Global 5G phone shipments will hit 750 million units in 2022 – Qualcomm

At the Tianyi Intelligent Ecological Industry Summit Forum, Qualcomm CEO, Steve Molenkov, delivered a speech. In addition to China Telecom, manufacturers such as Huawei, ZTE, MediaTek, Samsung, and Xiaomi also participated in this conference. Steve said, “Wireless communication has become an excellent connection technology, so the commercial process of 5G is accelerating as expected.”

Global 5G phone shipments

In addition, Steve believes that by 2022, global 5G smartphone shipments will hit 750 million units. Furthermore, by 2023, the number of global 5G connections is expected to exceed 1 billion. If this is the case, then it will be two years faster than 4G. In 2025, the number of global 5G connections will be close to 3 billion, and 5G traffic will account for 45% of global mobile network data traffic.

The development of the 5G network has been massive. Despite the initial outburst and conspiracy theory which slowed things down a bit, the development is still massive.

Qualcomm Launches Three New 5G RAN Chip Platforms

Qualcomm recently announced the launch of a series of 5G network infrastructure chip platforms for a wide range of deployment scenarios from macro base stations that support massive MIMO to compact small base stations. With this move, the American company accelerates the cellular ecosystem of virtualization and interoperability transformation of Radio Access Networks (RAN).

The three platforms include

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  • Qualcomm radio frequency unit platform
  • Qualcomm distributed unit platform
  • and Qualcomm distributed radio unit platform

The three platforms are the first batch of solutions which allows leading mobile operators to deploy a new generation of open converged virtual RAN (vRAN) networks. Furthermore, these platforms are designed to support communication equipment manufacturers to transform public networks and wireless enterprise private networks into innovative platforms to realize the full potential of 5G.


The 5G RAN series platform comes to support existing and emerging network equipment manufacturers to accelerate the deployment and commercialization of vRAN equipment and features. Also, it should meet the 5G needs of public and private networks. The above-mentioned new platform provides a fully scalable and highly flexible architecture for the deployment of macro base stations and small base stations. It supports all 5G function division options between distributed units (DU) and radio units (RU). This has become Qualcomm’s existing strong supplement to the 5G RAN platform products of small base stations.

Qualcomm is working with industry-leading mobile operators to accelerate the transition to next-generation communications equipment. The first engineering samples of the Qualcomm 5G RAN platform should be available in the first half of 2022.

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