Regional provider uses Samsung’s latest 5G-enabled CBRS network solutions to bring high-speed connectivity to hard-to-reach areas and pave the way for enhanced services
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and t3 broadband today announced an agreement to provide 5G-ready Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) network solutions to Mercury Broadband, a leading provider of high-speed Internet in rural markets in the US Midwest. This collaboration will allow Mercury Broadband to leverage CBRS to deliver fixed wireless (FWA) broadband connectivity and enhanced services to customers located in remote, hard-to-reach areas in multiple states.
With nearly 30% of Americans in rural areas living without a broadband connection, according to Pew Research Center, the digital divide remains a recurrent problem in the United States. CBRS, a radio frequency spectrum from 3.5 GHz to 3.7 GHz, can help bridge this gap by extending Internet access to remote and rural areas. It can also be used to deliver FWA to consumers, while offering carriers and private enterprises a path to 5G.
Through this agreement, t3 Broadband will supply Mercury Broadband with Samsung’s latest CBRS solutions, including its powerful 64T64R Massive MIMO radios and CDU50 baseband units. They will be implemented at more than 500 FWA sites on the Mercury Broadband network in Kansas, Missouri and Indiana, before expanding to other states through 2025. Samsung and t3 will support applications for service, while t3 will oversee the engineering of the Mercury Broadband network.
“Samsung and t3 Broadband have delivered a solution that will make a real difference to our customers in rural areas, allowing us to offer them the best in broadband connectivity,” said Garrett Wiseman, president and CEO of Mercury Broadband. “Everyone should have access to stable high-speed Internet service, regardless of location, and with CBRS, we can extend our wireless network to more difficult-to-reach areas. The reliable 5G-enabled solution from Samsung and t3 will support us and our customers as we grow.
Improve speeds and services with Samsung CBRS
In testing multiple active CBRS sites across Mercury Broadband’s entire footprint in 2H 2021, Samsung’s CBRS solutions introduced significant performance improvements that set their solution apart, including:
- A 119%, or more than double, increase in average site speeds compared to other vendors and prior implementations.
- Increased spectral efficiency – the amount of data transmitted over a band of spectrum – through the use of Samsung’s Massive MIMO, increasing coverage, bandwidth speeds and reliability, especially at the cell edge where customers can maintain a stronger connection than other solutions.
- Overall OpEx and CapEx cost reductions by optimizing the number of towers scheduled for use (from 2,500 to 1,000), while maximizing service to all customers.
Going forward, Mercury Broadband plans to leverage Samsung’s 5G-enabled CBRS solutions to expand its service offerings through FWA. This includes offering new services for businesses, as well as delivering smart home experiences such as an advanced managed Wi-Fi solution that will allow consumers to manage a range of functions, from home security to home appliances. , via a single device.
“We are excited to combine our expertise in serving rural communities with Samsung’s CBRS solutions to help Mercury Broadband bring enhanced wireless connectivity to communities that have never been reached. » said Chris Crowe, President and CEO of t3 Broadband. “Mercury Broadband has already made substantial progress in bridging the digital divide for its customers, and looks forward to working with Samsung and t3 to extend the possibilities to an even broader population.”
The Mercury Broadband rollout is part of an agreement between Samsung and t3 that was originally announced in September 2021 to provide 4G and 5G network solutions to regional service providers.
“We are excited to launch our collaboration with t3 Broadband by supporting Mercury Broadband in its mission to expand wireless connectivity across rural America,” said Imran Akbar, Vice President and New Business Team Leader, Networks Business, Samsung Electronics America. “Our CBRS solutions bring powerful and reliable 5G connectivity to the areas that need it most, and we look forward to partnering with t3 to boost wireless connectivity in even more communities across the United States.”
Samsung Networks has pioneered the successful delivery of end-to-end 5G solutions including chipsets, radios and cores. Through continuous research and development, Samsung is pushing the industry to advance 5G networks with its market-leading product portfolio, from fully virtualized RAN and Core to private network solutions and automation tools powered by the AI. The company currently provides network solutions to mobile operators that provide connectivity to hundreds of millions of users worldwide.