Why Intel Has Exited the 5G Modem Business


Intel is currently providing 4G LTE modems for this year’s 2019 iPhones, and with Apple’s ongoing dispute with Qualcomm, it was safe to assume they will continue to supply the US giant with 5G modems for the next generation of iPhones.

Recently though, Apple and Qualcomm announced they have reached a new agreement, ending their years-long lawsuit over patterns, component costs, and royalties. This came after Apple apparently decided Intel Corp wasn’t prepared to provide new much needed 5G chip.

This made Intel leave the 5G mobile market as CEO Bob Swan said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal: “In light of the announcement of Apple and Qualcomm, we assessed the prospects for us to make money while delivering this technology for smartphones and concluded at the time that we just didn’t see a path.”

The company is still building networking and modems (just not for mobile devices), therefore is not giving up 5G entirely.

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