Qualcomm's Snapdragon X24 modem will enable 2 Gbps LTE speeds

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon X24 LTE modem and Wireless Edge Services for new devices

Qualcomm also announced two new software offerings - an SDK for its IoT LTE modem (MDM9206) and a set of "wireless edge" services for enterprise and industrial use.

So, how does this new, bonkers-fast LTE modem fit in with Qualcomm's strategy to launch its X50 5G modem next year? There are many other factors that determine network speeds other than the modem.

"The wireless industry is going to compete on LTE network into the next decade", T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said on a call with analysts last week.

If you're thinking how the Snapdragon X24 will be of use in emerging markets such as India and China, Qualcomm has provided multi-SIM support with LTE dual-SIM, dual-standby (DSDS)+LAA feature as well as dual-SIM, dual-VoLTE (DSDV) functionality.

That standard, Hanna explained, supports an overlay for 4G LTE networks to get decent data rates into users' hands before networks are fully 5G-ready.

Demonstrating it live at MWC with partners including Ericsson, NETGEAR and Telstra, the Snapdragon X24 will subsequently become available to mobile OEMs to feature in their products, so we could see the first X24-equipped device launched later in the year - or even at the show.

Also, besides smartphones, the Snapdragon X50 5G modem can also be used with Always Connected PCs, HMDs (Head-Mounted Displays) and Mobile Broadband for better connectivity.

The Snapdragon X24 is the world's first Category 20 LTE modem, and supports download speeds of up to 2Gbps.

The X24 does this through 7x carrier aggregation, bonding seven different 20MHz slices of radio spectrum and enabling 20 data streams at once.

As the world's first commercially announced Category 20 LTE modem supporting download speeds up to 2 Gbps, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem delivers 2x the speed of the Company's first generation Gigabit LTE modem. There is also full-dimension Multi-Input Multi-Output (FD-MIMO) to give way to carriers to start sending their 5G signals.

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can offer better mobile experiences such as 360-degree video, connected cloud computing, more entertainment and instant apps. On the upstream side, the modem supports 3x20 MHz carrier aggregation and 256-QAM for upload speeds up to 316 Mbps.

"Qualcomm Technologies is deeply committed to helping our customers deliver next-generation 5G mobile experiences to consumers, which requires enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity enabled by 5G NR networks, mobile devices and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem", said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. At the same time, operators can gain flexibility in using their spectrum assets to offer blazing fast speeds to consumers, while also improving their network capacity and maximizing spectral efficiency.

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