Life Beyond Trade Wars: A Telecosmic Collaboration between Tech Giants
While US and Chinese trade negotiators continue to find it difficult to get on the same page, there’s a far-more constructive and refreshing approach emanating deep from within the confines of the Telecosm.
What is the Telecosm?
Well, we know that Crytpocosm – with its roots in the blockchain advancement – refers to the complete restructuring of the internet and decentralized security.
The Telecosm is a term I use that encompasses advanced global communications networks driven by fiber optics and wireless technologies. In my book, Telecosm, I illuminated how infinite bandwidth will transform our world and predicted Qualcomm’s ascent into the global technology leader it has become today.
Late last month, as US and Chinese negotiators were meeting in Shanghai in an attempt to hash out terms for a trade truce, two major tech companies announced an important collaboration on 5G and gaming devices.
One of these companies is Qualcomm. The two companies said that they will collaborate on many different projects.
This is potentially a big deal. There is much to be gained from a Telecosmic collaboration of two technology powerhouses, each with their own comparative advantages in the market.
5G’s Global Reach
I celebrated Qualcomm’s vital role in the Telecosm in its early days before it became a dominant player. Qualcomm’s CDMA system, as I wrote in my book Telecosm, was a new spectronic paradigm that was urgently needed.
Nearly two decades ago I prophesied that ultimately Qualcomm’s CDMA would offer service “as cheap and clear as wireline, far more convenient, and readily usable for data.”
And indeed, it has!
Today, Qualcomm is the largest supplier of mobile phone chips that power many Android devices. The company’s Snapdragon 855 mobile platform enables mobile experiences that are, as Qualcomm’s president Cristiano Amon puts it, “faster, brawnier, smarter, and more immersive.”
5G and next generation gaming on mobile devices, enabled in part by 5G networks, is the next frontier for Qualcomm. It’s a global opportunity with massive potential returns in every major market, including China.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) gave the green light for 5G commercialization when it issued 5G business operation licenses to four major players — China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Broadcasting Network Corp.
Nearly every 5G mobile device launched is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, touted as the world’s first commercial mobile platform to support multi-gigabit 5G.
Teaming up in this space makes great strategic sense for both companies.
Toward an eXtended 5G Reality
Qualcomm and another tech powerhouse are enthusiastic about the potential for mobile gaming in a 5G world. As Qualcomm China Chairman Frank Meng noted, the new 5G technology will enable faster speeds, more bandwidth, along with ultra-low latency that will support real-time, multi-player, and immersive gaming experiences.
It is not clear at this juncture what the two have planned for eXtended Reality (XR) and mobile gaming.
eXtended Reality is Qualcomm’s vernacular for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR), and everything in between.
Qualcomm sees XR as the future of mobile computing. It envisions sleek headsets – not the large, clunky headsets of today – that will transform everyday consumer experiences. Not to mention many market verticals, from industrial manufacturing and healthcare to education and retail.
XR is here today, but it is still in its infancy. If Qualcomm has its way, the smartphone will become an XR wearable device in the future.
Qualcomm believes 5G enhanced mobile broadband is required for XR mass adoption.
That technology is emerging in the Telecosm as I write.
For now, Qualcomm will collaborate with companies to push ahead on the 5G and non-XR mobile gaming front.
There’s plenty of upside in this arena, even in an age when political trade bickering garners the daily headlines and is taking a toll on economic activity on both sides of the pond.
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf reminded us all recently of the headwinds created by the US-China trade disputes. The next couple of quarters will be rough sailing. Beyond that, there is the awesome potential for opportunity to capitalize of collaborations like the one we’re currently seeing.
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