Verizon, Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Technologies have demonstrated upload speeds of 711 Mbps in a lab trial using aggregated bands of millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum for 5G wireless communications.
“Our mmWave build is a critical differentiator, even as we drive towards massive and rapid expansion of our 5G service using our newly acquired mid-band spectrum, we are doubling down on our commitment to mmWave spectrum usage,” said Adam Koeppe, senior vice president of technology planning for Verizon. “You will see us continue to expand our mmWave footprint to deliver game changing experiences for the densest parts of our network and for unique enterprise solutions. We had over 17,000 mmWave cell sites at the end of last year and are on track to add 14,000 more in 2021, with over 30,000 sites on air by the end of this year, and we’ll keep building after that.” said Koeppe.
A statement issued by Verizon said that previous multigigabit speeds have been recorded on downloads before, but this was the fastest speed the companies have been able to reach while uploading data to the network.
“Speeds approaching those seen in this recent trial will pave the way for uploading videos, pictures and data to the cloud, social media accounts or sharing directly with others in densely populated venues like downtown streets, concerts and football stadiums,” the statement reads. “Whether using a traditional mobile link or fixed wireless access, these speeds will also allow students working from home or employees in distributed workforces the ability to upload and synchronize massive files, complete simultaneous editing of documents in the cloud, and collaborate with colleagues effortlessly.”
According to Verizon, these uplink speeds will also support new uses of private networks for enterprises. The company said that faster uplink speeds can enable quality control solutions for manufacturers using artificial intelligence to identify tiny product defects in products visible only through ultra HD video feeds. Other upload-intensive solutions such as multilocation, massive security video capabilities and augmented reality-centered customer experiences will also get a boost with these increased speeds, Verizon said.
“The demonstration surpassed current peak upload speeds by combining 400 megahertz of Verizon’s 5G mmWave frequencies and 20 megahertz of 4G frequencies using the latest 5G technologies, including mmWave carrier aggregation and single-user MIMO (SU-MIMO),” Verizon’s statement reads. “Network technology used in the demo included Samsung’s 28 GHz 5G compact macro and virtualized RAN (vRAN) and core (vCore) along with a smartphone form-factor test device powered by the flagship Snapdragon X65 5G modem-RF system.”
Snapdragon X65 is Qualcomm Technologies’ fourth-generation 5G mmWave modem-RF system for phones, mobile broadband, compute, XR, industrial IoT, 5G private networks and fixed wireless access, Verizon said. The company said that commercial mobile devices based on these modem-RF solutions are expected to launch by late 2021.
Samsung’s compact macro delivers 5G mmWave by bringing together a baseband, radio and antenna in a single form factor, Verizon said. It said that the compact, lightweight solution can be installed on the sides of buildings and on utility poles. The compact macro achieved first Common Criteria (CC) certification against Network Device collaborative Protection Profile (NDcPP), an internationally recognized IT security standard, the company said.
In collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and Verizon, Samsung has begun to reach ultra-fast uplink speeds that will enable differentiated 5G experiences and deliver more immersive mobile services for all users, said Junehee Lee, executive vice president and head of research and development for business networks at Samsung Electronics.
“Samsung looks forward to harnessing the full potential of 5G through new breakthroughs that will bring truly transformative benefits to people around the world and across the enterprise landscape,” Lee said.
According to Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager of 5G, mobile broadband and infrastructure at Qualcomm Technologies, enhancing uplink speeds opens the door to new possibilities with 5G mmWave, in transit hubs, downtown areas, shopping malls and crowded venues, while also powering robust 5G fixed wireless access services in homes and small businesses.
“Our collaboration with Samsung and Verizon exemplifies how we are collectively driving 5G mmWave commercialization and enabling new and exciting user experiences,” Malladi said.