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

— Demonstrates Company’s Continued 5G NR Technology Leadership in Indoor mmWave, Boundless XR, Automotive, Industrial IoT, Spectrum Sharing, and more —

Feb 19, 2019SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), 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.

“We continue to drive new technology innovations forward that will usher in new levels of performance and efficiency and broader use of 5G NR technology,” said John Smee, vice president, engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Each of these demonstrations further illustrates how our advanced simulations and over-the-air testing are expanding 5G NR to additional deployments including indoor enterprise mmWave, boundless XR, industrial IoT, spectrum sharing, and C-V2X.”

To demonstrate the expanded opportunities for 5G eMBB based on 3GPP R15 and beyond, Qualcomm Technologies will show the benefits of deploying 5G NR millimeter wave (mmWave) for indoor use cases, two such examples being private enterprises and high-density venues. This advanced system simulation complements the indoor mmWave OTA test network and highlights the user experiences achieved with indoor mmWave deployments, which are designed to bring high-capacity, multi-Gigabit and low-latency connectivity to smartphones, laptops, and other connected devices.

Massive 5G NR mmWave capacity combined with wide-area 5G NR Sub-6 GHz deployments are opening doors to a wide variety of enhanced consumer experiences and entirely new opportunities. Qualcomm Technologies will showcase one of these new consumer experiences over a live 5G network at Mobile World Congress: boundless extended reality (XR) powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem, where on-device processing is augmented by additional edge cloud processing over a low-latency 5G link.  Qualcomm Technologies’ work with the 5G and XR ecosystem is helping to accelerate the timeline of boundless XR commercialization at a global scale in order to allow for mobile immersive photorealistic experiences. 

In addition, Qualcomm Technologies will also showcase 5G NR sub-6 GHz evolution in R16 that is ushering in new levels of performance and efficiency. Qualcomm Technologies’ sub-6 GHz advanced simulation demonstrates potential future improvements of 5G NR networks and devices, including enhanced massive MIMO operations and device power-saving features. The simulation also shows how 5G, when complemented with edge cloud processing, can enable new ultra-low latency services such as wide-area augmented reality.

As 3GPP R16 is expanding 5G NR into new industries, Qualcomm Technologies is pushing the technology boundary to optimize 5G for new use cases. Industrial IoT (IIoT) with new functionality for enhanced ultra-reliable low-latency communication (eURLLC) will bring new levels of flexibility to future factories with wireless connectivity controlling mission critical machines. This year’s IIoT demo will show 99.9999% reliability was achieved in the Company’s over-the-air 5G test network.

Another 5G evolution demonstration on display is showcasing how 5G in shared and unlicensed spectrum (NR-U) can be utilized with coordinated multi-point (CoMP) in local private 5G networks to provide higher performance in terms of network capacity, user throughput and reliability. These benefits in shared/unlicensed spectrum are applicable in both single operator deployments as well as in multi-operator deployments, where spatial multiplexing allows multiple deployments to share the same spectrum band simultaneously.

Finally, building on 3GPP Release 14 C-V2X momentum, 3GPP Release 16 5G NR C-V2X is designed to not only be backward compatible with Release 14, but also help enable advanced use cases beyond just safety by sharing information directly between vehicles and road side units. Qualcomm Technologies’ demo will illustrate that even during early 5G NR C-V2X deployments, the technology can enable lower energy usage and faster travel for autonomous vehicles, as well as higher situational awareness for assisting drivers and as we move to higher levels of autonomy.

These 5G NR demonstrations will be on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 25 through February 28 at the Qualcomm Technologies booth in Hall 3, Booth 3E10. For more information on these demos or the Company’s efforts on 5G NR, please visit

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