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MWC 2021: Mobile industry players commit to support 5G mmWave

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A contingent of mobile telecommunications companies have committed to collective support for 5G mmWave technology globally.

Cristiano Amon, president and CEO-elect at Qualcomm, announced this week at Mobile World Congress 2021, in Barcelona, that key players from a growing number of regions, including China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, North America and South East Asia, have committed to build their next-gen offerings on the 5G mmWave.

This, he noted, would allow them to address the significant increases in user data demand and expand the role of the mobile ecosystem in supporting economic development across many industries.

The global mobile industry leaders advancing current 5G mmWave momentum include Airtel, China Unicom, SoftBank, Samsung Electronics, HMD Global, Ericsson, Motorola, Vodafone, Nokia and Xiaomi, among others.

According to Amon, these companies collaborate with Qualcomm to drive the availability of 5G mmWave networks and devices across the globe.

5G mmWave consists of the use of frequency bands in the 24GHz to 100GHz range, which has been hailed as providing multiple benefits for 5G networks.

Global rollout of this frequency band is said to bring extreme performance and capacity, allowing operators and OEMs to meet the rising demand for data and expand into new service opportunities.

“The global deployment of 5G mmWave is now inevitable. It is essential to achieve the full potential of 5G, and those embracing 5G mmWave will find themselves with a competitive advantage,” said Amon.

“Support from companies across the ecosystem further demonstrates the global scale and maturity of 5G mmWave. We are proud of our industry leadership in the development, standardisation and commercialisation of 5G mmWave and we are honoured to work with major mobile industry leaders to accelerate its deployment worldwide.”

5G mmWave allows leading operators to add massive capacity to cellular networks, enabling them to deliver multi-gigabit wireless speeds and low latency connectivity.

These capabilities, added Amon, can help mobile operators to address everyday subscriber expectations for fast and responsive connectivity, and expand 5G into new opportunities, such as fixed wireless, enterprise and vertical applications, as well as services such as Ultra HD video security and precise remote guidance and control in various scenarios like telemedicine, smart factories and smart ports.

“We see growing interest in millimetre Wave as the technology that delivers multi-gigabit speeds and extreme capacity for mobile broadband users,” said Per Narvinger, head of product area networks at Ericsson.

“Fixed wireless access users can also enjoy a ‘fibre-like’ experience with Ericsson innovations that we piloted with Qualcomm and many service providers across the world. Millimetre wave and 5G enable new creative use cases to explore, such as mixed reality, media, remote healthcare and smart manufacturing.”

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