05.23.18 / 5G

Samsung Electronics Holds the Final Conference in Korea Completing 5G Standards for Commercialization

SEOUL, Korea – May 21, 2018 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that it is hosting the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) working groups’ final meeting to complete the 5G mobile communication standards in Busan, South Korea from May 21st to 25th. This meeting will finalize the relevant standard technologies for 5G commercialization.

About 1,500 standards experts from chipset, handset and equipment vendors including Samsung, Qualcomm, as well as mobile operators such as AT&T, Verizon, NTT DoCoMo, KT and SK Telecom will attend to complete the 5G phase-1 standard.

“The first 5G standard, which includes innovative technologies developed by Samsung Electronics, will be completed at this 3GPP conference,” said Seunghwan Cho, Executive Vice President of Samsung Research. “This will lead the market to commercialize 5G communications to serve as the core infrastructure for the coming fourth industrial revolution.”

At this conference, all of the working groups (RAN working groups 1 to 5) that develop 5G wireless technology assemble to confirm the final technologies for 5G commercialization. These include 5G wireless access technologies that provide ultra-high speed data and ultra-low latency, as well as the conformance testing method for 5G terminals.

In particular, the RAN4 working group, chaired by Samsung, will decide the radio performance requirements for 5G terminals and base stations including the 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands. This requirement will inform the radio regulations, which will be essential for the deployment of 5G spectrum when 5G commercialization begins in Korea, the U.S. and Japan.

In December of last year, 3GPP first approved the 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) standard, which uses the existing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) as the anchor for connecting to 5G. The 5G Standalone (SA) standard will be completed in this Busan meeting, and the 5G phase-1 standard will be officially approved at the 3GPP plenary next month in the U.S.

Samsung is leading 5G as a pioneer in the areas of new technology development, standard activities and patents. With 1,254 patents as of this month, Samsung Electronics ranked first on the list of 3GPP member companies with essential 5G standard patents declared to the European Telecommunications Standardization Organization (ETSI).

The company was successful in the world’s first 5G mobility demonstration between base stations over an ultra-high frequency (mmWave) band in 2015, having started its 5G research in 2012. In 2017, the company succeeded in 5G communications on a high-speed vehicle travelling at 200km/h and demonstrated the world’s first 8K video download and 4K video upload on the bullet train.

This February, Samsung became the first in the world to get approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. government agency regulating interstate communications, for 5G Radio access unit and outdoor Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), and also obtained approval for its 5G Home router (Indoor CPE) this month.

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