Qualcomm's 5G Timeline

Be the first to hear about our 5G breakthroughs.

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.

An icon representing 2019.

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 announced 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 the City of Las Vegas, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and Commsignia to Implement

The City of Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Qualcomm Technologies announced the implementation of C-V2X vehicle communication technology in Las Vegas.

1/7 Qualcomm Chipsets and RF Front End Power More than 30 Commercial 5G Mobile Devices Scheduled to Launch in 2019

Qualcomm Technologies 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.

2/19 Qualcomm Showcases 5G NR Technology Evolution with New Applications and Expanded Use Cases at Mobile World Congress 2019

Qualcomm Technologies 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.

2/19 Qualcomm Introduces New End-to-End Over-the-Air 5G Test Networks to Drive 5G Innovation

Qualcomm Technologies 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 Announces Second Generation 5G RF Front-End Solutions for Sleeker, More Efficient 5G Multimode Mobile Devices

Qualcomm Technologies announced its second-generation RF front-end (RFFE) solutions for 5G multi-mode mobile devices.

2/19 Qualcomm Unveils World’s Most Advanced Commercial Multimode 5G Modem to Accelerate Global 5G Rollout

An icon that shows how the Snapdragon X55 modem will accelerate 5G rollouts into cars, modems, smartphones, PCs, and tablets.

2/20 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform Enables the Samsung Galaxy S10 Line-Up with Multi-Gigabit Connectivity, Artificial

Qualcomm Technologies 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.

2/25 Qualcomm Announces Industry’s First Mobile Platform with Integrated 5G

At Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm Technologies announced the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform with 5G integrated into a System-on-Chip (SoC).

2/25 Qualcomm Announces 5G Reference Design for Sub-6 GHz and mmWave Fixed Wireless Broadband

Qualcomm Technologies 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.

2/25 Rakuten and Qualcomm Technologies Lay Foundation for a 5G-ready Mobile Network across Japan by Utilizing the Latest in Smal

Qualcomm Technologies and Rakuten Mobile Network, Inc. announced that Rakuten plans to use Small Cell infrastructure products, based on Qualcomm® FSM™ Small Cell Platforms, as a key component of Rakuten’s new mobile network expected to be rolled out across Japan.

2/25 Qualcomm Enables The Next Generation of Immersive Compute with Ecosystem Collaboration for XR Viewers for 5G Smartphones

Qualcomm Technologies announced today at Mobile World Congress, broad ecosystem support from world-leading OEMs, operators, and platform providers to deliver the next generation of mobile immersive computing experiences with XR viewers connected to 5G smartphones

2/25 Qualcomm Announces The World’s First Commercial 5G PC Platform

Qualcomm Technologies announced at Mobile World Congress the PC industry’s first commercial 5G PC Platform, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 8cx 5G compute platform.

2/25 Qualcomm Announces Automotive Industry’s First 5G Dual SIM Dual Active and Latest 4G LTE-Advanced Pro-Tiered Platform

Qualcomm Technologies announced the latest additions to its portfolio of Qualcomm® Automotive Wireless Solutions for next generation connected vehicles -- the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive 4G Platform and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive 5G Platform.

2/25 Qualcomm Enables The Next Generation of Immersive Compute with Ecosystem Collaboration for XR Viewers for 5G Smartphones

Qualcomm Technologies announced today at Mobile World Congress, broad ecosystem support from world-leading OEMs, operators, and platform providers to deliver the next generation of mobile immersive computing experiences with XR viewers connected to 5G smartphones

2/25 Qualcomm Technologies and Bosch Announce Research Collaboration on 5G NR for Industrial IoT

Qualcomm Technologies and Robert Bosch GmbH, today announced a research collaboration focused on 5G NR technology applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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.

3/4 France Brevets, Qualcomm, EURECOM, IMT to hold 5G Conference in Paris

France Brevets, Qualcomm, EURECOM, IMT to hold 5G Conference in Paris.France Brevets, EURECOM, IMT, and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced they will hold a joint 5G Conference in Paris on March 26-27, 2019.

