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Technology Qualcomm's new hardware will help mobile 5G get off the ground

00:00  22 may  2018
00:00  22 may  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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It'll be a while before you can actually connect to a 5 G network using Qualcomm ' s new tech. That's not such a problem when many carriers won't even launch mobile 5 G until that same year, but it does help explain why the 2018 launches are limited -- the hardware just isn't there to offer widespread 5 G

Facebook and Qualcomm are bringing super-fast WiFi to cities. It expects to trial the new millimeter wireless tech in mid-2019. That tech will help the signals get past urban obstacles, serve more users and reduce upfront costs, Facebook said.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd © Provided by Engadget If mobile 5G is going to become more than a nice idea, it needs the thorough coverage you expect today -- and that means putting it in the small cell sites that boost coverage in busy areas. And Qualcomm might just play a pivotal role in making that happen.

The company is launching the first 5G New Radio platform (the catchily named FSM100xx) that brings gigabit data speeds to small cells. It can handle 5G on both regular frequencies and millimeter wave, and it promises to be helpful both indoors, where 5G's high frequencies don't always penetrate, as well as the great outdoors.

It'll be a while before you can actually connect to a 5G network using Qualcomm's new tech. Samples won't even reach customers until 2019, and it'll take a while after that for the platform to reach real-world networks. That's not such a problem when many carriers won't even launch mobile 5G until that same year, but it does help explain why the 2018 launches are limited -- the hardware just isn't there to offer widespread 5G coverage.

US reaches deal to keep Chinese telecom ZTE in business .
The Trump administration told lawmakers that the U.S. government has reached a deal to put Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp back in business, a senior Congressional aide said Friday. The deal, communicated to officials on Capitol Hill by the Commerce Department, requires ZTE to pay a substantial fine, place American compliance officers at the company and change its management team, the aide said. The Commerce Department would then lift an order preventing ZTE from buying U.S. products.The White House did not immediately confirm the deal.

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