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Qualcomm eyes 5G boost with mmWave test calls

Qualcomm appeared to be giving a major boost to US operators’ 5G ambitions, after completing a data pool test combining mmWave with sub-6GHz spectrum over a standalone (SA) 5G network.

The trials were conducted using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 5G modem and antenna module in the form of a smart device and, the company stated, demonstrated the modem’s capabilities “to collect low, mid, and high bands across major global combinations” .

Qualcomm said spectrum aggregation, such as mixing mmWave and sub-6 GHz frequencies, is crucial for multi-gigabit speeds and massive capacity that can be used on 5G devices, even in crowded locations and transit hubs.

SVP and GM of Qualcomm Technologies Durga Malladi explained that the calls enable consumers and businesses around the world to “get the most out of 5G networks and devices, especially in traditionally crowded, bandwidth-hungry spaces.”

The company claims to be a leader in the 5G mmWave space and while the spectrum is gaining some traction worldwide, it has been mostly an American game to date.

T-Mobile US rolled out mmWave in June 2019 and recently revealed plans to introduce it for internal and private network deployments. Rival Verizon began using the spectrum in 2018, and AT&T claimed a world first in conducting a test call with mmWave in partnership with Qualcomm in the same year.

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