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Samsung Throws Out The First Pitch In 5G Field Trial

Tests 5G tablets streaming 4K content at Japanese baseball stadium

Samsung Electronics and partner KDDI announced the successful completion of a 5G field trial held in Okinawa Cellular Stadium, a 30,000-person capacity baseball stadium in Japan.

The trial showcased a live feed of 4K video content downloaded and streamed simultaneously on 5G tablets supporting the millimeter wave spectrum using Samsung’s end-to-end-solutions.

Samsung’s 5G access units with beam-forming technology were installed on a light tower located outside the left field fence to create 5G coverage in the direction of home plate and first and third bases. As a result, the tablets placed on seats in this coverage area were able to download and stream 4K videos via 5G.

The successful trial results reflect the two companies’ efforts in using 5G technology and ultra-high frequency spectrum (28GHz band in this instance), to redefine user experiences in crowded environments and to spotlight a new approach to viewing sports games.

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Samsung said the outcome of this 5G stadium trial connotes advanced connectivity, not only at sports events, but also in a wide variety of crowded entertainment venues, including live music concerts, exhibitions and international conferences, leading to new viewing experiences. By demonstrating how users will be able to simultaneously access 5G networks and enjoy immersive experiences regardless of their location, today’s accomplishment continues 5G momentum as it enters commercialization stage.

“5G holds the powerful potential to create new user experiences and business models that are more immersive and dynamic than ever before,” said Youngky Kim, president and head of networks business at Samsung. “Through our collaboration with KDDI, we will stay committed to exploring 5G-driven business models that can be applied in diverse high-demand locations based on a wide range of methods.”