Huawei announced its first 5G chip this morning at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, which will allow the company's mobile devices to access the next generation of 5G cellular networks.
The company claims that its Huawei Balong 5G01 chip is the first to support the new 3GPP standard for 5G networks, and that it should be able to download data at 2.3Gbps. Given the apparent size of the chip, this is likely to appear in mobile hotspots and not phones. Huawei CEO Richard Yu says his company has invested $ 600 million in network technology, which will likely be used for everything from driverless cars to mobile devices and smart homes. Huawei also manufactures network equipment and says it will be the first company to offer "a comprehensive 5G solution through its network, devices and capabilities at the chipset level."
The chip would seem to be a challenge for other manufacturers such as Qualcomm and Intel. Qualcomm announced its own Snapdragon X24 fast chip earlier this month, which should help prepare consumers for 5G while we wait for those higher network speeds to arrive, and is already working with a variety of operators and device manufacturers to install your X50 modem in upcoming devices. . Last year, Intel announced its own 5G modem for connected devices such as cars and drones, and announced last week that it has partnered with Microsoft, Dell, HP and Lenovo to install 5G modems on its laptops by the end of 2019.
5G is the next generation of cellular networks, and it promises to be a great leap of speed beyond the current LTE networks we have now, but it will be a couple of years before we see widespread use. 3GPP, the governing body for cellular standards, released the first real specifications for 5G in December, and now it is up to operators to start configuring the infrastructure to support the networks. AT & T, T-Mobile and Verizon have announced plans to begin deploying the service across the country, and to a large extent expect to have national coverage by 2020.