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By Rich Handley

Samsung, Cisco, Orange Team Up on Smart-City Applications in Romania

Samsung Electronics and Cisco have announced that they have successfully completed a trial and series of 5G demonstrations with Orange in Floresti, Cluj, Romania. Since the announcement in February by the three companies of the first multi-vendor 5G fixed wireless trial in Europe, the trial has been running for a month and a half across multiple homes. The trial makes use of Samsung's 5G solutions, including the virtualized RAN, one of the smallest 5G access units and multiple indoor and outdoor 5G routers, as well as Cisco's Meraki Z3 Wi-Fi Router and Ultra Gateway Platform, which delivers a 5G virtual packet core on top of Cisco NFV Infrastructure that brings enhanced throughput and flexibility.

By leveraging the wide bandwidth available at 26 GHz and advanced antenna technologies, such as massive MIMO and beamforming, the companies were able to achieve coverage beyond 1 km at 1 Gbps for a single user in real live conditions. Measurements in these conditions also show aggregated cell downlink throughputs of 3 Gbps with few users, the company reports, though the system capacity is significantly higher.

Samsung, Cisco and Orange held a demonstration this month near Floresti City Hall to present the results of the trial and showcase some of the most promising 5G-powered smart-city and home-entertainment solutions in front of media and partners from across the industry. Samsung's Connectivity Node is installed on a streetlamp to provide wireless connectivity for temperature and humidity sensors and security cameras. Sensors and cameras are connected wirelessly to the node, which is then connected to the core network via 5G.

Several parallel UHD videos and VR sessions were streamed simultaneously over the same 5G broadband connection. All of the content was transmitted via the 5G core and 5G radio link. The 5G system capacity was crucial to this demonstration, the firm explains, as it not only allowed simultaneous UHD streaming over multiple screens under one roof, but also provided extra capacity in case content consumption further increases. In another demonstration, two players competed against each other in a live cloud video game over the 5G network.

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