Samsung has announced that it has broken previous 5G speed records with its new technology. The company achieved a record download speed of 5.23Gbps on a single device using the E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) technology. The demonstration was carried out in its lab in Samsung Digital City in Suwon, South Korea.
The EN-DC technology leverages 4G networks to boost 5G speeds. During its demonstration, Samsung Networks used a combination of 800MHz of mmWave 5G frequency and 40MHz of 4G frequency. The company also used commercially available devices, including the Galaxy S20+, 4G and 5G radios, and a 4G/5G common core. Using both 4G and 5G networks at the same time helps carriers in improving coverage, efficiency, reliability, and speed. At 5.23Gbps, a device can download a Full HD movie (4GB file size) in just 6 seconds.
Samsung develops end-to-end 5G solutions, including 5G radios, 5G core and vRAN, 5G chipsets, and 5G smartphones. In 2018, the company started demonstrating its 5G technologies, achieving a download speed of 1.7Gbps. In 2019, the company read download speeds of up to 2.65Gbps on a 5G network. Last year, the South Korean firm broke its previous records by reaching a download speed of 4.3Gbps.
Ji-Yun Seol, Vice President and Head of Air Technology Group, Networks Business at Samsung, said, “Through this demonstration, Samsung is proud to achieve another breakthrough record in 5G data speeds, now spotlighting the power of using a dual 4G and 5G approach, delivered directly to a single user. This reinforces our commitment to delivering the best possible 5G solutions to our customers and our ongoing support to help mobile operators accelerate the benefits of 5G services to their users.”