By John Smee, VP, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
The year 2019 is an especially exciting one as our 5G vision turns into a commercial reality for both mobile mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands, with 5G network and device launch announcements coming from all over the world. As 5G R&D lead at Qualcomm Technologies, I take this as a moment to celebrate, as I first began explaining in public our 5G vision for a unified connectivity fabric almost five years ago.
Going forward — to enable our customers and partners to be more innovative, grow, and compete more effectively — we’ll continue to push 5G technology boundaries by investing in cutting-edge systems research and development. This is exemplified by the recent announcement of our new end-to-end over-the-air 5G test networks to accelerate 5G innovation. These test networks include both sub-6 GHz and mmWave deployments, and they will be essential for validating our advanced 5G NR designs, refining algorithms to further optimize 5G performance, and demonstrating future 5G capabilities such as ultra-low latency extended reality (XR).