SEOUL ?? Samsung Electronics announced today that it has achieved a breakthrough in 5G data speeds using E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) technology. EN-DC technology enables mobile operators to increase 5G speeds and coverage by leveraging a 4G network.
In a demonstration carried out in Samsung’s laboratory in Korea, the company managed to combine 40 MHz of 4G frequency and 800 MHz of 5G frequency in mmWave, reaching 5.23 Gbps of data speed on a single device. For the demonstration, Samsung used its end-to-end business solutions consisting of network devices and products. This includes Samsung Galaxy S20 + smartphone, 4G radios, 5G (Compact Macro Link) radios, and 4G / 5G common core (Link).
The demonstration used EN-DC technology, which allows operators to combine 4G and 5G to maximize the benefits of both networks and deliver improved speeds, coverage and reliability. It also took advantage of carrier aggregation which combines multiple spectrum channels to gain efficiency and increase data speed over a wireless network. The successful demonstration provides a blueprint for providing a fast, stable and efficient path to 5G service.
“With this demo, Samsung is proud to set another breakthrough record in 5G data speeds, now showcasing the power of using a dual 4G and 5G approach, delivered directly to a single user.” , said Ji-Yun Seol, vice president and director. of the Air Technology group, Networks activity at Samsung. “This reinforces our commitment to providing the best possible 5G solutions to our customers and our continued support to help mobile operators accelerate the benefits of 5G services for their users.”
This achievement is based on Samsung’s years of research into 5G and the company’s strong commitment to improving network experiences for every user. In 2018, Samsung started showing off the capabilities of 5G with one of the first 5G New Radio (NR) multi-gigabit data connections with speeds above 1.7 Gbps (Link). In 2019, Samsung broke its record by reaching data speeds of 2.65 Gbps (Link), which was followed by speeds of 4.3 Gbps (Link) in a 2020 demo. Today, reaching speeds of 5.23 Gbps data, Samsung is breaking through another barrier, using a new flexible approach to EN-DC technology.
“Mobile operators need to make the most of their limited spectrum assets to ensure user experiences that deliver the full value of 5G,” said Ed Gubbins, senior analyst at GlobalData. “This achievement showcases Samsung’s distinctive ability to leverage an end-to-end portfolio and extensive expertise spanning core, RAN and devices to help carriers maximize the return on their 5G investments. ”
Samsung has pioneered the successful delivery of end-to-end 5G solutions, including chipsets, radios, and cores. Through continuous research and development, Samsung is driving the industry to advance 5G networks with its industry-leading product portfolio, ranging from fully virtualized RAN and Core solutions to private network solutions and automation tools based on AI. The company currently provides connectivity to hundreds of millions of users around the world.