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Qualcomm and NTT DOCOMO enable world’s first commercialization of 5G sub-6 GHz carrier aggregation in Japan

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced together that they have enabled the world’s first commercialization of 5G – sub-6 GHz carrier aggregation (sub6-CA) in Japan, effective immediately. They aim to bring multi-gigabit mobile experiences to DOCOMO customers. Deployment of 5G carrier aggregation, a significant ability in 5G specifications, is allowing customers to enjoy the enhanced performance on DOCOMO’s rapidly growing 5G network.

Using the new 5G network of DOCOMO and selecting the devices, powered by the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 865 Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, users can enjoy the mobile download speeds (up to 4.2 Gbps), which is the fastest available speeds in Japan. This level of service is achieved by 5G sub-6 GHz carrier aggregation, which includes a 100 MHz carrier in-band n78 and a 100 MHz carrier in-band n79 to boost network capacity and 5G performance, using the diverse spectrum assets of DOCOMO.

The deployment of 5G Sub6-CA, combined with 5G mmWave 28 GHz band that DOCOMO started operating commercially in September. It will unleash the full potential of 5G and allow the accelerated deployment of DOCOMO’s 5G service areas.

“It is a pleasure to continue our work with DOCOMO to advance and accelerate 5G technology throughout Japan,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “By providing access to breakthrough technologies like 5G carrier aggregation, we are enabling consumers and companies throughout Japan to access faster connectivity, enhanced capacity and better reliability.”

“In collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, we are pleased to begin delivering this advanced and groundbreaking mobile technology to our customers nationwide,” said Naoki Tani, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO. “DOCOMO subscribers can now enjoy superior 5G service together with exciting mobile experiences. Moreover, by establishing a new standard of possibility for the industry, we are proud to help initiate a new era of connectivity in Japan.”

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