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Qualcomm is launching $200M fund to back companies building out 5G

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf speaking at a business roundtable
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf speaking at a business roundtable. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Qualcomm's venture arm today announced plans for a $200 million fund aimed at backing companies with the technology needed to build out or take advantage of next generation 5G cellular networks.

Why it matters: Companies with a stake in 5G technology — such as Qualcomm — are eager to tout its great potential. However, achieving that potential will require lots more investment — first in the networks and their accompanying gear, and then in apps and services.

  • The global effort will look at companies with interesting 5G use cases, those helping bring 5G to businesses as well as those helping transform the networks themselves.

What they're saying: Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement...

"The intent of this fund is to fuel innovative 5G businesses that will be poised to take advantage of the $13.2 trillion economic benefit that 5G will enable by 2035.”

Yes, but: For all the hype, 5G networks have been slow to reach consumers, with most of the U.S. networks launched this year covering only small parts of a few cities.

Go deeper: Axios' special report on 5G