Tag Archives: Qualcomm

T-Mobile completes low-band 5G data call in the wild

After competing the first low-band 5G data session on a commercial 5G modem in a lab earlier this month, T-Mobile has now taken its testing outside. T-Mobile has completed the first low-band 5G data call on a commercial modem in the field. This test used 600MHz spectrum, which we know T-Mo is planning to use to build out its 5G network, as well as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem and Ericsson radios. T-Mobile CTO Neville … [read full article]

T-Mobile completes first low-band 5G data session using Snapdragon X55 modem

T-Mobile, Qualcomm, and Ericsson have teamed up to reach another 5G milestone. The three companies announced today that they’ve achieved the world’s first low-band 5G data session on a commerical 5G modem. The data session was completed on 600MHz spectrum at T-Mobile’s lab in Bellevue, WA using a mobile test device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem. The test also included an RF transceiver, FR Front-End solution, and commercial 5G radios from Ericsson. “This … [read full article]

Qualcomm hints that T-Mobile’s 600MHz 5G devices won’t come until second half of 2019

There’s been an awful lot of 5G news this week as Qualcomm introduced its new Snadpragon 855 processor with X50 5G modem, but we haven’t heard much about T-Mobile 5G. That’s changing today. Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon has said that the Snapdragon 855 processor with X50 modem will support “all of the first half of 2019 launches.” As PCMag notes, the X50 modem doesn’t support sub-6GHz FDD, which includes the 600MHz spectrum that T-Mobile plans … [read full article]

T-Mobile will support Always Connected PCs with Windows 10 and Snapdragon processors

T-Mobile supports a variety of devices on its network, including smartphones, tablets, and wearables, and now it’s committed to supporting another form factor. Qualcomm today confirmed that T-Mobile has said that it will support Always Connected PCs. These devices will run Windows 10 and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, like the 835. According to Qualcomm, these Always Connected PCs will offer benefits like “instant on capability, always on connectivity, and ‘beyond all-day’ battery life.” … [read full article]

New report measures difference between iPhone X Qualcomm and Intel modems

Last year saw Apple use two different modems in its iPhone models, one from Intel and one from Qualcomm, and there was a difference between the modems’ LTE performance. Many were wondering what the modem situation would like with this year’s iPhone hardware, and now it looks like we’ve got our answer. Cellular Insights compared the LTE performance of two iPhone X models: the A1865 that has a Qualcomm modem and is sold by Sprint, … [read full article]

New Qualcomm components will help more phones offer T-Mobile 600MHz support

T-Mobile has told us to expect two 600MHz-compatbile smartphones in 2017, but a new chip from Qualcomm ought to help boost that number in 2018. Qualcomm today announced new RF Front-End chips which are amplifiers and tuners to help connect a physical antenna to the phone’s modem. As PCMag explains, the RF Front-End also lets phones with 700MHz antennas connect to 600MHz signals. “It’ll be in the spring crop of smartphones. At least some of … [read full article]

T-Mobile achieves speeds of 1.175Gbps in LTE lab tests

Late last year, T-Mobile showed off a lab test in which it achieved near-1Gbps speeds. Now T-Mo is one-upping itself. T-Mobile posted a brief video that shows it achieving LTE speeds of 1.175Gbps in lab tests. You can check it out for yourself below. To achieve these speeds, T-Mo used Nokia’s 4.9G network powered by a Nokia AirScale Base Station paired with a Snapdragon X20 LTE modem mobile test device. There were 12 independent streams … [read full article]

Report says iPhone 7 Intel modem doesn’t perform as well as Qualcomm modem

Following the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it was discovered that Apple used different modems in different models. And according to a new study, there’s a notable difference in performance between the two modems. The Verizon, Sprint, and SIM-free versions of the iPhone 7 come with a Qualcomm MDM9645M modem, while the AT&T and T-Mobile models include an Intel XMM7360 modem. Cellular Insights compared both versions using signal testing … [read full article]

Qualcomm’s request to test LTE-U with T-Mobile approved by the FCC

Right around one month after Qualcomm asked for permission to test LTE-U with T-Mobile’s help, it’s gotten the A-Okay to do just that. Qualcomm has received a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) from the FCC in order to test LTE-U and Wi-Fi technology. There are four locations in which Qualcomm will be testing LTE-U, including T-Mobile test facilities in Bellevue, Wash. The other locations include Simi Valley, Calif.; Richardson, Texas; and North Las Vegas, Nev. There … [read full article]

Qualcomm wants to run LTE-U tests with T-Mobile’s help

Qualcomm has submitted an application with the FCC for Special Temporary Authority so that it can conduct tests of pre-commercial LTE-U equipment. The testing will help it learn more about the equipment in its development of commercial devices, helping it to see how the products perform outside of a lab environment. There will also be testing to see how LTE-U and Wi-Fi co-exist in the real world. So where does … [read full article]