Samsung announces 5G collaboration with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO

By Sam Steers
Samsung Electronics has announced that it has formed a partnership with NTT DOCOMO to provide a 5G network solution...

Samsung Electronics announced today that it has been selected as a 5G network solution provider for leading Japanese mobile operator, NTT DOCOMO, INC.

The resulting collaboration will aim to support DOCOMO with Samsung’s 5G technology, including O-RAN-compliant solutions, to bring enriched 5G services to users. 

It also hopes to advance digital transformation for businesses and improve society as a whole.

NTT DOCOMO offers a high-quality wireless network service to almost 82mn users across Japan and uses leading cutting edge-technologies in its 5G network. 

This is part of the Japanese mobile operator’s ongoing strategy to deliver an advanced network and provide customers with an array of enhanced mobile services.

General Manager of the Radio Access Development at NTT DOCOMO, Sadayuki Abeta, said: “As a leading mobile operator, our goal is to provide our customers the best possible services for creating innovative, fun and exciting experiences and finding solutions to social issues.

“We are excited to collaborate with Samsung for the next phase of 5G Open RAN and accelerate the expansion of our ‘Lightning Speed 5G’ coverage in the nation”, he said. 

Satoshi Iwao, Vice President and Head of Network Division at Samsung Electronics Japan, echoed Sadayuki’s excitement, stating: “We are pleased to be part of DOCOMO’s 5G networks and look forward to continued collaboration in advancing 5G innovation for their customers.

“Our goal is to leverage Samsung’s technical leadership to bring the best network solutions to mobile operators around the world, so they can deliver the next generation of transformative 5G services and electrifying user experiences”, he added.

Stefan Pongratz, Vice President of Dell’Oro, an independent telecommunications, market research and analysis firm, also commented on the venture, saying: “The agreement between NTT DOCOMO and Samsung is significant.

“NTT DOCOMO has a history of being at the forefront with new and innovative technologies and this announcement cements Samsung’s position as a major 5G RAN supplier”, he said.

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