Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf has said the mass-market 5G smartphones will be available by 2019. Moreover, the CEO reasoned the early arrival of the phone. He explained that due to consumers’ increasing demand the phone is coming early.
Release date of the first 5G smartphone
In Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, Mollenkopf confirmed the date. He said, “You will see [5G] in real devices, on the shelf, in 2019. “And if I were to answer that same question a year ago, I would say 2020.”
United States, Japan, and South Korea preparing for a 5G launch by 2019
As a matter of fact, the CEO added, there’re already several network operators in different countries. The United States, Japan, and South Korea are already preparing for a 5G launch by 2019. Additionally, Chinese carriers will probably link the countries.
“I think you will see the typical first movers — Korea, Japan, and the United States — you will see robust demand in all of those locations, meaning that there are multiple operators wanting to be first and not be left behind,” Mollenkopf said.
“What we are seeing in China is a real desire not to be a follower and to launch with everyone else.” Qualcomm is already working on 5G trial networks across the globe, in February announcing a partnership with Ericsson and Telstra to conduct 5G new radio interoperability testing.
On the other hand, Qualcomm and Ericsson said they would partner on additional 5G trials with Japanese telecommunications provider NTT DoCoMo and European giant Vodafone.