Samsung to supply 5G network solution to Vodafone in UK

Seoul: Samsung Electronics on Monday said it will supply its latest 5G network solution to London-based telecommunications giant Vodafone, a move that will expand its presence in Europe.

Under the deal, South Korean tech giant Vodafone will provide the UK with its commercial virtualized radio access network (VRAN) solution and Open Radio Network (O-RAN)-compliant 5G radio. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

This is the first major deal under which Samsung will supply its cloud native VRAN solutions to the European market, Yonhap news agency reported.

“This is a big step forward as more and more operators are transitioning to new RAN technologies to prioritize user experience and efficiency,” said Paul Kyunghoon Cheun, Head of Network Business at Samsung.

Its fully virtualized RAN is software-based that works on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers that according to Samsung can deliver performance on par with traditional hardware-based devices. Virtualized RAN and O-RAN are considered as the key technology for next generation 5G services.

Samsung has been trying to expand its presence in the network equipment market in recent years as industry leader Huawei has been slapped with US sanctions for security reasons.

Samsung has signed 5G equipment contracts in countries such as Canada, New Zealand and Japan.

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