Just when 4G LTE network is still in embryo stage in the country, some phone manufacturers are already in 5G-enabled stage. Qualcomm has tapped the button on the 5G connectivity with its latest announcements. The company will offer Snapdragon X50 modems that support the new standard to 18 OEMs, including smartphone manufacturers Asus, Fujitsu, HMD Global, HTC, LG, Oppo, Sharp, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.

The phone makers are planning to start rolling out 5G enabled devices by 2019. While Samsung hit a separate extended partnership last week, the missing name on the list is Apple.

However, recall that in a separate press release, Apple also said that carriers such as AT&T, China Mobile, Orange, SK Telecom, Verizon, and Vodafone would conduct trials for the 5G NR standard to optimize their networks.

To prove its progress to the world on the subject matter, Qualcomm plans to bring the technology to MWC 2018 where the Snapdragon X50 5G modem will achieve download speeds of “several gigabits per second”.

Live trials of the 5G NR standard with leading operators should begin late 2018 so manufacturers could announce their ultra-fast smartphones and headsets next year. According to Qualcomm, 5G could bring enhanced mobile broadband to Always Connected PCs, VR and AR headsets.

Well, we are still waiting for 4G network in most part of Nigeria.


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