Vodafone brings Samsung OpenRAN to Europe

June 14, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Vodafone deal bring Samsung OpenRAN to Europe
Vodafone is to roll out OpenRAN cloud-based cellular network technology in the UK using Samsung’s vRAN systems

Samsung Electronics is to supply its cloud-based virtualised Radio Access Network (vRAN) 5G and Massive MIMO technology to Europe for the first time in a deal with Vodafone in the UK.

Samsung will supply its commercial vRAN solutions and OpenRAN compliant radios, covering both low-band and mid-band spectrum. The fully virtualized RAN is software-based and runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. Using a cloud-native and container-based architecture, Samsung’s vRAN enables more flexible deployments and efficiency in network management.

The company has added an automation layer to the architecture to simplify end-to-end network management and evolve the network. It will also deliver to Vodafone UK its OpenRAN compliant 5G radios, including the latest Massive MIMO radios.

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“Vodafone is committed to leading the next wave of digital transformation across Europe, ensuring fast and reliable connectivity for all,” said Johan Wibergh, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone. “Open RAN, built on strong partnerships, is key to realizing this ambition. Samsung’s innovative solutions and expertise are part of the foundation that is creating this network of the future.”

This is the first deployment for Samsung in Europe, which is dominated by Nokia and Ericsson as hardware suppliers. Virtualized RAN and O-RAN technologies will be important to helping evolve network architectures to power the next generation of 5G applications and services. T

“We are proud that this collaboration with Vodafone—one of the premier carriers in the world—will be the first scaled deployment of our pioneering 5G technologies in Europe, including vRAN and OpenRAN,” said Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “This is a major step forward, as more operators are transitioning into new RAN technologies to prioritize user experience and efficiency. We look forward to continue leading the way in 5G innovation to meet our customer’s highest standards of performance, functionality and reliability.”

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