Qualcomm is moving aggressively with 5G by dedicating a lot of research and development to the technology. The company has a history of driving new evolutions of wireless technology, which in turn results in more chipset sales for the company.
Qualcomm has been very aggressive in its development of spectrum aggregation, antenna technology, modulation and coding, and wireless technology. The following is an example of various 5G technologies that Qualcomm has pushed to the forefront.
Qualcomm 5G NR
Qualcomm was instrumental in fast-tracking the standardizing of the 5G New Radio (NR). In December 2017, the 3GPP completed the specification for the non-standalone 5G NR at the RAN Plenary meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The 5G NR specification is the first part of the global 5G standard.
The company also was instrumental in designing sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G NR prototype systems, interoperability and over-the-air trials with major global operators and infrastructure vendors, and developing integrated circuit products for mobile devices.
In September 2017, Qualcomm announced its 5G NR prototype system based on 3GPP’s 5G NR Release 15 specifications. The prototype system, which operates in mmWave spectrum bands above 24 GHz, demonstrates how advanced 5G NR mmWave technologies can be used to deliver strong mobile broadband communications at multi-gigabit-per-second data rates in real-world mobile environments.
Qualcomm Gigabit LTE
Qualcomm’s work on gigabit LTE gave the company a glimpse into its 5G future. Gigabit LTE’s fast speeds over wide geographic areas make it suitable as the high-speed coverage layer that will provide a consistent experience on early 5G networks, in the same way that 3G networks helped nascent 4G LTE networks. Qualcomm considers gigabit LTE to be the anchor of the 5G mobile experience.
Qualcomm 5G Standards Reset?
In August 2017, Qualcomm accused some companies of ramping up the number of submissions to the 5G standard — for example, divvying up submissions into multiple parts just to drive up their numbers. Lorenzo Casaccia, vice president of technical standards at Qualcomm, accused other companies of giving employees incentives based upon the number of papers they submit to the standards process.
“Submitting more papers can create more chaos,” said Casaccia. “It is a type of inferior measurement. We really wish companies would stop using the number of contributions as a way to assert leadership.”