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In ten years we will see that we needed 5G

Eloy Fustero Qualcomm

5G will gradually reach the lower ranges, and this will allow the technology to expand massively. When can we expect Qualcomm processors in these segments?

As you can imagine, I can't answer this question. However, if you look back, you will see that the 4G that by the way took much longer to be adopted started in the range premium and ended up at the entrance. Today our entire chip portfolio incorporates 4G, from the lowest to the highest.

I don't know when this will be the case for 5G, but I am amazed at how quickly both terminals and networks are deploying and adopting.

Are the operators deploying 5G as fast as you expected or wanted?

5G is not a Qualcomm invention. It is a standard developed in conjunction with many agents. But when you invest in technology, you are pleased to see how the market adopts it.

We believed in 5G at the time, not only as an evolution of 4G, but as a disruption, as it offers a series of functionalities and benefits that enable various use cases. For years we have been working side by side on standards, we have invested in simulations, tests, demos We have been announcing prototypes or 5G demonstrators since before the standard came out, more than two years ago at MWC. And our first 5G chip was ready for over a year.

We have invested time and resources together with the rest of the ecosystem and the market, in all humility, it has given us and all those who believe that 5G was the path we had to follow and that it had to be done as soon as possible because We ran the risk of 4G falling short.

Thus, we believe that it is evolving as rapidly as we expected at the time. And the data shows it.

In the development of 5G there are several factors that influence, and one of them is the Government of Spain. How do you value the role of the Government in the tendering of frequencies? Do you think they are being effective and contributing to the acceleration of 5G or, on the contrary, is the process going a bit slow compared to other countries?

In Spain, the 3.5 GHz spectrum was put out to competition almost a year ago. I don't have the exact data, but I think Spain was in the top 5 of the European countries to tender the radioelectric spectrum of 3.5. In fact, it was put out to tender earlier than in Germany and much earlier than in France.

In this sense, the Spanish regulator moved quite decently compared to our environment. And especially taking into account all the changes in government that we have had in recent years, which I do not think that would help much to accelerate processes. However, even with that difficulty, I was satisfied that this continued to be seen as a priority by the two governments.

Regarding the 700 MHz band, it is true that it has not yet gone out to tender, but I think we are on par. There are passes that already have it, others that don't, but I see it a little on par. I imagine that the history of the digital dividend influences. But I believe that, if they follow the plans they have determined, we will be above the European average. It is my perception.

Regarding the 26 GHz band, only Italy has put it out to tender in Europe and I know that other countries are analyzing it. I do not know when they will do it in Spain, but I trust that they will do it at the same time. The sooner the better.

My feeling, therefore, is that the regulator has done quite well in this regard.

Why do you think that only one operator has decided to turn on their 5G network in Spain? Are the rest of the operators waiting for 5G SA, for the tender of new frequencies? What is your perception?