Samsung Electronics is expanding its presence in the global 5G equipment market. After the launch of 5G services in the UK, Samsung’s 5G network business is expected to gain momentum with the launch of 5G services in the US.
The British subsidiary of Vodafone launched the first commercial signal from a 5G base station on January 19, which was built in cooperation with Samsung Electronics, Dell and Intel. The UK government-led Vodafone project aims to build 2,500 5G and 4G base stations by 2027. The project is expected to power the supply of 5G communications equipment from Samsung Electronics.
Samsung Electronics provided technologies to commercialize virtual random access networks (vRAN) in this project. vRNA technology creates a base station on a general server through software. The virtual base station offers the same performance as an existing hardware base station, allowing a telecommunications company to operate its network flexibly and efficiently.
The UK has refused to use telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE in 2021 due to national security concerns. This has also been a positive factor for Samsung. Huawei must withdraw all 5G equipment that has already entered the UK by 2027.
As major European wireless carriers such as Vodafone, Orange, Deutsche Telecom, Telecom Italy and Telefonica call for the introduction of next-generation communication technologies, Samsung Electronics’ role in the European 5G market is set to grow further. in the future. Analysts expect this to also affect Nokia and Ericsson’s market shares.
On the same day, Verizon, an American mobile operator, launched 5G network services based on vRANs from Samsung Electronics. Unlike the low-band and ultra-high-band 5G services that have been released in the United States, Verizon has managed to balance speed and service delivery ranges by using band frequencies from 3.7 to 3.98 GHz, according to experts.
Samsung Electronics signed a 5G equipment supply deal worth 7.8 trillion won with Verizon in August 2020, following a 4G and 5G equipment supply deal in 2018. The tech giant Korea signed a contract to supply 5G and 4G communications equipment to Canadian mobile operator SaskTel in March. 2021 and began delivering equipment in December.