Cisco says most of 5G network gear’s ready

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Cisco Systems said on Sunday it aims to disrupt the wireless radio access market led by Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia by backing challengers who make more flexible software versions of traditional mobile gear. Cisco, known for making networking gear that moves big volumes of data around the internet, wants a bigger share of the mobile market by backing these alternative providers rather than by making radio access equipment itself.

Its radio access network push is part of Cisco’s efforts to prove to mobile network operators that investing in modern infrastructure and automation tools can help them to cope with increased data demands, while lowering costs.

The Silicon Valley company made the announcement ahead of this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where hundreds of telecom operators are looking for new ways to deal with exploding customer data demands and intense pricing pressures. Cisco said it is working with more than 20 network operators to offer next-generation 5G services, which promise to deliver not just faster phones and video, but also connected cars and internet-connected industrial sensors over the next decade.
“Many of the things we enable you to do, you can do before 5G,” Yvette Kanouff, general manager of Cisco’s business unit for telecom service providers, told Reuters in an interview. Ray Mota, an industry analyst at ACG Research, said Cisco was looking to convince operators to spend more on what he called “precursors to 5G”, which solve pressing network issues but won’t need to be replaced once 5G rolls out in earnest starting around 2020. Ovum, another research firm, said Cisco’s message was that “an operator can deliver much of the functionality of 5G, with up to 85% of its features, today.”

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Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 636, Conducts First 5G Test on Mobile

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 636, Conducts First 5G Test on Mobile

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Qualcomm said it has achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem
  • The company also unveiled Snapdragon 636 mid-tier SoC
  • Qualcomm also announced 5G smartphone reference design

Qualcomm said on Tuesday that it had achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices, further demonstrating its capabilities as phone makers and network operators work on solutions for 5G networks. On the sidelines, Qualcomm also previewed its first 5G smartphone reference design for testing and optimisation of 5G technology. The company also announced the Snapdragon 636.

The chipmaker beamed a 5G data connection on Snapdragon X50 5G modem, the chipset it unveiled last year. The X50 delivered gigabit speeds and a data connection in the 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band. “This major milestone and our 5G smartphone reference design showcase how Qualcomm Technologies is driving 5G NR in mobile devices to enhance mobile broadband experiences for consumers around the world,” said Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies and President, QCT.

“The ability to progress from a product announcement to functional silicon in twelve months speaks to Qualcomm Technologies’ generational cellular technology leadership – now extending to 5G,” the company said in a press release.

Qualcomm says it demonstrated 5G data connection at its laboratories in San Diego. The company also boasted of its SDR051 mmWave RF transceiver integrated circuit (IC), which was key to the success of the demonstration. The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family is expected to show up in 5G smartphones and networks in the first half of2019.

On the sidelines, Qualcomm also unveiled the Snapdragon 636. New addition to the company’s mid-range lineup, Snapdragon 636 SoC brings support for FHD+ (full HD+, 1080×2160 pixels) display. The arrival of Snapdragon 636 is expected to trickle down the near-bezel less and tall displays to mid-range smartphones. The Snapdragon 636 also supports Assertive Display, the company said.

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