Samsung sees its 5G opportunity in the rapidly growing demand for fast and responsive connectivity. Doing its part to define and introduce the next generation of mobile standards, Samsung is an active contributor to the ITU Radiocommunications sector (ITU-R) and a strong proponent of the organization’s International Mobile Telecommunications vision for 2020 (IMT-2020), which establishes a set of 5G benchmarks for network technologies that will meet that growing connectivity demand.
Samsung provides a broad portfolio of end-to-end 5G network products and solutions and has been heavily involved in important trials leading toward the 2020 commercialization target.
5G Samsung Trials
In one of Samsung 5G’s more far-reaching partnership trials, the company participated in AT&T’s expanded fixed wireless 5G trials that were conducted through the end of 2017. AT&T included Samsung’s end-to-end 5G solutions and products delivered to homes and businesses in the trial — specifically involving tests of fixed and mobile wireless solutions operating in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum.
Samsung and SK Telecom recently completed a successful 4G LTE and 5G end-to-end network interworking trial in an outdoor environment in Seoul, South Korea. The companies used the current 4G LTE commercial network in the 2.6 GHz band and 5G prototype equipment using frequencies of 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz, as well as a virtualized core and a test device that supports both 4G and 5G technologies. The 4G LTE and 5G Samsung trial showed that users can experience a seamless, uninterrupted streaming service while transitioning from 4G to 5G networks.
Samsung is also working with the U.S. military to build a 5G wireless network designed for speed, connectivity, and line-of-sight networking technology using Samsung’s pre-commercial 28 GHz mmWave system and devices.
Earlier in 2017, Samsung and Verizon completed trials of 5G systems in five U.S. cities, delivering fixed wireless access to customers through 5G connectivity in order to gauge user experiences, evaluate 5G performance, and streamline the delivery of mmWave 5G across various environments. The Samsung 5G trials involved the use of 28 GHz millimeter wave spectrum and advanced beamforming antenna technology.
The Commitment to 5G Samsung is Showing
Samsung expects 5G technology to drive the next wave of mobile application development and the Internet of Things (IoT). The company holds a host of essential patents related to the new 5G standards. Samsung recently announced the commercial readiness of its Samsung 5G integrated chipset, which will enable operators like Verizon to deploy high-efficiency, low-cost radios in a compact form factor and overcome high-band spectrum challenges.