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Qualcomm and NTT DOCOMO Unleash Next Generation 5G Speeds and Coverage Through World’s First High-Speed 5G Standalone Service

Qualcomm Media Release | Sep 7, 2022

Launch of NTT DOCOMO’s 5G Standalone Service, Supported by Smartphones Powered by Snapdragon, Commercially Demonstrates High Speeds and 5G Seamless Coverage Enabled by Combining mmWave and sub-6 GHz Spectrum


  • The world’s first commercial 5G Standalone (SA) network with 5G NR Dual Connectivity showcases extreme 5G capacity and speed.
  • Smartphones powered by Snapdragon from Samsung, Sharp and Sony feature blazing fast speeds and experiences which can only be realized through NTT DOCOMO’s 5G SA network today.
  • The deployment of 5G SA with 5G NR Dual Connectivity is a significant milestone in the evolution of 5G, unlocking new capabilities for consumers and enterprises alike thanks to the combination of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands.

On August 24 NTT DOCOMO, Inc. (DOCOMO) launched the world’s first commercial 5G SA network allowing smartphones to simultaneously utilize both mid-band (sub-6 GHz) and mmWave frequencies – also known as 5G NR Dual Connectivity (NR-DC). Users with the Sharp AQUOS R7, Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, or Sony’s Xperia 1 IV, all powered by the Snapdragon® 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform which features the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, are already seeing downloads of up to 4.9 Gbps and uploads of up to 1.1 Gbps, including in crowded areas.  

Thanks to the speeds, reliability, and power of 5G NR-DC, customers with these four devices powered by Snapdragon can access unparalleled service in congested areas, notably major terminal stations, event venues, including stadiums, and commercial facilities.

Moving forward, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. will continue to develop new technologies and 5G SA milestones for enterprise and IoT settings and use cases, including network slicing technology and faster speeds through NR-DC

“We extend an enormous congratulations to DOCOMO for its launch of the world’s first 5G SA service utilizing 5G mmWave. Thanks to the high capacity of 5G mmWave and wide coverage of 5G mid-band, DOCOMO can bring next generation connectivity to users in congested locations,” said Durga Malladi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cellular Modems and Infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “This accomplishment is a testament to the successes of the longstanding collaboration between the two companies. We are honored to power the premium-tier Android devices that will bring mobile users in Japan the best high-speed, high-capacity communication capabilities possible with 5G mmWave.”

“We are pleased to have provided the high-speed 5G standalone service with NR-DC in successful collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies,” said Naoki Tani, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO. “This technology allows our customers to enjoy high-speed mobile broadband, both on uplink and downlink, achieving above 1Gbps. Our two companies continue our collaborations to enhance 5G technologies, and DOCOMO will continue to bring the cutting-edge technologies to our customers to make mobile environments more comfortable.”

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G. When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G and 5G smartphone. We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly.

Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business.

NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile operator with over 84 million subscriptions, is one of the world’s foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities (“+d” partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations.

Snapdragon is a trademark or registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

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