Turkcell, Samsung claim Turkey’s first ‘live 5G trial’

6 Nov 2018

Turkcell and Samsung have held a ‘live 5G experience’ event in Turkey, giving guests the opportunity to try out ultra-high definition (UHD) live streaming, cloud gaming, 360-degree camera and VR streaming via Samsung’s 5G fixed-wireless access (FWA) solutions combined with Turkcell’s network infrastructure. Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioglu announced: ‘The live 5G experience that we experience today is the concrete example of the MoU [memorandum of understanding] we signed with Samsung in South Korea in February. Today, with 5G, we have shown that the latest generation of high speed wireless access is now possible for our customers. Our goal is clear: to make Turkey one of the first countries in the world with 5G technology. Turkcell established the fastest mobile network of the world, today in Istanbul. 5G is a historic opportunity for Turkey. 5G does not only happen to be a communication technology, but is a total transformation, the digitalisation of sectors such as automotive, agriculture, health, and the transformation of industry 4.0.’

Samsung’s 5G FWA solutions have been tested in Istanbul Technical University and Kadikoy, a densely populated district of Istanbul, as well as Maltepe Plaza. Samsung unveiled its complete commercial 5G FWA solution in February 2018, comprised of 5G radio (access unit and virtualised RAN), 5G routers and next-generation core, enabling gigabit speed broadband services without end users needing optical fibre connections at their home or office.

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