The 5G At Winter Olympics Is Not Real 5G?

| February 14 , 2018 , 20:29 IST

The operators include AT&T, BT Group, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, KT, LG U+, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint Corp, Telstra, TIM, Verizon Communications, and Vodafone. 

The company also announced 18 OEM partners globally, which will be using its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in 5G NR mobile device devices. 

These 18 companies include ASUS, Fujitsu, HMD (Nokia), HTC, inseego, LG, NetComm, Netgear, OPPO, Sharp, Sierra Wireless, Sony, Telit, Vivo, WNC, Wingtec, Xiaomi and ZTE. The company had already made a separate announcement of a tie-up with smartfone major Samsung. The only major company off the list is Apple.

Qualcomm's Product marketing director Sherif Hanna on Tuesday took to twitter to laugh at the reports of 5G networks being using to avoid wild boar attacks during the Winter Olympics.

Quoting one such report Hanna wrote “I...don't know what to do with this. I honest to God have no idea if this is serious or if it's supposed to be a joke.”

In an interview with The Register, Hanna reportedly said that 5G services and devices are now expected in the first half of 2019.

Without naming the Winter Olympics he said, “a lot of the demonstrations right now are not based on the global standard for 5G ratified by the 3GPP. It's using a competing specification that was used by a few select operators, but not adopted as the global standard”.

Intel however maintains that a handful of select 5G enabled handsets are being used at the Winter Olympics.