Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf has advanced the previous schedule on demand acceleration and field testing.
The first 5G smartphones will hit the mass market in 2019, according to Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf, due to the growing demand from the consumer and business segments driving acceleration from the previous (2020) calendar.
Mollenkopf has explained that there are already several network operators in the US, Japan and South Korea who are preparing for a 5G launch in 2019 and are likely to join Chinese companies.
Qualcomm is already working on 5G test networks around the world. The manufacturer announced in February a partnership with Ericsson and Telstra to conduct 5G New Radio (NR) interoperability testing and field testing using the current 5G NR specifications provided by 3GPP during the second half of 2017.
For the trial, companies will use millimeter wave spectrum (mmWave) technologies in higher frequency bands to increase network capacity and allow multi-gigabit speeds across the 28GHz, 39GHz and sub-6GHz spectrum bands , as well as MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) antenna technology.
At the same time, Qualcomm and Ericsson will develop additional 5G trials with Japanese telecoms provider NTT DoCoMo and European giant Vodafone. The chip giant is also working on tests of 4G LTE networks and on Internet platforms of Things (IoT) at gigabit speed.