Qualcomm keen to sharpen focus on Internet of Things

BARCELONA: American chipmaker Qualcomm plans to sharpen its focus on driving Internet of Things (IoT) technology via collaborations with startups to develop use cases for consumers and industries in India, besides working with local and international handset players to bring out more 4G LTE feature phones in the country.

“You will see us spend more time on IoT,” Jim Cathey, president, Asia Pacific & India, Qualcomm International, told ET on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress. Cathey said the introduction of the 5G technology in India would benefit IoT business.

“That will benefit India in the beginning because the government will step up and they would want that to be successful because it will help the communities. The local governments would decide whether they want the use to be a smart lamp post or asmart meter,” he said. The San Diego-based company is working with Indian telcos and infrastructure players for testing 5G network technology and devices.

Cathey said the intense competition among Indian telcos would drive the 5G related developments, along with the government’s support. “There’s a tremendous amount of competition right now with the carriers… 5G is that avenue which will finally differentiate,” he said.economictimes