Samsung’s official website announced yesterday that the company has made new breakthroughs in 5G data speed using E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) technology. EN-DC technology allows mobile operators to use 4G networks to increase 5G speed and coverage. The press release shows that in a demonstration conducted by the Samsung Laboratory in South Korea, the company successfully combined 40MHz of 4G spectrum and 800MHz of 5G millimeter wave spectrum so that the data rate of a single terminal device hit 5.23Gbps.
In the demonstration, Samsung used its commercial end-to-end solutions including terminal equipment and network products. These include Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones, 4G base stations, 5G base stations, and 4G/5G universal core networks.
The EN-DC technology permits the maximization of 4G and 5G networks to improve network speed, coverage, and reliability. The technology also makes use of carrier aggregation.
“Through this demonstration, Samsung is proud to have achieved another breakthrough record in 5G data speed. This demonstration highlights the powerful capabilities that can be provided to a single user by using 4G and 5G dual networks at the same time.”
Samsung Network Business Deputy President Ji-Yun Seol said. “This reinforces our commitment to provide customers with the best 5G solutions and will help us continue to support mobile operators in providing 5G services to users.”
GlobalData Chief Analyst Ed Gubbins said: “Mobile operators need to make full use of their limited spectrum assets to ensure that users can get an experience that provides the full value of 5G. This demonstration demonstrates Samsung’s use of its core network, RAN, and terminal equipment. The end-to-end product solutions help operators maximize the unique capabilities of 5G return on investment.”
Samsung Pay now works on Galaxy Watches in Germany
Galaxy Watch users in Germany are now able to activate Samsung Pay on their wearables. Initially, the payment solution was only available for select smartwatches in the country. If you’re unaware, the company has collaborated with Solarisbank AG. This allows users to link virtually any bank account to Samsung Pay. Furthermore, it looks like the compatibility for this payment solution is working on all the models of Galaxy Watch.
Setting up Samsung Pay is quite easy on Galaxy Watch wearables. To do that, you need to make use of the Galaxy Wearable app. Once the app is set up, you have to simply press and hold the Back button on the device. This will activate the payment mode and you would then have to enter PIN once. We’re saying once because you don’t have to enter the PIN again unless you remove the watch from the user’s wrist.