Qualcomm unveils operator and OEM modem partners

Qualcomm's China Technology Day is all about 5G

Qualcomm signs a whole bunch of OEM and carrier partners for 5G phones and networks

The chip giant also received pledges from more than a dozen OEMs to use the component for commercial 5G device launches due in 2019. The agreement is aimed at letting companies debut their 5G network deployment for the large-scale testing as well as commercial applications by 2019.

The 5G compliant announcement hits the news the same day that Qualcomm rejected Broadcom's latest acquisition proposal, which has been described as its "best and final offer".

The full list also includes the following OEMs that you're most likely to not care about as much: Inseego/Novatel Wireless, NetComm Wireless, NETGEAR, OPPO, Sharp Corporation, Sierra Wireless, Telit, vivo, Wingtech, WNC, Xiaomi and Fujitsu.

Samsung is without a doubt the biggest company in the Android space and the biggest competitor to Apple and having them on board with the 5G NR from Qualcomm is the great tailwind in the fight for dominance in the 5G market. Devices by these OEMs will be built around the sub-6GHz and millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum bands starting next year.

Nokia, in fact, is one of the first brands to focus on the new 5G technology along with Snapdragon. "Qualcomm Technologies has been at the forefront of paving the path to enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity by providing solutions with Gigabit LTE technologies to global operators and mobile devices today". But to make any use of that, smartphones and other mobile devices need to actually support it.

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"Moreover, many of these smaller device OEMs have little to no presence in many countries, including the United States, suggesting that other markets, notably those in Asia, could be the first to get their hands on 5G smartphones", Saadi said.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem has been selected for use in live, over-the-air mobile 5G NR trials.

In the United Kingdom, that's pretty much as to be expected, with EE (ultimately part of BT) and Vodafone once again lined up to do battle over early 5G bragging rights - just as they did with 4G many years ago.

"The arrival of 5G will expand mobile into new spectrum bands and all spectrum types, allowing for enhanced mobile broadband and increasing the overall average download speeds for virtually all smartphone users".

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