Qual­comm’s 5G plan re­flects heavy reliance on China

Global Times US Edition - - BIZOVE - By Chen Qingqing

US-based tech­nol­ogy com­pany Qual­comm’s 5G strat­egy re­flects its heavy de­pen­dence on the Chi­nese mar­ket, as global sup­pli­ers of tele­coms equip­ments need to work closely when next-gen­er­a­tion wire­less tech­nol­ogy comes into re­al­ity start­ing in 2019, experts said on Wed­nes­day.

The semi­con­duc­tor pro­ducer un­veiled its Qual­comm Snapdragon 855 at its third-an­nual Snapdragon Tech Sum­mit on Tues­day in Hawaii, which en­ables com­mer­cial use of 5G in the next year.

“5G will be rolled out start­ing in the first half of 2019. We’ll see 5G de­vice launches and net­work roll­outs across the US, Europe, Ja­pan, South Korea, Aus­tralia and China,” Qual­comm said in a state­ment.

South Korea smart­phone maker Sam­sung said dur­ing the sum­mit that it will re­lease one of the first 5G smart­phone in the US powered by Qual­comm’s Snapdragon 855, ac­cord­ing to a tweet by Neil Shah, part­ner at Coun­ter­Point.

While ma­jor smart­phone mak­ers such as Ap­ple and Huawei are work­ing on pro­pri­etary chipsets to re­duce reliance on Qual­comm, the de­ci­sion by the largest smart­phone maker – Sam­sung – to use Qual­comm's lat­est chipset in­di­cates that the US com­pany still has a lead­ing po­si­tion in the sec­tor, Xiang Li­gang, chief ex­ec­u­tive of tele­com in­dus­try news site cc­time. com, told the Global Times.

“It’s not nec­es­sar­ily that Qual­comm 855 chipset will have a bet­ter per­for­mance than Huawei’s up­com­ing Kirin 990 chipset,” he said, not­ing that Chi­nese firms have be­come driving forces in 5G devel­op­ment.

Huawei Tech­nolo­gies is ex­pected to un­veil its next gen­er­a­tion of the chipset Kirin 990 in the first quar­ter of 2019, which will also be the com­pany’s first 5G chipset, me­dia re­ported in Novem­ber.

Frank Meng Pu, chair­man of Qual­comm China, re­cently told the Xin­hua News Agency that the com­pany has been forg­ing re­cip­ro­cal re­la­tions with Chi­nese part­ners in re­cent years, and it will deepen co­op­er­a­tion with the sup­ply chain in the coun­try to em­brace the 5G era.

While China holds an open at­ti­tude to­ward for­eign com­pa­nies in push­ing for­ward 5G devel­op­ment, coun­tries such as the US, Aus­tralia and New Zealand are tak­ing a hos­tile stance to­ward Chi­nese com­pa­nies.

“Block­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Chi­nese com­pa­nies in 5G com­mer­cial­iza­tion will hin­der the global devel­op­ment of the next-gen­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy, as this in­dus­try is highly in­te­grated,” Xiang said.

In Jan­uary, Qual­comm signed deals of less than $2 bil­lion with Chi­nese smart­phone mak­ers such as OPPO, Len­ovo an will help them diffe prod­ucts. The US co work­ing closely wit ri­ers in­clud­ing Chin cel­er­ate 5G use, Qu Global Times on We

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