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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. that is a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated announced that the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem series has been selected by a few global OEMs for the standard-compliant 5G NR devices those will be launched next year. From the press release, it is clear that the OEMs are working with an intention to commercialize their 5G mobile devices by the next year.
Nokia and Qualcomm are the tech giants those are focusing on the emerging 5G network. These companies have a growing stake in the 5G network. Recently, the two companies agreed upon the very first implementable 5G NR specification with the other firms such as Ericsson, Samsung, and AT&T. The agreement is aimed at letting companies debut their 5G network deployment for the large-scale testing as well as commercial applications by 2019.
Both Nokia and Qualcomm are in plans to work closely in order to help drive the industry with the key intention of deploying 5G on a wider scale in the next year. It is said that the 5G network will be based on the 3GPP standard-compliant 5G devices and infrastructure. The commercial 5G networks are expected to be launched in select countries such as Korea, Japan, China, the US and Europe in the next year.
Besides Nokia, the other OEMs such as Asus, Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, HTC, Inseego/Novatel Wireless, LG, NetComm Wireless, NETGEAR, OPPO, Sharp Corporation, Sierra Wireless, Sony Mobile, Telit, Vivo, Wingtech, WNC, Xiaomi and ZTE are also working with Qualcomm to launch 5G devices in 2019.
The companies tested both 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum and found that both were compliant with the 3GPP's newly released standards for the 5G networks using the commercial AirScale base station of Nokia and the device prototypes from Qualcomm. The tests took place at Nokia's 5G center of excellence in Oulu, Finland. It was meant to provide the basis for 5G NR field trials with the mobile operators this year.
Notably, the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem is said to establish connections with download speeds beyond 1Gbps as the same was experienced in a field testing that was conducted at the company's laboratories in San Diego.
The press release also notes that HMD is one of the OEMs that is working to commercialize the 5G mobile devices in the next year. This makes us believe that the Nokia smartphones with 5G support will be announced in 2019. These Nokia devices will definitely be speed monsters and the Nokia fans will be impressed with the performance that is never seen before.