Oct. 27, 2016

Qualcomm reveals world’s first 5G connections; with a benefit of 400 times 4G speed on smartphones

To overcome the slow internet speeds with 2G, 3G or even 4G connections, a technological major Qualcomm has announced its plan to turn out 5G services which will be 400 times the current speed we encounter.

Qualcomm has plans to release it by 2018, which will be the first modem for cellular networks. Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Company. Qualcomm Inc., on October 18, unveiled its plans to deliver the first Snapdragon X50 5G modem chip by 2018. The San Diego-based Qualcomm is the first company to introduce a commercial modem chipset for 5G network connections. The newly developed Snapdragon X50 will support the futuristic devices which will be built by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

A study by Open Signal has concluded that the global average download speed of 4G connections is 13.5 Mbps. So, if there is a 5G connection, with 800 MHz bandwidth support, you can get the download speeds up to 5 Gbps, it will be almost 400 times the current speed. When the networks begin to provide smartphones with such high-level download speeds, it will bring some interesting changes in the devices; one of them is the access to data from cloud storage. But the major problem we face is that 2018 seems too soon to launch such high speeds, as it is not an easy task.

When the 5G infrastructure, gets off the ground, it will be a big challenge for network providers. In the 28 GHz band, the 5G modem by Qualcomm will have to run on the millimetre wave spectrum, which right now does not transmit distances beyond a room.

The chipset is expected to employ Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology. It follows beam tracking techniques as well as adaptive beam forming. These methods are practiced to ensure sustainability and make the broadband connectivity, robust especially in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments. Qualcomm announced the launch of its new modem at the company’s 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, held on October 17 – 19.