Samsung Electronics said on Monday it would supply its latest 5G network solutions to Vodafone, a London-based telecommunications giant, a move that will expand its presence in Europe.
Under the deal, the South Korean tech giant will provide its commercial virtualized radio access network (vRAN) solutions and open radio network (O-RAN)-compliant 5G radios to Vodafone UK. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
It marks the first major deal whereby Samsung will supply its cloud-native vRAN solutions to the European market, reports Yonhap news agency.
This is a major step forward, as more operators are transitioning into new RAN technologies to prioritize user experience and efficiency, – Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, head of networks business at Samsung.
According to Samsung, its fully virtualized RAN is software-based and operates on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers that can deliver equivalent performances to traditional hardware-based equipment. Virtualized RAN and O-RAN are considered key technologies for the next-generation 5G services.
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Samsung has been trying to expand its presence in the network equipment market in recent years as industry leader Huawei has been slapped with U.S. sanctions over security reasons.
Samsung has inked 5G equipment contracts in countries like Canada, New Zealand and Japan.