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Samsung Electronics, in partnership with Cisco and Verizon, said today that it successfully deployed the first multivendor end-to-end 5G trial network in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Brands and retailers integrating the Internet of Things, known as IoT, with 4G connectivity can seamlessly collect valuable consumer data and enable swift communication with customers via mobile, but the introduction of 5G will even further enhance user capabilities. Not only is 5G significantly faster on mobile devices, the company said, it will also empower a variety of “futuristic” consumer applications that were incompatible with 4G connectivity. And user connectivity time will decrease significantly: For 4G, it takes approximately 50 milliseconds to send a pocket of data, but with 5G, the time will be reduced to about one millisecond.

With the partnership, five U.S. cities will begin trials for 5G home broadband services, amounting to a total of 11 markets that will undergo pilot trials later this year. Test parameters include vendors, geographies, population densities and demographics. The solution integrates Cisco’s 5G virtualized packet core, used in tandem with Samsung’s virtual RAN solution, 5G radio base stations and 5G home routers, that combined deliver broadband services to Verizon’s trial customers.

Retailers are expected to witness substantial growth in the technology sector as a result of implementing 5G, particularly in the wearables market. While 74 percent of companies say they aim to be “data-driven,” only 29 percent believe they are capable of “connecting analytics to action,” according to researchers at Forrester.

Samsung’s wearables include smartwatches and fitness trackers.  Courtesy Photo

Woojune Kim, the vice president and head of next generation strategy for Samsung Electronics, said, “A shift toward Network Function Virtualization creates new opportunities in the industry value chain, enabling collaboration with pioneering industry leaders to bring greater value to consumers and businesses.”

Vendor “interoperability” tests for Samsung, Cisco and Verizon proved that the core network, radio technology and user devices “demonstrated seamless interworking,” which is prerequisite to next-generation network virtualization through multivendor support. Adam Koeppe, the vice president of network planning at Verizon, said, “Interoperability, a key milestone toward 5G commercialization, allows for highly flexible network design to meet emerging 5G use cases.”

Yvette Kanouff, the senior vice president and general manager for service provider business at Cisco, said, “Our collaboration with Samsung and Verizon for the first of many 5G trials, marks an important industry milestone for interoperability and diversified service offerings.” She added, “We are also making history on the path toward true Network Function Virtualization [NFV], demonstrating it for the first time in a 5G environment.”

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