According to the Zdnet, Samsung Electronics is starting trials with Arqiva in the UK and Verizon in the USA to offer 5G fixed wireless broadband at gigabit-per-second speeds.
Arqiva’s CEO, Simon Beresford-Wylie, said: “Our trial with Samsung will demonstrate the enormous potential of 5G FWA as an alternative to fibre for delivering ultra-high speed connectivity to homes and businesses.” He promised “1Gbps and significantly reduced latency (delay), along with super high reliability for mission critical applications.”
SAMSUNG WAS WORKING WITH VERIZON TO OFFER 5G ACCESS IN THE USA
Samsung also said it was working with Verizon to offer 5G access in the USA. It said customer trials will start in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington DC in April, “with a fifth location in Michigan starting trials later”. Separately, Verizon said it “will begin offering 5G to pilot customers during the first half of 2017 in the following metropolitan areas: Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, DC” – a total of 11 areas. It needs to test performance in different topographies and areas where different building materials are used, for example.
Samsung said in a statement: “In pre-commercial testing started from early December last year, the 5G system demonstrated multi-gigabit throughputs at radio distances of up to 1,500 feet (500 meters) across each of the different environments selected for the customer trials.”
Verizon said its 5G network was able to support 4K video streaming with fixed wireless access (FWA) equipment. In tests, it can deliver speeds of well over a gigabit per second.
WHETHER IT CAN BE DONE PROFITABLY IS ANOTHER MATTER
In the UK, there have been several attempts to replace broadband with various types of FWA. The most recent failure was UK Broadband’s Hong Kong-backed Relish, which signed up only 15,000 customers before being sold to Three for £250 million. According to the Financial Times, “Three justified the price tag by pointing to the valuable spectrum owned by UK Broadband, which will help set the company for a 5G launch in the future.”
Samsung has invested heavily in 5G and owns a number of patents in the field. On February 19, it “announced the commercial readiness of its 5G RF Integrated Circuit (RFIC) which is an important component that will be used in the production and commercialization of next-generation base station and other radio access products.”
The RFIC chip’s availability is behind the new efforts to deploy 5G in the field.