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Samsung partners with China Mobile for 5G

By Lee Min-hyung

Samsung Electronics has partnered with China Mobile to co-demonstrate key telecommunication technologies for the upcoming fifth-generation (5G) networks.

The partnership is expected to help Samsung speed up its penetration into one of the world’s biggest telecommunications markets, as China’s state-owned telecom operator holds some 840 million subscribers.

Both sides will test how millimetre waves can be used as a crucial band for 5G wireless technology. Mobile carriers and network equipment manufacturers here and abroad identify the waves as the best fit for high-speed wireless broadband telecommunication.

Samsung said both firms verified key characteristics of the millimetre waves, demonstrating how the ultra-fast mobile broadband can be made commercially available. Samsung and China Mobile used two spectrum bands -― 28 gigahertz (GHz) and 3.5 GHz – for the field test.

“We are going to strengthen more alliances with Chinese telecom operators to develop more 5G-related technologies and their standardisation,” Jang Dae-goon, vice president at Samsung Electronics’ DMC Research Center in Beijing.

Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics won a licence to conduct the first 5G telecommunications test from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.