MWC 2018 Updates:Samsung showcases first end-to-end 5G FWA solution


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Samsung Electronics showcases its end-to-end 5G commercial solutions at the Mobile World Congress 2018 here. The demonstrations leverage the 5G solutions to showcase new service opportunities and business cases.

Samsung said it has developed the world’s first complete commercial 5G FWA solutions, which includes commercial form-factor 5G home routers (CPEs) for both indoors and outdoors, 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) comprising a radio access unit and virtualized RAN, a next-generation core and AI-powered 3D radio frequency planning tools and services.

“At MWC 2018, Samsung plans to show how our homes, cars and cities can be transformed by building user-centric 5G networks” said Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Since the beginning of our 5G research in 2012, Samsung stood firm among industry players to trust in the potentials of the millimeter wave spectrum. Our efforts towards advancing this technology will see the light this year, making 5G a reality and opening up new territories’ possibilities for consumers, operators and enterprises.”

All of Samsung’s product announcements today follow an announcement earlier in the year that confirmed the company will be providing Verizon with commercial 5G home routers and other devices to help fuel the carrier’s 5G network rollout. This is said to begin in Sacramento, California in the second half of 2018 and expand from there.

Besides Verizon, most other carriers have announced tests or plans to introduce a 5G network in the near future, including AT&T and T-Mobile. Late in January, a new report suggested that the United States federal government was looking into building a centralized 5G wireless network across the country, which would fundamentally alter the way that communications networks are implemented by having the government “rent access to carriers.”

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