July 11, 2021 — As one of the world’s most prolific technology companies, Samsung is instantly associated with many information and communications technologies, including smartphones and semiconductors. Through these two and other partnerships, Samsung is also accelerating the pace of change in 5G networking equipment and policy deployment.
In this interview with the senior vice president of public affairs at Samsung Electronic America John Godfrey, he and Broadband Breakfast Publisher and publisher Drew clark discussed both the past and the future of 5G.
Godfrey explained that Samsung’s work on 5G dates back a decade. Indeed, the world is now on the precipice of a 5G connected society thanks to a combination of technological advances and political choices.
Broadband Breakfast Live Online hosted a six-part series, “A No-Nonsense Guide to 5G” in sponsorship with Samsung Electronics America. Links to each episode in the series are displayed at the bottom of this sponsored video.
In particular, in the United States, the greater availability of mid-range radio frequency auctions in this spectrum provided a “sweet spot” of good signal propagation, penetration, load capacity and transmission speeds.
The hope, Godfrey says, is that 5G will embrace all cellphones, around the world as well as in the United States. More than 60 countries have deployed 5G networks today.
“Around the same time next year, you won’t even have to wonder if your carrier has a 5G network or if your phone supports 5G,” he said. “It will be so mainstream, thanks to this deployment of mid-band spectrum.”
Godfrey described how the existing telecommunications landscape has changed over the years – and even in recent months – with more 5G-enabled devices available than ever before.
Samsung has been an integral part of this trend, designing affordable 5G phones like the Galaxy A32 5G, priced as low as $ 200. Although the flagship models are more expensive, as 5G continues to become more mainstream, financial barriers to entry to a 5G network will also continue to fall, he said.
While the world is only at the beginning of the 5G era, he said, as technology becomes ubiquitous, new applications and services will become available. These will be the real test of the 5G era, he said.
As more and more carriers move from low band to mid band spectrum, the bandwidth throughput will increase dramatically.
In addition, continuing to open up the millimeter wave spectrum for deployment in the United States will also facilitate greater capacity for these innovative new services and applications. For example, he said, Samsung now supports 5G in 11 separate bands ranging from 600 megahertz (MHz) to 40 gigahertz (GHz).
But millimeter wave bands aren’t a silver bullet either. But it will be extremely valuable in specific regions of the United States that have freed up mid-band spectrum for 5G use. That said, the United States is unlikely to deploy millimeter wave networks from coast to coast.
See “Robert Kubik, John Godfrey and Derek Johnston: After a decade of progress, what’s next for 5G? », Broadband Breakfast, June 8, 2021
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Events in “A practical guide to 5G “ understand:
- Wednesday October 14, 2020, noon ET – “A Practical Guide to 5G: The Hype and the Reality of 5G“
- This opening panel will set the stage for Broadband Breakfast Live Online’s review of the policy, technology and practical issues surrounding the 5G wireless standard. What is 5G, and why is there so much buzz about it? How much of an improvement is that over previous generations of wireless? In other words: what is real and what is the hype? How do the issues of trusted partners, rights of way deployment and spectrum policy interact? Where is 5G first successful and what are the stumbling blocks? “
- Wednesday October 28, 2020, noon ET – “A Practical Guide to 5G: National Security and Trusted Partners“
- This panel will examine the global landscape of the 5G device ecosystem. It will examine issues related to core networks, radio access networks and handset equipment. How has the global landscape changed? Will 5G benefit or suffer from a new cold war with China? How are US companies responding to federal government initiatives for trusted partners? Who can the United States turn to for solutions and alternatives to Chinese manufacturers?
- Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:00 p.m. ET – “A Practical Guide to 5G: A Case Study of Transformative Applications in Business“
- 5G is experiencing its first real successes in the business market. To see the future with more precision, Broadband Breakfast Live Online will examine case studies of applications in corporate environments. What technologies and processes are bringing 5G success to the enterprise market? What needs to happen for 5G to be successful in the mainstream market?
- Wednesday December 9, 2020, noon ET – “A Practical Guide to 5G: Wireless Infrastructure, Municipal Rights of Way and 5G Rural Fund“
- To realize the promise of 5G, many more base stations – wireless infrastructure installations – will be needed. 5G facilities and towers may not be as large as in previous generations of wireless technology. Yet the need for much more equipment has already created tensions with municipalities over rights-of-way. How to minimize these conflicts? What are smart cities already doing to accelerate the deployment of wireless infrastructure? Can the process be improved?
- Wednesday January 27, 2021, noon ET – “A Practical Guide to 5G: Adopting and Using 5G Broadband“
- What are the likely drivers of 5G equipment and services? How were existing consumer use cases received? Are there 5G use cases that could help bridge the digital divide by increasing broadband usage among communities of color and low-income populations? What can we expect from 5G technology in 2021?
- Wednesday February 10, 2021, noon ET – “A Practical Guide to 5G: Spectrum Policies to Advance Better Broadband“
- More than just the next generation of wireless technology, 5G deployments use radio frequencies of an extremely wide range. For example, some 5G deployments use a mid-band spectrum between 3.4 GigaHertz (GHz) and 6 GHz. But 5G networks also promise to tap spectrum between 24 GHz and 100 GHz. It deploys these millimeter bands using network slicing and other advanced wireless tools. What new spectrum policies are needed for 5G to flourish?