UNISOC/Spreadtrum will ship a 5G modem and full system on chip by late this year or early 2020. It announced the "5G technology platform" MAKALU and the IVY510 modem in February. It now has chips in test.
UNISOC has nearly unlimited backing from the government and Tsinghua Unigroup. 3,000+ engineers are led by Stephen Chu and other experienced managers. They intend to become a major international chip company. For several years, the then-named Spreadtrum cooperated closely with Intel on LTE and other chips. They now are on their own, hoping for an IPO in 2020.
China will have well over 130,000 5G base stations in 2019 and 1,000,000 bases amazingly quickly. Tens of millions will soon be buying 5G phones.