While the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) is facilitating the development of a coexistence test regimen to make sure LTE-U devices play fair with Wi-Fi, a group of companies – including Google and Microsoft – wants to make it crystal clear that much more collaboration and technical work needs to be done before it reaches a final stage.
Posing the question: "Is it 4G or 5G?" in its marketing material, Qualcomm Technologies introduced its sixth-generation discrete LTE multimode chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, which it says is the first commercially announced Gigabit Class LTE chipset designed to deliver fiber-like LTE Category 6 download speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
As the Wi-Fi Alliance prepares to convene this week for its second workshop on LTE-U, Mobile Future is pushing for the FCC to continue using a light-touch regulatory policy when it comes to unlicensed spectrum.
Amid new demos that Qualcomm will use to lure attendees at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona later this month, its engineers are discussing a concept in 5G that represents a transition never to have been done before.
The 802.11ad WiGig community looks to be getting even stronger thanks to an agreement between Intel and Qualcomm where the two companies are laying the ground work for interoperability in the 802.11ad ecosystem.
Qualcomm Technologies and Deutsche Telekom (DT) announced the successful testing of LTE Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) in Germany, but don't expect that to narrow the gap between the arrival of LAA and LTE-U in the U.S.
The FCC granted a special temporary authority (STA) to Qualcomm Technologies to conduct "very small scale performance evaluation" tests of LTE-U equipment at two Verizon sites in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Raleigh, N.C.
As expected, Qualcomm revenues for the latest quarter plummeted from the year-ago period, and the company said it doesn't expect great things from the current quarter given the slowdown in the worldwide smartphone market.
Samsung said it has begun mass production of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor using a second generation of its 14-nanometer LPP (Low-Power Plus) chip-building process, marking a major victory as the company works to expand its chip business to support a slowing smartphone unit. The exclusive deal is reportedly worth more than $1 billion.
Qualcomm and TDK announced a $3 billion joint venture to produce wireless components for smartphones, tablets and IoT devices.