Eighteen global carriers will start 5G speed trials in 2018, using a new Qualcomm modem that’s built to handle huge amounts of data at almost instantaneous speeds. The list includes Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in the US; Orange, BT and Vodafone in the UK and Telstra in Australia. 18 global device makers have also thrown their weight behind Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem, including LG, HTC, Vivo, Xiaomi and the startup behind Nokia-branded phones. This company enlarges on a previous pact with Chinese phone makers in January. Scroll to the end for the full roster. The commitment by so many carriers and handset makers underscores the reality that 5G is finally upon us. The technology, which promises faster and more responsive wireless networks, is expected to completely transform the world and power other burgeoning tech like self-driving cars and the vast universe of connected devices that make up the Internet of Things. The world’s largest mobile chipmaker is also attempting to dance its way out of an unwanted takeover by Broadcom for $105 billion. Samsung, Apple and Huawei, three of the world’s largest phone makers, are noticeably absent from this Qualcomm roundup. Samsung just amended its partnership with Qualcomm, making support of this particular X50 modem likely, but still unverified.
Device makers committed to 5G in 2019
- Oppo (OnePlus, Oppo phones)
- HMD (Nokia phones)
- Sierra Wireless
- NetComm Wireless