Samsung, Qualcomm, Verizon set 5G upload speed record

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

Samsung, Qualcomm, Verizon set 5G upload speed record

Samsung, Qualcomm and US telecom operator Verizon Wireless have jointly set a new 5G upload speed record of 711 Mbps during laboratory trials.

The companies were able to achieve the record by combining 400 MHz of Verizon’s 5G millimetre wave (mmWave) frequency and 20 MHz of lower-band spectrum using the latest 5G technologies.

The trial used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 5G mmWave chipset and Samsung’s Compact Macro 5G mmWave base station technology.

While previous mmWave trials have achieved download speeds in the gigabits-per-second range, this marks the fastest upload speeds recorded using 5G technology.

Verizon SVP of Technology Planning Adam Koeppe said Verizon’s mmWave 5G build is a critical differentiator for the company.

“Even as we drive towards massive and rapid expansion of our 5G service using our newly acquired mid-band spectrum, we are doubling down on our commitment to mmWave spectrum usage,” he said.

“You will see us continue to expand our mmWave footprint to deliver game-changing experiences for the densest parts of our network and for unique enterprise solutions. We had over 17,000 mmWave cell sites at the end of last year and are on track to add 14,000 more in 2021, and we’ll keep building after that.”

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