MWC: Samsung and Deutsche Telekom Showcase 5G!

Samsung Electronics and Deutsche Telekom have announced that they have successfully showcased the world first end-to-end 5G demonstration at Mobile World Congress 2016.

During the live demonstration, Samsung, one of Deutsche Telekom’s 5G:haus partners, introduced its 60GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) small cell solution and handheld smartphones.

The demonstration involved the use of two Samsung smartphones to track the precise movements of a robotic arm from two separate angles. The 4K UHD video contents were transmitted over the air without any delay by the Ultra High Mobile broadband (U-MBB) service using Samsung’s 60GHz radio access technology. Samsung and Deutsche Telekom have achieved throughput more than 1.5 gigabit per second (Gbps) on each smartphone. It proves that 5G technology using spectrum above 6GHz can serve as one of the optimised solutions for next generation mobile services such as tactile internet, which requires lower latency and ultra-high connectivity/throughput.

“We are pleased to have proven the feasibility of 5G technology through this live demonstration with Deutsche Telekom,” said Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “It is important for Samsung to take a realistic path towards 5G world by securing seamless mobility, which will enable people to enjoy immersive experiences such as virtual reality broadcasting services and hologram calls using 5G infrastructures. Samsung will continue its innovation with Deutsche Telekom to bring 5G technology closer to our lives.”

“As we demonstrate together with our partners, the development of 5G technology has reached a very exciting phase. As a next step in our 5G:haus, we will involve customers in the technology development process to bring the technology closer to them and ensure it meets their expectations,” said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO Deutsche Telekom AG.

Samsung’s radio access for the spectrum above 6GHz is designed to help address the key challenges of future networks such as the explosive growth in demand for bandwidth and densities of increased devices. The large amount of empty bandwidth in the spectrum above 6GHz will make it possible to accommodate large quantities of data traffic.

Samsung’s mmWave Radio Access is capable of beam-forming as well as intra and inter-system mobility. It is also capable of providing handover within the time below 100msec between mmWave cells and LTE cells/mmWave cells.

The devices used during the demonstration are hand-held smartphones containing 16 antenna elements that support beam-forming, alongside standard 3G and LTE. This capability of supporting multiple bands and technologies in a small form factor is one of the key enablers of 5G.

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine