Samsung asks FCC for permission to test in high-frequency bands

In a pair of recent requests for special temporary authority, Samsung Electronics America is asking the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to give the go-ahead for experimental tests in the 27 GHz band.

Submitted by Samsung’s Richard Hibbeler, the first STA application contemplates six transmission devices running from Dec. 18 to Feb. 5 “at low power and within a very limited area,” according to the application. That potential test would be conducted in Minneapolis, Minn.

In the second STA application, four transmission units would operate indoors from Jan. 2 to Jan. 14 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Both Verizon and AT&T–who are already testing a fixed wireless access application of 5G using 28 GHz spectrum. Verizon built on fixed wireless access testing in 11 cities to articulated plans to deploy a commercial residential 5G service in the second-half of 2018.

For Verizon’s testing phase of 5G fixed wireless access, Samsung provided its virtual radio access network solution and pre-5G, which has yet to be standardized by 3GPP, base station and home router equipment. Cisco provided a virtual packet core. The companies worked together on interoperability testing focused on connections between the core and radio networks, and user devices.


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