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5G is here - what's next?

The company that led the world to 3G, 4G, and now 5G and beyond, is working on expanding wireless technologies beyond today’s use cases. At Qualcomm, we’re inventing the technologies of an intelligently connected future, spearheading research efforts to scale 5G across diverse use cases, and collaborating with industry leaders to drive the commercial momentum.

Unifying connectivity for our hyper-connected future.

We see 5G as a platform of innovations for this decade and beyond. 5G is predicted to power the digital economy, 5G will enable up to $13.1T in global sales activity in 2035*.

* The 5G Economy, an independent study from IHS Markit, Penn Schoen Berland and Berkeley Research Group, commissioned by Qualcomm

Unlocking the full potential of 5G with Intelligent Wireless Edge

Today, most applications rely on the central cloud for data processing, but this is rapidly changing with 5G connecting more devices than ever before. For example: how do we enable applications to provide real-time insights? The answer lies in the Intelligent Wireless Edge ─ a new distributed intelligence paradigm to deliver a scalable and efficient 5G expansion, bringing benefits such as lower latency and better privacy.

In addition, the advancements of 5G and AI are complementary, bringing benefits for one another

Bringing the ultimate 5G performance

The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X65 is the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G and first 3GPP Release 16 modem-to-antenna solution, designed for rapid commercialization and extend 5G in mobile broadband, fixed wireless, industrial IoT (IIoT) and 5G private networks.

The R&D engine fueling the 5G industry.

At Qualcomm, we have been developing 5G for years — inventing new 5G technologies that are pushing, and often redefining, the boundaries of wireless. These system-level inventions are driving the global 5G standard through our fundamental contributions to 3GPP. And we are collaborating with the mobile ecosystem to make these 5G technologies a commercial reality.

Areas of 5G research and development.


Designing a unified, more capable 5G radio for sub-6 GHz & mmWave. 

LTE Advanced Pro

Providing a rich roadmap of LTE advancements essential to 5G.

5G Spectrum

Accessing licensed, unlicensed, and shared spectrum for the broadest range of use cases.

5G Private Networks and IoT

Delivering local, customized, and secure services from an open ecosystem for Industrial IoT.


Connecting vehicles to everything for safer, more autonomous driving

5G Massive IoT

Scaling to meet the needs of low-power, wide-area IoT use cases.

Building upon 30+ years of wireless leadership.

From our early work in pioneering CDMA to our leadership in driving the evolution and expansion of 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, Qualcomm has been delivering system-level wireless inventions that have fueled the mobile industry. Our leadership in 3G, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi will be essential in the 5G era.

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* The 5G Economy, an independent study from IHS Markit, Penn Schoen Berland and Berkeley Research Group, commissioned by Qualcomm.

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