Samsung Electronics has entered into an agreement with telecommunications equipment company Ciena to provide 5G network solutions. The partnership aims to allow Samsung to couple Ciena’s xHaul solutions with its own 5G solutions to support the next-generation of high-bandwidth applications and services driven by expanding 5G networks.
As part of the collaboration, the two companies will offer hardware and software solutions to telecom operators, enabling them to support the increasing volume of 5G data traffic at the edge and within an increasingly distributed 5G architecture.
Wonil Roh, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, said: “As 5G proliferates, immersive services like AR/VR and HD video streaming are becoming the centre of our daily mobile lives. In order to deliver more powerful 5G services, the current network architecture needs to evolve.
“Samsung’s ability to couple our best-in-class 5G solutions with a leader in transport technologies like Ciena will give customers a solution to address this need, and do so with the confidence to scale and evolve their networks to support the future of 5G,” he added.
Merging 5G RAN and Core with xHaul
Combining Samsung’s 5G RAN and Core with Ciena’s xHaul Routing and Switching portfolio and next-generation Manage, Control, and Plan (MCP) domain controller will give customers an optimized offer that takes full advantage of 5G services while providing efficient ways to manage massive data across networks and to the cloud. This will help accelerate the deployment of advanced applications enhanced by 5G, such as network slicing, IoT, and automation through AI. The combined offer will deliver a validated solution, providing more compatible, faster, and simplified implementations of 5G networks.
“Together with Samsung, we’re fueling the next generation of mobile connectivity to unleash the full potential of 5G,” said Matt Cook, Vice President, Global Partner Organisation, Ciena. “As both companies are leading innovators in our respective spaces with strong customer bases for these portfolios, this powerful collaboration leverages our collective leadership to create best-in-breed 5G networks that are open, scalable, and adaptive.”
The combined offer will comprise an end-to-end solution set including Ciena’s xHaul Routing and Switching portfolio and next-generation MCP domain controller, and Samsung’s Core and RAN portfolio, including virtualised RAN (vRAN) solutions, baseband units and radios. The resulting solution set is available immediately, Samsung said in a company statement