Samsung Electronics said telecom operators KT and Verizon conducted 5G demonstrations using Samsung 5G solutions and use cases.
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The 5G demo includes a prototype 5G tablet device, and live video call conducted over 5G between Minneapolis, USA and Seoul, Korea during a sport event. Samsung said the 5G video connection featured Samsung’s 5G end-to-end (E2E) solutions in each location.
Hong-beom Jeon, head of Infra Laboratory, KT, said the fact that 5G is no longer a dream owes its debt to the collaborations we have carried out with operators like Verizon and vendors like Samsung.
Samsung enabled the demonstration of 5G experiences by supplying network Infrastructure composed of 28GHz 5G access units, 5G home routers (CPE), virtualized RAN and virtualized core network, as well as the prototype 5G device.
Samsung has leveraged in-house technology to develop the first commercial ASIC-based 5G modems and mmWave RFICs. Samsung has the smallest 5G radio base stations and 5G home routers (CPEs) in the market.
Ed Chan, chief technology architect at Verizon, said: “Seeing Samsung’s 5G end-to-end solutions in action, including a working prototype 5G tablet, underscores how important our collaborative relationship has been in helping accelerate the availability of commercial 5G mobility for customers.”
Samsung 5G network products demonstrated at the Verizon and KT sponsored sports events include prototype 5G tablet – capable of running on multi-gigabit per second speeds via 5G networks, as well as the latest 4G LTE network speeds.
The proto-type tablet is also capable of supporting data session handovers between 4G and 5G and demonstrates advancements in chipset and antenna technology required to support future commercial devices.
Orange, Samsung and Cisco
Earlier, Orange, Samsung and Cisco announced collaboration on a 5G millimeter wave trial set to begin in the second half of 2018, across multiple homes in Romania. The trial marks Orange as the first operator to conduct a multi-vendor 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) customer trial in Europe.
The companies will demonstrate how 5G can complement existing fiber deployments to deliver high-speed bandwidth services.
Samsung will provide commercial 5G home routers (indoor and outdoor customer-premises equipment), 5G Radio Access Units (RAN) comprised of a compact radio base station and virtualized RAN elements, as well as 5G radio frequency planning services.
Cisco will supply its Cisco Ultra Gateway Platform, delivering a 5G virtual packet core on top of Cisco NFV Infrastructure. The mobile gateway will be deployed with Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) for enhanced throughput and flexibility.
Arnaud Vamparys, senior vice president, Radio Networks and Microwaves, Orange, said the trial will demonstrate how FWA, NFV and multi-vendor interoperability create new opportunities.