Samsung and Arqiva are to conduct the UK’s first 5G trials with a focus on Fixed Wireless Access. The trial deployment will demonstrate the potential for 5G as a compelling alternative to fibre deployment for delivery of fast broadband services as a lead-in to future 5G enhanced mobile broadband services.
Simon Beresford-Wylie, CEO of Arqiva, said: “5G will be a crucial pillar of the UK’s economy in the 2020s. The smarter network infrastructure and an enhanced ability to support exponential scale for connectivity will open the doors to further applications across a variety of markets such as IoT, industrial applications and the full promise of autonomous vehicles,”
The trial is set to take place in the second half of 2017 in London and will involve the deployment of an end-to-end 5G FWA solution network operating in the 28GHz band. Samsung’s 5G Access Units (the base stations) will leverage high-frequency millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum and advanced technologies such as beam-forming, to provide high-density coverage and ultra-high-bandwidth connectivity to CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) installed in nearby homes or offices.
DTG Staff | 03.03.2017