Qualcomm announce 5G NR sub-6GHz plans

27 June 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe

Qualcomm has announced a 5G new radio (NR) prototype system to test, demonstrate and trial 5G designs to drive 3GPP 5G NR standardisation.

The 5G NR prototype system operates in the sub-6 GHz spectrum bands and is being utilised to showcase the company’s innovative 5G designs to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates and low latency.

“The 5G NR prototype further demonstrates our leadership in developing a unified, more capable 5G air interface, building upon our long-standing expertise in delivering OFDM chips and technology with LTE and Wifi,” said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Qualcomm Technologies.

Designs implemented on the prototype system are being utilised to drive 3GPP standardisation for a new, OFDM-based 5G NR air interface. The prototype system will closely track 3GPP progress to help achieve timely 5G NR trials with mobile operators, infrastructure vendors, and other industry players, as well as future 5G NR commercial network launches.

5G will make the best use of a wide range of spectrum bands, and utilising spectrum bands below 6 GHz is a “critical part of allowing for flexible deployments with ubiquitous network coverage and a wide range of use cases”, Qualcomm added in a statement.

The prototype will be publicly displayed for the first time at Mobile World Congress Shanghai from 29 June to 1 July.