Qualcomm, the company behind the Snapdragon processors, is looking towards the implementations of 5G. During the Mobile World Conference Shanghai 2016 (MWCS2016) from 29 June to 1 July, the new bandwidth was central to many discussions and presentations. Two topics in particular where focused on and given the lion’s share of attention. Firstly, the role of 5G in implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) in the future, with its ability to work on multiple bandwidths. Secondly, Qualcomm presented the impact 5G would have on future mobile users.
Preparing for the IoT
Durga Malladi, Senior Vice President for Engineering at Qualcomm, explains what makes 5G well suited for IoT. “Your world consists of a large number of devices,” he says. Malladi explains that connections can range from high intensity traffic for mobiles, to low levels for thermostats and metres. 5G has the potential to be used across multiple spectrums, without the need to have separate networks to accommodate all of these. Most significant for Malladi was what he called, “mission critical.” This means developing a network with minimal latency and high reliability for applications such as surgery.
Malladi also explains that currently, the technology exists to begin implementing 5G networks in markets such as the United States. However, commercial roll-out of networks are not expected until 2019. “We want to make sure that everything works,” Malladi explains, explaining that rollout will become fairly aggressive once it is commercially viable.
Peter Carson, senior director of marketing at Qualcomm, unveiled the vision for IoT in his presentation. “By 2025, there will be five billion connections,” he says. Carson explains that 3G networks can even be used as a base for the 5G rollout. This is because they form part of the 5G spectrum.
Qualcomm is known for their work with the Snapdragon processors. As such, their work on rolling out 5G was also touched upon onits impact on mobile. Nitin Dhiman, Senior Manager of Marketing, chose to speak about All Mode. “All Mode is found especially in China, where all modes of connectivity are found,” he explains. A phone that is able to use all modes of connectivity, Dhiman says, would be highly profitable. “It benefits all stakeholders,” Dhiman argues, removing limits for phone sales to both vendors and consumers.
Qualcomm is looking far into the future with these announcements. The IoT is already starting to take shape, but it will still be a few years before it will reach its full potential. Qualcomm have made it very clear that they want to be part of that charge.