Samsung Hosts Summit to Discuss Challenges Involved in the 5G Commercialization


Samsung Electronics hosted the first Silicon Valley 5G Summit, held at Samsung Research America in Silicon Valley, San Jose. More than 100 industry leaders gathered to discuss the opportunities and challenges involved in the commercialization of 5G technologies. The participants consisted of chip makers and other component manufacturers, telecom operators, universities, industry analysts, system vendors, investors, policymakers and measurement equipment vendors, representing a wide cross-section of interests and expertise.

The summit is expected to become an annual event, brought together global telecommunications industry leaders from across the value chain to lay the foundation for an open end-to-end ecosystem for fifth generation (5G) networks. It addressed the current status, challenges and requirements for creating business opportunities for 5G technologies. Government officials discussed the role of policymakers to enable 5G services through allocation of spectrum, while attendees examined the market outlook for new 5G service opportunities – including fixed wireless access and the future of mobile connectivity services. Industry experts, including academics and eco-partners, held discussions on key technologies for creating an aligned 5G evolution path, helping to shape the end-to-end ecosystem through testing, verifying and optimizing radio frequency (RF) performance of 5G candidate frequencies above and below 6 GHz.

The United States was the first country to make broader ultra-high frequency millimeter wave spectrum bands available for next generation mobile wireless services. This was made possible through the swift action on wireless policy taken by the Federal Communications Commission. Julius Knapp, the Chief of the Federal Communications Commission Office of Engineering and Technology delivered the Summit’s keynote speech. The summit consisted of session programs and an exhibition that featured a diverse range of ecosystem partners showcasing products and services. The program was designed to show the beginnings of a strong and viable ecosystem that could support rapid 5G commercialization.

5G technologies will help bring about many new and enhanced services. Looking at the current pace of the market, 5G fixed wireless access commercial services could be available in a few years’ time. For 5G fixed wireless access to be successful, it will need a robust ecosystem in order to drive innovation, keep prices down, and ensure a strong multivendor environment. The objective of this summit was to kick-start discussions dedicated to 5G fixed wireless access and other 5G opportunities.

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