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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. achieved the milestone of completing the world’s first 5G mmWave data connection. This was powered by the Snapdragon® X65 5G Modem-RF System, including new mmWave capabilities for global expansion with support for wider 200 MHz carrier bandwidth and enabling Standalone (SA) mode services over mmWave.

“This milestone supports and enables acceleration of 5G mmWave adoption, in anticipation of 5G mmWave rollouts in China, while enhancing coverage, power efficiency and performance for users, through the advanced features and capabilities of the Snapdragon X65,” said Alberto Cicalini, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. “These developments underscore Qualcomm Technologies’ continued leadership in driving 5G mmWave commercialization and advancing 5G as we move through the next decade.”

This breakthrough is made possible through the use of a smartphone form-factor test device powered by the company’s flagship Snapdragon X65, and by utilizing Keysight Technologies’ 5G Network Emulation Solution that leverages the company’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform to flexibly support a wide range of spectrum band requirements.

Snapdragon X65 is Qualcomm Technologies’ 4th generation 5G mmWave Modem-RF System for phones, mobile broadband, compute, XR, industrial IoT, 5G private networks, and fixed wireless access. Its software-upgradable architecture allows for enhancements and expandability across 5G segments which are key as 5G expands globally due to the rapid rollout of the new 3GPP Release 16 (5G phase 2) as well as the anticipated rollout of ultra-fast 5G mmWave in China and other regions.

In June, more than 40 global mobile industry leaders announced their commitment to support 5G mmWave, including China Unicom and major Chinese OEMs.

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