Qualcomm intends to collaborate on 5G NR-enabled small cell technologies with Taiwanese non-profit organization Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to accelerate delivery and global commercialization of 5G NR small cell products and infrastructure by Taiwanese original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and original design manufacturers (ODM).
“This joint effort with ITRI is a key part of the investments we are making in Taiwan to ensure the industry continues to move rapidly toward deployment of 5G NR technology,” said Jim Cathey, SVP and president, Asia Pacific & India, Qualcomm International.
“Supporting rapid innovation of 5G NR small cells by OEMs and ODMs in Taiwan is a major step towards enabling much anticipated 5G experiences and will result in faster time to market and lower cost,” said Cathey.
Tzi-Cker Chiueh, general director of Information & Communication Labs at ITRI, said small cells will be a key component of 5G networks, delivering enhanced performance using both mmWave and sub 6 GHz spectrum.
“This new collaboration will provide ITRI early access to Qualcomm Technologies’ key 5G small cell technology, including the creation of industry-grade quality assurance capability for communication protocol product and a live network test bed to enable product testing and performance verification under real world environment prior to product launch field trials,” said Chiueh. “It places local companies and Taiwan in a leadership position to drive 5G networks of tomorrow.”