Over the past 12 months, the industry has made tremendous progress on the road to commercial 5G services. Samsung has led significant advancements in 5G networks, as new trials and product introductions have driven innovations that will improve the way consumers and businesses enjoy broadband, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The past year’s advancements included the deployment of Samsung’s pre-commercial 5G systems with Verizon in markets around the U.S.

In 2017, Samsung’s deployment of its pre-commercial 5G systems for trial with Verizon gained momentum, covering seven U.S. cities, and successfully providing 5G fixed wireless service to customers across a diverse range of topological environments. This progress has led to a new milestone, just announced today — Verizon and Samsung completed a commercial agreement to purchase and deploy Samsung’s 5G network solutions for Verizon’s first commercial 5G launch.

5G Results

The trials used technology running in the millimeter-wave spectrum to deliver impressive experiences, including streamed 4K content, unrivaled virtual reality quality and crystal clear wireless video conferencing. Test beds have also enabled the evaluation of autonomous driving using 5G technology.

Other findings from the Samsung and Verizon 5G trials include results that showed Gigabit broadband service has been provided in some markets to households more than 2,000 feet from the 5G base station. Additionally, 5G service has been achieved through a variety of building materials and environmental factors, such as rain and snow.

These developments with Verizon come on the heels of recent milestones demonstrating an exciting 5G future, such as the recent Samsung announcement with KDDI — a leading Japanese communications provider — highlighting a train moving at 60 mph that used 5G to download 8K video content while streaming a 4K video feed.

With fixed wireless commercial deployments set to begin at the turn of the year, 2018 promises to be another momentous year of progress for 5G — and Samsung plans to be at the forefront of this network evolution.

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Alok Shah

Alok Shah is vice president of networks strategy for Samsung Electronics America where he steers strategy, marketing and new business development for the North American Networks division. He has nearly 20 years of strategy, technical marketing, product management and engineering experience in the wireless industry. Alok holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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