5G from Qualcomm: are we ready for the future?

Qualcomm is one of the companies that are committed to bringing the communication future closer and giving the world a new standard for 5G communication. Is it possible to call the desire for a transition to more high-speed technologies in the world timely, where not all subscribers can even boast of the opportunity to use LTE? This and other issues were touched upon in the framework of the roundtable held in Moscow with the participation of representatives of Qualcomm.

As we know, the company will conduct the first tests of 5G in Russia jointly with the operator “Megafon” next year, as part of the World Cup. Commercial deployment of the technology should start in 2019, at the same time device manufacturers and mobile operators expect to prepare the necessary infrastructure to implement this idea.

Against the background of how in Russia the testing of the capacities necessary to launch gigabit LTE networks is in active phase , users and analysts are asking themselves: are we moving too fast in the future, and why did our mobile gadgets need such crazy speeds about which years 10 back even our home routers could not dream?

As Sergey Korobov, Director of Business Development of Qualcomm Europe, said, in recent years the demand for high-speed mobile Internet is growing and does not think to decline. As the planet becomes “smart”, more and more users want to access the right information and content from their pocket gadgets, rather than from traditional computers. The fact that this trend is not going to change in the coming years, there is no doubt.

But not only this affects the increase in demand for this kind of communication services. The number of devices connected to the Internet is growing not only due to the increase in the number of smartphones: in recent years, the Internet has been actively developing things, and automakers continue to experiment with technologies that allow vehicles to exchange data among themselves and access to big data in order to increase the level of security on the roads.

Of course, for all this, just high speeds are not enough: you need a communication technology that can handle the requests of a huge number of devices. This is what is ready to offer the standard 5G, developed by Qualcomm.

The main part of this puzzle will be a new X50 modem, which will also support a millimeter range of frequencies, for example, 24.25-27.5 GHz or 27.5-29.5 GHz. Such capabilities will allow connecting to the global network much more devices without any impact on the speed of work.

Of course, to be in this happy future, creating one 5G modem is not enough. Representatives of Qualcomm recognized that among the manufacturers of connected devices there is no clear visibility of how the ecosystem of the Internet of things will work and in which direction the vector of its improvement will be directed. In addition, the communication infrastructure of operators demands a serious modernization, which is connected not only with a large amount of necessary efforts, but also with huge expenses, which will have to go.

In general, it remains to wait a couple of years, and there already we will be able to answer the question that is put in the headline of this material. By the way, if you were disappointed by the recent refusal of Russian mobile operators to unlimited tariffs, Qualcomm calmed us and predicted their inevitable return, citing the increase in profits recorded by Western operators in recent months that chose such a format for providing communication services.

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