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Samsung Develops New 5G Radio Technology for Efficient 5G Deployments in Mid-Band Spectrum

KoreaSamsung PRESS RELEASE | APR 1 2021

New Samsung technology doubles bandwidth support of its mid-band portfolio, helping operators minimize hardware needs and simplify 5G rollouts

Samsung Electronics has developed a new 5G wideband radio technology that expands bandwidth support for its next generation radios, including Massive MIMO radios, to help operators drive more flexible and cost-effective 5G deployments. With this new technology, Samsung will extend the bandwidth support of its 5G radios to 400MHz—double the 200MHz supported by its current commercial radios.

With wider bandwidth support, Samsung’s radios will help operators maximize the utility of their mid-band spectrum for 5G networks, while using less hardware. The new technology will help operators minimize the number of radios required when managing spectrum in various deployment scenarios. This includes when an operator owns non-contiguous frequencies within 400MHz of bandwidth. Operators can also use this solution for RAN sharing, where they actively share network infrastructures with other operators through joint deployments.

Mid-Band Boost

Mid-band frequencies deliver a combination of wide coverage, high speeds and low latency. Samsung’s new radios will help accelerate operators’ 5G rollouts in mid-band spectrum.

“We are proud to develop new solutions that can help operators drive deployment efficiency by minimizing hardware changes and reducing installation costs—even as they expand their spectrum range,” said Dong Geun Lee, Vice President and Head of H/W R&D Group, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Through our technical expertise and industry-leading 5G capabilities, we’re excited to continue delivering innovative 5G solutions that will bring more benefits to operators and their customers.”

Samsung’s new wideband solutions, including Massive MIMO radios, will be commercially available in early 2022, offering more operational and deployment advantages to operators.

The new 5G radio technology is another innovation for mid-band 5G spectrum support, following Samsung’s recent announcement of the Mobility Enhancer. Mobility Enhancer is Samsung’s new AI-based technology that improves beamforming performance in its Massive MIMO radios, potentially increasing the throughput by up to 30 percent in mobility environments.

Samsung has pioneered the successful delivery of 5G end-to-end solutions including chipsets, radios, and core. Through ongoing research and development, Samsung drives the industry to advance 5G networks with its market-leading product portfolio from fully virtualized RAN and Core to private network solutions and AI-powered automation tools. The company is currently providing connectivity to hundreds of millions of users around the world.

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