Intel makes strong gains in 5G mobile technology

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US-based Intel is making huge investment in 5G mobile technology innovation, the company said at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) in Barcelona.

Intel has several new telecom industry partnerships for efficient 5G wireless networks. Intel is making 5G related investments at a time when telecom network operators such as Verizon, AT&T, SK Telecom, NTT Docomo, among others, are looking at an early launch of 5G.

IoT and 5G will be a big revenue booster for telecoms especially if they are focusing on the rapidly growing enterprise business. ABI Research says the global enterprise communication market will be $200 billion in 2020. Connecting devices will not be easy for telecoms without enough innovation.

Aicha Evans, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Communication and Devices Group, said: “The transition to 5G brings communications and computing together and is a fundamental shift for the industry. It is essential to lay the foundation for future 5G networks now to make amazing experiences of the future possible.”

Intel 5G partnerships

Ericsson and Intel are working with mobile operators on 5G solutions and engaging in joint trials, as an extension of the current partnership in network transformation, cloud and IoT.

Korean telecom operator KT and Intel will implement 5G trials in 2018.

Devices maker LG Electronics and Intel will develop and pilot 5G telematics technology for next-generation cars.

Telecom network maker Nokia and Intel announced partnership for pre-standard 5G radio technologies and network solutions.

SK Telecom and Intel are developing and verifying 5G mobile device and network solutions, as well as devices for Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) in unlicensed spectrum bands during 2016. Both Intel and SK Telecom showcased advances in radio access network technologies, including anchor-booster cell and massive MIMO to further improve 5G wireless network capacity.

American wireless operator Verizon and Intel are conducting field trials for 5G wireless solutions to deliver fast wireless connectivity to homes and businesses.

Intel is currently working with global operators on5G development, prototyping and testing with this new trial platform.

Intel chips

The Intel Atom x3-M7272 platform is meant for automotive applications capable of powering security features, such as firewalling and packet inspection.

Intel XMM 7115 modem is designed to support the industry’s first wave of devices and applications based on Narrowband IOT (NB-IOT).

The Intel XMM 7315 modem combines an LTE modem and application processor on a single chip, supports both the LTE Category M and NB-IOT standards and is ideal for endpoints requiring wide-scale coverage, low power and low cost.

Intel XMM 6255M delivers 3G connectivity in challenging environments and at nearly 20 percent smaller than the previous generation, it is the world’s smallest standalone 3G modem.

Intel XMM 7120M LTE modem is ideal for machine-to-machine applications, providing connectivity for a range of IoT use cases, including security monitoring, smart metering, asset tracking and industrial automation.

Baburajan K
editor@telecomlead.com