Cristiano Amon

President, Qualcomm



Qualcomm’s IFA Keynote focuses on the next wave of mobile

innovation unlocked by 5G

Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon will be expounding the

virtues of the new generation of mobile technology on IFA’s

2019 keynote stage next Friday afternoon. As a foretaste,

we asked him to give some details on how rollout has been

coming along for 5G in Europe, and what key industry players

Qualcomm has been involved with so far.

5G is already a success in Europe with

launches from operators like EE, Elisa,

Swisscom, TIM and Vodafone. There

are multiple smartphones launched,

including those from Samsung, LG,

OnePlus, OPPO, Xiaomi and ZTE. In

fact, most of the devices launched

in Europe are using the Qualcomm

Snapdragon 5G platform. It is

fantastic for consumers to have the

choice between so many great 5G

smartphones from the start.

What about the rest of the world?

Where are the key rollouts taking


We a r e s e e i n g d e p l oy m e n t s

around the world, making it a

global phenomenon. In fact, the 5G

transition is moving faster than 4G.

In the first year for 4G there were 4

carriers and 4 devices launched in a

few countries.


With 5G there are deployments

by more than 20 operators in 10

countries with no less than 20 devices

to be launched using Snapdragon

5G platforms by the end of the year.

And there are over 150 designs

announced or in development. Over

the past several months, operators

and OEMs officially launched

commercial 5G networks and devices

one year ahead of schedule. In the

United States, operators including

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

have launched 5G in major cities.

China is moving to 5G also ahead of

schedule. All three major operators

there have announced 5G plans. In

fact, by the end of this year, they will

deploy roughly 100,000 5G base

stations, which, put in context, is

the equivalent of the scale of the

entire network of a large US wireless


How is Qualcomm innovating in this


Qualcomm, at its heart, is a

company that invents breakthrough

technologies that transform how

the world connects, computes and

communicates. We invested in 5G

R&D early with a particular focus on

the 5G unified air interface, Massive

MIMO and mmWave – a technology

many said would never be mobile. We

use these fundamental technologies

to create leading solutions that help

our customers compete, innovate

and grow. 5G starts with your

smartphone, but will soon be in your

PC, your car, and then in virtually

everything else.

What makes you the most excited

about the future?

Looking ahead, it is clear that the

future is connected. And with this

connectivity comes richer and more

immersive experiences. These

intelligent and connected devices

will unlock a wave of innovation that

will bring new devices and services

to market. Video will be something

we stream every day, everywhere,

just like we stream music today.

Gaming will take advantage of

the vast computing capabilities in

the cloud and become much more

engaging across devices. Social will

be transformed by virtual presence.

Who should attend your keynote

and why?

Everyone who makes a product,

offers a service or runs a business

should come see what 5G will bring.

It will be essential to understand what

this next evolution of connectivity

means for their companies and lives.

Qualcomm is looking forward to

working closely with the broader

ecosystem of companies in Europe

and around the world to deliver this


Keynote by Cristiano Amon,

President, Qualcomm


Friday 6 September 2019

Time: 2:00 pm


Grand Theatre – Hall 26b

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