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Qualcomm bets big on 5G in India, says engaging actively with DoT, regulator

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Mobile chipmaker has said it is engaging actively with the telecom ministry and sectoral regulator in on the potential offered by the next-generation services that are being deployed across countries like the US, Korea and

Speaking on the sidelines of the Snapdragon Tech Summit here, Technologies Senior Vice President, Engineering, Durga Malladi said: "has been quite active in terms of engaging with both telecom ministry and the regulator (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) in educating folks on the front".

He also emphasised that roll out will not be the end of LTE services.

"...when you get to 5G, you definitely aren't letting go of It's not rip-and-replace in 5G," he explained.

Malladi, however, declined to comment on expected timeline of 5G rollout in India, stating that spectrum auction is yet to be held in the country, following which airwaves for offering will be available.

While the is yet to announce a specific timeline, the industry wants spectrum auction to be held in the later part of 2019. The government is also upbeat on 5G deployment in the country with recently saying that "cannot afford to miss the 5G bus".

Apart from higher Internet speeds, the advent of the fifth generation of or 5G will also enable massive (IoT) deployment that would significantly impact sectors like manufacturing, retail, education and healthcare, among others.

Qualcomm has unveiled its latest generation of chips at the Tech Summit. These chips will power 5G that will be rolled out by handset makers like next year.

Called the Snapdragon 855, the new chip promises to enhance overall experience, enable faster speeds compared to the current networks and offer better photography and immersive entertainment to users.

However, users in will have to wait for some time as telecom operators in the country are yet to announce plans around 5G services, which is expected to provide download speed over 1,000 megabit per second on

Speaking at the Snapdragon Tech Summit here, said 5G will be a commercial reality starting in early 2019, with launches and network rollouts across the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, and

He also highlighted that Qualcomm is uniquely positioned to propel 5G deployments across geographies with its new and Snapdragon X50 5G modem family.

These solutions, he said, will help telecom operators offer in both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands.

Operators like and in the US have stated that they expect to roll out 5G next year.

Apart from higher speeds, the new chip also promises to offer improved gaming and augmented reality experiences. Initially, the is expected to be incorporated by handset makers to power their premium flagship devices.

expects to bring its first flagship to the US in the first half of 2019 that will use the mobile platform with the 5G X50 modem. It also demonstrated live streaming of 4K videos on a prototype 5G handset.

also demonstrated its '5G Moto Mod' that it will be released next year. Users can snap the mod at the back of their and start getting 5G speeds. The demo showcased how 250MB files can be downloaded in 4 seconds, while a large 1GB file was downloaded in under 18 seconds.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 17:15 IST