Samsung, Oracle join White House 5G research push

The tech giants have joined the new initiative to develop next generation 5G wireless networks.

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Samsung and Oracle have announced plans to join a research scheme launched by the White House to boost 5G networking technology.

On Monday, both Oracle and Samsung separately revealed their inclusion in the project, which is led by the National Science Foundation, the nonprofit organization US Ignite and industry figures.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's program, Platforms Enabling Advanced Wireless Program (PAWR), hopes to "advance development of next-generation wireless technologies and services," with the hope of improving network speed up to 1000 times over current wireless network capabilities.

US President Obama recently announced the program with an initial investment of $400 million.

Oracle has joined as a founding board member, and will give PAWR Oracle Cloud technology and engineering resources as well as the tools needed to research network abuse and security issues associated with Wi-Fi.

Samsung, another new board member, will work with over 400 university researchers and contribute specialists and knowledge in wireless network architecture and mmWave radio access technologies.

"The White House initiative provides an ideal platform for Samsung to help create a blueprint for the future of communications network development through collaboration with a diverse range of experts," said Charlie Zhang. Vice President of Samsung Research America.

"Supporting U.S. wireless leadership and next generation networks continues to be a priority for Samsung, and we look forward to helping expedite 5G innovation to enable more people to benefit from the next level of enhanced communications."

In July, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new rules to open up frequencies above 24GHz for 5G, a move likely to rapidly increase the development of the next-generation networking technology.