Ready 5G Trials
February 24, 2017
Electronics and Verizon 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 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
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
Samsung 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.