Bouygues Telecom Leveraging Snapdragon X50 Modem for 5G Calls

Telecom Tech Outlook | Friday, February 15, 2019

5G, the next generation of wireless networking technology will be used in the coming years in phones, smart clocks, cars, and other mobile devices. 5G performance is driven by cost reduction, high data rate, energy saving, and massive connectivity of the device. The implementation of the 5G network will have a significant impact on all aspects of our digital world and the global economy. In 2019, 5G will hit only a few countries.

Bouygues was established in 1952 by Francis Bouygues and is a diverse group with a strong corporate culture. Their companies focus on three sectors: construction, telecommunications, and the media. Bouygues Telecom is supporting digital usage development throughout France. The company plays an essential role in the growth of the national infrastructure to reduce the digital divide.

Bouygues Telecom recently made the first 5G call on the streets of Lyon on a mobile terminal powered by the Snapdragon X50 modem of Qualcomm. This modem is designed specifically by Qualcomm to deliver advanced wireless performance supporting 5G networks. The first and only 5G modem that exists is the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The modem can download up to 5 Gbps speed, which is five times faster than the fastest 4G modem. For the 5G test, Bouygues Telecom worked together with Ericsson and Qualcomm technologies. Ericsson 6488 used active radio antennas connected to a fiber optic network core on the first 5G site in Lyon.

Lyon is the second largest city in which Bouygues Telecom in France deployed 5G. In July 2018, Telco also launched a 5G pilot plant in Bordeaux. After the initial test, Telco has deployed 11 more 5G sites in the town. The French operator cooperated with Chinese supplier Huawei in this 5G trial in Bourdeaux.

As one of the key forces of the country’s 5G roadmap, the French government expects at least one major city to have commercial 5G services by 2020. Ericsson estimated that by 2024, 1.5 billion users would be subscribed to a 5G network, covering over 40 percent of the world’s population.