February 28, 2016 — Arqiva, a British comm-infra firm, and Samsung Electronics have partnered to develop the first field trial of 5G fixed wireless Access (FWA) technology in the United Kingdom.
The trial is set to take place in the second half of 2017 in central London and will involve the deployment of an end-to-end 5G FWA network using the 28 GHz band. Arqiva, which owns the national license in the UK for millimeter wave (mmW) spectrum, is playing catch up with other countries.
“With advanced news of 5G trials already being made in the US and Korean markets, we are really excited to be partnering with Arqiva to jointly demonstrate just how important the U.K. and Europe is to the 5G revolution,” said Thomas Riedel, head of Samsung Networks Europe.
Samsung’s 5G base stations will use millimeter wave spectrum and beam-forming technology to provide high-density coverage and connectivity to customer premise equipment installed in nearby locations.
The CPEs will provide ultra-high speed connectivity to multiple devices. The locations will be selected because of the wide range of customer groupings in business and residential premises.
Arqiva will use its existing network of infrastructure to provide the 5G network for mobile network operators. “Our trial with Samsung will demonstrate the enormous potential of 5G FWA as an alternative to fiber for delivering ultra-high speed connectivity to homes and businesses,” Simon Beresford-Wylie, CEO Arqiva, said.