SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it will provide hardware for commercial 5G service slated to be launched this year by leading U.S. mobile carrier Verizon Communications.
This is the first order received by the South Korean company for equipment compatible with the fifth-generation wireless communication standard, aside from hardware used in research, development and trials. The value of the order was not revealed.
Samsung will supply network equipment, home routers and a communication control system for 5G service, which is slated to debut in the second half of this year in California.
With a download speed of 10 gigabits per second, 5G service will be 10 to 100 times faster than 4G, and its communication capacity is expected to be more than 1,000 times greater.
Verizon may become the first carrier in the world to launch the service on a commercial scale. By offering the high-tech equipment used in 5G services ahead of rivals, Samsung seeks to cultivate markets in such advanced economies as Japan. The related equipment business may become a new earnings driver for the South Korean company as the ultra-fast data service spreads around the world.