Samsung and SK Telecom trial 5G handover

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James Pearce
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Successful tests were conducted over 28GHz spectrum in an outdoor environment

SK Telecom and Samsung have successfully trialled handover tests between 5G base stations at 28GHz in the outdoor environment.

The technology is key to supporting Gbps-level wireless communications anywhere, anytime, according to SK Telecom, as it provides seamless connectivity as a user moves from one station to another.

The firm’s claim this is the first time the performance of a 5G handover has been verified by connecting multiple millimeter wave base station systems to operator’s fiber optic infrastructure.

“By securing the millimeter wave handover technology - which enables users to experience seamless provision of 5G services while on the move in a wide area – the two companies are now one step closer to a basis for realizing pre-5G and 5G services,” said SK Telecom SVP and head of network R&D center Park Jin-hyo.

Samsung and SK Telecom first announced plans to work together on developing 5G technology in October 2014. Together, they built the millimetre wave 5G system in August 2015, and began testing it in March, with successful trials of coverage, transmission and speeds carried out.

The two companies have also demonstrated full HD video calling as well as UHD video streaming over the technology.

“Through our demonstration of handover between mmWave 5G base stations, we have realized a network environment that is the closest by far to the real 5G network to be created in the future,” added Samsung EVP and head of next generation business team Cheun Kyung-whoon.