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 (NASDAQ: QCOM) to foster research into new technologies for future 5G standards.

4/1 Qualcomm Works to Kickstart 5G for Industrial IoT with Live Ecosystem Demonstrations

Qualcomm Works to Kickstart 5G for Industrial IoT with Live Ecosystem Demonstrations

4/5 ConVeX Participates in World’s First Multi-Country Cross-Border C-V2X Demonstration Across Europe

Qualcomm Incorporated announced the world’s first cross-border demonstration for C-V2X direct communication.

4/10 Qualcomm and Swisscom Bring 5G to Europe with the First-Announced Commercial Services

Qualcomm Technologies and Swisscom, together with cutting-edge device manufactures including OPPO, LG Electronics, Askey and WNC announced the arrival of commercial 5G services in Europe with the launch of Swisscom’s 5G network.

4/22 Qualcomm, China Unicom and Chinese OEMs Initiate China’s 5G Rollout

Qualcomm Technologies 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.

5/7 Qualcomm Enables Developers to Power 5G App Revolution on Android

Qualcomm Technologies announced at Google I/O its work with Google to empower applications for 5G by enhancing developer APIs in Android Q.

5/13 Qualcomm and HMD Global Sign 5G Multimode Global Patent License Agreements

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) 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.

5/22 Qualcomm and EE Bring 5G to the UK with the Launch of the First Commercial 5G Service

Qualcomm Technologies and EE 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.

5/27 Qualcomm and Lenovo Unveil World’s First 5G PC Powered By The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform

Qualcomm Technologies announced in conjunction with Lenovo™ the world’s first1 5G PC2 today at its COMPUTEX Press Conference.

6/25 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Becomes First Mobile SoC to Receive Smart Card Equivalent Security Certification

Qualcomm Technologies announced the Qualcomm® Secure Processing Unit, an on-die secure element recently launched as part of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform, has received Common Criteria EAL-4+ security certification, the gold standard for smart card hardware security assurance and testing.

6/25 Qualcomm and ZTE to Advance 5G Cloud Gaming on Live Networks

Qualcomm Technologies announced a joint demonstration with ZTE of 5G-powered cloud gaming on a live 5G network.

6/26 Qualcomm Technologies announces 16 design wins on latest LTE IoT chipset

Qualcomm Technologies announced design wins from sixteen companies for its next-generation Qualcomm® 9205 LTE modem, which was announced in December of 2018.

7/11 One Step Closer to Nationwide 5G: T-Mobile, Qualcomm and Ericsson Take Massive Step Toward Delivering Broad 5G on Low-Band

T-Mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announced they’ve achieved the world’s first low-band 5G data session on a commercial 5G modem.

7/24 Qualcomm Introduces End-to-End Over-the-Air 5G mmWave Test Network in Europe to Drive 5G Innovation

Qualcomm Technologies announced an expansion of its 5G NR testing facilities in Europe to include a new lab dedicated to end-to-end over-the-air (OTA) configurations for 5G NR millimeter wave (mmWave).

8/7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform Powers Samsung’s Latest Flagship Smartphone, the Galaxy Note10

Qualcomm Technologies announced that the flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform is powering Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s latest and most cutting-edge flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note10, for select regions. Snapdragon 855, when combined with the Snapdragon X50 modem, is designed to deliver superior 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence (AI), eXtended reality (XR), and industry-leading performance to usher in a new decade of revolutionary mobile experiences.

8/14 Qualcomm and Russian Mobile Operators to Enable Europe’s First 5G mmWave Network in Moscow This Fall

Qualcomm Technologies announced its work with the Department for Information Technologies of Moscow, Russian mobile operators, equipment and software vendors to support testing and deployment of Europe’s first 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) network in Moscow this fall.

8/21 Fujitsu and Qualcomm Complete 5G Data Calls in Sub-6 GHz and mmWave Spectrum Bands

Fujitsu Limited and Qualcomm Technologies have achieved non-standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) data calls on sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands.

