South Africa’s Comsol is planning to provide wireless solution that rivals ‘FTTx’ offerings in South Africa.
The company, which is backed by Convergence Partners, the IDC and Nedbank Private Equity, is planning to launch 5G fixed wireless trials in South Africa.
It has teamed up with Verizon, the No. 1 U.S. wireless provider, and South Korean tech giant Samsung to deliver a wireless solution that rivals ‘FTTx’ offerings, including Fibre-to-the-Business and Fibre-to-the-Home, by early-2019.
The firm said this will be achieved by using the ‘pre-5G’ proprietary standard from Verizon’s 5G Technical Forum (5GTF), which will ultimately be converted into the 5G New Radio (5GNR) standards once they have been confirmed.
It will fundamentally change the way that businesses and individuals communicate, paving the way for the likes of self-driving cars, smart connected cities, fully-immersive digital and virtual worlds, and much more.
This agreement initially will focuses on 5G fixed wireless access, over time this will evolve into consumer offerings.
“With our access to the lion’s share of the 28Ghz band in South Africa, we’re excited to work together and accelerate the development of the 5G ecosystem. Verizon and Samsung’s involvement is a fantastic endorsement of our capabilities in the local market,” says Comsol CEO Iain Stevenson.
As a global leader in infrastructure, Samsung will provide a wide range of hardware – from the base station technology, to the evolved packet core, to many of the customer premises equipment (CPE) requirements.
Comsol will leverage Verizon’s leadership in developing the Verizon 5G Technology Forum, orchestrating key industry players and driving the development of the 5GTF standard — a common, scalable platform for fixed wireless deployments in the 28GHz and 39GHz bands — and in testing and deploying 5G residential broadband service over millimetre wave spectrum.