US Cable Operator Charter Collaborates with Samsung on 5G Trials

US Cable Operator Charter Collaborates with Samsung on 5G Trials Image Credit: Samsung

Charter Communications, the second-biggest U.S. cable operator is collaborating with Samsung on 5G and 4G LTE wireless networks lab and field trials at various locations in the U.S.

The trials, which began this summer, will run through the end of the year. The 5G trial is evaluating fixed use cases using Samsung’s pre-commercial 28 GHz (mmWave) system and devices.

The 4G trials are performed at 3.5 GHz (CBRS), utilizing Samsung’s combined 4G LTE small cell technology in an outdoor environment to evaluate mobile use cases.

As Charter progresses towards its previously announced Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) launch next year, Samsung is one of the companies chosen to collaborate with Charter to test 4G LTE mobile service in support of their MVNO wireless strategy.

Samsung said its 4G LTE outdoor small cell provides a compact base station that is ideal to hang on Charter’s extensive cable strand asset, due to its small size and low power consumption. The small cell provides both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi service over multiple frequencies.

Craig Cowden, SVP, Wireless Technology, Charter Communications
We are pleased to collaborate with Samsung on these trials, which provide Charter better insight into how our advanced, powered, high speed network—which currently passes 49 million homes and businesses—can be used to enable 5G services.

Mark Louison, SVP and GM, Networks, Samsung Electronics Americas 
As a pioneer in small cell networks technologies, Samsung is excited to partner with Charter as they evaluate their next-generation 5G and 4G wireless network technologies.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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