Together with Australian network Telstra, Ericsson, and Netgear, Qualcomm announced today at the 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong that it has developed the first device that can reach gigabit LTE speeds. The resulting product, the NETGEAR Mobile Router MR1100, is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16, the first modem with gigabit LTE class speeds, which was announced back in February. As a bonus, Qualcomm has also announced the first modem that can reach 5G speeds, the X50.
The network which will use the device, Telstra, will now conduct "comprehensive device, network and user testing," preparing for a commercial launch in the coming months on its gigabit network, which is developed by Ericsson. Along with Qualcomm WiFi Solutions, this will also offer Gigabit WiFi to customers as well. The router is dual-band - 2.4GHz and 5GHz - leading to super-fast connectivity for multiple devices on either frequency, and 802.11ac support.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm has not been resting on its laurels. The company also announced the Snapdragon X50, the first 5G-ready modem. This will support "unprecedented" mobile download speeds up to 5Gbps (that's 5 gigabits). It can be combined with a Snapdragon processor and a gigabit class LTE modem to use multi-mode 4G/5G - the same as when 4G was introduced with 3G/4G multi-mode devices. The modem will undergo sampling in 2017, followed by the first products integrating it, which are expected in 2018.