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Samsung Launches South Korea’s First Private 5G Network

Samsung has built the first private 5G commercial network for cloud-based autonomous robots. On Thursday, the South Korean giant partnered with NAVER Cloud to develop South Korea’s first private 5G network.

Deployed at NAVER’s new second headquarters, Samsung’s network solutions will support NAVER’s private 5G commercial services this month, powering cloud-based autonomous mobile robots. The new service will allow autonomous robots to travel around NAVER’s Seoul headquarters to assist in delivering packages, coffee and lunch boxes to employees.

Faster connections on smartphones are mainly used for streaming video and browsing social media, but Samsung has developed a new use case. Headquarters, dubbed only 1784, will begin with recruiting 40 robots that will cover three floors. By the end of the year, the idea is that “hundreds of robots will fly over the entire 36-floor skyscraper.”

All robots are connected to a cloud server that operates as a shared brain, offloading most of the required computation from a single robot. According to Samsung’s press release, the 5G network will be a neural network that connects robots to the cloud, enabling “real-time support for tens of thousands of robots.”

The network uses Samsung Compact Core and 5G radios that support the 4.7GHz and 28GHz spectrum designated by the South Korean government for private networks. The enhanced uplink allocation capability of private 5G radios is three times that of other commercial 5G radios.

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