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Global Cellular Infrastructure Firms Select Qualcomm 5G RAN Technologies

Trends Such as mmWave and vRAN, Indoors and Outdoors, are Disrupting Traditional Infrastructure Models and Creating Opportunity for 5G Innovation Fueled by Flexible, Scalable and Cost-Effective Networking Technologies for Small Cells and Remote Radio Heads

Feb 25, 2020SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. continues to extend its global 5G leadership in mmWave and cellular infrastructure technologies with the Qualcomm® 5G RAN platform (FSM100xx). Qualcomm Technologies announced this platform in May of 2018 and it has since been adopted by many manufacturers and cellular infrastructure providers around the world. The wireless infrastructure ecosystem recognizes that Qualcomm Technologies provides a mmWave radio access platform designed to be scalable and cost-effective. Furthermore, its form factor and power level is designed to address indoor and outdoor densification requirements for 5G networks and fast-paced network upgrades to 5G.

“With the continued growth and adoption of our Qualcomm 5G RAN platform, Qualcomm Technologies aims to deliver cutting-edge 5G mmWave infrastructure technology to power 5G small cell and remote radio head infrastructure across the globe,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Combined with the power and flexibility to support virtual RAN and open radio access interfaces, our Qualcomm 5G RAN platform is designed to allow infrastructure providers the ability to solve pressing connectivity issues and give its users increased access to the reliable, robust and powerful mobile experiences enabled by 5G. We are pleased that leading 5G infrastructure innovators are choosing our Qualcomm 5G RAN platform for their network solutions, and we are excited by the opportunity ahead.”


“Airspan’s utilization of Qualcomm® FSM™ products in developing software and hardware has resulted in award winning small cell products and  illustrated real 4G densification scale using indoor/outdoor small cells, disrupting network deployment strategies. With Qualcomm 5G RAN Platform (FSM100xx) we are now working together to revolutionize legacy architectures to dynamically adapt to any 5G use case and we are on track to deliver tens of thousands of 5G base stations in field in 2020,” said Eric Stonestrom, chief executive officer, Airspan Networks.


“Altiostar is a world leader in open vRAN technology and deployments because our solution helps MNOs build out a high-performance RAN that improves service agility and contributes to better profitability. Part of our success has come from working with industry leaders like Qualcomm Technologies who also aim to deliver on this value proposition,” said Thierry Maupile,  executive vice president, strategy and product management, Altiostar. “The performance of the Qualcomm 5G RAN platform combined with Altiostar’s Open vRAN software is designed to enable our customers to build out their network with the goal of having the highest performance, most flexible, and cost-efficient solution for providing the capacity and coverage needed for 5G services. Utilizing the unified management platform, orchestration and automation of Altiostar’s open vRAN management platform, mobile service providers are expected to be able to build out a carrier-grade web-scale secure high performance RAN.”


“Baicells, with our vast experience in wireless solutions, is aiming to design compact “Integrate-able” 5G solutions using the Qualcomm 5G RAN platform to serve many vertical industries. We expect these solutions to address the global paradigm shift towards small and easily deployable infrastructure equipment,” stated Rick Harnish, chief marketing officer, Baicells Technologies.


“Corning’s working relationship with Qualcomm Technologies on 5G mmWave RAN is designed to provide a baseline for value-added innovation,” said Michelle Engarto, vice president, wireless product line management, Corning Optical Communications. “Our sharp focus on providing a superior user experience in the indoor space, where 80% of mobile traffic is consumed, requires open platforms that Corning can shape to meet the technical and business requirements of the largest mobile operators.”


“Radisys is pleased to continue our engagement and support of Qualcomm Technologies’ hardware and software designs, which we view as critical for the future of 5G infrastructure. The momentum for solutions based on Qualcomm Technologies’ hardware and software is increasing amongst our customers,” said Arun Bhikshesvaran, chief executive officer, Radisys. “Radisys operates at the intersection of 4G/5G, IoT, and open technologies, and working with companies like Qualcomm Technologies, we are committed to delivering software and services that drive open network transformation for our customers and that accelerate their 5G network deployments and time-to-revenue.”


“We are very excited to work with technology leaders such as Qualcomm Technologies with the goal of creating the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network,” said Tareq Amin, chief technology officer, Rakuten Mobile, Inc. “Qualcomm 5G RAN platform is designed to provide us with a cost-effective and scalable solution to expand our network coverage and capacity and provide subscribers with an innovative, exceptional 5G experience.”


“Our extensive working relationship with Qualcomm Technologies has brought together both cutting-edge 5G technology and exceptional network quality for mobile carriers,” said Wonil Roh, senior vice president and head of product strategy, networks business, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is excited to now expand our industry-leading and competitive 5G solutions to the in-building and outdoor hotspot solution space, using Qualcomm Technologies’ advanced Qualcomm 5G RAN platform  to meet customers’ coverage and capacity needs.”


“As a leading supplier of telecom equipment, we are committed to provide the highest performance and yet cost-effective solution to our customers. The Qualcomm 5G RAN platform is designed to provide the technology innovation to support next generation networks for our MNO customers. We are glad to work with Qualcomm Technologies and expect to provide densely deployed 5G small cells in time to meet the demand of MNOs,” said Ben Lin, chief technology officer, Sercomm Corporation.

Small Cell Forum

“As longstanding supporters of Small Cell Forum (SCF) and well respected leaders in the industry, we were delighted to see Qualcomm Technologies named winners of SCF’s Small Cell Awards 2019 for ‘Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Technology or Architecture.’ Qualcomm Technologies’ mmWave solution was specifically recognized by the independent judging panel for its ability to support very small form factors which are designed to allow networks to be scaled more easily and cost-effectively,” said Sue Monahan, chief executive officer, Small Cell Forum.


“Over the past two years, T&W utilized Qualcomm FSM 4G RAN platforms (FSM90xx and FSM99xx) to deliver over one hundred thousand small cells for leading operators. By utlizing the Qualcomm 5G RAN platform (FSM100xx), we believe we can continue the success story into 5G. In the near future, we expect to provide Tier 1 operators with advanced and cost-effective 5G small cells on both sub-6 Ghz and mmWave bands,” said Mr. Hu Zumin, the senior executive vice president and vice-chairman, T&W.


“The 5G Ultra Wideband service we are deploying is transformational and will change the way we work, live, and play,” said Bill Stone, vice president of technology planning, Verizon. “Continued deployment of small cells along with the incorporation of virtualization and open interfaces such as those provided by Qualcomm Technologies will result in a significantly enhanced experience for our customers.”

The Qualcomm 5G RAN platform establishes a new foundation designed to deliver high data speeds, capacity and low latency for usage across numerous emerging industries and applications, such as private 5G networks, indoor mmWave, industrial automation, and fixed wireless access. The RAN platform is designed to deliver connectivity where it is needed most, including crowded environments like stadiums and train stations. Engineered to facilitate a small form factor and power efficient designs (with Power over Ethernet support), the Qualcomm 5G RAN platform is expected to provide critical 5G innovation for our customers to meet challenging indoor enterprise requirements.  It also aims to improve the economics for mobile operators and ultimately is intended to open the door for more affordable unlimited data plans. 

As the development and deployment of cellular networking equipment that utilize Qualcomm 5G RAN platform continues, users are expected to see benefits such as multi-gigabit mobile connections, improved responsiveness from low latency communications, and enhanced experiences across a wide array of connected devices, from 5G-enabled enterprise laptops to virtual and augmented reality headsets and industrial equipment.

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