Samsung’s Digital City Provides a Glimpse of What’s Possible with 5G

Samsung’s digital city in South Korea showcases many of the perceived benefits of 5G.  Samsung has deployed a 5G hot spot (or hot zone) within its campus to demonstrate how quickly a person in a moving vehicle could download and upload large video files to the network.   The company’s pre-5G standard technology already supports some in-vehicle services, as well as smart city initiatives such as traffic, smart lighting and CCTV, and as it gains widespread coverage, even more innovations will occur.

Sporting venues will likely use 5G hot zones to deliver a new in-stadium fan experience that offers personalized video feeds of a customer’s favorite player to their mobile device. One example of this was the time slice feature that was available for the winter Olympics. Moreover, remote healthcare use cases will get a boost with better bandwidth to enhance the video and enable new use cases such as assisted surgery with augmented and virtual reality.


2 thoughts on “Samsung’s Digital City Provides a Glimpse of What’s Possible with 5G

  1. From Maribel Lopez writing in Forbes:

    Going forward, a more ubiquitous 5G deployment can enable more latency-sensitive, mobile use cases such as autonomous driving and remote control of transportation. With network-aware software, various enterprise and consumer use cases will take advantage of 5G benefits.

    The promise of 5G is real. The first deployments are underway today. While still in trials, South Korea is poised to be one of the first markets to offer a standardized version of 5G. It will be interesting to see what services the company creates. Next year will be the breakout year for 5G where we see operators across the globe delivering small pockets of 5G services that will be used to improve the 4G experience and provide certain fixed wireless applications.

  2. Separately, Samsung Electronics has announced plans to launch a single-chip 5G modem by the end of the year, placing it in direct competition with Qualcomm. [We don’t know what their definition of 5G is but would suspect it is whatever “5G” fake technology is being implemented in South Korea]

    The Exynos Modem 5100 will be the industry’s first 5G modem to fully comply with the 3GPP Release 15 5G New Radio spec, according to Samsung Electronics. The modem supports both sub 6-GHz and mmWave spectrum as well as connections to legacy networks including 2G, 3G W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA and HSPA, as well as LTE. The company hopes this will help the modem stand apart from the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G Modem, which was announced in October 2016 and is expected to be set to be available in devices from 18 OEM partners in 2019.

    It will deliver a maximum downlink speed of 2Gbps in 5G’s sub 6-GHz settings and 6Gbps in mmWave settings, as well as maximum downlink speeds of 1.6Gbps in LTE-Advanced networks.

    In a statement, Samsung announced it has successfully conducted OTA 5G NR data call testing in a wireless environment using a 5G base station and 5G end user equipment prototype.

    The company is also working with a number of partners including global mobile operators to quickly introduce 5G to the market. The modem will also be offered with radio frequency IC, envelope tracking and power management functionality

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