With more and more carriers working towards deployment of 5G technologies for their network of subscribers, Qualcomm is no exception, either. Its subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies Inc., is taking the lead and demonstrating a 5G New Radio prototype system and trial platform for the first time at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress 2016 in Shanghai.
The new system, which operates in the sub 6GHz spectrum bands, is meant to showcase how 5G designs can achieve low-latency and data rates of multiple gigabits per second in an efficient manner.
The demo comes after the 3GPP finalized the standards for the ultra-low power version of the LTE for the IoT industry. With new IoT specs out, there is growing support in 3GPP to expedite the pace of getting out the first phase of 5G standards. It will be concentrating on mobile broadband applications, mostly saving 5G IoT specs and other issues for a follow up second phase, likely in 2020.
Though far from commercial rollouts yet, the infrastructure and groundwork for the upcoming network standard are already underway with testing. Carriers, operators, and manufacturers are already vying to invest in 5G as it is expected to become the next big thing in the following years for the Internet of Things. This means that 5G is being tested and enforced for future IoT solutions complete with the additional benefits and features.
Qualcomm revealed two of the new key features for its 5G New Radio (NR) prototype system. They include integrated subframes for ultra-low latency as low as one millisecond and support for channel bandwidth wider than 100 MHz to fuel more than 3Gbit per second in data transmission rates.
The 5G applications will include connected cars and drones, high bandwidth infrastructure, fixed IoT installations for both enterprise and home use. It would also be available for smartphone use in the future.
According to reports, users will be able to use 5G mmWave technology and still have 4G connections for support. The company has also disclosed prototype 5G systems that could reach ranges from 28 up to 60GHz and may be even more in the future for enterprise use.
According to the company’s VP of Engineering for corporate R&D John Smee, the aim for 5G is to facilitate new business models, product category and form factors like VR headsets.
Currently, 5G network standards are being worked out among hardware makers and carriers. More testing will be conducted and it could probably take some more years before 5G-enabled smartphones and tablets become a reality.