Samsung unveiled its 3.5-gigahertz band 5G operating equipment system

The South Korean tech giant, Samsung Electronics, unveiled its 3.5-gigahertz band 5G operating equipment system that the company says will be ready for South Korea’s commercialization timetable, reports Yonhap News.

Samsung said at a press event late last week that the equipment to be used on base stations for the next generation telecommunication network is safer and more advanced compared to products by rivals like China’s Huawei Technologies.

Market watchers said that while Huawei has focused on the low frequency 3.5 GHz band, Samsung has concentrated more on the 28 GHz band, causing many to believe that it may have fallen behind the competition.

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Huawei’s technology in 5G, at least in the 3.5 GHz band field, was seen as being three months ahead of Samsung’s and 20-30% more affordable.

The 5G network is made up 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands, with the lower frequency having a longer reach and faster data transfer speeds. The 28 GHz band, on the other hand, has a relatively shorter range but is more suited for large volume data transmission.

Kim Young-ky, head of Samsung’s network business, rejected claims that the company was trailing others and stressed it is geared to providing the best possible 5G service in the country.

“Just as people consider trust when picking a security company, Samsung is the most trustworthy in the business,” the executive stated. He said that unlike others, Samsung can respond quickly and aggressively if there is a problem with the system down the road.

The Korean company will strive to take over 20% of the global 5G equipment market by 2020, Kim said.

“Samsung’s network business division has been recording two-digit growth annually. I expect it will be the same this year and next year,” the executive said.

The company said its equipment is the smallest in terms of size out of all devices that meet the latest 3rd Generation Partnership Project standard.

As reported, Samsung’s technical specialty lies in the development of complex 5G network gear for the 28 GHz band, where 800 megahertz of bandwidth is used to achieve a throughput (maximum speed) of 10 Gbps.

In the case of Samsung, it utilized 1,024 antennas to create a multi-MIMO system for the 28 GHz band, to drive up connection speeds to meet 5G specifications. And this equipment will be going live in the US within the year.

“A technology that can handle a bandwidth as wide as this and achieve a throughput of 10 Gbps is what should truly be considered as 5G technology,” said Kim. “And it’s important to note that this is a technology that is not undergoing tests, but is set for (imminent) commercialization.”

In January, Samsung Electronics signed a deal to supply US telco Verizon with the world’s first-ever 5G Fixed Wireless Access network solutions running on the 28 GHz band, designed to bring 5G services inside homes. Deployment to Verizon is set to formally begin in the third quarter of this year, Kim noted.

He also expressed confidence in Samsung’s ability to provide top-notch network gear for the 3.5 GHz band — the primary band on which Korean telcos are planning to deploy their 5G services.

According to Kim, the 3.5 GHz band has a lower technological ceiling than that of the 28 GHz band. On the 3.5 GHz band, the bandwidth used to achieve a stable 5G connection drops from 800 MHz to 100 MHz. The number of antennas required for Massive MIMO drops from 1,024 to 64.

“Since we’ve already broken the (higher) tech ceiling required to achieve a stable 5G network in the 28 GHz band, we have no doubts in our ability to provide top-quality products in the 3.5 GHz band,” he said.

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Samsung also revealed its latest equipment used in ultra high-speed fixed wireless access Internet and massive multiple inputs, multiple output system based on the 2.5 GHz band range.

Samsung is planning to start 5G transmission on Dec. 1, with full-scale commercialization set for March 2019.

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