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Samsung completes long-distance data transmission on high-speed 5G spectrum

Samsung Electronics base station equipment for 5G network at 28 gigahertz [SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS]

Samsung Electronics carried out long-distance data transmission over high-speed 5G spectrum in a test in Australia, the electronics maker said on Monday.

Samsung Electronics has tested its 28-gigahertz 5G networking gear with Australia’s state-run National Broadband Network Company (NBN) in the country. About 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the base station, the download speed averaged 1.75 gigabits per second (Gbps) and peaked at 2.7 Gbps.

It marked both record speed and distance for data transmission over a 28 gigahertz network, according to Samsung Electronics.

A 28 gigahertz spectrum, categorized as millimeter wave due to its short wavelength, enables ultra-low latency and ultra-high speed. But it does not easily transmit through obstacles and has a short coverage range.

This makes enabling long distance transmission a major challenge for 28 gigahertz 5G network connectivity.

Samsung Electronics said it used “Compact Macro” 5G base station equipment, powered by its second-generation 5G modem chipset, carrier aggregation technology – which uses multiple blocks of spectrum for data transmission – and antenna optimization, for the test.

“The results of these trials with Samsung are an important milestone and demonstrate how we are pushing the boundaries of innovation to support digital capabilities in Australia,” said Ray Owen, chief technology officer at NBN.

“This new 5G record demonstrates the tremendous potential of millimeter wave technology,” said Lee June-hee, Executive Vice President of Networking Business at Samsung Electronics, “and its ability to deliver enhanced connectivity and capacity to meet the last mile challenges in rural areas.”

BY SHIN HA-NEE [[email protected]]