For some years now, the advent of 5G connectivity had been a consistent topic for the telecoms industry. While there had been lab-based and controlled environment tests, it didn’t offer real world results. Not until Mobile World Congress 2016 rolled around and Samsung, fresh from its flagship launch, showed off a 5G-type open area test session.
Amidst all the partying and congratulatory cheering, the network team from Samsung has worked hard with Deutsche Telekom to put together a proper working end-to-end 5G demonstration for all to see and experience.
It is at this live demo that Samsung, a key partner to 5G:haus – a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, introduced its 60GHz milimetre wave (mmWave) small cell solution and 5G optimised smart devices. In using all three, Samsung wanted to show that users are able to track the precise movement of a robotic arm, from two separate angles, in 4K video that is seamlessly streamed over the air. This is done over the Ultra High Mobile Broadband platform that the Samsung ultra-high speed wireless network is able to produce.
This joint-effort, based on the work that had been carried out, managed to generate a throughput of 1.5Gbps on each smartphone, proving that this real world experiential concept is able to seamlessly process and broadcast 4K video streams with no delay. Thus, 5G technology that is paired with network spectrum that operates above the 6GHz spectrum can operate as one of the optimised solutions for next-gen mobile services.
“We are pleased to have proven the feasibility of 5G technology through this live demonstration with Deutsche Telekom. Indeed, it is important for Samsung to take a realistic path to create a 5G world that is highly secure and seamlessly mobile. This will enable all to enjoy immersive experiences that use such advanced infrastructures, such as virtual reality broadcasting services and hologram calls,” said Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “
The Samsung 6GHz spectrum broadcasting platform is designed to deal with future network expansion that will come as a result of the explosive growth in demand for bandwidth. This, of course, is mostly due to the surge in device adoption rates. Since there are large amounts of unused bandwidth in the spectrum above 6GHz, it is definitely possible to accommodate all these high accumulation of data traffic.
“As we demonstrate together with our partners, the development of 5G technology has reached a very exciting phase. The next step for 5G:haus is to get customers involved with the technology development process and, through these sort of efforts, bring the technology closer to them and ensure it meets their expectations,” added Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO Deutsche Telekom AG.
Beyond 6GHz spectrum delivery, Samsung mmWave Radio Access provisioning system also offers beam-forming, intra- and inter-system mobility, and instant multiple platform handover processing.
The question now is – did Samsung use the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge for this showcase? As far as Samsung is concerned, these devices are not the flagships as they have been purposefully left unmarked. However, it has been confirmed that both mobile devices sport 16 antenna elements that not only offer beam-forming capabilities but also are able to deal with multiple mobile bands and related technologies.
While there is no hints as to what one can expect from this new 5G development, it is undoubtedly clear that both Samsung and Deutsche Telekom now have a literal platform that will set the tone for future developments within this high-speed mobile broadband space. While it certainly won’t appear as mass market solutions in 2016, there is a chance that it should come out within the next year or so.