Samsung Network, Samsung’s network equipment arm has achieved a new record in 5G download speed. The South Korean tech giant logged 1.75 Gbps over a 10km distance in mmWave frequency. The record was achieved in collaboration with Australia’s NBN Co. in a recent trial.
The 2.75 Gbps was the recorded peak speed during the field trial but the average speed was 61.5 Mbps. The milestone was achieved with a Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) connection using Samsung’s 28 GHz Compact Macro device. The device features Samsung’s second-generation 5G modem chip. It has a base station, radio, and antenna in a single form factor. Some mobile network operators are already using it in Japan, South Korea, and the US.
The test proves the potential of mmWave 5G
“This new 5G record proves the massive potential of mmWave technology, and its ability to deliver enhanced connectivity and capacity for addressing the last mile challenges in rural areas,” said Junehee Lee, Executive Vice-President and Head of R&D, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.
Samsung’s beamforming technology enables carrier aggregation of different mmWave 5G bands which results in high download and upload speeds. The company used eight component carriers (8CC0. It leveraged an aggregation of 800 MHz mmWave spectrum.
NBN plans to spend AUD 750 million which includes the Australian government’s AUD 480 million to extend FWA reach by up to 50%. The company wants to use software enhancements and Samsung’s technology to better the mmWave 5G network in Australia.
The latest trial is a worthy testament to prove that mmWave 5G is appropriate for dense and urban areas and wider FWA coverage in remote and rural settlements. It will help minimize the connectivity gulf which exists between cities and rural places and allow governments to reduce the digital divide.
Samsung launched the world’s first ever 5G mmWave FWA service in the US which involved the company’s end-to
In 2018, Samsung launched the world’s first 5G mmWave FWA services in the US. As a leading telecom gear vendor, the company offers an end-to-end portfolio of 5G mmWave solutions comprising its own chipsets, and radios.