Qualcomm bids to stay at the heart of 3GPP standards

Rethink Wireless

November 9, 2015

Chip giant looks to preserve powerful IPR position in 5G, setting out vision based on multiple technologies, including its own RSMA

Last week we focused on how the R&D lines between 4G and 5G are blurred - many technologies which are likely to end up in the 5G standards are already being trialled and even deployed as part of the evolution of LTE, creating a continuum which may save operators from another big bang upgrade.

And the announcements just keep coming, only stimulated by the start of the World Radio Conference 2015 this week, with hopes for some pointers on 5G spectrum; and by the kick-off of the 3GPP standardization process.

Qualcomm, of course, has the critical challenge of trying to get its technologies into the heart of those standards as it did in 3G, CDMA, and even, to some extent, LTE. This week, it has been outlining the ideas it will submit for new 3GPP air interfaces for 5G. Proposals for wave one of these standards are due in March, with the specifications expected to be finalized in late 2018, mainly targeting conventional sub-6 GHz spectrum bands. Those will be followed by a second wave, which will reach further into new bands, such as millimeter wave, and more abstruse technologies. That round of standards is expected in late 2019.

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