BT and Qualcomm to combine for new 5G lab


The two firms have been collaborating for over a decade on 4G and 5G innovations 

BT and Qualcomm Technologies have announced the continuation of their partnership with their 5G lab facilities based in Qualcomm’s offices in Hampshire. 

The facilities include 5G test labs using BT’s live environment, which allow the two firms to continue testing and authenticating new, innovative 5G technology. 

“By working directly with Qualcomm Technologies in an embedded 5G lab, we’ll be able to realise the benefits of closer working, helping to bring the next generation of technology to our customers sooner,” said Naveen Khapali at BT. 

‘Our state-of-the-art lab facilities will help facilitate and speed up the time-to-market, which means customers can benefit from the new technology sooner,’ said Bikrant Jain, Business Development Director at Qualcomm 

The two firms have been collaborating for over ten years on technological innovations. In April, for example, EE (owned by BT) set a 5G spectrum aggregation record, becoming the first European network to successfully aggregate 5G through seven different spectrum carriers, delivering the network’s fastest speeds to date. 

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