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Showing just how important video is as a use case for the next-gen network infrastructure, the first field trial of 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) technology in the Europe is seeing the deployment of Ateme advanced video compression technology.

The trial, run by Arqiva and Samsung Electronics, is taking place from July to December 2017 in central London and involves the deployment of an end-to-end 5G FWA, operating in the 28 GHz band. The trial objectives are to demonstrate the stability of 5G FWA and its market potential as a cost-efficient and technological alternative to fibre for homes and businesses as well as its ability to foster new use cases outside of traditional smart device mobile connectivity.

For the major event, Arqiva is providing the infrastructure and mmWave spectrum required to operate a Samsung 5G end-to-end system which uses technologies such as beam-forming and virtualisation to achieve ultra-high-bandwidth connectivity between Samsung’s 5G network and its customer premises equipment. The trial has already demonstrated a stable two-way mmWave link with downlink speeds of around 1 Gb per second at the CPE.

Ateme is assisting the trial by transcoding the 4K content in HDR with its TITAN software-based encoder/transcoder. The company says that the download speeds demonstrated already would support the potential simultaneous streaming of more than 25 Ultra HD 4KTV channels. “This trial is a truly unique opportunity for our company to demonstrate its advanced video technology enabling 4K HDR content delivery over a fixed wireless network,” remarked Ateme EMEA director of solutions and business development Cedric Trouilhet.

“One of the goals of this trial is to show the benefits that 5G Fixed Wireless Access can bring to end users,” further explained Daniel Borrás, head of marketing and business strategy at Samsung Networks Europe. “With Ateme’s technology and expertise in video delivery, we have proven successfully that we can stream multiple high quality 4K HDR channels over a 5G link without any buffering. The speeds provided by 5G enable a level of video quality that puts 5G FWA in the league of high-speed fixed broadband technologies based on fibre.”

“Arqiva and Samsung’s trial is demonstrating the power of 5G to deliver gigabit speeds, in due course this will enable end users to access multiple 4K video streams along with a whole range of other high bandwidth content and applications,” added Jonathan Freeman, product and technology director, telecoms and M2M at Arqiva. “FWA is likely be the first incarnation of 5G technology that people will see and use and Arqiva is excited to be working with Samsung and Ateme to showcase the rapid progress being made in this area.”