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Intel has withdrawn from the smartphone modems contest but it has bigger 5G prizes to chase

Caroline Gabriel Principal Analyst, Research

"Intel's failure in the 5G modems space makes it more vital for the company to outrun its challengers in the 5G network chip race."

Intel's decision to withdraw from the 5G modem market after Apple settled its lawsuits with Qualcomm in April 2019 will intensify the pressure to succeed in other aspects of 5G, particularly the virtualised network platform. This comment analyses the main opportunities and challenges for Intel as it develops an end-to-end 5G platform.