Samsung and other technology leaders (Dell, HPE, Intel, Red Hat, and Wind River) join forces to create a collaborative ecosystem for 5G vRAN innovation
Samsung continues to gain momentum as a vRAN leader, as the only major network vendor to have commercial vRAN deployments with Tier 1 carriers in North America, Europe and Asia
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced that it continues to work with industry-leading innovators, including chipset, cloud platform and server vendors, to expand the 5G vRAN ecosystem. This is an effort to drive multi-stakeholder collaboration and innovation for the advancement of software-based networks. With this ecosystem, the parties continue to evolve vRAN into a more scalable and flexible network that delivers carrier-grade performance, manageability, and reliability.
Samsung is the global market leader in fully virtualized 5G RAN. The company’s success is due to its 5G vRAN solution, which has been deployed globally, making Samsung the only major network provider to provide fully virtualized commercial RAN deployments in North America, Europe and the United States. Asia.
Samsung provided its 5G vRAN solutions for a large-scale commercial network service in the United States which was launched in December 2020, providing reliable mobile services to millions of users. The company continues to expand its 5G vRAN footprint, with recent milestones including:
- Achieved 2.25 Gbps on a single user device with dual connectivity using vRAN and Massive MIMO radios on the C-band spectrum in June 2021.
- Successfully launched commercial C-band vRAN using 64T64R massive MIMO radios in the United States in January 2022.
- Activation of the first 5G Open RAN site in the UK and the first 5G Standalone (SA) Open RAN site in Japan, both powered by Samsung’s vRAN.
Samsung’s proven network solutions range from traditional RAN to virtualized RAN to open RAN, supporting the 5G path of choice for carriers. To advance virtualization and openness, Samsung’s 5G vRAN divides baseband functions into a fully disaggregated virtualized distributed unit (vDU) and a virtualized central processing unit (vCU). The key to this disaggregated architecture is that the RAN software is separate from custom hardware and runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. Samsung’s vRAN also supports O-RAN specifications, “opening up” the interfaces between the baseband unit and the radios, allowing integration of different vendors.
“While many vendors claim they support Open RAN starting with the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), in reality this is still far from commercialization in large-scale networks and ducks the most important part of the Open RAN revolution, which starts from the disaggregation of hardware and software in the baseband, and also involves the opening of the fronthaul”, said Woojune Kim, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Sales and Marketing, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.
Samsung’s vRAN solution fully disaggregates hardware and software into baseband and can support open front-end interface. The company’s O-RAN compliant 5G vRAN solutions are commercially deployed on the Japanese and UK networks, offering seamless integration with radios from other vendors.
Kim added: “What differentiates Samsung is a combination of constant innovation and extensive commercial experience with leading Tier 1 carriers around the world. This has helped us drive the advancement of vRAN and Open RAN beyond lab testing and field trials, and into major commercial markets. Now, the creation of this vRAN ecosystem will take innovation to the next level, opening up many opportunities for network industry players and helping operators scale their businesses. »
Innovate together to succeed
As the pioneer and leader of vRAN technology, Samsung has brought together various companies to collaborate in this ecosystem, starting with Dell, HPE, Intel, Red Hat and Wind River. Samsung has tested and validated interoperability with each enterprise platform, which collectively holds a complete view of how the network evolves at every stage of the development process. The ecosystem will help prepare for commercial deployments, including conducting various activities in Samsung’s lab, aligning solution roadmaps from multiple vendors, driving a fully interoperable approach to vRAN, and leading the design process. an end-to-end vRAN solution.
Companies joining this vRAN ecosystem include:
Dell Technologies’ telecommunications solutions strengthen the open ecosystem and help communications service providers (CSPs) transition to cloud-native vRANs. Samsung’s vRAN solution, combined with Dell’s carrier-grade telecommunications infrastructure, will help CSPs around the world cost-effectively build and deploy open networks. Dell’s global supply chain and telecommunications services seamlessly support network deployments of any size.
Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business, said: “Samsung’s commitment to advancing the vRAN ecosystem will drive innovative new services and new business opportunities for communications service providers and enterprises. Our collaboration with Samsung and other partners helps develop an open ecosystem of technologies capable of delivering the performance and reliability demanded by network operators.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
HPE carries on a legacy of more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. More than 300 telecom customers in 160 countries are leveraging HPE’s open telecom solutions, powered by the HPE Communications Technology Group (CTG), to evolve to a service-based, 5G-enabled, cloud-native architecture. As a global edge-to-cloud company, HPE’s experience in enterprise IT and hybrid cloud enables it to deliver cloud transformation and secure, carrier-grade, standards-based infrastructure to enterprise networks. telecommunications.
Phillip Cutrone, senior vice president and general manager, global OEMs and service providers, HPE, said: “HPE is excited to continue its long-standing collaboration with Samsung by welcoming a new opportunity to deliver enhanced 5G solutions to our customers. Using HPE ProLiant servers, the world’s trusted servers, to deliver compute platforms optimized for very dense, small form factor RAN workloads, HPE is playing a pivotal role in enabling the Samsung vRAN ecosystem that will further advance 5G experiences.
Samsung has partnered with Intel to help global service providers virtualize their 5G RAN and drive innovation of new services based on Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Samsung recently announced the deployment of its fully virtualised, cloud-native vRAN solution to support the UK’s first 5G Open RAN network, as well as 5G vRAN in Japan. Both Intel and Samsung have optimized their solutions to deliver exceptional virtualized performance and flexibility to meet the demands of service providers worldwide.
Cristina Rodriguez, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Wireless Access Network Division, said: “The move to virtualized RAN is one of the biggest transformations impacting the industry today. Intel’s collaboration with Samsung illustrates the power of software-defined solutions to deliver flexibility and scalability in real-world deployments.
Red Hat partners with Samsung to deliver 5G networking solutions based on Red Hat’s proven open hybrid cloud portfolio, including Red Hat OpenShift – the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform. Through this collaboration, Samsung and Red Hat are helping service providers drive 5G adoption and realize the benefits of vRAN. Samsung’s 5G vRAN solutions, together with Red Hat’s open-source cloud-native solutions, aim to expand 5G-based use cases by supporting consistent horizontal platforms from core to edge so customers can more easily deploy vRAN.
Darrell Jordan-Smith, senior vice president, TME & Industries at Red Hat, said: “Red Hat is committed to building a bridge for customers to adopt RAN transformation, connecting business needs to underlying technologies through an open ecosystem of partners. At the heart of the 5G and RAN evolution is cloud-native, open-source innovation that helps lay the foundation for future connectivity. Samsung’s leading 5G network solutions, powered by Red Hat hybrid cloud technology, provide service providers and their customers with a flexible, scalable and reliable solution to successfully implement RAN at the edge, improving the business agility to respond to opportunities more quickly.
Wind River Studio provides a fully cloud-native, Kubernetes-based, container-based, open-source architecture for the development, deployment, operations, and maintenance of large-scale distributed edge networks. It provides a foundation for a geographically distributed managed solution capable of simplifying day-1 and day-2 operations by providing automated, touchless single-screen (SPoG) management of thousands of nodes regardless of their physical location. Studio addresses the complex challenges of deploying and managing a physically distributed, cloud-native vRAN infrastructure to deliver traditional RAN performance in a vRAN deployment.
Avijit Sinha, Product Manager, Wind River, said: “As a leader in the first 5G vRAN landscape, Wind River offers mature, production-ready offerings with Samsung based on proven Wind River Studio technology that is deployed live with Tier 1 carriers. Working with Samsung, Wind River can provide flexible, secure, reliable, and ultra-low latency solutions that extend to the core and edge of the 5G cloud to support new use cases in a world of increasingly intelligent systems.
Samsung continues to expand its ecosystem with additional partners with industry-leading expertise to meet carriers’ needs for more flexible and scalable networks.
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