T-Mobile and Qualcomm take nationwide 5G a step closer to reality

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Qualcomm announced today that along with T-Mobile, the two companies have successfully completed the first 5G data call using a commercial 5G modem over a low-frequency spectrum. The spectrum employed for this test was the 600MHz airwaves that the carrier won during an FCC auction that was held in 2017. T-Mobile paid nearly $8 billion for the spectrum. The modem chip employed for the test was Qualcomm’s second-generation 5G modem chip, the Snapdragon X55. Besides the use of T-Mobile’s airwaves and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem, the data call also used 5G radios from Ericsson.
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