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.