Qualcomm Plowing Forward with Various 5G NR Techs
Qualcomm today outlined some of the technologies it is testing as it pushes the 3GPP 5G NR standard closer to reality. The company completed one of the first 5G cellular voice calls with partners Verizon Wireless and Nokia earlier this month. The company is also working on over-the-air spectrum sharing. The use of such sharing technologies will allow licensed and unlicensed 5G spectrum to work as one. The company is targeting IoT with some 5G technologies, too, such as private 5G networks for businesses that can power wireless ethernet for large industrial spaces. Last, Qualcomm is looking at 5G NR Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) as a way to power autonomous driving. C-V2X requires high throughout and the lowest-possible latency. Qualcomm expects these and other 5G technologies will be ready some time in 2019.
Qualcomm Develops 5G Test Platform
Qualcomm has created what it calls a prototype 5G system and trial platform. The 5G New Radio (NR) prototype is able to function across a wide range of spectrum bands, primarily below 6 GHz, and can achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates and low latency.
Qualcomm Says First MulteFire Connection a Success
Qualcomm today said it made the world's first over-the-air connection using MulteFire. MulteFire is a new, more advanced version of LTE that uses a technology called listen-before-talk (LBT) to operate on unlicensed spectrum.
Qualcomm Debuts 5G NR Small Cell for Carriers
Qualcomm today announced the FSM100xx, a 5G NR product designed for small cells and remote radio heads. Qualcomm says the FSM100xx builds on its existing Qualcomm FSM Platform for 3G and 4G small cells.
Verizon, Nokia, Qualcomm Ring Up First 5G Call
Verizon Wireless says it has made the first phone call using 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio technologies over licensed spectrum. The company used a prototype mobile device from Qualcomm with the chip maker's 5G NR radio on board.
Qualcomm and Nokia Partner to Develop 5G NR Tech
Qualcomm and Nokia today said they plan to jointly test potential 5G technologies in an effort to speed up adoption of the standard. Specifically, the companies intend to conduct over-the-air field trials of 5G New Radio (NR) Release-15, which is still being developed by the 3GPP.