Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem will ship to device manufacturers next year. Since the 5G spec is not yet set in stone, services will not be available for several years.
There will be 150 million 5G mobile subscriptions by 2021, with South Korea, Japan, China and the US expected to lead with the first, and fastest, 5G subscription uptake, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report.
Singtel is gearing up for Fifth Generation (5G) mobile technology, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ericsson, and by also adding its support as a member of an industry consortium seeking to set standards.
The number of active cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices will increase three to four times by 2019, from 200 million at the end of 2013, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.