5G-Related Security Concerns Kill Broadcom-Qualcomm Deal?

Donald Trump cited security concerns as the reason behind his executive order blocking Broadcom’s proposed acquisition of Qualcomm, and it appears that it’s Qualcomm’s 5G knowledge and research that US leaders are concerned about. Qualcomm has been a leader in the fledgling – but extremely important – 5G arena, and US experts may not want that expertise and advantage to be lost to the Singapore-based Broadcom. This move is certainly in line with other decisions Trump has made to penalize or block foreign interest in certain industries, so it seems likely that the motive for the decision may be purely political and not actually influenced by legitimate 5G-related security concerns.

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5G Will Have A Massive Impact on IoT

Carriers have invested heavily in the R&D that will result in the launch of commercial 5G services as soon as later this year. Seeking ROI on those investments, the industry-wide goal is rapid commercialization with the first use case shaping up as enhanced mobile broadband with an eye on leveraging high capacity and low latency for consumer and enterprise services.

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More 5G Spectrum Available

The US House just approved the ‘Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act.’ Though the name is long, in short this is going to open up new spectrum and funding for the deployment of 5G networks. Current cellular sites need to be placed every 1-2 miles apart, but 5G will need to have more sites closer together. This new act will let this happen.

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How Fast Will 5G Be?

5G promises super-fast speeds,  but just how fast will 5G networks really be – and what does that mean in a practical sense?

For comparison, LTE users in the US typically see speeds around 20Mbps, although speeds north of 60Mbps are possible in certain markets and under ideal conditions. That is a huge improvement over older technologies like EVDO and HSPA+, but can still feel sluggish when downloading very large files or doing other bandwidth-intensive activities.

At Mobile World Congress this year, Samsung was able to achieve speeds of up to 4 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) during their demonstration of their 5G routers. That’s 4000Mbps, almost unimaginably faster than LTE speeds – fast enough to download a 100GB file in under 4 minutes!

Obviously, results from a testing environment are unlikely to translate to an identical real-world experience – but if 5G networks are able to provide users with even half of these types of speeds, that would be an exponential improvement over LTE.

In the Race for 5G, the US is Not First

As 5G draws ever closer, there is a clear leader and it is not who you would think. For as many press releases as the big carriers in the US have posted, its actually China who is leading the way. With major carriers all rapidly deploying 5G across the country, it looks like they’ll be the first nation to have a true gigabit experience.

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National Instruments Shows Off 5G Test Equipment at MWC

5G was the hot topic at last week’s Mobile World Congress, with carriers and manufacturers of everything from laptops to smartphones showing off their plans and visions for a 5G future. A less flashy but arguably more important demonstration was made by National Instruments, who demonstrated their 5G New Radio (NR) sub-6GHz emulator as a solution to lower testing costs and improve time-to-market for carriers and modem and hardware manufacturers.

Testing hardware and software like the offerings from National Instruments are critical to getting 5G equipment to market, particularly while the technology and the adopted standards are so new. National Instruments’ emulator can be programmed to behave like different modems and simulate various RF conditions, allowing engineers to test their 5G equipment in a world that does not yet have 5G.

To show off their solution at Mobile World Congress, National Instruments partnered with Samsung to demonstrate NI’s test user equipment communicating with Samsung’s 5G NR 28GHz base station. The demonstration showed the test equipment connecting to the base station and validating the downlink quality and performance. For carriers and manufacturers alike, it was a hugely exciting peek into how NI’s technology will help push the progress of 5G and 5G equipment.


Qualcomm Bets Big On 5G

Qualcomm, one of the biggest mobile chip makers in the world, is hoping 5G will be a big deal. Qualcomm has been producing 4G LTE chips, and 5G chips for some time now, with speeds up to 2Gbps. The problem will be with carrier adoption and the needs for such devices. With recent releases from all major carriers though, 5G is real and is coming quickly.

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5G is Coming – For Real

It seems like we’ve been discussing 5G for a few years, but this year real 5G deployments are coming. At this point the big 4 carriers have all released their 5G plans and it looks like Verizon may be the first to market, though not for the average consumer. Verizon will be deploying fixed site first and then moving to mobile devices later on.

Read more on Yahoo News.

Sprint Reveals First 5G Ready Markets

Sprint is trying to make a big comeback in the wireless world and has just announced its first six markets that will be 5G ready. Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. Sprint also wants to be the first to the table to offer 5G mobile connections, where other carriers will be doing fixed site deployments as fiber/cable alternatives initially.

Read the full press release here.

Does simulated testing = real world 5G performance?

Qualcomm’s simulated 5G testing is starting to show some very high throughput numbers when moving from 4G to 5G technology. In real world testing in Frankfurt and San Francisco, download speeds of 100Mbps were standard on 5G vs just 8Mbps on 4G. These are far cries from the gigabit theoretical speeds that 5G has to offer, but still a massive improvement. Browsing speed jumped from 56Mbps to almost 500Mbps, but the question is do mobile users really need all that performance anyhow?

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