|[February 22, 2017]
Samsung and Verizon Announce First 5G Customer Trials Set to Begin in Q2 2017
Electronics America, Inc. and Verizon (News - Alert) today announced they
have completed deployment of 5G systems in five U.S. cities in
preparation to begin customer trials of 5G technology. The customer
trials, planned to begin in April, will deliver fixed wireless access to
customers through 5G connectivity in order to gauge user experiences,
evaluate the performance of 5G technologies, and help streamline the
delivery of mmWave 5G across various environments.
The 5G trials involve innovative network systems, including the use of
28GHz millimeter wave spectrum and advanced beam-forming antenna
technology. Samsung's (News - Alert) 5G Access Units, installed throughout a city's
business and residential neighborhoods, will link radio signals to a
virtualized core network that is set up within Verizon's data centers.
Samsung's next-generation core solution is software-driven and designed
on a scalable platform to accommodate operator needs.
In pre-commercial testing, which began in December 2016, the 5G system
demonstrated multi-gigabit throughputs at radio distances of up to 1,500
feet (nearly 500 meters) across each of the different environments
selected for the customer trials. The Samsung 5G system is designed to
be upgradable to support 3GPP standards for New Radio and
Next-Generation Core, once available.
Samsung and Verizon 5G customer trials will begin in New Jersey,
Massachusetts, Texas and Washington, D.C., with a fifth location in
Michigan starting trials later in Q2 2017. The locations represent
varying terrain, neighborhood layouts and population density. Joint
trials will incorporate Samsung's pre-commercial 5G solution featuring:
Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), a window antenna, and its 5G radio and
core solutions. Verizon will include fixed wireless network service that
provides wireless Internet access and Voice over IP (VoIP) calling.
"We are excited to deliver the first end-to-end 5G connectivity in the
United States with Verizon," stated Youngky Kim, President and Head of
the Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. "This represents a major
leap forward in offering 5G fixed wireless access to consumers. The 5G
challenges we will address, and the customer feedback we receive will
help lay the foundation for future business models and customer
"We are pleased about the progress made with partners like Samsung on
advancing 5G technology commercially," said Roger Gurnani, Executive
Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Architect, Verizon.
"Delivering 5G to these pilot customers is an important step in
assessing the business model and customer experience for delivering
wireless broadband via 5G. Samsung's early and extensive development in
5G has been valuable in contributing to Verizon's 5G Technology Forum
network equipment and devices offer a pathway to meeting
ever-growing consumer demand for data in an emerging 5G world. 5G
technology is expected to drive the next wave of mobile application
development and the Internet of Things (IoT), connecting billions of
devices and accelerating low latency gigabit speeds for richer
experiences. Samsung holds a host of essential patents related to the
new 5G standards. In its continued commitment to 5G technology, Samsung
recently announced the commercial readiness of its 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.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future
with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining
the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras,
digital appliances, medical equipment, network systems, and
semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit
Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America,
Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics,
mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of
today's technology and providing consumers and organizations with a
portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment,
Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality,
wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading
content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video,
customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones
and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America's fastest growing home
appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com.
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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) employs a diverse
workforce of 177,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues.
Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more
than 112 million retail connections nationwide. Headquartered in New
York, the company also provides communications and entertainment
services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers
integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.
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