9/6 Qualcomm Accelerates 5G Commercialization at Scale with Multiple Tiers of Snapdragon 5G Platforms Launching in 2020

At IFA 2019, Qualcomm Technologies announced their plans to accelerate 5G global commercialization at scale by expanding its portfolio of 5G mobile platforms across the Snapdragon 8 Series, 7 Series and 6 Series in 2020. With over 150 5G designs launched or in development to date using the Company’s 5G solutions, Qualcomm Technologies is driving the proliferation of 5G across multiple tiers to make the next-generation of camera, video, AI and gaming experiences more broadly available

9/6 Qualcomm Announces World’s First Fully Integrated Extended-Range mmWave Solution for 5G Fixed Wireless Access

The world's first mmWave Fixed Wireless Access chipset is about the size of a penny.

9/6 Qualcomm Drives 5G Paradigm Shift and Global 5G Enablement with Modem-RF System

5G is poised not only to be the fastest mobile technology transition ever, but also an engineering feat with a record number of OEMs offering devices at launch – virtually all of them using Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G solutions.

9/12 Qualcomm and Ericsson Prepare Next Phase of 5G Commercialization with 5G Data Connection in Standalone Mode

Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson announced a new milestone between the companies in the advancement of 5G after they completed a 5G New Radio (NR) data connection compliant with global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 specifications in Standalone (SA) mode of operation.

9/24 As 5G launches globally, what comes next?

5G is here now, and we are seeing new 5G NR devices and networks being launched at a rapid rate — significantly faster and more globally than LTE during its first year of commercial deployment.

10/1 What’s in the future of 5G?

The work to further enhance the 5G NR Release 15 technology foundation has already begun, and this will not only bring even better mobile broadband efficiencies and experiences, but also extend the overall reach of 5G to new devices, services, and industries.

10/1 What’s in the future of 5G?

The work to further enhance the 5G NR Release 15 technology foundation has already begun, and this will not only bring even better mobile broadband efficiencies and experiences, but also extend the overall reach of 5G to new devices, services, and industries.

10/14 Qualcomm Announces New Reference Design Integrating 5G and Wi-Fi 6 For Complete Fixed Wireless Access Home Gateways

Qualcomm Technologies announced a new reference design for 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) home gateways.

10/14 SoftAtHome and Qualcomm Technologies Team up to Transform Home Gateways into 5G-Ready Services Platforms

SoftAtHome (G22), a leading software company for connectivity, pay TV, smart home and analytics today announced that SoftAtHome software products can be integrated and supported on the Qualcomm® Networking Pro 1200 platform, and are on display in both Companies booths at BBWF 2019.

10/15 Qualcomm Technologies to Enhance Secure Cellular Connectivity Solutions with Microsoft Azure Sphere for the IoT

Qualcomm Technologies announced at its 5G Summit in Barcelona, Spain that it is developing the first cellular chip optimized and certified for Microsoft’s Azure Sphere Internet of Things (IoT) operating system. Qualcomm Technologies’ new Azure Sphere-certified chipset for IoT will include hardware-level security, come preconfigured with the Azure Sphere, and will automatically connect to Azure Sphere security cloud services.

10/23 Qualcomm Joins Forces with Over 30 Leading Automotive Companies in China to Showcase Commercial Readiness for C-V2X Direct

Qualcomm Technologies announced the company’s joint efforts with a broad range of Chinese automotive industry companies to showcase commercial readiness of safe and reliable C-V2X direct communication technology, paving the way for China’s commercial C-V2X rollouts in 2020.

10/24 Qualcomm Launches $200M 5G Investment Fund

Qualcomm Incorporated announced the launch of the Qualcomm Ventures 5G Ecosystem Fund to invest up to an aggregate of $200 million in companies building the 5G ecosystem.

10/29 Qualcomm to enable Deutsche Telekom nuSIM solution on its latest Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem

Qualcomm Technologies announced that it will enable Deutsche Telekom’s nuSIM solution on its latest Qualcomm® 9205 LTE modem, which will allow device manufacturers to port nuSIM compliant applications onto devices containing the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem.

