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Verizon Selects Samsung for 5G FWA Commercial Launch in Q3 2018

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Verizon has selected Samsung to provide commercial 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network and customer solutions.

The two companies will begin by launching commercial 5G services in Sacramento, California in the second half of 2018.

Last year, Samsung and Verizon began 5G customer trials across seven U.S. cities in early 2017, and have successfully tested and verified 5G performance using millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequency to provide FWA pre-commercial service. These trials were conducted in California, Georgia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, and Washington D.C.

After conducting trials in key markets across the U.S., Samsung and Verizon have collected results that will help in calibrating a 5G future.

Key findings include:

A single 5G radio has been able to reach the 19th floor of a multi-dwelling unit (MDU).Broadband service has been achieved in line of sight (LOS), partial LOS and Non-LOS connections.Environmental factors, including rain and snow, have not interrupted services.

Samsung will provide Verizon with commercial 5G home routers (CPEs), 5G Radio Access Units (RAN) comprised of a compact radio base station and virtualized RAN elements, as well as 5G radio frequency planning services. To provide these services, Samsung has leveraged in-house technology and assets to develop the first commercial ASIC-based 5G modems and mmWave RFICs.

Verizon and Samsung will continue to develop the use cases and applications of Samsung’s 5G technology.

Ed Chan, Chief Technology Architect and Network Planning, Verizon
Sacramento is an ideal place to begin deploying 5G broadband services, providing a progressive environment for creating future use cases.

Mark Louison, SVP and GM, NEtwork Division, Samsung Electronics America 
At the same time, Samsung applied lessons learned from these real-world trials to ensure that our complete end-to-end 5G portfolio is ready for commercial service. We are delighted to work with Verizon on this journey to create unprecedented user experiences powered by 5G.

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

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn, Facebook 

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