commercial deployments of 5G technologies based on the 3GPP specification.”

Matt Beal, director of technology, architecture and strategy, Vodafone, says, “The demonstration of the 5G standard in sub-6GHz bands is an important step forward in the development of 5G. Standardization of this technology will help deliver high performing and reliable 5G mobile networks with global coverage. A common standard also promises to deliver the economies of scale, which will help drive adoption of the technology in consumer devices and the internet of things.”

The trial will make use of advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology, adaptive self-contained TDD, beamforming techniques, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced coding and modulation schemes, and a new flexible framework design.

The 3GPP 5G NR standard-based interoperability testing and trials will start in the second half of 2017, and will follow decisions of 3GPP Release 15 specification – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6GHz and millimeter wave spectrum bands.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s
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About Ericsson:
Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who have provided customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq in Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com.

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