Qualcomm argues that China’s 5G is technically not ahead of the US

No doubt, 5G technology in China is moving quite fast and there is this topic of who is ahead. However, in a recent interview with Bloomberg, Qualcomm CEO, Steve Molenkov, gives a new perspective. In response to the question “Do you think China is ahead of the US, in terms of 5G?” He said

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“Well, I would say not from the technology perspective but if you look at the deployment, the speed at which base stations are rolling out, ah, China is actually going quick fast. Ah, I think I made some comments about how its gonna be 130,000 base stations by the end of the year and a million next year in China alone. Those are tremendously large numbers if you put it in comparison with what you see in the United States. But that doesn’t mean the United States isn’t going quickly as well. It’s just that for the first time, China and the US are launching in the same calendar year. There used to be separated by two years or five years depending on the generation”

Qualcomm previously announced that the fourth Snapdragon Technology Summit will be held in Hawaii from December 3-5. The invitation is marked with “Say” Aloha “to the future of 5G and more”, which means that 5G will be the key point of this summit. In addition, the “Snapdragon 865” may launch both 5G and 4G versions.


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  1. CuriosityCat
    December 2, 2019

    If TMobile and Sprint don’t merge due to political hindrance then 5g won’t really be covering large areas due to the fact that at&t and Verizon would set precedence of raising prices, causing less competition.

  2. Guest
    December 2, 2019

    Blablabla.. We already know China has won the 5G race look at all the deployments in the world by Huawei! You can find and buy NOW 5G router made by Huawei (cpe pro) from almost anywhere in Asia, Europe and even in the Middle East.. while you can’t find 5G router from Netgear (or any other american company) outside the U.S!

    Be honest guys if you want your customers take you seriously.

    • innocuous
      December 2, 2019

      You got in one..Nearly all reports coming out of US seem to be made up on the run

  3. ZhanLee Wang
    December 2, 2019

    Huawei will speed ahead in 5G patents and even more superior upgrade. USA has to accept China leadership in 5G technology. We will see whether USA can jump start to 6 G in another 10 years. L et be forewarn, Huawei is in the midst of 6 G research. Noone will be able to beat Huawei on performance, speed, delivery, technology, price and stopping spying by USA.

  4. George Dang
    December 2, 2019

    US in general, and Qualcomm in particular, doesn’t have 5g infrastructure technology. How can Huawei not be ahead compared to nothing?