Qualcomm's Snapdragon X24 LTE modem trounces fibre broadband speeds


"Qualcomm Technologies is deeply committed to helping our customers deliver next-generation 5G mobile experiences to consumers, which requires enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity enabled by 5G NR networks, mobile devices and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem", said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Qualcomm says the X24 will also take advantage of License Assisted Access (LAA), a 5G technology that uses Wi-Fi frequencies to transmit LTE data. The Snapdragon X24 supports up to 7x carrier aggregation in the downlink, as well as 4x4 MIMO on up to five aggregated LTE carriers - both mobile industry firsts - for a total of up to 20 concurrent spatial LTE streams. At the beginning, as carriers start to roll out their 5G networks, 4G LTE is going to still be important for many mobile users.

As the world's first commercially announced Category 20 LTE modem supporting download speeds up to 2 Gbps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem delivers 2x the speed of the Company's first generation Gigabit LTE modem. "It will allow us to basically offer continuity of service between 4G LTE and 5G as the 5G systems are being launched".

All that speed means blisteringly fast mobile connections for streaming and other online activity; we'd imagine porn aficionados could get hold of some much grot that they'd break themselves.

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In the first few years of the 5G changeover, we're going to see up-to-2Gbps 4G; a low-to-mid-band nationwide mobile 5G, which T-Mobile and Sprint are setting up, which could be about the same speed; and a short-range, high-speed 5G being laid down in big cities.

The chipset giant has already started sampling the modem, with devices expected to hit the market by the end of 2018. There are many other factors that determine network speeds other than the modem. As evidenced by our work with these distinguished OEMs from around the globe and as we demonstrated in 3G and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Technologies is utilizing our deep expertise and technology leadership to support the successful launch of 5G NR, driving innovation in the mobile ecosystem.

Ericsson, Telstra, Qualcomm Technologies and NETGEAR will be showcasing the lightning-fast 2Gbps speeds in a live demonstration at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 26-March 1, in hall 2, booth 2O60.

System capacity is further improved through support of Full Dimension MIMO, a form of massive MIMO that is foundational to 5G, reports Qualcomm. In the uplink, Snapdragon X24 supports Category 20 upload speeds, 3x20 MHz CA and up to 256-QAM. Operators will also be able to use their spectrum more efficiently while delivering high speeds to consumers.