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Oppo first with working DSS-enabled 5G smartphone using Qualcomm hardware

By Vijay Anand - on 3 Dec 2019, 5:23pm

Oppo first with working DSS-enabled 5G smartphone using Qualcomm hardware

Oppo Reno 5G.

Oppo has been a strong proponent of 5G and is in fact the first Snapdragon 855-powered 5G device early this year. More recently in October at Qualcomm’s 5G Summit, Oppo announced plans to launch a dual-mode 5G smartphone by end of 2019 that will use Qualcomm’s dual-mode 5G platform to support both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures. This bodes well as Singapore is on track for 5G mobile data network deployment in 2020 and full-fledged 5G standalone capability covering at least half of Singapore by end-2022.

As much as we’ve all heard how initial 5G network launches panned out in other countries in Europe and USA where 5G speeds have shown good gains over current 4G networks, unfortunately, they suffer from extremely limited coverage. And that’s the next challenge that needs to be overcome if 5G networks are to take off.  

Oppo’s announcement yesterday of showcasing the first working DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) enabled 5G smartphone (powered by a Snapdragon X55 5G -RF) through a DSS data call, is a great step towards solving the coverage concerns and ramping up 5G adoption. What DSS technology enables is that it allows carriers to leverage on existing 4G spectrum for 5G networks and support 5G devices.

Coverage is the next 5G killer app and this is another significant milestone and step towards ubiquitous 5G coverage. Dynamic spectrum sharing will bring key benefits to operators and consumers globally and the Snapdragon X55 5G -RF system is a comprehensive solution designed to allow OEMs to rapidly develop 5G multimode devices for a new era of connected experiences. - Enrico Salvatori, Senior Vice President and President, Qualcomm EMEA

As the push for 5G rollout continues, wireless spectrum resource allocation is becoming increasingly complex to manage. The introduction of DSS technology enables carriers to share a spectrum dynamically through software upgrades, thus applying the existing 4G network to deliver 5G services to users. DSS allows carriers to deploy 5G network on a broader scale more quickly, and in a more cost-effective way. For mobile devices, users will be able to enjoy 5G services in the DSS-enabled networks with smartphones that support DSS.

Oppo's next step is to launch 5G smartphones in 2020 that support DSS as shared by Oppo's VP and President of Software Engineering Business Unit:-

OPPO proactively works to accelerate large-scale commercialization of 5G. Our cooperation with Ericsson, Qualcomm, Swisscom and Telstra to facilitate the commercial use of Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology is part of our in-depth collaborations in the 5G era. OPPO plans to launch 5G smartphones that support DSS in the next year, which will provide more stable, seamless, and speedy 5G connections, and hence a better user experience. - Andy Wu, VP and President of Oppo's Software Engineering Business Unit

Source: Oppo.

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