11/7 5G Economy to Generate $13.2 Trillion in Sales Enablement by 2035

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., announced new study findings, forecasting that 5G will generate $13.2 trillion in sales enablement* by 2035. The IHS Markit 5G Economy Study, commissioned by Qualcomm Technologies Inc., shows an increase of $1 trillion in 5G sales enablement by 2035 over the original forecast released in 2017 which estimated $12.3 trillion.

11/11 Ericsson, Swisscom and Qualcomm make huge step towards nationwide 5G coverage in Switzerland

An industry leading step in 5G has taken place in Switzerland on October 31 when the first over-the-air, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) 5G data call was successfully carried out by Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Swisscom, and Qualcomm Technologies.

11/18 AT&T Validates Qualcomm 9205 LTE Modem on Carrier’s Low-Power Wide-Area Networks

Qualcomm Technologies announced that AT&T has validated its Qualcomm® 9205 LTE multimode modem’s capabilities for the carrier’s LTE-M and NB-IoT networks. AT&T is the first carrier to complete the verification of the industry-leading Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem designed for Internet of Things applications.

11/25 Qualcomm Technologies & Bosch Rexroth Showcase Time-Synchronized Industrial Devices Over Live 5G Network

Qualcomm Technologies & Bosch Rexroth Showcase Time-Synchronized Industrial Devices Over Live 5G Network

11/26 Qualcomm Technologies and Siemens set up the first 5G private standalone network in an industrial environment

Qualcomm Technologies and Siemens have setup a joint proof-of-concept project at the Siemens Automotive Test Center in Nuremberg, Germany, demonstrating the first private 5G standalone (SA) network in a real industrial environment using the 3.7-3.8GHz band.

12/3 At Annual Snapdragon Tech Summit Qualcomm Unveils Roadmap for Bringing 5G Mainstream in 2020

During the first day of the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm Incorporated President, Cristiano Amon took to the stage with ecosystem leaders from across the globe to declare 2020 as the year 5G will go mainstream and provide more consumers around the world with 5G’s multi-gigabit speeds.

12/4 Qualcomm Extends its Mobile Leadership by Bringing 5G Experiences to More Users Around the World

Qualcomm Technologies unveiled the first 7-series Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platform to help make advanced 5G available to more consumers.

12/4 Qualcomm Introduces the World’s Most Advanced 5G Mobile Platform

Qualcomm Technologies introduced the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 5G Mobile Platform, which combines the world’s most advanced 5G Modem-RF System with the world’s most advanced mobile platform designed to deliver the unmatched connectivity and performance required for the next generation of flagship devices.

12/5 Qualcomm Technologies Announces the World’s First 5G XR Platform

The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ XR2 Platform is the world’s first 5G-supported extended reality (XR) platform. It unites Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.’s 5G and AI innovations with our industry leading XR technology to usher in a new era of mobile computing.

12/5 Qualcomm Snapdragon Powered Always On, Always Connected PC Portfolio Expansion

Qualcomm Technologies announces a broad Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Compute platform portfolio with long battery life, cellular connectivity, and AI accelerated performance to enable fanless, thin and light designs for modern computing.

12/13 3GPP charts the next chapter of 5G standards

2019 has been an extraordinary year for 5G. Not only did we see remarkably strong commercialization momentum globally, but we have also made tremendous progress toward the completion of the 3GPP Release 16 specifications, which will be finalized in early 2020.

12/17 Collaborating with industry leaders to expand 5G for Industry 4.0

Earlier this year, we announced our research collaboration with Bosch Rexroth, which at the time included a joint study of radio signal propagation in challenging industrial environments.

Be the first to hear about our 5G breakthroughs.

Sign up for our media center alerts, and be notified when new press releases are available.

©2021 Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its affiliated companies.

References to "Qualcomm" may mean Qualcomm Incorporated, or subsidiaries or business units within the Qualcomm corporate structure, as applicable.

Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm's licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm's engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses. Qualcomm products referenced on this page are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Materials that are as of a specific date, including but not limited to press releases, presentations, blog posts and webcasts, may have been superseded by subsequent events or disclosures.

Nothing in these materials is an offer to sell any of the components or devices referenced herein.