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Verizon and KT Scored Big Testing 5G Networks During Super Bowl PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:41


On Super Bowl Sunday Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam and KT chairman and CEO Chang-Gyu Hwang successfully conducted the first-ever pre-commercial 5G video call on two fully functioning prototype 5G tablets developed by Samsung. Mr. McAdam participated on the international call from Minneapolis MN. Mr. Hwang participated from Seoul, Korea.

This successful 5G transmission over prototype 5G devices is the result of ongoing collaboration between the three technology leaders. Verizon, KT and Samsung will continue to work together to advance the development of 5G technology, device availability, and new and exciting use cases.

The test was noteworthy due to its reliance on new end-to-end 5G hardware and two separate carriers’ 5G networks, all of which worked in the tests. Beyond the prototype tablets used by the CEOs, Samsung also supplied 28GHz 5G access units and home routers for the test, suggesting that it is closer to supplying consumer 5G hardware than was previously known. KT plans further 5G demonstrations at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The 5G international video connection, which featured Samsung’s 5G end-to-end (E2E) solutions in each location, served as an example of how use of commercial 5G mobile devices and connectivity is growing closer to reality.

“It brings great pleasure to see where all the contributions we have been making on 5G specifications are leading us,” said Hong-beom Jeon, Executive Vice President, Head of Infra laboratory, KT. “The fact that 5G is no longer a dream owes its debt to the collaborations we have carried out with operators like Verizon and vendors like Samsung. Our efforts have enabled some of the most demanding tasks to come to fruition.”

“By working closely with industry leaders like KT and Samsung, we are finally making 5G a reality,” said Ed Chan, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Architect, Verizon. “Seeing Samsung’s 5G end-to-end solutions in action, including a working prototype 5G tablet, underscores how important our collaborative relationship has been in helping accelerate the availability of commercial 5G mobility for customers. As we say at Verizon, ‘we don’t wait for the future, we build it.’ We are glad to be working with like-minded partners to build the 5G future globally.”

“We have been working closely with KT and Verizon to demonstrate mobile 5G use cases at two prestigious global events,” said Woojune Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of North American Business, Samsung Electronics. “This demonstration conducted today with KT and Verizon represents a huge milestone for us, showing our contribution to the development of early 5G global specifications and 3GPP NR (New Radio), and spotlighting the next generation Samsung technologies that let operators implement robust new services.”

Samsung enabled the demonstration of 5G experiences at the event by supplying network Infrastructure composed of 28GHz 5G access units, 5G home routers(CPEs), virtualized RAN and virtualized core network, as well as the prototype 5G device. Samsung has leveraged in-house technology and assets to develop the first commercial ASIC-based 5G modems and mmWave RFICs, and with these technical advancements, Samsung has been able to bring one of the smallest 5G radio base stations and 5G home routers (CPEs) to market.

Additionally, Super Bowl LII was the backdrop for a quiet 5G proving ground, as Verizon tested an in-stadium pre-commercial 5G network connection to demonstrate how massive speed and bandwidth can bring live video and virtual reality experiences to new levels.

Donning virtual reality headsets, network engineers at “Alley, powered by Verizon” in New York City and Verizon guests at the Super Bowl at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis participated in a live demonstration of 180-degree stereoscopic in-stadium view live action on the field, as well as a virtual in-stadium experience including high-resolution replays on secondary screens, all delivered over 5G wireless technology.

“Since we first set out to create the world’s largest set of 5G test markets, we learned a tremendous amount about what the technology could deliver,” said Sanyogita Shamsunder, Executive Director, 5G Ecosystems and Innovation. “This latest demonstration at Super Bowl LII and in New York City is another example of how they are pushing 5G to exploit never-before imagined uses cases and applications.”

Verizon recently showcased how the single-digit millisecond latency of its 5G network could be used by two leading football players in an on-field demonstration without compromising their real-world speed and reaction times. Using only 5G-connected first-person goggles and helmet-mounted cameras, the two players were able to throw, catch and deflect passes with the same speed and precision as they could with the naked eye.