Qualcomm Technologies introduced the company’s first 5G modem at its 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. The entire throughput for generation 4 telcom is 1Gb/s. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to get that if the network can’t supply it.
It’s much the same as purchasing a wide mouth hose. Just because the gauge of the hose is able to supply 1000 gallons per minute, if you don’t have the pressure required to reach that capacity then it’s all for naught to begin with.
At the end of the day they still have 4G. It’s just not maximum 4G speeds and they most likely never will be. The cable and telcom companies save money when they advertise maximum speeds but supply minimum speeds.
Why do you think that even though filesize is measured in bytes, internet speed is advertised in bits? Because a bit “looks” 8 times larger than a byte (bit:byte / 8:1).
If you ask the average person; which would you like to have. 1MB/s or 8Mbps. They’re going to choose 8Mbps 9 times out of 10. Same thing with the generational networks; which would you rather have. 4G or 5G. 9 times out of 10 you’ll get 5G. It’s nothing more than predatory sales tactics on the technologically impeded.
One of my biggest issues with the nomenclature for the network generations is the actual abbreviation. 4G makes no actual indication of the speed of the network. Neither does 5G.
They only simply imply that 4G is vaguely better than 5G for whatever reason. Regardless, you’re only given a theoretical maximum capacity with that nomenclature while simultaneously implying a large throughput.
Qualcomm Technologies prides itself on being a wireless technology leader. It’s at the very heart of our identity, the core of what defines and drives us. Our inventions have pushed the boundaries of wireless technology for decades.
And now the company that brought you 3G and 4G is doing it again. Today, we’re announcing the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem. It is Qualcomm Technologies’ first 5G modem, and it will help usher in a new generation of cellular services.
With this announcement, 5G becomes more than just an ambitious collection of ideas about what the future of cellular systems should look like and what it will make possible. Qualcomm Technologies has led the 5G conversation, and now we’re leading the way with the realization of actual 5G products.
The Snapdragon X50 5G modem is a remarkable milestone in and of itself. But its capabilities are even more impressive. It’s engineered to support unprecedented download speeds of up to 5Gbps. It is designed to achieve these breathtaking speeds by utilizing very wide bandwidths available in the 28 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) band combined with advanced signal processing technologies.
Given the challenges posed by the propagation characteristics of mmWave spectrum, many had speculated that mmWave would be confined to fixed wireless applications. But the X50 modem bears the Snapdragon name and is made by Qualcomm Technologies, so naturally, it’s built from the ground up for mobility.
Years of research and development have allowed us to invent technologies to overcome mmWave’s limitations. Instead of using only a handful of antennas (as with 4G), the Snapdragon X50 5G modem relies on multi-element antenna arrays.
The antennas are designed to work together intelligently, using beamforming and beam tracking technologies, extending mmWave’s mobility and reach to non-line-of-sight scenarios. For example, the Snapdragon X50 5G modem can direct the energy of the mmWave beam, bouncing off obstacles to reach the mmWave 5G small cell with which it is communicating.
3G standard was championed by ATT, 4G was championed by ATT 5G was championed by NTT. As soon as NTT satated they had 5G done with extra security ATT said nope 4GLte is the way to go. What most do not realize is that 4GLte is really 3G+(3GPP). They did this because it cost less to upgrade and they could extend the usage of equipment they have installed all ready.
Now for 5G they took the NTT standard and threw it out in favor of 4GLte Advance. If you look at the actual system it is just 3G++. They did this so they can reuse equipment they already have instead of installing a new infrastructure. And the G stood for generation.