Qualcomm and Nokia to drive mobile 5G NR deployments

Qualcomm and Nokia to drive mobile 5G NR deployments [Image: oatawa via iStock]

Qualcomm and Nokia have announced they are working together on plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on the 5G New Radio (NR) Release-15 specifications being developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

The testing and trials are intended to drive the mobile ecosystem toward rapid validation and commercialisation of 5G NR technologies at scale, which will allow for commercial network launches in 2019 based on 3GPP standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices.

Qualcomm revealed that it recently conducted a 5G consumer survey, which found that 48 per cent of respondents are likely to purchase a smartphone that supports 5G when available. It also found that 5G was the top feature that consumers were willing to pay more for in their next mobile device.

During testing and trials, the two companies will showcase 5G NR technologies to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates at latencies as low as one millisecond and significantly better reliability than today’s network, as well as other capabilities.

According to Qualcomm, these technologies will be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences, such as streaming HD video, virtual and augmented reality, and connected cloud computing. It will also enable new high-reliability, low-latency services for use cases such as autonomous vehicles, drones and industrial equipment.

Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies Inc, and president, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, said: “We are making 5G a reality for mobile devices – including smartphones – from sub-6 GHz to millimeter wave – globally. We are excited to collaborate with Nokia on trials based on the global 3GPP 5G standard, which are critical to ensure timely deployment of 5G networks.”

The interoperability testing, which will start in the second half of 2017, is intended to track closely with the first 3GPP 5G NR specification that will be part of Release 15.