Samsung’s new 5G indoor small cell will help provide seamless and enhanced 5G experiences to users in indoor environments known as Link Cell. According to Samsung, this technology delivers 5G-powered applications within enterprises, including manufacturing or distribution facilities, corporate offices, and entertainment or public venues (such as shopping centers, stadiums, or hotels).
Mind you! Link Cell is among the first commercial products available globally that provides wireless operators with a mmWave indoor small cell. It gives wireless operators a way to extend 5G service—with its high throughput and low latency capabilities—into businesses and venues.
Link Cell offers fast and easy indoor installation; it can be discretely placed on walls or ceilings, similar to a Wi-Fi access point while minimizing noise through fanless convection cooling. Designed to self-organize, Link Cell will adjust for optimal RF performance, allowing mobile applications to seamlessly operate within a facility or—as applications transition from a macro 5G network outside to the in-building network—maintain high-quality communications continuity. Link Cell is available now for wireless operators to purchase for use in commercial rollouts.
In order to extend the footprint of its 5G Ultra Wideband network, Verizon will be the first US wireless operator to commercially deploy Samsung’s Link Cell. This marks a new phase in delivering enterprise private 5G networks and advancing next-generation cellular technology use cases and applications. Verizon recently announced lab trials of 5G in-building solutions, which used Samsung Link.
“Verizon continues to rapidly advance our 5G deployment, and the addition of indoor cell sites will extend the availability of the fastest 5G service in the U.S. This is a key step in providing industry-changing, scalable, latency-sensitive, robust 5G solutions for enterprises,” said Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Development at Verizon.
The first version of Samsung’s Link Cell will support 28GHz and has the capability to combine four 100MHz bandwidth of frequencies, offering high capacity and ultra-fast download speeds. Moreover, it brings together radio, antenna, and digital unit into one compact box, and is less than 4 liters in volume, one of the smallest in the industry.
“Today, we are excited to unveil Samsung Link for wireless operators to expand the capabilities of 5G networks and seamlessly link together outdoor and indoor 5G experiences,” said Jaeho Jeon, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “As one of the first commercial 5G mmWave indoor small cells, Link Cell will enable wireless operators and enterprises to bring 5G services to various offices, facilities and venue locations.”
Samsung’s Link Cell features the Qualcomm 5G RAN platform, which builds on the collaboration between Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Samsung. The Link Cell integrates antennas, radio, and baseband processing functionality into a discrete enterprise form-factor.
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