Move over slow internet speeds with 2G, 3G or even 4G connections. Qualcomm a technology major, has announced its plan to roll out 5G services by 2018, which will be the first modem for cellular networks. Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of San Diego-based company Qualcomm Inc., on October 18, unveiled its plans to deliver the first Snapdragon X50 5G modem chip by 2018. This move by San Diego-based Qualcomm makes it the first company to bring out a commercial modem chipset for 5G network connections. The new Snapdragon X50 will be supported in the futuristic devices which will be built by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
According to a study by OpenSignal, the global average download speed of 4G connections is 13.5 Mbps. So, if the 5G connection, with 800 MHz bandwidth support, can get the download speeds to 5 Gbps, it will be almost 400 times the current speed. When the networks begin to provide smartphones with such high-level download speeds, it will bring some interesting changes in the devices, one of them being the access to data from cloud storage. But the main problem lies in the fact that 2018 seems too soon to launch such high speeds, as it is not easy. The 5G infrastructure, to get off the ground, will be a big challenge for network providers. In the 28 GHz band, the 5G modem by Qualcomm will have to run on the millimetre wave spectrum, which right now does not transmit distances beyond a room.
Though it is expected that the chipset will employ Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology. It will consist of beam tracking techniques as well as adaptive beam forming. This method will ensure sustainability and make the broadband connectivity robust especially in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments. The new Qualcomm modem was announced at the company’s 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, held between October 17 – 19.