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Huawei and MediaTek aim to provide alternative to Qualcomm in 5G testing

Qualcomm has enjoyed its customary position in the early days of a new mobile technology generation – a near monopoly in providing protoype terminals for 5G tests and trials. That leadership does not just deliver kudos, but puts a chip provider in a strong place to deliver the first round of commercial products too – it took years for Qualcomm’s 4G modem headstart to be eroded. But this time around, Intel has been putting up a decent challenge, with early 5G modem announcements and some operator trials, and now MediaTek’s own chances have been improved by a deal with Huawei. MediaTek and Huawei said they had completed 5G tests in Beijing and said they aimed to build a full ecosystem…

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