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Qualcomm leads 5G tech race, multi-Gbps speeds are close

Qualcomm's upcoming 5G technology is the future of mobile, offering next-gen LTE speeds
By: Anthony Garreffa | Connectivity & Communications News | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 1:00 pm

Qualcomm is slowly moving its chess pieces around the 5G board, with a tease of Gigabit LTE in Sydney, Australia a couple of weeks ago - and a full detailing on 5G technology and its race to 5G leadership at Qualcomm HQ in San Diego, California.

 

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Qualcomm has announced their first successful 5G connection "based on the New Radio (NR) work in 3GPP", something the company expects to "become the global 5G standard". The successful 5G test used Qualcomm Technologies' sub-6GHz 5G NR prototype system, something that is capable of operating at mid-band spectrum from 3.3-5.0GHz.

 

This huge speed allows for multiple Gbps in bandwidth, and better yet - at "significantly lower latency" than today's 4G LTE networks. 5G NR will take advantage of the wide range of spectrum bands, as it can use spectrum bands below 6GHz, something Qualcomm says is "critical for achieving ubiquitous coverage and capacity to address the large number of envisioned 5G use cases".

 

Right now, this is in the prototyping stage, but Qualcomm will handle over-the-air 5G NR trials in the second half of this year, hoping to push the 3GPP specification as the global 5G standard from 2018, into the future.

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