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Samsung Expands 5G vRAN Ecosystem with Partnerships

By Tracey E. Schelmetic

Samsung is expanding its 5G vRAN footprint with the help of its 5G vRAN solution, making the company the only major network vendor to have delivered fully virtualized commercial RAN deployments in North America, Europe, and Asia.  Samsung delivered its 5G vRAN solutions for a large-scale commercial network service in the U.S. in December 2020, providing reliable mobile services to millions of users.

Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) is an approach to RAN deployment and management that offers carriers the promise of improved operational efficiency and better flexibility to meet the many demands of 5G enterprise customers.

Since delivering its solution, Samsung has continued to expand its services through partnerships. The company announced it continues to collaborate with its partners -- providers of chipsets, cloud platforms, and servers — to expand the 5G vRAN ecosystem. The goal of these partnerships, according to Samsung, is to drive multiparty collaboration and innovation for the advancement of software-based networks. With this ecosystem, the parties continue to advance vRAN towards a more scalable, flexible network that delivers carrier-grade performance, management and reliability. Specifically, Samsung has expanded partnerships with Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Red Hat and Wind River.

Samsung’s vRAN solution fully disaggregates the hardware and software in the baseband, and can support the open fronthaul interface. The company’s O-RAN compliant 5G vRAN solutions are deployed commercially in Japan and U.K. networks, offering seamless integration with other vendor’s radios.

“While many vendors claim they support Open RAN by starting with the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), in reality, this is still far from commercialization in large-scale networks and sidesteps the most important part of the Open RAN revolution—which starts from the disaggregation of hardware and software in the baseband, and also involves opening of the fronthaul,” said Woojune Kim, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.

For more information about the technologies that will usher in 5G, plan on attending 5G Expo, part of the #TECHSUPERSHOW, a mega event focused on enterprise communications, IoT, mobility and wireless, blockchain, AI, AR and more. The event will take place June 21 - 24, 2022 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information or to register, visit the show website

Edited by Luke Bellos

SmartCity Contributor

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