Verizon, Samsung & Qualcomm achieve 1.7 Gbps in mobile 5G test; 5G smartphone for VZ and AT&T

Verizon, Samsung and Qualcomm report achieving a speed of 1.7 Gbps [1] through a mobile 5G connection while using the 28 GHz band. The test took place at Qualcomm’s San Diego, CA facilities, using Samsung’s 4G LTE and 5G NR gear, Verizon’s 28 GHz spectrum and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

Note 1.  For IMT 2020, the minimum requirements for peak data rate are: – Downlink peak data rate is 20 Gbit/s. – Uplink peak data rate is 10 Gbit/s.  Recommendation ITU-R M.2083 defines eight key “Capabilities for IMT-2020”, which form a basis for the 13 technical performance requirements. Recommendation ITU-R M.2083 also recognizes that the key capabilities will have different relevance and applicability for the different usage scenarios addressed by IMT-2020 (enhance mobile broadband, massive machine to machine communications, and ultra reliable, low latency communications).

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“Successful inter-operation of multiple network technologies takes us another step closer to the commercialization of 5G mobility services,” Woojune Kim, the Senior Vice President and Head of North American Business at Samsung Electronics’ Networks Business said in a press release. “We are proud to join with Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to spotlight the next steps driving network evolution. The use of substantial mmWave spectrum and EN-DC demonstrates how a seamless 5G/LTE approach succeeds in delivering high-speed, high-capacity mobility on next-generation networks.”

The year ahead likely will bring much news about the device market, which promises to be challenging. Indeed, the news seems to be picking up before the year arrives.

Verizon and Samsung said that they will bring a 5G smartphone [2] to market during the first half of 2019. They said that plans are to unveil a proof-of-concept 5G smartphone during the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui. The device seems similar to the one used in the data testing. It includes the Snapdragon Mobile Platform featuring the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

Note 2.  Samsung showed a prototype design of its first 5G phone at the Qualcomm Summit, one that it promised will launch with Verizon and AT&T in the first half of 2019. Those “5G” networks will be based on 3GPP Release 15 “5G NR” non stand alone (dependent on a LTE core network).  The phone “is the result of years of collaboration to deploy an end-to-end solution for commercial 5G services using Samsung network equipment and personal devices,” the companies said in a press release.

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AT&T also said that it will offer a Samsung 5G smartphone during the first half of the year.  Cities AT&T is targeting for mobile 5G in 2019 are Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville; Louisville; Oklahoma City; New Orleans; Raleigh; San Antonio and Waco, Texas; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Nashville; Orlando and San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, CA

 

Verizon Tests Interoperable 5G and LTE Technology, Achieves Mobile 5G Speed of 1.7 Gbps

 

3 thoughts on “Verizon, Samsung & Qualcomm achieve 1.7 Gbps in mobile 5G test; 5G smartphone for VZ and AT&T

  1. CMRI, Nokia launch 5G hybrid indoor radio solution

    The China Mobile Research Institute and Nokia have launched a jointly-developed hybrid indoor radio solution with location services, designed to meet 5G connectivity demands inside large, busy buildings.

    The solution, which the companies are hailing as an industry-first, is aimed at reducing operators’ deployment costs.

    The solution uses the Nokia 5G Pico RRH System, passive DAS antennas and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to improve capacity over traditional passive-only DAS systems while reducing deployment costs compared to Pico systems.

    According to research from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, around 70% of consumption of 5G business applications will take place indoors. As a result, indoor coverage has become a key area of focus for operators while developing initial 5G services.

    The companies said the solution will enable the delivery of intelligent operations and maintenance services, including weak coverage and indoor positioning analysis, traffic flow analysis and elastic scalability.

    The location services functionality will meanwhile enable the delivery of value-added services for building owners, with the companies giving the example of security monitoring or push marketing services in shopping malls.

    “China Mobile is committed to delivering the best user experience for mobile applications empowered by innovative technologies,” China Mobile Research Institute senior researcher Zhang Xinwang said.

    “Our collaborations with Nokia Shanghai Bell, along with the innovations jointly achieved, will help us maintain the leading position in 5G coverage and capacity while effectively lowering implementation costs.”

    https://www.telecomasia.net/content/cmri-nokia-launch-5g-hybrid-indoor-radio-solution

  2. Balazs Bertenyi, TSG RAN Chairman: The 3GPP non-standalone (NSA) 5G radio specifications, which means that you need an LTE anchor and besides that LTE anchor, you have the 5G NR cell, but you basically do your control plane & control plane communications through LTE and you boost the user data capacity through 5G NR and the new radio technology.
    What we have to recognize is that to make the full 5G vision a reality takes time, it takes multiple phases, it takes multiple [3GPP] releases – just as it did with LTE. So, the full 5G vision is really one with the multiple pillars that guide the overall system development for the next ‘x’ number of years.
    So, this is where the slight disconnect comes from “OK, 5G’s wonderful, but the first release only provides mobile broadband”, but what I think we have to recognise is that you cannot fulfil the full vision [of 5G] in one go. You have to start somewhere and you obviously want to start at an area and at a set of features that you can deploy. Otherwise, how would you gain experience with the new technology?

    From autonomous driving, to all of those industry verticals that we want to target with our technologies. That is really what will make 5G a success, we cant be constrained by the LTE footprint, we have to go way beyond that. That’s the only way that we can make 5G a success.
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    Erik Guttman, TSG SA Chairman: The 5G system is being developed largely as a new 5G core network and all of the components of that network are being considered – both in terms of the functionality they will provide for the NR and other accesses, but also in interaction with the EPC (Evolved packet core) and the entire 4G system. We are going to have compatibility going forward, as people adopt the new technology.

    The new 5G system features capabilities that will allow for orchestration of virtualization, as the components are redesigned to offer a very cleanly separated control plane and user plane – It adopts an internal signalling architecture that’s novel. So, rather than following distinct paths it is a service based architecture, though it support all of the procedures and mechanisms needed to provide mobile telecommunications, these same capacities can be used for other services that can be offered by operators, in the future.
    I think that we are in very good shape for the months to come and it will be an exciting challenge to get through both phase 1 and phase 2 of this initial 5G process and I am very confident that we can achieve the targets that we set out too – for IMT-2020 and even exceed many of those goals.
    http://www.3gpp.org/technologies/3gpp-videos/player/5/39

  3. The first ‘real world’ 5G test was a dud-AT&T and Verizon were supposed to show real 5G, but the speed is missing

    journalists aren’t being allowed to try 5G in any meaningful way. They can’t touch working versions of the Samsung phone, or the AT&T hotspot, or the Verizon hotspot, or run an actual speed test on Motorola’s 5G modded phone. There are demos, like a VR headset plugged into a computer connected to Wi-Fi that’s also technically 5G, but we can’t peer behind the curtain to verify that 5G is actually working.

    Why the cloak and dagger? It’s because the networks aren’t anywhere near as fast as 5G is supposed to be.
    Netgear, which is providing AT&T’s first 5G mobile hotspot, suggested you might not see those gigabit-plus speeds everywhere at launch. “It varies market to market — some markets they may have a couple hundred megabits of bandwidth in the 39 GHz, others can go all the way up to 5Gbps,” says Verizon’s Chris Emmons.

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/4/18125854/verizon-att-5g-speed-test-slow-maui-qualcomm-snapdragon-summit

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