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Qualcomm, Sony Ramp up 5G Testing in UK with New Lab

In India, 5G trials are slowly picking up, with Ericsson, Nokia, Intel and Huawei aiming to further invest towards 5G test beds in the country

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FILE - Attendees wait in line for a 5G exhibition at the Qualcomm booth during CES 2019 consumer electronics show, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Jan. 10, 2019 (Representational image). VOA

Intensifying the testing of 5G networks, US-based chipmaker Qualcomm has expanded its R&D facility in the UK and has chosen Sony as the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to take advantage of the lab.

Located in Farnborough, the new facility comes with space dedicated to over-the-air (OTA) 5G transmissions at millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies, the company wrote in a blog-post on Wednesday.

After Sony, the lab would help other OEMs and European operators to test and fine-tune mmWave devices and network configurations.

For starters, Sony would provide pre-commercial mmWave mobile form factor devices to the facility to test the capacity, throughput, latency and reliability of mmWave in multiple deployment scenarios.

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“5G is the promise of a better quality of life for all and exceptional opportunities. It will allow to adapt life to our needs,” he said. VOA

“While the initial European industry focus is currently on sub-6 5G deployments, this facility will provide our customers to see and test the benefits of 5G NR mmWave technology for themselves,” said Enrico Salvatori, President, Qualcomm Europe.

The reason why testing 5G transmissions at mmWave frequencies is so important is because for dense urban environments, indoor venues and enterprises, mmWave brings massive capacity and low-latency connectivity to smartphones and laptops.

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Currently, South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and the US are leading with 5G large-scale mass deployment.

In India, 5G trials are slowly picking up, with Ericsson, Nokia, Intel and Huawei aiming to further invest towards 5G test beds in the country. (IANS)

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5G is our Top Priority Right Now: Qualcomm

As per the report, Apple may use Qualcomm's X55 modems in all its 2020 iPhones, which support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum

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The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon at Company’s Snapdragon Tech Summit this week has said that the main goal of Qualcomm’s renewed relationship with Apple right now is to get a 5G iPhone launched on time.

During the summit, Amon stated: “Priority number one of this relationship with Apple is how to launch their phone as fast as we can. That’s the priority,” PCMag reported recently.

“We have a multi-year agreement with Apple. It’s not one, it’s not two, it’s multi-year for our Snapdragon modem. We’re setting no expectations on front end, especially because we engaged it very late,” Amon added.

Earlier, Apple and Intel were working closely to bring a 5G iPhone. However, once the six-year deal between Qualcomm and Apple was made, Intel later moved away from the 5G mobile marketplace.

FILE – A sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas, Jan. 9, 2019. VOA

J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee believes, Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020.

Chatterjee predicts the company may introduce two high-end models (one 6.1-inch and one 6.7-inch) with support for mmWave, as well as a triple-lens camera and “world facing” 3D sensing for improved augmented reality capabilities.

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While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera.

As per the report, Apple may use Qualcomm’s X55 modems in all its 2020 iPhones, which support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum. (IANS)