Qualcomm Technologies announced this week that they will be partnering with Ericcson and AT&T to join forces on 5G trials. With hopes of these trials bringing faster 5G deployment, the trials will contribute to the mobile platform. “5G is the greatest opportunity our industry has ever experienced. It will provide a platform for operators to address new markets, such as media, transportation and manufacturing,” said Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Ericsson.5G (Generation) are generations of network systems and wireless technology. Just as we have gone from the Iphone 1 to now the Iphone 7, wireless systems are moving at higher speeds and carrying greater capacity. Using Millimeter wave spectrum, the trials will test if high speed wireless communications are able to be obtained with wide bandwidths, which increase network capacity and data usage. With the anticipated need of ioT devices, augmented reality, and virtual reality, 5G mmWave technology allows multiple users to tap into a single multi-gigabit signal which allows for faster speed and data rates. With 5G mmWave technology, our "smart" devices and internet speeds will stream even faster.
“The roadmap of 5G technologies is complex, and collaborations such as this are critical to ensuring timely deployment of 5G networks,” said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The 3GPP-based trials we are planning with AT&T and Ericsson will help us accelerate integration of advanced 5G New Radio technologies in form-factor accurate devices, building upon our long history of 3G and 4G LTE leadership and paving the path to wide-scale 5G deployments."
The trials are expected to launch in the summer of 2017 in the United States. With these trials set in place, we can hope for a greater acceleration of the 5G deployment in the U.S., and will begin to change our infrastructure to accommodate for it. Stay tuned for more updates on 5G.